New wedding flowers trends for 2017

A green and gorgeous floral "disco ball" by Bloomologie (pic. Ria Mishal)

A green and gorgeous floral "disco ball" by Bloomologie (pic. Ria Mishal)

Ooh I do love new year - the fresh ideas, optimism and anticipation of the year ahead - people are always asking me what the new wedding flowers trends for 2017 will be? So here are a few of my thoughts...

Greenery

Yup, I'm a sucker for succulents and in love with leaves, so the news that colour gurus Pantone have named "greenery" as their official Colour of the Year 2017 has got me super-excited. Last year I predicted the rise of foliage and botanical influences, this year I think we'll see entire foliage-only weddings and even bouquets. It's all about the verdant tones and lush textures.

An entirely green and botanical installation by Bloomologie, on board the Silver Sturgeon

An entirely green and botanical installation by Bloomologie, on board the Silver Sturgeon

Britain is blooming

It's no secret that I'm passionate about British flowers, but this year I think they will really begin to enter the mainstream. Why? Well aside from the fact that they are seasonal, scented and so delicately beautiful, Brexit has a part to play. It's led to increasing currency uncertainty and as most flowers are bought from Europe (Holland is the world's flower capital and where the daily flower auctions are held) this means they will become more expensive this year. Savvy brides will buy British where prices are flat, and the blooms are freshest - what's not to like?

All British-grown flowers for a summer wedding by Bloomologie in Suffolk

All British-grown flowers for a summer wedding by Bloomologie in Suffolk

Bloomologie's British flower displays for the NFU's Back British Farming campaign in Westminster

Bloomologie's British flower displays for the NFU's Back British Farming campaign in Westminster

Geometry class

Last year it was all about metallics, and they will still be a major feature at stylish weddings in 2017, but you can expect to see those Bell Mason jars making way for more angular, geometric vases and shapes this year, in crisp white, charcoal grey, and - yes - metallics. Geometric vessels will instantly add a fashion-forward vibe to your vows.

Change up your vases to stay on trend in 2017 (pic. Natalie Crouch)

Change up your vases to stay on trend in 2017 (pic. Natalie Crouch)

Organic shapes in compotes

No, we're not talking about a new brand of jam, but elegant footed vases that lift your flowers off the floor and lend themselves to chic, asymmetric arrangements that have a fluid, relaxed style - they're ideal for raising the style stakes at a country wedding or softening the edges at a formal city venue. In a word, versatile.

An autumnal Scottish-inspired wedding using all British blooms  

An autumnal Scottish-inspired wedding using all British blooms  

Insta-cool Installations

Everyone wants a show-stopping, eye-popping 'Instagram shot' - so we predict installations will get bigger and bolder, whether its flowering arches, overflowing, over-sized urns, hanging floral meadows or flower walls (but cool, natural and wild ones, NOT the false, overly perfect Kardashian-style block of flowers). And a #hashtag to go with them, of course!

The four urns of scented English garden roses and British-grown flowers and foliage got LOTS of comments at this wedding at Brompton Oratory  

The four urns of scented English garden roses and British-grown flowers and foliage got LOTS of comments at this wedding at Brompton Oratory  

Keep it personal

Couples are trying harder than ever to make their weddings personalised and unique - one way is to use flowers that have personal significance, or to follow the Victorian language of flowers (floriography) to create a bouquet that is meaningful and literally has a meaning! Remember how Kate Middleton added dianthus, AKA Sweet Williams to her bridal bouquet? If it's good enough for royalty...