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...
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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...