1 Let it glow
Table-centres are getting the spotlight they deserve with a trend for LED lights woven into arrangements so, just as the sun sets on your day, their glory truly glows. Or, if your venue allows, scatter candles around the base of each display, float them in water-filled vases or suspend them in small tealight holders hanging from the arrangement itself.
2 Va-va bloom
Brides are bringing the outside in with whole gardens’ worth of gorgeous flowers arranged into overflowing centrepieces.
3 Social flowers
Phone and tablet charging stations might be a huge trend for 2014, but who wants a bunch of ugly wires on display? Florists are creating flower bed arrangements which conceal the cables so your device can, quite literally, rest on a bed of roses.
4 Sweet things
The painterly trend looks set to stay, and we love the latest canvas: cakes! The design pictured has orange roses, gerberas, sweet peas and thistles painted on a perfect backdrop of white royal icing.
5 Hair bouquet
The circlet trend has grown into a full-on petal posy this summer. Florist Holly Chapple says why not create something avant-garde, soft and romantic using foliage from your garden, including blueberries, ivy and locally grown flowers?
6 Woodland wonders
Natural and rustic weddings with a little glamour woven in are big news.
“We wanted to add elegance to our farm backdrop without taking away from the natural beauty of the setting,” says Chelsea Taylor of Chelsea Lee Flowers.
“We hung wreaths of grapevine, ‘Silver Dollar’ eucalyptus, blue eryngium and ‘Juliet’ David Austin roses to the branches of a big, beautiful oak tree.”
7 Growing solo
Sometimes a flower is so perfect all on its own that other blooms will simply detract from its beauty.
Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture creates beautiful single-flower bouquets, where she incorporates one large bloom, such as a peony, king protea, large crysanthemum or calla lily, which is the size of a small bouquet.
“Either keep the flower single or accent it with minimal greenery,” she says. “It’s an elegant choice for bridesmaids and flowergirls.”
8 Air plants
The practical bride will be looking for wedding flowers which will last throughout the day and still look beautiful the morning after. So the trend for air plants, tropical varieties which don’t need soil and are practically indestructible, make perfect sense.
Work them into buttonholes, bouquets or quirky centrepiece arrangements.
9 Precious metals
Gold, silver and copper are all bringing a touch of gilt-loaded glamour to table-centres.
“Metals can reflect the glow in a ballroom, outdoor or private setting,” says florist Carrie Beamer of Flora Fetish.
“Use rich hues against soft shades in a French garden design, for example,” she says, “incorporating soft coral ranunculus, crimson celosia, warm pink tulips, strings of pearls for the trailing effect, chocolate mist, berried eucalyptus and ‘Juliet’ garden roses.”
10 Wild ones
The trend for cascading florals is becoming even more beautiful and vibrant this summer.
‘Coral Charm’ peonies and stocks in contrasting pink, apricot and white hues , with ivy foliage always makes for a fabulous bouquet.