Top flower trends for 2017 winter weddings by Leeds Castle florist, Louise Roots
06 Sep 2017
RHS Hampton Court Flower Show award winner and Leeds Castle florist, Louise Roots, shares the top trends in winter wedding flowers for 2017
Throughout its nine century history, the picturesque Leeds Castle nestled in the North Downs in Kent has played host to some of the great romances among kings and queens from Edward I and Eleanor of Castille to Henry V and Catherine de Valois. The romanticism of this beautiful Castle set the scene for high society guests such as Edward and Wallace Simpson at weekend house parties and today continues to create the perfect backdrop for brides and grooms at weddings.
Flowers play an important role in creating both ambience and romance at a Castle wedding and their placement must not only be befitting the rich history within the walls but be suited to the theme of a modern day wedding. Leeds Castle florist Louise Roots imparts her top trends for winter weddings in 2017, giving helpful hints from seasonal bridal bouquets to ring deliveries....
Image: Louise Roots, head florist, Leeds Castle
"For winter weddings this year, we’ll continue to see plenty of soft colours such as coral, pale pinks, and pale blue with richer tones such as soft peach contrasting with deep burgundy. Classic whites and creams will remain a popular choice this winter with some brides choosing to warm this look by adding subtle nude colours. Soft grey foliage is popular and is often used within the colour theme and is a stylish way of pulling the look together."
"Bouquets are less formal for 2017 winter weddings with brides trailing bouquets tied in the hand rather than formal wiring. Lots of mixed foliage and texture adds to the seasonal theme creating a much softer natural look. We are seeing the trend move towards mixed flowers rather than simple roses with the mixed flowers pinned into softer hairstyles for that fair maiden look."
Go for glamour
"Weddings in historic venues tend to be more glamorous, so to create a real impact I recommend tall candelabra and towering floral displays to work well with high ceilings in state rooms. Couples can soften this look by adding lots of mixed seasonal flowers. Interest is added with mixed vases running low along the tables and the mood is created with candlelight."
Make an entrance
"Brides enjoy the process of theming a venue. Grouping of vases at different heights arranged loosely on tables to create a larger display is increasingly popular. Making staircases a feature for when guests arrive is growing in popularity. Trailing mass foliage along the banisters is effective. Lighting is another great way to add drama to a venue with hurricane vases and lanterns providing a warming wintery glow to the venue."
It’s all in the detail
"The scent of a wedding is one of the most important details and is one of the most remarked upon elements. Garden roses and old fashioned blousy roses are in-keeping with the romance of a wedding day and continue to be popular in winter with brides favouring creams, peaches and ivory. The roses will fill your wedding with a delicate romantic fragrance to remember and is often inspiration for anniversary gifts with perfumes or soaps of the same scent."
"For Maiden’s Tower weddings many wedding couples look to entertain and wow their guests in the ceremony with an owl ring delivery. A beautiful barn owl flies down the aisle with the rings attached to its anklet strap with a ribbon matched to the wedding colour theme. It’s an impressive extra and it’s all in the detail."
Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London. Read more here.
Image: Sarah Medway
Would you like to experience how wonderful your wedding could be at Leeds Castle? On Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October the Castle and Maiden’s Tower will be decorated with exquisite flowers arranged by the Castle’s RHS award winning florist, while the banqueting rooms will be prepared for a wedding breakfast and the drawing rooms and state bedrooms open for viewing. Further details can be found here.