Floral trends for spring/summer 2016
06 Apr 2016
Season-specific weddings bring with them a whole host of options to consider, especially when it comes to your flowers. Find the perfect florals by acting on the advice of Interflora’s experts and make sure your spring/summer wedding is in style
If you’re opting for a spring or summer wedding, have you carefully considered your flowers as an aspect of your colour palette? Your chosen wedding florals can either complement or contrast with your colour scheme – the choice is yours, but take a look at the trends for this season to ensure you’re fully in the know.
Bright and bold is the big colour trend for wedding themes this summer. The much-loved combinations of tropical tones are a world away from the paler shades of summers past.
However, for couples with a penchant for pastel, the favourite summer pairing is pink and blue, or more specifically rose quartz and serenity. Interflora florists are certainly seeing that this year’s Pantone colours are a hit for 2016 weddings.
Natalie Shaw, expert Interflora florist and owner of Natalie’s Florist, Newcastle-under-Lyme:
“This summer will see an explosion of colour – cerise pink, bright orange, lime green and sunny yellow. These are fantastic colours to work with and they inject a real burst of vibrancy into any wedding day.
“From buttonholes, to bouquets, tall overflowing table centres, and even more elaborate arrangements – this combination of tropical tones works perfectly for pieces both large and small.
“For maximum impact, brides are choosing exclusively large-headed varieties with little amounts of foliage to really let the flowers do the talking – over the top arrangements of impactful floral design.
“Lighting is all important with bright colours, which is why you will see a lot of arrangements set with crystal accessories and candles, to inject a secondary light source and really let these tropical colours shine bright.”
Steve Betts, expert Interflora florist and owner of Urban Design Flowers, Birmingham:
“We are seeing our fair share of bold colour choices for summer weddings, but what is really standing out for us this season is the pink and blue colour combination.
“Pastel pink and soft blue flowers are being combined in loose arrangements with lots of fabulous foliage for a more formal take on the ‘just-picked’ look that has been popular in recent years with the surge of vintage inspired weddings.
“Pink and blue, often offset with metallic tones of copper or gold is certainly a strong combination for weddings this summer, if not this year! Whole bridal parties are being decked out in variations of this year’s Pantone pairing with bridesmaids in pink dresses and groomsmen in on-trend blue suits.”
Karen Barnes, Interflora’s lead designer and Head of Product Development:
“Summer is a beautiful time of year to get married, with some fantastic varieties of flowers that are at their best during the season. Hydrangeas, sweet peas, delphiuniums/scabious/, and peonies are all fantastic summer flowers that are truly at their peak between June and September.
“By grouping these seasonal varieties with flowers that are available year round like craspedia, orchids, lilies and roses, florists are able to create some fantastic and awe-inspiring arrangements for a bride’s big day.
“Using large-headed varieties like hydrangeas and peonies builds impact for large and ornate arrangements, while the more delicate flower choices like orchids and sweet peas are fantastic for showcasing the softness and femininity in a bouquet – a perfect combination.”