_ Great colors, unique flowers, fun textures and a little sparkle, what more could you want? It's a great year to be a bride and an even better year to be a floral designer. I predict that 2012 will be a year with truly one of a kind, personalized bouquets that are delightful works of art.
If you haven't already heard the Pantone Color Institute has named Tangerine Tango as the 2012 color of the year. When it comes to wedding flowers you can expect this color to be staring at events in the very near future. Besides Tangerine Tango, Pantone has also named Solar Power, Bellflower, Sodalite Blue, Margarita, Cockatoo, Cabaret, Driftwood, Sweet Lilac, and Starfish as other hot color trends. My personal favorite(at the moment, because I am always changing my mind) is Cabaret. Please visit Pantone for more info and to see the colors.
I have also been seeing an interest in unique flower choices and I expect this to continue into 2012. Brides still love the more traditional roses, hydrangea and calla lilies but want to incorporate a bloom or two that are a bit more unique and modern. Some of the favorites I have designed with are mokara orchids, anemone and tweedia. These flowers really represent the happy couples personality through flowers in the design.
Texture in the design is also pushing the limits, with the use of scabiosa pods, craspedia, eryngium, succulents and feathers. These materials and many others are great for creating that wow factor and can even make a stunning arrangement on their own.
A touch of "bling" is also another great way to add a personalized touch. My brides are liking small touches such as a rhinestone accent on the bouquet wrap, a small pendant tied to the stem or deco wire with small crystals within the blooms.
The hand-tied bouquet style is still by far the most popular. Brides like them because they compliment any dress and any size bride. Hand-tied bouquets also give you a clean look and a feeling like the bride went and pick the flowers herself.
So as we always say here at Blooming Envy, BE Beautiful, BE Unique, BE Yourself!
Faye K.-Owner/Designer at Blooming Envy since 2005.