2018 Promises to deliver everything green in weddings with lush foliage being key to creating intimate and beautiful event spaces.
When you think about trends for 2018, think about creating event drama with hanging installations (think hoops, green chandeliers, frames of floral abundance) and tall risers on tables filled with foliage and cascading blossoms. If you’re dreaming of a wedding tucked deep away in a forest, then 2018 will be the year for you!
In keeping with this back-to-nature style, we’ll see ample potted plant installations on floors and tables – anything goes here. Think cacti and succulents, olive leaf, eucalypt and even grasses for the bohemian look or ferns and deep green foliage for a softer, romantic feel.
Image by Janneke Storm
With the rise of leaf we will also see tropical making a comeback after 10 years in the floral wilderness.. it’s palms and ferns all the way for this trend. Experiment with different textures to nail this look with split coconut shells, found and interesting wood formations, sea glass and orchids (Phalaenopsis are back for sure) spilling over tables and from lush tropical foliage.
These trends will also flow to bouquets. In the past few years we have seen the return of the 1920’s vintage bouquet but with a modern twist. The look is non-traditional with textured and foraged elements such as twigs, grasses, berries and even fruits finding their way into this wild and free bouquet style. But take care; this style of bouquet is not for the DIY bride because while these bouquets may look casual and a little haphazard, it takes expert skill to attain the balance and volume they require. Get it wrong and it will simply look strange. And if big bouquets are your thing, take heart, in 2018 they are going to grow even bigger with branches of foliage and grasses reaching out beyond florals to create that ethereal and just-gathered feel.
Above image by Janneke storm
This lush and abundant look even extends to outdoor feasting tables, which are bang on trend for the coming year with bridal celebrations spilling out into fields under canopies of foliage and stars. Lighting, as always is key – clear, warm festoons, twinkle lights and candles, always candles! Shared feasting platters are de rigueur for these celebrations with a ‘family feast’ feel. And while flowers will always be an integral part of the wedding, if your budget is tight, you can always go heavy on the foliage with a few less flowers, or even just foliage, to create beautiful, low budget options.
And last, while some of us may diligently follow the trends, there will always be others who yearn for a traditional wedding with formal bridal posies and a subdued setting. If that’s what sets your heart racing, then that’s what you should have. It’s your wedding, so have exactly what you feel is right for you and current fashions be dammed. Ultimately, your wedding should be a beautiful reflection of you and your partner so that your guests walk in and exclaim, “Wow, this is so them!”