Updated: Feb 21
No doubt about it, 2023 is the big year for weddings. With so many cancellations & set-backs in recent years, couples are taking no chances and planning their events early. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when planning your florals – so let’s break it down into bite size chunks and see what’s hot and what’s not. Today let's talk colour.
Colour clashes are big news; glorious mouth-watering tones of rich raspberry, searing oranges and hot pinks. Vibrant, sassy, fun – delicious.
If you think you’re seeing lots of pinks, reds and purples popping up on your socials, it’s probably due to the fact that Pantone’s 2023 colour of the year is Viva Magenta, a deep vibrant shade (and I quote) ‘inspired by cochineal…invoking the forces of nature.
Don’t worry about the details - all you need to know is that it’s a pinky-purpley-redy colour, absolutely stunning and totally Instagramable (Or Tik-Tokable, but that just sounds weird!)
For some of the best ‘magenta’ blooms look at Orchids, Roses and Carnations (yip, they’re making a come-back and I’ll be covering this in a future post)
For inspiration, take a walk on the wild side: surround yourself in nature and see how many blooms bursting with colour look fabulous together in a garden. A mixed pallet gives you countless options, and a good florist will work with you to ensure your florals have the ‘WOW’ factor. For a softer, but no less colourful option, a meadow-mix of flowers brings together muted blues, yellows and lilacs. And think about adding in some dried elements to your scheme to really make that colour pop.
I could prattle on for days about what’s hot and what’s not in the wedding circuit,
The main thing to remember is – it’s Your wedding:Your choice. Don’t fall victim to trends if they’re really not your vibe. And I have to admit, that although I absolutely adore colour (with my background in garden design I’d cram every bloom I could into a bouquet) I’m still a sucker for the classic green and white palette. This stunning combo will never go out of fashion, can be tailored to suit your exact style and brings with it a special touch of elegance.
I love the challenge of creating something different from what appears such a limited colour scheme. By not always relying on foliage for the greenery, and instead adding green blooms into the mix can make all the difference. Don’t always settle for the obvious. The once humble Carnation (told you it was coming back!) in juicy bright green, or a soft, pale-green Lisianthus, or that Rose with a subtle green hue can lift your florals to the next level. I added Nigela to this white bouquet which brought it alive with texture.
So don’t be afraid of asking your florist for advice – and it would be great to see what you opt for. Share your journey with me by tagging me on your socials - don't be shy. #willowandherbflowers
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Warmest Flowery Wishes,