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Love is a flower which turns into fruit at marriage. FINNISH PROVERB

Flowers are one of the most important aspects of wedding décor, and these days the look is all about luxury, abundance and sheer romance. Imagine masses of blooms in creamy pastels and whites, extravagant floral backdrops, over-sized arrangements, and hanging floral installations with ferns, fairy lights and trailing ivy.

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Foliage is also a key trend in 2016, especially in the case of rustic weddings, where greenery abounds in leafy bouquets and table garlands. Elements such as sweet-scented herbs, acorns and fruit add texture and fragrance, while feathers, twigs and slices of wood could be used to create a Bohemian ambiance. Warm metallic accents are another hot favourite, and while gold and silver remain classics, copper is growing in popularity.

Brides are advised to opt for flowers that are in season, taking into account features such as colour, perfume, foliage, texture and durability.

The current trend encompasses multiple floral experiences, with different looks for each aspect of the wedding, from the ceremony to the reception.

Bouquets and buttonholes

The design of your bridal bouquet should complement your wedding gown and theme. Contemporary colour schemes may be monochromatic or display shaded tones of the same colour. The untamed, organic flow of the cascade bouquet is back in style, and might comprise a lovely ensemble of roses, tulips and ranunculas, or a luscious combination of avalanche roses, brunia, echeveria, peonies, astrantia and hydrangeas. Either go for
subtle colours with lots of greenery, or stand out with vivid hues and metallic accents.

While the bouquet will set the theme for attendants’ flowers, these days your bridesmaids are free to personalise their blooms. Understated yet undeniably romantic, the ring corsage is gaining popularity.

Flower girls could wear flowers in their hair or hold a foliage wand or a simple bunch of flowers. Instead of the ubiquitous floral buttonhole, grooms might choose to add unusual elements such as ferns, moss and herbs, or opt for unconventional materials such as paper, felt or fabric flowers with crystals and beads.

Arrangements

Greenery is everywhere at the reception, with garlands made up of varieties of ivy or ferns combined with lemon leaf and herbs like mint and rosemary. Use these as table runners and chair swags, or string across archways, wind around pillars and hang from the ceilings.

Table centrepieces could consist of simple bunches of meadow flowers, extravagant arrangements on candelabra stands, or a single dramatic bloom in a vintage vase. Use colourful bottles and jam jars, silver jugs
and china teapots instead of traditional vases to achieve the popular
rustic look.