Last year’s nuptial news is tough to top with the excitement of Prince William and Kate’s Royal Wedding. Wedding flowers andRoyal Wedding of William and Catherine Duke & Duchess of Cambridge trends are certainly reminiscent of the UK big day, but with some interesting designer twists inspired by Kate’s dress and Beatrice’s fascinator (the Dr. Seuss type hat perched atop the head of Sarah Ferguson’s daughter).

Flower trends, as always, are ever-changing based on the creativity that individual florists bring to each design. However, this year’s brides may seem partial to a “gathered” flower style, which could appear easy to arrange, but really requires professional floral design skills, so the bouquet gives the bride a polished look as opposed to holding a “thrown together” bunch of blooms. To find you your own local floral design expert, check out the National Florist Directory.

Simple Lace vs. Sculptural Accents

Bridal BouquetLovely lace necklines will grace many a wedding gown in 2012, and this style is definitely influenced by Sarah Burton’s design of Kate Middleton’s dress. Both sophisticated and modest, those who choose a dress where lace is the main motif will most likely mimic a simple bouquet of greens and myrtle as Middleton carried.

Grand sculptural accents are abundant on wedding dresses many of which are basically a mermaid or ball gown style. Vera Wang’s 2012 collection is full of whimsical organza swirls including artistically bunched gossamer fabric head pieces instead of veils, which have the feel of Beatrice’s infamous fascinator. Bridal bouquets paired with these lavish gowns could go either way: an understated nosegay of roses or a splashy spray of peonies or ranunculus accented by fabric complementary to the gown.

Primary Colors and Preppy Patterns Bridal Bouquet

Where last year’s bridal party colors favored neutral and pastel shades, big bold colors will make a comeback in 2012. Look for bright florals with preppy-patterned ribbons and fabric accenting them at both the wedding and the reception. For example, sunny yellow flowers bound with Kelly green and white striped ribbon may be in the bridesmaid bouquets and the place card display. Or, another color combo along these lines: hot pink roses with black and white polka dot accents making their way into the bridesmaid’s ensemble and in cocktail table textiles and flowers. Very Kate Spade.

“Gathered” Flowers & A Homemade Touch

Wedding CakeParty and wedding bloggers have helped to further the trend of DIY touches at weddings and receptions. These touches may include printed food labels for tables that offer kitschy fare such as doughnuts or retro candy. Or handmade props for a photo shoot station like paper mustaches on sticks that guests hold up in front of their faces.

But, no matter how “homemade” brides go with their décor and wedding details, they always seem to go with the pros for three things: flowers, food and cake. Why? Because these items are fresh, somewhat spontaneous, and require the expertise of one who has created thousands of weddings and made thousands of dreams come true. Like I said, “gathered” DIY flowers will look like you went into the yard and raided the rose bush. A professional florist will give you a “gathered flower” look at the level worthy of a bride. For advice on working with your wedding florist, visit Wedding Flowers 101.

What trends are you seeing for weddings this year?