It’s exciting to plan your own wedding and all those special little details. You’re checking out wedding photos online and in bridal magazines for inspiration. Share the photos that catch your eye with your florist. Seeing your ideas and preferences will help your florist translate your concepts into floral designs that are just right for you. Some ideas to consider are these four floral trends and styles for weddings and events forecasted for 2016 by floral designers Kristine Kratt, AIFD, and Bill Schaffer, AIFD.

Lavish Lavish is for the ultimate romantic and is gathered from the garden gorgeous. Its bountiful textures and picturesque colors are equally at home in a rustic country farmhouse, a winery or urban courtyard. It is sensual and tactile. Soft pinks and delicate peaches are contrasted with rich plums and crimson. Flowers are loosely grouped with strong emphasis on textural foliages, giving Lavish its garden-inspired style.


Seeded eucalyptus, pepperberry, peonies, dahlias, hydrangea, garden roses and amaranthus are all Lavish choices. If it’s “drapey”, fluffy and laden with berries, then it is the perfect element for Lavish. These gorgeous flowers are at their best in mercury glass, rustic wood, brushed gold metal and vintage containers.


Lustre:  The Lustre event is imbued with opulent metallics. Lustre is a rich combination of metallic sheen and sparkle for the modern bride. The Lustre event combines all the colors and textures of amazing alloys. Gold, silver, copper, platinum, bronze and rose gold are all in this trend. Black and white ground this color palette and offers a beautiful, graphic contrast to the richness of the metallics.


Traditional white, champagne and ivory flowers, such as carnations and mums, blend with calla lilies, phaleonopsis orchids and garden roses. The florals are complemented with foliages and echeveria enhanced with metallic paints. High gloss containers and accessories complete the Lustre table.


Sorbet:  The Sorbet event is modern and lively. Its sweet colors and geometric accents are polished and refined. Sorbet is a combination of pastels and brights. The style is young and fresh with a nod to mid-century modern style. The Sorbet bride loves bright and sassy, and combines colors brilliantly to tell the story of her event. The color palette features lemon yellow and adds to it rich blue, coral, spearmint, lavender, powder blue and dove grey.


The soft colors for Sorbet are an unexpected contrast to the geometric forms in the flowers and accessories. Softly textured flowers, such as peonies, ranunculus, dahlias, delphinium and tulips, are arranged in containers that are geometric and naturally textured.


Festival: Festival is born of hot, intense colors and is inspired by global handcrafts, fabrics and pottery. Denim blues, sunshine yellows, reds and hot oranges are carefully combined to allow each color to pop. The Festival bride plans her event as an extension of her quirky and casual personal style.


A textural wildflower style gives Festival amazing options in flower varieties, such as alstroemeria, sunflowers, daisies, delphiniums, gerberas, solidasters. These common flowers are used in uncommon combinations to bring Festival to life. Mixed textures of yarn, wool, beads and jute with pottery, wood and rattan vessels give Festival it’s organic and free-spirited style.


Talk to your local professional florist about turning ideas to make your wedding beautiful, special and memorable through flowers.

Which of these trends do you like best?