Autumn Wedding Flower Trends

24th August 2012

Autumn is fast approaching us and a season that is usually welcomed with the slow changing of the trees from green to rich red tones and the dark nights drawing in. This post discusses key autumn wedding flower trends, looking at fresh ideas to consider when planning your autumnal wedding day.  It is a wonderful time of year to get married with a suprising amount of flowers and foliage available after the abundant summer passes.

A concept that I tend to stand by all year round when it comes to designing wedding flowers for brides is to use texture in my bouquets and arrangements. In the autumn this can mean using various foliages such as hypericum berries, craspedia, crocosmia, poppy seed pods and scabiosa seed heads, for example. When teamed with textural flowers such as rust coloured celosia, or velvety dahlias in rich plum or red tones this can provide a fabulous floral mix, perfect for the new season. Using succulents in wedding bouquets is a trend that is catching on in the UK, the florists in the US do it really well and I, for one am pleased that the trend has made it over here!

Vintage wedding flowers are still proving to be a popular choice amongst brides, so why not add plum and aubergine tones to the dusky pinks and lilacs that work so well within the vintage palette to add depth and richness more suited to an autumn wedding. Favourite plum flowers of mine to use in wedding flowers are dahlias, calla lillies, dark purple astrantia and blackberries, these all look gorgeous with pale, dusky pinks, providing a sophisticated vintage look for your wedding day.

There is a huge variety of foliages around in autumn that are suitable for creating wild and loose arrangements in vases for table centres and wedding displays. Oak leaves are brilliant at this time of year and come in the traditional red and gold tones, when teamed with the classic green oak this can have great impact. Physalis or chinese lanterns start to appear in September, these may be considered more Halloween looking but when placed with autumnal berries, leaves and twigs you can create a fantastic, unusual arrangement.

Let’s not forget the traditional palette of red, rusts and forest greens when it comes to choosing your autumnal wedding flowers. Red roses are a timely classic, which cannot be beaten when placed with deep green foliage and hypericum berries. Mango calla lilies are another rich flower that signifies autumn perfectly. These wedding flowers were from a gorgeous wedding I did at Priston Mill, near Bath last October. The wedding theme focused around trees with foliage, berries and twigs featuring highly in Gemma and Matt’s wedding.

Moss is a great material to use in weddings, from covering letters and hearts to use as hanging decorations, to covering succulents and plants to use as wedding favours. A sumptuous, green textural plant material, moss is not everyone’s cup of tea but it is becoming more popular amongst rustic, natural weddings and among people wanting to use plants within their wedding. I love it and am looking forward to brides requesting moss covered tables filled with succulents and flowers, textural pine cones and berries in autumnal tones. All photos and credits can be seen on my Pinterest page ‘Autumn Days’.  What is your favourite part of autumn and how would you incorporate this within your wedding day?!

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