“The most influential trends in floristry design this year”


Calling all Brides-to-be – we’ve got our hands on some expert tips from the floristry industry. Excelsior Wholesale has put together some handy tips for brides and party planners looking for all kinds of floral inspiration.

The experts tell us what was hot this year with floral decorations, from table décor to your bridesmaids’ bouquets, and what we can expect to see more of next year. That’s right, brides of 2017 can be sure to get their wedding flowers bang on trend thanks to these industry experts.


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Gwenda Jeffs | The Vintage Floral Design Company

I work exclusively in the wedding industry and this year, foliage has dominated – it started last year but has gathered pace in 2016, and is looking set to continue into 2017. The fluidity of the lines you can create has allowed for an unparalleled level of creative freedom, particularly when styling venues. It’s also vital to explore the subtleties of colour and texture in each arrangement. The foliage has been teamed mostly with white, ivory and cream blooms for a timeless look – it’s a modern classic.

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Jay Archer | Jay Archer Floral Design

Foliage is increasingly popular. Our designs have always been foliage-lead, but we’re finding more and more clients are open to the idea of garlanding and foliage-only designs, especially for bridesmaids’ bouquets and garlands.

In terms of key trends in colour, we’ve seen that 2016 has been full of berry tones, from magenta to deeper rich chocolate cosmos and dark blues.


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Sabine Darrall |  Sabine Darrall Floral

Garden style was a key look for 2016 with blousey garden roses and natural trailing vines. We’ll see more untamed natural designs featuring more foliage for 2017. Dahlias were the ‘it’ flower with Café Au Lait being the most asked-for variety.

Bouquets also became much bigger and less structured, which we’ll see more of in 2017, with horizontal cascade replacing the traditional shower bouquet.

Suspended designs like floral chandeliers table canopies and cascades replace the flower wall.

We saw braver colour combinations during 2016 with brighter hues and interesting mixed pastels. Metallic elements will continue with copper replacing silver and gold.

We predict more of the same for 2017.

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Ashley Corrigan |  Shropshire Petals

Confetti trends change from year to year – the demand gets larger and the trends in colour change. 2016 has seen a variety of colours being used for confetti. Bright and bold, mixed with pastel nudes have been the most significant. We expect to see this continue into winter and early 2017 too.

A demand for natural, eco-friendly products has also certainly been a big trend in 2016, especially for wheat sheaves. These are perfect for decorating the home or for more alternative wedding bouquets.

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Lindsey Hunter Get Knotted

Floral or greenery chandeliers have been a huge trends during 2016 for parties, weddings and special events. They look stunning when hung in marquees or barns and will continue to be a big trend into 2017.

The natural look is always a big trend and 2016 has seen a lot of foliage displays placed on the floor of wedding aisles to look as if it is growing naturally. This trend is designed to look effortless.

Arches make the perfect base for displaying flowers, whether it be for a garden party, commercial event or wedding. Natural shapes have featured heavily during 2016 with uneven, wilder styles featuring heavily.

Flower trees have been particularly popular this summer – large individual potted trees featuring an abundance of flowers look stunning placed in entrances or together to make a stylish walkway.

Trends for table flowers for a variety of occasions have had an emphasis on the ‘wild flower’ look. Crates of flowers are a key trend which will be sure to continue into next year. You can get your own crates from Get Knotted for £7.99 each.