With a head full of new bouquet and table ideas, the fabulous Emma Lappin predicts her trends for wedding flowers and decorative trends for 2011 and beyond …wedding-flowers-get-the-look-bouquet-table


There’s a move towards subtle luxury and with the DIY trend here to stay, creativity and personalisation of your wedding flowers and decor is a must to reflect you and your partner.
  • Bouquets will have more intricate detail with a wider mix of flowers used rather than a single flower in a dome. Having stems showing, kept slightly longer, will give you the ‘just gathered from the garden’ look you want.
  • There will be a subtle introduction of colour to many bridal bouquets – think pistachio, quartz and powder pinks – the colour helps the flowers stand out from your dress. Recycling family treasures and trinkets is a fabulous way to personalise flowers – from brooches and necklaces on bouquet handles, to books and old photographs as part of your table decorations.
  • Hanging decorations such as wedding wreaths and hearts from church gates and doorways personalise your venue. I love colourful Chinese lanterns that form a dramatic scene hanging in marquees.
  • Blues and greys will be big news this year. If you can’t find a flower in the colour you want, work it into your wedding theme by using ribbon-lined vases.Inspired by home furnishing trends, reception decor takes inspiration from French styling with an elegant, vintage feel. Use heavily-petaled, large blooms like peonies, hydrangeas, pom pom chrysanthemums and garden roses.
  • Large arrangements will become more affordable by using branches of willow, painted birch twigs or blossom. Flowers can be hung to the branches using tiny tubes, too!

  • Large arrangements like indoor potted trees can be used as a fun way to display your place cards. Later they can be transformed into message trees, where guests can leave good luck notes. Perfect for bohemian themes.
  • Brides are becoming more environmentally conscious and there are plenty of British flower growers that can provide some exquisite blooms. Narcissi (paperwhites) are a perfect example, stunning, scented and inexpensive.
  • Table decorations will take on an elegant look with sparkling crystal cut candelabras and vases. This look is easy to achieve as most good wedding florists will have these extras available to hire.

Love this idea

Use the ribbon from your bouquets and decorations and attach it to thank you cards! You can also give table centres away at the end of the night – the perfect thank you for mums and in-laws

This season’s trends


  • Delicate detailed bridal bouquets
  • Creative buttonholes just for the bridal party
  • Individual flower heads in vases
  • Crystal vases and candelabra
  • Mix and match table centers including family trinkets and pictures


  • Rose dome bouquets
  • Buttonholes for everyone
  • Artificial confetti
  • Mirrored plates
  • Identical tables
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