Wedding Trends and Tips for Styling Your Big Day

Neill advises his brides that the first step to styling their wedding day is to create a mood board. Personal style and taste is obviously important, but looking at wedding trends and fashions can help the bride choose a direction that will become a dream and soon a reality.  In this blog post, Neill tells us about some of the wedding trends around this year and offers useful styling tips. 

Choosing the style for your reception can be quite independant of the style of your wedding ceremony, especially if the sharing of vows will take place in a church or separate venue.  So what’s your reception style?  Are you finding it difficult to decide?  A good place to start is to make a mood board of what you like, based on what's on trend.  And while you create your mood board you will see a theme and style develop.  A mood board can be as large or small as you wish, with paper cuttings, bits of material, ribbon and jewellery... anything that appeals and blends in well together.  While wedding magazines and the internet are great sources for inspiration, here are five fabulous on trend looks to help get you started.

1.  Lush Botanical

A fresh green palette gives a bold yet elegant effect.

Greenery can change the ambiance of a space; plants such as ferns and succulents provide a textured architectural aesthetic that is difficult to achieve with flowers alone.  Lush, green foliages work well alone, with Orchids or seasonal flowers; long trailing stems of Ceropegia, Senecio Rowleyanus or even Stephanotis - with its exquisitely scented little white flowers - can be unexpectedly romantic while birch bark and tall twigs marry well with a foliage theme.  Blend florals with tactile foliage for a strong yet elegant look.

Photos 2, 10 by John Nassari

Styling tip:

Combine modern elements with botanical greenery to bring the outdoors in and offer softness to the design. The fresh colour palette features natural white – but you can add a dash of colour with lemons or cool gold brass elements.

The Lush Botanical style is particularly effective for Spring weddings. Photo by John Nassari

2.  Modern Romantic

Unashamedly pretty details set against a glamorous backdrop give your reception a grown-up-meets-girlie feel.  Pretty means pastels and "fluffy" flowers like Peonies, Hydrangea, Roses and Spray-Roses with perhaps a trail of Jasmin...

Photos 4, 7, 12 by John Nassari

Styling tip:

Pantone’s colour of the year is Rose Quartz and soft pinks are the colours of summer so blending soft pinks with other soft pastels is both modern and romantic.

Summer flowers offer an abundance of choice for the Modern Romantic style 

3.  Tropical Punch

Juicy hues when combined with brighter pastels give a vibrant look.  Tropical punch of course inspires tropical flowers, and at Neill Strain Floral Couture, we adore exotic flowers.  Orchids like Phalaenopsis, Vanda and Cymbidium are now available in an extraordinary range of unusual colours from our Dutch growers. We also love the exotic shape and bright colours of Gloriosa as you can see in the images below.

Photos 4, 6, 12 by John Nassari

Styling Tip

Bold colours and accessories are the key to this trend with your place settings reflecting your day. Beautiful cutlery and crockery are key.  You could even use coloured tablecloths to reinforce the tropical feel.

4.  Purple Reign

Brides often like to work with one single colour.  If you have a favourite colour, don't be scared to use it to its full glory.  A monochromatic colour theme, a single hue mixed with white or one other colour is most effective.   Modern and striking, don’t overlook the power of one colour.

Photos 5, 7, 8 by John Nassari

Styling tip:

Choosing your centre piece sets the tone for the whole reception.  Tall and imposing or at eye level and intimate.  Make it all about your favourite colour or flower and use in abundance.  An opulence of monochromatic flowers is very elegant. 

Purples with a touch of pink. Single and/or strong coloured designs create a striking effect. Photo by John Nassari

5.  Golden Wonder

The classic combination of gilt and white never dates and spells elegance.  It is vey popular in winter, around Christmas, and I adore mixing the gold with long stems of stunning white Orchids which look so beautiful at this time of the year.

Photos 1, 2, 3, 8, 11 by John Nassari

Styling tip:

Trends come and go but this will always be in vogue.  When evening falls, gold glitters by candlelight. 

Gilt and white is a favourite for the winter Christmas wedding, but the elegance of this colour theme is stunning in any season.

I hope that the images of these trends and themes have now inspired you to start your mood board.  My next tip is : Take a glass of champagne, make yourself comfortable with your favourite magazine and remember that anything to do with planning your wedding should be fun and exciting.  It's all about creating the most beautiful day of your life...

Florally yours,

Neill x