Glen Helen Wedding Fair – Sunday 29th January


Ooops, a whole week has passed since my last post in Project 365…   I knew it was going to be a challenge, but it was all going so well!  I guess that this happens to a lot of people towards the end of January as motivation dips towards the end of the most depressing month of the year (scientifically proven fact!).

Anyway, while I carry on beating myself up, I thought I would share some of my ideas with you for the Glen Helen Wedding Fair that we are attending at the end of the month.  I have word from Scott that it is going to be their biggest and best wedding fair to date, and if last year’s is anything to go by, then it is going to be a great day.

The flower industry has trends just the same as other fashion lead areas, and these are some of my favourite that have been tipped to be big in 2012.

Vintage Glam

Is anyone sick of the ‘V’ word yet?  2011 saw a massive following of all things vintage and antique, either genuine or DIY’ed, bought, collected or hand-me-downs.  This year will see a continuation of that trend, but with a more glamorous feel.  Think ‘House of Elliot’ (I always wanted to be Evie!), lots of pearls, gorgeous fabric and soft peach and pink colours.

This dress belonging to the Metropolitan Museum of Art perfectly captures the vintage, romantic yet glamorous feel that a lot of Brides are going for this year.

Country Brights

A lot of my Bride’s last year wanted very natural garden style bouquets, with purple and blue being very popular colours.  Again, this trend seems to be continuing but with brighter pops of colour, bright yellows, oranges and greens, giving a fresher feel.  I am excited that I am going to get to indulge in my love for the Craspedia!

Bunches of Buttonholes

This is a trend that has flown over the Atlantic from our friends in the US and matches the cottage garden wedding themes perfectly.  Some of us will wave goodbye to the traditional wired buttonholes and go for the more casual tied buttonhole.

Buttonholes are definitely getting a bit of a makeover, and this style is perfect for a casual, yet co-ordinated wedding.  They don’t all have to match, they don’t all have to be the same colour, they can be tied with ribbon, raffia or twine, even made from paper flowers.  The possibilities are endless and that makes my job so much more exciting!!

These are just a couple of my ideas, but whatever your floral tastes are for your wedding, go with what you love.  Go with what makes your heart jump a little.  Go with something you will be happy looking at for the next 50+ years.  Go with what is ‘you’.

And more importantly, go to Pinterest!  I have fallen in love with this site!  As a designer I use it to collect inspiration when I’m browsing on the internet, and I recommend it to my Brides for exactly this reason.  It is like a big online cork-board and it is free to register.   Have a look at some of my boards to get an idea… I warn you now… it is a little bit addictive!

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