Norway Gardens Examines Wedding Flower Trends

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Wedding flower trends for 2014 are cropping up wherever a bride turns as she begins planning her special day. The trends are fun to read but how important should they be to her as she makes her plans?

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"It's fun to read about trends but then it is time to remember that trends are ideas, not dictates." -- Amy Herman, co-owner of Norway Gardens

January is the time many couples begin planning for their big wedding day and January is the time the wedding experts unveil their predictions of trends for the year. The floral design department at Norway Gardens in Monticello, Indiana love to help brides plan their beautiful flower bouquets and floral decorations. It is also fun to examine the current trends in wedding flowers. Here are some of the trends for 2014. As those planning weddings read them, they must then decide of what value they are.

Roaring Twenties/Gatsby/Downton Abbey

This is a beautiful theme, characterized by the opulence of the Roaring Twenties and influenced by the popular Downton Abbey television series and the recent focus on The Great Gatsby (because of the movie). Fragrant luxurious garden roses and peonies and other romantic blooms are featured in monochromatic colors. Peacock features, rhinestones, and pearls are in high demand here also.

Garden and Nature

The carefree look of mixed garden flowers and ornamental grasses along with natural touches of dried pods, birds' nests, etc., make up this look. Succulents are included in this theme. Monica, our designer, made a beautiful bridal bouquet last year of mostly succulents. Garden flowers such as sweet peas, dahlias, and clematis can be mixed with ferns and succulents as well as roses, hydrangeas, and scabiosa pods. Bouquets are more free-formed. A beautiful and carefree look!

Bold Bright Colors/Confetti

Bright colors against more neutral backgrounds pop and add a wow factor to wedding flowers -- coral, tangerine, yellow, hot pink, bright green, fuchsia, and red can be arranged into fabulous color explosions. Flowers to consider here can include peonies, pincushion mums, gerbera daisies, carnations, sunflowers, and more.

Other Color Ideas

Radiant Orchid is the color of the year for 2014. This beautiful tone with its combination of fuchsia and purple with pink overtones is a very popular wedding color. Another color idea that is interesting is to create bridesmaid bouquets as well as table centerpieces that are each a different monochromatic and monobotanical grouping. For example, one bridesmaid might have a bouquet of all yellow calla lilies, another blue hydrangeas, and another red roses.

Looking at all these trends is fun but can be very confusing for a bride-to-be as she begins her selection of flowers. At that point, trends must take second place to individual taste and budget considerations. One's wedding should be a reflection of oneself and what brings joy to the wedding couple, their family, and their friends. It's fun to read about trends but then it is time to remember that trends are ideas, not dictates. Relax and have fun selecting flowers that are appealing to you! The staff at Norway Gardens Floral Design are here to help you do just that.

Stop in soon or call Norway Gardens and make an appointment for a wedding consultation. Get great ideas for all aspects of your wedding planning by attending the Monticello-Lake Shafer Bridal Fair on February 1st, 2014, to be held at the Tippecanoe Country Club in Monticello Indiana.

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