2019 and 2020 Wedding Trends

Happy New Year, friends! I’m writing to you from my maternity leave :) I’ll still have fresh content coming to you every few weeks (don’t worry…I pre-scheduled it all before baby came so I’m not actually working that much right now!) - I just didn’t want to leave you hanging. I always love to start off the year with a post about the upcoming wedding trends that I see and really like.

I’ll start this off by saying that I actually really DON’T like “trends.” I’ve never really liked shopping in the trendy stores for whatever style is in that month, for the reason that I’m more of a quality over quantity person. Most of the time, things that are earmarked as “trends” are styles and ideas that are mass-marketed (meaning, everyone is going to have them and they’re not special anymore), cheaply made (why would I spend money on something that is going to go in the trash?), and will likely generate a response from you in just a few short months or years wondering “why on earth did I do that?” When it comes to your wedding, I firmly believe in quality over quantity and I never want someone to look back on their wedding and think “Why did I choose THAT for my wedding?”

So all that to say, you can feel rest assured that when I write about the trends that I see, they’re more general style movements that will have lasting power and you’re not likely to regret choosing for one of the most important days of your life. I’m also mostly concerned about trends that play into your wedding flowers or overall event design. With that said, here are some of the “trends” that I am seeing a lot of, or would like to see more of, which I think would be a beautiful addition to your 2019 or 2020 wedding!


Wedding Colour of the Year: Mauve

This is hardly surprising. We’re moving into a slightly deeper, moodier take on the most popular tone of the last few years, blush. But like blush, mauve can be interpreted in more than one way. It can read pinkier, more purple/lavender, or more taupe-like depending on what direction you want to take it - I personally see mauve more as a muddy purple tone but I know a lot of florists who see it more pink. So, just be sure to have some picture or colour swatch representation to make sure that all of your aesthetic wedding vendors are on the same page when it comes to understanding your wishes for mauve.

Favourite flowers in mauve: amnesia rose, cappuccino rose, cafe latte rose, frittillaria, roseanne brown lisianthus

Mauve pairs well with an analogous colour palette, which means a grouping of 3 colours that sit right beside each on the colour wheel. So, shades of pinks, purples, and peaches, as an example, would allow mauve to be the perfect base colour.

Honourable Mention for Colour of the Year: Orange!

Yes, I’m surprising myself when I say this, seeing as orange has always been right at the bottom of my list. But, I’m seeing more and more of it being tucked in as an accent colour to weddings, bringing a shot of vibrancy that many of my couples seem to be craving. Even more surprising, I’m finding that I don’t hate it…but actually kind of like it!

Take a look at the Marchesa gown below, shot by KT Merry for Flutter Mag - orange is not the primary colour by any stretch of the imagination, but it plays a supporting role that awakens the other tones mixed throughout the gown. I have a wedding coming up this year with a similar palette that I CANNOT wait for!

I personally like to see orange used as an accent, as I often find it too aggressive as a focal colour. It pairs beautifully with blue, red, yellow, green, and anything in the peaches to coral range.

2019 Wedding Trends - Accents of Orange

Don’t Miss Trend: Touches of the Tropics

If you follow any large-name floral and wedding designers on Instagram, I’m confident that you’ll have noticed one of the more recent trends that I’m saying you can’t miss: a touch of the tropics. I’m talking a dramatic usage of large palm leaves, ferns (both natural and bleached), and tropical flowers like anthuriums or orchids. Now, you don’t need to go all the way with a rainforest-inspired wedding (though I’m definitely not knocking that!) and you can easily work a tropical accent into a garden-inspired design.

Floral Design by  Oh Flora  (follow her for some gorgeous inspiration!), Photo by  Lana Ivanova

Floral Design by Oh Flora (follow her for some gorgeous inspiration!), Photo by Lana Ivanova

Wedding Planning by  Amorology , Floral Design by  Isa Floral

Wedding Planning by Amorology, Floral Design by Isa Floral

Floral design by  Nectar & Bloom

Floral design by Nectar & Bloom

What’s Trending in Table Decor? Floral Centrepieces!

I’m pretty pleased to see a return to more floral-heavy centrepieces in the coming year. I’m seeing fewer and fewer requests for garlands, which I have to say I’m happy about - as much as garlands are gorgeous, they get pretty repetitive for us florists. My clients are typically asking for arrangements that are low to the table, as opposed to tall ones, and sometimes asking for styles in which you can’t even see the vase. Of course, just be prepared that a floral arrangement will have a price tag on it. I typically suggest a minimum of $75 for a floral centrepiece, with most of the inspiration photos that people are bringing me from Pinterest coming in around $300 each (generally I find a $125 - $175 budget to be PERFECT).

Photo by  Laura Foote Photography , Florals by me!

Photo by Laura Foote Photography, Florals by me!

…And Coloured Candles

I’d love to see more of my clients adding depth to their tablescapes with the use of coloured candles. A subtle taupe elevates the sense of elegance in a space, a petal pink emphasizes femininity, a warm toffee adds richness, a charcoal grey feels chic and big-city. See what I mean? So much depth can be brought to your overall reception design with the simple tweak that is a coloured candle. These are always going to be more expensive than your typical white candle, but I think it’s a worthwhile investment. Some of my favourite sources for coloured candles are Yummi (which is a Canadian brand, and in my opinion, the best!), Creative Candles, and Quick Candles. The set below is from The Floral Society (they recently started selling at Anthropologie!) and I LOVE them!

Coloured Candles for Weddings - 2019 Wedding Trends

So there you have it: Some of my favourite “trends” for the 2019 and 2020 wedding season! I’d love to incorporate some of these design ideas into my work so if you see something you like, don’t hesitate to reach out. I’m a believer that a design style has to be in keeping with the setting that the wedding is taking place in, so it might be tricky to tuck in bits of orange if you’re getting married in a ballroom with a burgundy palette, but let’s talk :)


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How to Choose a Gorgeous Wedding Colour Palette

Your colour palette is one of the most important things when it comes to the visual experience of your wedding, and there are a number of things to consider when you're first choosing the right combination. I'm going to briefly walk you through a few of the top things to consider, and then tell you where I think a lot of couples go wrong. 

1) Your venue. Let's face it, a lot of venues have some BIZARRE and very noticeable colour palettes already going on. Purple and orange carpet, anyone? I've seen it (at more than one venue...barf). You definitely have to keep the built-in colour palette of your venue in mind when selecting your colour combination.

2) Your favourite colours! Are you drawn to warm tones or cool tones? Neutrals or bright colours? Do you like contrasting colours or complimentary colours? Pulling out a colour wheel is a great way to identify some possible accent colours. Check out this post for some great help.

3) How you can tie these together in a way that is unique, interesting, and not boring? Like all trends, colour combinations tend to go in cycles. And like everything that pops up on Pinterest, most colour combinations become VERY overdone. That doesn't mean these colours aren't great...it just means that the chances of your wedding looking a LOT like everyone else's are pretty high. Take, for example, navy/blush/gold. It's a great combination, but because of how overused it is, it doesn't lend anything personal or unique to your wedding style.

Okay, so what is it that I find most people do wrong when it comes to choosing a gorgeous wedding colour palette? They play it too safe! There's no need for you to stick to just 1 or 2 colours, or a palette which is predictable, or sticking to a combination that is overly seasonal (you don't need to use only white and green in winter...just do whatever you want!). 

HERE'S MY TOP TIP FOR DEVELOPING A GORGEOUS WEDDING COLOUR PALETTE: 

Don't be afraid to expand on your colour palette to find the right accents.

1. Take the colour palette progression photos above as an example. I started with a pretty basic colour palette: white and green. Now, there's nothing wrong with white and green but it's really hard to make a white and green bouquet different from the last white and green bouquet. 

2. So, I added in a touch of burgundy foliage and berries. This added a bit of depth and texture at the same time, but it's not too much and if you're a bit afraid of colour, this is a great level for you. 

3. Now, if you're ready to go a touch farther, layer in a bit of soft pink. This can be just an accent, or it can be bolder, too. Bonus points if your pink blooms have a touch of that burgundy tone, like the centre of these gorgeous lisianthus. 

4. And finally, if the idea of adding in colour doesn't stress you out, then just go for it: add in some yellow. In almost every palette, I find that a delicate hint of yellow brings life and excitement. 

 

Here's another example, with a fall palette! 

If you're unsure of how to develop your wedding colour palette, flowers are a great place to work in accent colours without needing to have different tones splashed throughout the decor. And if you need a second opinion or some different suggestions, I'd love to talk with you. 

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Cielo's Garden Open House

Calling all 2016 and 2017 couples getting married at or interested in Cielo's Garden

OPEN HOUSE: Wednesday, May 18
5-8 pm
Appointments available but not required

Cielo's Garden is one of my absolutely FAVOURITE wedding venues in Manitoba. The clear topped tent is so unique and really allows for the beauty of our summers to take centre stage, and the stone chapel in the woods is SUCH a dreamy place for a ceremony. Seriously, this place is just amazing, and I'm so excited to have quite a handful of amazing weddings there this year. I can't wait to show you everything that I've dreamed up with my brides! 

On Wednesday, I'll be there at Cielo's with some floral tablescapes and ceremony decor, showing you different ideas for the room to be worked with at different budget points. I'll also be available to schedule flower consultations for your 2017 weddings, and I'll be hanging out with my pal Amanda of Amanda Douglas Events, who is one of Winnipeg's very TOP wedding planners and coordinators. She offers both day-of coordination and full wedding planning, and she also loves working at Cielo's (and FYI, we love working together!). 

And now, here are a few pretty pics from a wedding I did at Cielo's last summer with Amanda and with Simply Rosie Photography!

Winnipeg Wedding Flowers - Summer Wedding
Cielo's Garden Wedding in Manitoba
Wedding Ceremony Flower Ideas - Stone House Creative
Winnipeg Wedding Florist - Cielo's Garden Wedding
Wedding Ceremony Decor - Stone House Creative
Cielo's Garden Wedding in Winnipeg

Flower Friend Day - Winnipeg Wedding Florist Design Day!

One of my favourite days of 2015 was when I got together with a bunch of my Winnipeg flower friends, and we had a design day out at Lily Stone Gardens, cutting our own flowers and designing just for fun. So this year, I thought it would be fun to have another design day but do it a little differently. 

Wedding flower Ideas - Winnipeg Wedding Florist

It's always fun to design for ourselves, but I wanted to add a twist: surprise flowers! We gave our wholesaler a colour palette and a budget, and asked them to surprise us with the flowers. We ended up with some amazing product, and it was really fun to see how each of us interpreted the flowers differently. Some of these flowers were varieties I've never worked with before, or wouldn't normally order, so it was a cool learning experience for me.

So, here are some photos from our day with Victoria Anne Photography!

Wedding Flowers Winnipeg -  Stone House Creative
Flower Studio - Winnipeg Wedding Florist
Berry Toned Wedding Flowers - Winnipeg Florist
Wedding Florists Winnipeg - Stone House Creative
Florist Studio - Stone House Creative
Unique Bridal Bouquet - Winnipeg Wedding Flowers
Wedding Flower Ideas - Stone House Creative
Daffodil Bridal Bouquet - Stone House Creative
masculine boutonnière - Stone House Creative
Wedding Flower Ideas - Winnipeg Florist
Copper Wedding Ideas - Winnipeg Wedding Florists

I love these new copper bowls that I brought in as a centrepiece rental. Aren't they gorgeous? You can see them in action here, in my latest Budget Friendly Wedding Centrepiece post!

Wedding Centrepieces - Stone House Creative
Orchid Bridal Bouquet - Stone House Creative
Winnipeg Wedding Florists - Wedding Flower Ideas

I love these new copper bowls that I brought in as a centrepiece rental. Aren't they gorgeous? You can see them in action here, in my latest Budget Friendly Wedding Centrepiece post!

Blush and Coral Bridal Bouquet Recipe

Winnipeg Wedding florist - coral wedding flowers

As featured on Host Winnipeg, with photos by Brittany Mahood Photography. Silk ribbon from Stella Wolfe.

Playing with your colour palette can be one of the most fun and creatively rewarding aspects of planning your wedding. Gone are the days of choosing 1 main colour and sticking it with white. Weddings today are showcasing a broader colour palette, incorporating a range of tones, along with different textures or metallics to create a palette with depth and life to it It's important to remember that just because you may have 5 different colours in your overall palette doesn't mean you need to splash them into every aspect of the wedding design - layer in touches here and there, and the overall look will come together.

For this bouquet (created for the launch of Host - a brand new Winnipeg-based wedding planning website!), I chose to keep a more feminine palette working with the ever-popular blush as the base, but adding in some vibrancy with these amazing coral garden roses (they are one of my absolutely favourite varieties!). I wanted to add in some depth, so I chose smokebush foliage (that darker, plummy leaf) along with the black privet berries, purple trachelium, and touches of purple astrantia as a filler. When you're planning your flowers, you'll want to think about texture and shape as well as the colours. I love the whispy, botanical vibe that touches of white veronica give this bouquet. Finally, I added in touches of jasmine foliage - when things are getting a little too much, I find it's best to place in a sold-coloured, richly toned leaf to ground the design.

wedding florist in winnipeg - pink wedding flower ideas

INGREDIENTS

Sword Acacia
Jasmine Foliage
Romantic Antique Garden Rose (**one of my personal faves!)
Secret Garden Rose
Trachilium
Gunni Eucalyptus
Veronica
Black Privet Berries