For my first live TV segment, I got to be a part of the Arizona Midday program to discuss what’s trending for weddings in 2016. So much to talk about and SO didn’t know what to expect. Well, now I know… I know that the approximately 4 minute segments on the show go by way too fast to fret over. Feeling better about the next time already. I had much more prepared than could possibly be covered on the segment so that’s where our blog comes in. Here is where we can actually cover the details and discuss. The producer had me prepare 5 different topic areas for the host to ask me about so we are just going to start there.
Question 1: What are the most common requests you get from brides for 2016?
Brides come to me for custom designs, high quality and for something unique. I choose to work with a wide variety of styles because I love change. But there are definitely some general trends and I feel I could put each of my brides in one of three categories quite well.
a. They want greens. They want a garden. I’ve even had some brides say “I don’t even care what type they are I just want greens! Greens everywhere!” I thought that was just the cutest. Such a popular style and I can’t blame any of us in Arizona for wanting more greenery in our lives. They want that vintage, spring garden look and feel. It’s whimsical and romantic with a more organic style and shape. It’s like trying to capture a perfect garden and placing it in your hands, your ceremony, and your reception. Dreamy.
b. Make it unique. Make it funky. Make a statement. These brides are ready to see something different and step away from traditional. Asymmetrical is the key, and then you play a lot with lines, textures and colors. Here is where the floral professional gets a chance to use the unfamiliar and unconventional in bouquets and arrangements. Organic modern art.
c. Fancy and classic. The traditional full and more round bouquet is still a favorite for many. However, the contemporary spin is for exposed stems and less than perfect sphere shape. Though round and full, you make each flower pop by varying type, texture and color. If greens are included they are more of a subtle accent as the focus is all on the petals and blooms. I use high-end flowers and seek out the unique varieties so while the style is traditional, there is nothing ordinary about it. This style is plush, soft, feminine and elegant. It’s a classic style for a reason…
Question 2: What are the colors of the year for 2016 & why do they matter?
The colors of the year for 2016 are Rose Quartz & Serenity. These are a light blush tone and a light sort of periwinkle color. Their popularity has been building over the last few years and what these two colors indicate is a trending in pastels. Not to worry people—these are not the bright Easter egg pastels of the 80s and early 90s. Today the pastels are generally more muted and seemingly neutral. These subdued tones are both happy and peaceful and create a very soft and delicate sort of beauty perfectly fitted for a wedding. As the sun sets in the west, look to the east and you will see rose quartz and serenity in the clouds. It’s perfection.
For more practical reasons, designing your event surrounding colors that are on trend will do a couple things for you. First, on trend means it is currently in style and will most likely to continue to be in style for some time. You don’t want your big day to appear dated before it gets here. Secondly, if pastels and especially particular hues and colors are trending, then you can bet you will have better luck finding options for bridesmaid dresses.
Question 3: Are we noticing any general trends or shifts in weddings?
The answer is always. Artists and designers always want to create something new and different and so styles and trends will always be changing—but that’s what makes it fun for us all right? Here are just a few changes seen in the industry these days. First, there’s a moving away from the DIY, shabby chic and burlap look and people are seeking a more professional and stylized look. The rustic is still widely popular, but you are seeing transform into more of an “elevated rustic” and then there’s our “bohemian chic.” Even the more minimalist styles require expert eyes to achieve the right aesthetic. It’s all about attention to detail. The words opulence and decadence are what come to mind as you see more and more fine detail work in jewelry, hair, dresses and décor than ever before. Bouquets and vases are oversized and overflowing. Flowers and foliage are bountiful and abundant. We just can’t get enough! (And I am LOVING it! The flowers are my favorite part!) We also see a breaking away from tradition. A perfect example is the increasingly popular colored wedding gown. The rules for how to do your wedding are as flexible as ever so have some fun!
Question 4: What do your recommend for brides while planning for their flowers?
Me! Aubrey’s Petals! Ok, if it doesn't work out for us to work together, find another florist that has an interest in you. I have a set of questions I send to all of my new brides to help me paint a clearer picture of their style and what they want. I believe in doing custom work and in order to ensure you are designing with the person in mind, you have to know more about them and their event. Packages are easy and simple, but you limit your options and typically will not get as good of a value. Packages may aid you in your research as you budget, but custom designs and quotes will always fit you best. Also, when working with a trusted florist (you like their work and you like them) that is offering a custom design plan and quote, it is best to give them some creative leeway. A professional florist can help you find something you didn’t know about that you may like better than the pinterest photo, or perhaps they switch to a very similar flower and save you a lot of money.
Question 5: Where do you recommend Brides go to find out what’s in style or trending?
Nearly every bride today has a pinterest board (or 30) and Pinterest is still a great place to collect images of what you like to discover what you like best. Instagram posts are viewed in order of most recent so this helps with relevancy. Also, whatever you see in Vogue, makes its way down into all channels of retail—so feel free to pick up wedding and even fashion magazines to see what’s here and what’s coming. Attending bridal shows and venue open houses is another great way to see more all at once and have a good time while you are at it. Here's a picture of our booth at the February 28, 2016 Phoenix Bridal show. There is a world full of options to explore-- try to have fun with it rather than be overwhelmed. At the end of the day, the only thing that truly matters is the two of you and your decision to commit yourselves fully to each other. Be in love and be happy (and maybe buy some flowers too.)