Guest Post: The Florist Insider

Leading Sydney florist, Sally Thompson of Blushing Blooms shares her take on the new and exciting wedding flower trends for 2011.

In welcoming 2011 we also welcome some new and exciting trends in wedding flowers, floral styling and wedding décor.

Bold colours will be huge for 2011 – the days of the shy and retiring bouquet are long departed! Fuchsia, orange and cherry tones contrasted with splashes of lime green and yellow will dominate as brides follow trends emanating from Europe and the US. Over-the-top colours add glamour against dark bridesmaids gowns add oomph to wedding photos. Combined with the ongoing popularity of daring coloured wedding shoes, brides for the new year will embrace colour daringly and celebrate nature’s most vibrant blooms with gusto.


The lust for vintage and rustic-chic will continue beyond 2011.  Fluffy, feminine flowers in muted tones of musky pinks, creams and silvers will also remain popular. Embellishment of bouquets with jewelled brooches, buttons and other quirky relics (be it from Nanna’s drawer, a family heirloom or a thrift shop) will grow with brides seeking to add details and personalisation to their big day.



The more classic vintage look will see bouquets and centerpieces with masses of single species blooms with an emphasis on shading and soft texture – peonies, hydrangea and ranunculus will feature heavily. Rustic-chic inspired brides will request looser and more free flowing designs with an emphasis on organic and unusual details such as twigs, nests, berries and mosses.


As an extension of the ongoing trend of mis-matched bridesmaids dress I believe more progressive brides will seek to have mis-matched flowers – varying bouquets from the same ‘colour story’.


To the brides of 2011 my closing words of wisdom are these; trends are fun to observe and always interesting but choose what you love. As Yves Saint Laurent famously said, ‘Fashion fades but style is eternal’ and this couldn’t be more true. Your day should reflect your personality and be a celebration of you (and your fiancée’s) personal style. Happy planning!

Author Sally Thompson.

{Bouquets 1-3 shown are the original work of Sally Thompson from Blushing Blooms Floral Studio; Images by Cathy Crawley of Beautiful Moments Photography} {Wedding flowers 4 via Martha Stewart Weddings}  {Wedding flowers 5 via Pretty Chicky Wedding Blog;mage by Carl Zoch Photography}

  1. I love the bright beautiful colors that wedding flowers come in. They add so much festivity and life to bridal bouquets and wedding centerpieces. They also remind me of Spring which is my favorite season, too!

  2. I am glad to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Thanks

  3. Jaz says:

    Wow. I never thought to incorporate boldness in a wedding. Looks like its a fantastic idea in the right colors

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