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Green for 2017

The Perfect Neutral

This is the stuff wedding planning dreams are made of. To have the wonderful Gemma from Planet Flowers share her thoughts on trends for the year. Working with her lovely team of #PlanetBees (who are renowned for their jaw-dropping floral creations) they are a top team of creative designers. Over to Gemma on how to make the most of this year’s Pantone colour of the year and all things green…

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“It is an incredibly exciting time for florists and all botanical lovers at the moment, with floral trends being heavily influenced by foliage. What better year for leading colour choosers Pantone to crown “Greenery” as colour of the year for 2017! Although Pantone have gone for quite a spring green, a really refreshing burst of colour, I think all green tones are a wonderful choice right now.
“Green is the perfect neutral background – the Switzerland of colour shall we say! Whether it’s a subtle pink you have decided upon or a zesty yellow, there is always a green shade that will play well with your colourings, making it a very easy colour to incorporate into your wedding day.

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“Floristry has been rejuvenated since greenery and foliage have been accepted back into wedding fashion. Florists have been yearning to satisfy our growing desire to bring nature back into design. The sky is now the limit, we can look at nature – the big outdoors as our inspiration to create settings that dreams are made of… too much? I don’t think so!
“Let your guests dine under canopies of foliage or walk through aisles lined with wild flower borders. Fill your bouquet with the sweetest foliage of your favourite scent to keep your nerves at bay as you walk into your ceremony.
“A little greenery can go a long way and with the rustic movement holding fast, it’s a thrifty way to keep costs down without compromising on the look.

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“Dark rich greens, such a as garden cut ivy, placed alongside logs and candles, with the odd fern plant or a flowering plant in keeping with your wedding palette is the perfect way to soften a corner but still keep things natural.
“Moss is also brilliant at giving a new green texture to your tablescape or using in a feature area. It is incredibly pliable and versatile; it can be tucked into objects, draped over tables or you can create shapes out of it. If you are a crafter and you want some unique botanical pieces at your wedding, then moss is your friend! It dries out in the shape you would like and keeps its colour so you can make designs with it well in advance, leaving you with the only job of positioning it on the day.

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“Actual greenery aside, there is a huge variety of green shades in flowers, so if you are looking for the light in the shade of all your natural overgrown foliage, there are many vibrant green flowers you can use that will give you added texture as well as a splash of a more vibrant green.
“Using texture within greenery gives added interest and helps highlight the flowers themselves. I often meet brides totally lost in the world of flower names and the staggering choice that is now available. It really doesn’t matter that you may not know the names of flowers or foliage, all that matters is that you know what you like and don’t like.
“I often take my brides into our chillers so that they can be inspired by what might be in there on that day. Even if the flower shop you visit doesn’t have the right colour of flowers you are looking for, they will have things that come in other colours so you can let them know if you like a shape, size or texture of a specific one to help them suggest alternative varieties to you.
“Green is symbolic of new beginnings, what better colour to feature in your wedding day flowers…”
So, who’s up for embracing the greenery for 2017? We’d love to hear your thoughts, or questions for Gemma. Alie x