Latest trends in floral décor: Larger than life installations, cut flowers, storytelling with flower
by Kanika Mehta Weddings | October 31, 2014 | News
Ferns N Petals Weddings and Events NGV Wedding Planners Theme Weavers International
With the focus on décor and the entire aesthetic aspect of the wedding, flowers are being used extensively in wedding decoration. Even props, which form the highlight of the wedding, are being prepared with flowers.
Floral installations, which are larger than life, not only double up as props and add volume to the décor, but are perfect attention-grabbers at weddings and social events. In addition, the upkeep of the venue remains neater and cleaner.
Lalita Raghav, Vice President, Ferns N Petals Weddings and Events, confirmed “For this season the main trend is ‘Big is beautiful.’ “
Speaking on similar lines, Annushree Agarwal, Partner, Theme Weavers International said, “Aimless florals are definitely a no-no. By that I mean, bunches of flowers used haphazardly without a unified thought process. What's trending is 'telling a tale with flowers', and this includes large floral installations such as unicorns and peacocks and extrapolation of concepts in a life size manner. This not only catches the eye instantly, but also is a mood setter for the event.”
Moreover, a lot of artificial flowers are being used these days which makes colour combinations easy as a result of ready availability. Artificial flowers that look almost real, are used widely to save cost and wastage.
Speaking of décor elements that can be teamed with florals, Lalita also mentioned that organic and raw elements like dry skeleton leaves and flowers, bamboo, etc look exotic in addition to flowers. Floral arrangements generally need exotic cut-flowers and to achieve the ‘Big is beautiful’ concept, cut-flowers are being used more as compared to Indian flowers like genda.
While on the other hand, Ahana Chowdhury, Partner, NGV Wedding Planners spoke about fruits made of wax or plastic, ferns and dry wood props that can be teamed up with flowers. She also described how innovative shapes of vases, containers, pots make flowers beautiful as centrepieces. For those who like a bit of quirk, wine bottles, kettles, and milk cans with flowers can be used. Anushree spoke of elements like photo frames, clocks, bells, mint jars, crystal, antique furniture, fresh foliage etc which go well with florals.
Also explaining how minimalist décor can be as sensational as elaborate floral work, Lalita said, “Whenever you opt for a theme, bear in mind that the number of props and floral arrangements can reduce in number, but that is what can be eye-catching, if created aesthetically and placed intelligently.”
To that, Ahana added, “As a wedding planner, minimal use of flowers is something we always suggest our clients as flowers are very seasonal. Use of lights, props, and interesting styles of draping is something we tend to emphasize more on. People are getting conscious about the wastage of food and flowers at weddings, and we like to respect that opinion. It is important to be ecologically conscious too.”
Instead of using small arrangements through the venue to fill up blank spaces, many planners have moved to using lesser number of props that are larger in size.