March 13th, 2017 | Rachel Parry
Following the announcement of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year ‘Greenery’, we’ve seen popular botanical themed weddings blossom further and those having relaxed, rustic weddings switching blousy buds in place trailing foliage.
As a wedding theme, Greenery is influencing couples on several levels; though colour (obvs!) but also through the materials and patterns that they incorporate, and even the setting that they choose for their big day.
So, for those of you who heart this fresh horticultural look, we’re topping up the inspiration with our very own Greenery style sheet, showing how the happening hue can flourish in as many, or as few, elements of the wedding as you desire…
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Following a surge of botanics in the interiors and fashion, it was only a matter of time before they began shooting up weddings too. Leafy plants and foliage perhaps reflect the greenery trend best, particularly when Pantone’s zesty shade is mixed with darker tones for luxurious texture and depth.
Replacing an abundance of flowers with such greens can be a cheaper yet equally effective way to make a styling statement. Long and low centre pieces can be created with sprawling plants, whether left in an undone, roaming fashion or delicately intertwined for a neat yet natural finish.
Suspended décor continues to crop up in weddings and is perfect for the Greenery trend, whether it be a full leafy type meadow turned on its head and hung from above, or cute cuttings secured on rows of brown string.
Those in favour of a more pared back look, will want to keep things clean with white linen, pillar candles, clear glassware and structured arrangements. If it’s a regal look that’s desired, mixing in metallic and mercury glass accessories will add an instant opulent edge.
Finally, the green theme can be reinforced with coordinating runners, napkins, glassware and crockery.
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Though not a colour often associated with wedding attire, hints of green are starting to sprout in various bride, groom and maid collections, as demonstrated by Jenny Packham’s stunning Apache dress in Celadon Green.
If, however a coloured dress is a step to far for brides, they can play on the greenery theme by sticking to traditional white for their gown and adding bright and beautiful leaves to their look through their bouquet – and for ultimate impact – a flower/foliage crown. Of course, there is the option to incorporate green coloured accessories too, such as footwear and jewellery.
The maids can also get in on the stripped-back white and botanical look, or alternatively wear varying shades of green to reflect the earthy hues seen in everyday nature.
Grooms need not shy away from green either, with gorgeous deep forest tone suits coming through in collections, which team with tan leather accessories perfectly for a super-smart appearance. Those having rustic weddings can also reflect the trend through country tweed designs, or checked shirt and dicky bow combinations.
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Couples can keep the greenery theme going in the details of their day too.
Stationery designers in particular have got the look down to a tee, with an abundance of lush patterns and prints to choose from. These can feature throughout, on everything from the invites and order of service to menus and name places. Those looking for an alternative seating plan meanwhile can create an apt focal point by pinning guests’ names on coordinating ‘table strings’ with a dainty peg and plant clipping.
Thoughtful and tasty flavours can also come into play, with the option of giving bottled herb-infused oils, small potted plants, or simple seeds to take away and grow at home.
As well as being in keeping with the theme, herbs can be a great addition to a wedding to create a memorable scent from the day; whether they appear as favours, within table décor or even the buttonholes and bouquets.
Finally, sweet-wise, interest can be added to neutral coloured cakes with dainty foliage, leaves or even small succulents.
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Rachel joined the Brides Up North editorial team as Features Editor in February 2015. Rachel draws on her news reporting background, experience in features, bridal & lifestyle editing for previous regional titles and time spent working for Yorkshire’s most successful PR agencies. Yet to tie the knot herself, Rachel's own wedding looks set to be very, very pretty...
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