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Expect the Unexpected for Wedding Flowers in 2019

If it looks like Flower Trends Forecast expects many weddings to include pinks, blues, grays and peach colors, we are not the only ones!  Wedding colors set the scene for the biggest day in many brides’ lives.  Brides choose colors they love and colors that they feel reflect who they are and who they aspire to be, and most aspire to be in touch with today’s styles.  At David’s Bridal you will find more shades and hues of blue than any other color (10), followed by grays and pinks.  In Steel Blue you will find 255 different dresses and in Petal pink 230!  So yes, expect blue and pink weddings in 2019!

FoPepperberryUniqueFolageandBerryr wedding flowers, be ready to offer the unique and different.  Brides want their flowers to be a change from what friends and family have carried previously.  Finding out what is unique to each bride takes exploration. Be prepared to ask.  If you really want to exceed expectations you will have to offer unexpected choices. Think how many bridal bouquets you have seen in the last six months that include king protea, be prepared to move on!

One trend to take advantage of is using fun foliages.  Although there will still be lots of bouquets with weeping eucalyptus, look to other foliages as a way to make bouquets one-of-a-kind.  With brides preferring more textural looks, mixed foliages provide not only an array of textures but a way to make bouquets reflect individual personalities and aspirations. All-foliage bouquets will be in the mix for 2019! Unique foliages are the ‘new’ flower for 2019!

The trend toward less muted, mono-botanical bouquets and more toward juxtaposed colors, textures and mixed flower bouquets continues.  Bigger bouquets look to be the choice of many brides but do not be surprised for those wanting smaller bouquets, just be sure the flowers are exquisite and have a unique twist.  It might just be the cinnamon basil or the Britton shiso (burgundy Japanese basil) that puts the bouquet over-the-top for the bride. Brides love to hear what makes their bouquets different and you must offer options!

TheBelieverBouquetThe Believer look identified by Flower Trends Forecast is filled with faith and hope for the future.  Rich blues and pinks carry the look especially when paired with muted tan and a soft blushing peach.  Navy blue becomes the new neutral serving as a backdrop for the pink to pop against.  Pink flowers such as lilies, roses, peonies and yes, protea, will pop when paired with blue hydrangea and eryngium.

For a more elegant romantic look brides may lean more toward the Ethereal Bliss trend.  A more mythical and minimalistic style where sage and lavender play key roles with soft pink.  Florals include garden flowers like roses, dahlias and astilbe along with gray and gray-green foliages like dusty miller, sage and seeded eucalyptus.  The palette combines soft tints with rich base tones and warm textures that will feel ‘just right’ for many brides.

PinkPeonyEtherealBlissTheBeliever2Vines, pods, mushrooms, berries and succulents are finding their way into bridal bouquets in 2019.  A style Flower Trends Forecast has dubbed; Forest Walk.  With life so entrenched in modern media many brides will look to the natural world to define their promising future.  One that is wrapped in things of nature and exudes the textures of organic life.  Textural, heavily petaled flowers like chrysanthemum and cactus zinnia work well, as do flowers with exceptional features such as scabiosa stellata and rice flower.  Unusual foliages and mosses can play a key role; consider succulents and tillandsia, to weave in with vines, pods and mushrooms.

Prom may be just the spot for all the red and orange trend we see emerging in 2019.  For those brides with bolder personalities the Hear Me Roar trend look will provide a palette for being seen.  Here is a style palette rich in reds and oranges that can be offset with teal. The Hear Me Roar theme is well suited to structured, sculptural designs. Flowers that fit well include tropicals, including orchids, and line flowers such as gladiola, crocosmia and kniphofia.  You will remember the Hear Me Roar look when you see dominating red using saturated Bordeaux, cinnabar or even burnt orange!

Unique cut flowers wow consumers.  But, do not overlook the obvious or take for granted the beauty consumers see, that we too often take for granted.  The ruffled edge of a gladiola or tulip could be just the visual cue that a customer is looking for to be inspired.  View full 2019 Trend Details.

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 Since 2009, IFD has published their annual Flower Trends Forecast to inform the flower and design industries about the upcoming year’s flower, color, decor, and wedding design trends. To learn more about IFD’s Flower Trends Forecast, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

International Floral Distributors, Inc. is a marketing consortium of 19 flower distributors with over 60 locations in the United States providing flowers, supplies, and an annual Flower Trends Forecast to leading floral decorators, designers, and retailers. For more information about IFD, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

Produce Marketing Association is the trade association that connects the global produce and floral supply chains to make opportunities bigger and problems smaller through industry-driven strategic initiatives.  For more information on PMA visit their website.


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New flower trends are born as consumers shift their preferences from one attribute to another.  It can be color, it can be design style, it can be flower type, or any other or combination of a long list of potential attributes that contribute to consumers’ preferences of one floral purchase over another.  Once a significant number of consumers indicate a change in preferences a trend emerges.  Understanding shifts in consumer preferences provides insight in how to best shift product offerings to better please your customers.

Flower Trends Forecast 2019 provides awareness of shifts in consumer preferences that are likely happening within your customers.  Flower Trends Forecast 2019 is published by International Floral Distributors (IFD) in partnership with the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) to keep the flower industry informed of the latest consumer trends for flowers and floral décor.  Michael J. Skaff, AIFD, PFCI, AAF studied consumer preferences to forecast upcoming flower, color, décor and wedding flower design trends.  Flower Trends Forecast 2019 is released October 1, 2018 and is available nationally through IFD Distributors.

TIFD Flower Trends Forecast 2019 FW1he trends identified in Flower Trends Forecast 2019 from International Floral Distributors reflects the powerful role of cut flowers in our lives, a role of commanding expression! The beauty and intricacy of flowers is more coveted than ever. Today we want flowers that are expressive, that reflect our needs and aspirations for comfort and beauty, in natural stylings.  Consumers demand more natural design styles using a wider variety of flower materials than ever before.  Unique blooms have never been more popular and succulents seem to be on every consumers’ mind, especially millennials.

Though there are many attributes and factors that influence how and what consumers purchase, visual cues are the most influential. For flowers that means looking fresh!  But beyond perceived freshness, the strongest and most persuasive visual cue is color.  Knowing what color palettes are increasing in popularity can be found in Flower Trends Forecast 2019 and adjusting product offerings to align with consumer preferences is a sure way to draw in more customers.

Mixed flowers and lots of colors of flowers that create textural interest are more popular than simple or common flower combinations.  More than ever, consumers, especially brides, are looking for unique pairings of flowers that will stand out and make a statement.  Carefully curating distinctive flowers that create unique textural feels in the right color palettes is a surefire method for attracting attention.

IFDFlowerTrendsForecast2019HMR2Consumers love of succulents and unique flowers demonstrates their hunger for a life full of distinguishing experiences.  From their selection of more exotic blooms to the experience of the purchase, today’s consumers want the flowers and the ways they buy them to feel unique and expand their life experiences.


Unique cut flowers wow consumers.  But, do not overlook the obvious or take for granted the beauty consumers see, that we too often take for granted.  The ruffled edge of a gladiola or tulip could be just the visual cue that a customer is looking for to be inspired.

IFD Flower Trends Forecast 2019 HMR1IFD will reveal more about trending flowers and floral decor for 2019, in their annual Flower Trends Forecast available Monday, October 1st.

 

Since 2009, IFD has published their annual Flower Trends Forecast to inform the flower and design industries about the upcoming year’s flower, color, decor, and wedding design trends. To learn more about IFD’s Flower Trends Forecast, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

International Floral Distributors, Inc. is a marketing consortium of 19 flower distributors with over 60 locations in the United States providing flowers, supplies, and an annual Flower Trends Forecast to leading floral decorators, designers, and retailers. For more information about IFD, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.

 

Produce Marketing Association is the trade association that connects the global produce and floral supply chains to make opportunities bigger and problems smaller through industry-driven strategic initiatives.  For more information on PMA visit their website.


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2017 Flower Trends Forecast

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Mimosa, Turquoise, Honeysuckle, Tangerine Tango…

The perky, punchy hues so popular in the early part of the decade feel like distant memories. 

“There’s been a huge color shift,” said Michael Skaff, AAF, AIFD, PFCI, shown above. “The bright pure tones have become more muted.” He credits the palette cleanse, in part, to political surprises, which have been numerous as of late (2016’s highlight reel: Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Colombians’ original rejection of President Santos’ peace treaty with FARC, South Korea’s impeachment of President Park Geun-hye and, of course, the election of Donald Trump)

“These changes leave us uneasy because we don’t know what’s going to happen.”

In response, he explains, we cling to hues “that are aren’t loud or bold.”

Today’s “it” colors all have gray undertones, he said: “Some describe this as ‘muddy’ but I prefer ‘complex.’ These are mature shades with depth that help create very sophisticated designs.” (For his part, Skaff was not surprised with the Pantone Color Institute named Greenery the 2017 color of the year. While it’s been  called a “springtime” shade, the color is surprisingly complex and flexible.

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International Floral Distributors Releases Highly Anticipated 2018 Flower Trends Forecast Revealing Consumers’ Need for the Unique and Natural

FTF Press ReleaseIn today’s world, there is no escaping the constant barrage of social media, instant news, and 24/7 connectivity, as well as the emotions they produce or the exhaustion that follows.  How we live our lives and where we find solace and meaning is influencing trends in consumer preferences for cut flowers and floral decor.

The evolution of technology has armed today’s consumers with a myriad of easily accessible information—equipping them with the knowledge they need to make their own decisions about their purchases. Though these informed consumers are becoming their own specialists of sorts, they are also looking to evade the overwhelming noise of technology and seek expert guidance. Now, sellers find themselves not only in the position to provide their audience with trending products, they are also competing with the information their consumers are gaining from the internet. Due to this transformation in the seller-buyer dynamic, it is more pertinent than ever for industry professionals to constantly understand and remain aware of consumer buying trends. Without this wisdom, trained experts will fail to stay ahead of the market.

To prevent such occurrences, International Floral Distributors, Inc. (IFD) persistently works to supply those in the flower and design industries with the latest consumer trends. As part of that work, IFD partners with a floral trend forecaster each year to research modern consumers, their flower design preferences, and the factors that affect their decisions. This year, IFD once again collaborated with trend forecaster, Michael J. Skaff, AIFD, PFCI, AAF, to examine the upcoming flower, color, decor, and wedding design trends for their annual Flower Trends Forecast. IFD would now like to share a sneak peek into what they found to be the top trends for 2018.

Consumers’ aspiration for a melting pot far exceeds the mixture of cultures and opinions within a society. This enthusiasm has now entered the home. Nowadays, consumers crave to attain a flawless combination of opposites—the indoors and nature, classic and modern, domestic and international, lavish and minimal, trendy and unique. IFD trend forecaster, Michael Skaff, believes consumers’ constant desire for juxtapositions is due to their inherent love of change “in their lives, homes, and work environments.” One minute, consumers want to be whisked off to the relaxing Mediterranean coast while in the next, they aim to lead lives filled with elegance and opulence like 18th century French royalty. Though they strive for inclusivity, consumers still seek the one-of-a-kind experience and ways to showcase their individuality as well. By owning such unique items, consumers experience a sense of reward they cannot achieve elsewhere. For Skaff, websites like Pinterest and Etsy serve as sources of inspiration for consumers to create or own hand-crafted items that perfectly express their uniqueness. Through distinct color choices, bold flower selections, and uncommon accents, consumers will aim to obtain those ideal combinations and assert their originality in every design choice they make in 2018.

One way consumers will accomplish this special style is by incorporating global design into their lives. Because of modern advancements in technology, today’s consumers are often connected on a global scale and “can easily find the latest trend and inspirational information globally,” according to Skaff. Consumers then become captivated by these numerous international cultures, like those of Greece, Spain, Italy, and Egypt. These four countries in particular provide an unmatched combination of serenity and adventure demanded by today’s buyers. The laid-back Mediterranean coast will excite with its casual charm, bold natural color palette, and classic luxurious feel. The earthy blues, oranges, and browns seen in a traditional Mediterranean villa will appear in striking geometric patterns, hand-painted ceramic vessels, and formal pedestal vases. Natural greens, reds, and yellows will come alive in Bells of Ireland, dahlias, and sunflowers. Mediterranean cuisine will mix with elegant blooms as olives and citrus fruits mingle with delicate cream Sahara roses, blue agapanthus, and rust-colored calla lilies. Whether it be with grand cascading bouquets, intricate geometric patterns, or rustic natural accents, the Mediterranean coast is sure to inspire many consumers in 2018.

ArticleBlogFTFPressReleaseThe rationale behind consumers’ passion for the calming Mediterranean coast stems from their desire to create a refuge within the home. With the current political, social, and environmental unrest circling the world, today’s consumers are looking to escape the turmoil and turn their homes into natural sanctuaries. Their hope of creating a personal haven collides with their passion for protecting the environment as they bring organic elements indoors and embrace nature’s healing spirit. Whether it be through reusing goods, incorporating nature into the home, or purchasing eco-friendly products, Skaff believes today’s consumers, especially Millennials, place more significance on nature’s role in their design styles. Skaff predicts consumers will illustrate this love of nature by reinventing natural materials in modern industrial looks. Design choices will showcase the chic, artistic side of nature with beautiful combinations of mobile wood grains, raw stone, and burnished metal accessories. Consumers will aim to catapult the traditional garden style to new heights with vibrant ginger, delphinium, and celosia blooms. Nature’s distinct textures will adorn the home through coarse fabrics, smooth leather, raw seed pods, and 3D metal flowers. Consumers will continue to search for the ultimate way to transcend the boundary between nature and the home, and there is no better way to end their quest than with an organic design that boasts an eco-friendly lifestyle.

TrendReleaseArticlePoshBouquetAlong with consumers’ peaked interest in the environment for the past several years, the design world has also witnessed an increased focus on France and its posh ambiance. No matter if it is historic or modern style, France continues to enthrall consumers and their enthusiasm for all things chic and elegant. In 2017, IFD revealed the French Connection trend, and Skaff believes this “romantic, lavish look is taken to the next level for 2018 with even more luxurious elements.” Reminiscent of passionate 18th century France, 2018’s updated take on classic French design will mystify consumers with its soft, feminine features. Consumers will adore dreamy floral arrangements filled with copious ruffled flowers like those found in roses, peonies, and ranunculus Various shades of purple will surge into the trend scene for the first time since the 2010-11 seasons and will complement bounds of pink hues. Symbolic of wealth, gold will resound as 2018’s metallic of the year and flourish alongside the subtle blues, greys, and neutrals found in traditional French decor. Complete this timeless, haute French design with elegant Mother of Pearl finishes, distressed antique gold, and metallic bronze accents that will effortlessly please every romantic.

For consumers who are searching for something a little less lavish, a more youthful design combining a repurposed style and spirited artistic expression will better suit their tastes. With its fun and optimistic charm, the updated folk art design will perfectly embody consumers’ aspiration for showcasing their quirky side. Due to Millennials’ infatuation with vibrant colors, Skaff predicts we will witness “a slight throwback from the ‘60s where bold, bright colors were in textiles, fashion, and interior colors.” Consumers’ optimistic spirit will be unearthed with brilliant color combinations of bright orange, pink, and purple alongside subtle cream, sage, and peach. Punches of these saturated colors will come alive in quirky polka dot fabrics, multi-floral prints, and geometric star patterns. Consumers will look to add their personal touch by incorporating hand-crafted containers, butterfly motifs, and other one-of-a-kind artisanal elements to their designs. The hippy style will meet country chic as vibrant gerbera daisies, rainbow roses, and sunflowers explode in eclectic colored glass vases. Using the beauty of embroidery, origami, and quilting, remind consumers of their creativity and end their quest for whimsy with an eclectic folk art design.

IFD will reveal more about this whimsical style, as well as the other three trending designs for 2018, in their annual Flower Trends Forecast reveal available Sunday, October 1st.

Every year, IFD publishes their Flower Trends Forecast to help inform those in the flower and design industries about the upcoming year’s anticipated flower, color, decor, and wedding design trends. As part of this forecast, IFD generates an annual Trend Book, as well as various trend and sponsor videos, that illustrate what they found to be the next year’s flower and design trends. These publications usually encompass four dominant themes IFD’s trend forecaster created based on consumer buying preferences. Once IFD and their trend forecaster have established this information, it is then released on their website and various social media platforms, as well as in their Flower Trends Forecast print publication. To learn more about IFD’s Flower Trends Forecast, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, RSS Feed, and YouTube.

International Floral Distributors, Inc. is a marketing consortium of 19 flower distributors with over 60 locations in the United States providing flowers, supplies, and an annual Flower Trends Forecast to leading floral decorators, designers, and retailers. For more information about IFD and their distributors, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.


Flower Trends Forecast 2017

Reveals Insights into Evolving Bridal Preferences

International Floral Distributor’s (IFD) Trend Forecaster, Michael J. Skaff, AIFD, PFCI, AAF has scoured the floral, fashion, and home décor industries to find the top styles trending in today’s market. According to Skaff, this process often begins a full two years before the trends are actually released and is greatly impacted by what he notices in marketplace as well as during meetings of various design groups. Skaff noted how the current global social, political, and economic unrest has been affecting fashion and home décor trends. Trending colors have evolved to new complex colors that reflect the current anxiety and unrest individuals may be feeling. This new consumer sentiment has led to a shift of popular wedding and decorating color palettes. IFD’s Flower Trends Forecast shares the latest trends in flowers for 2017 and here are popular new color trends and some of their impact on weddings styles.

 

French Connection is an overabundant look anchored with deep red tones offset with by pastels and graphic gray.

 

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For the sophisticated bride, expect the sensuous and seductive look of the French Connection. Luxurious romantic blooms of orchids, roses, and hydrangeas appearing in softer red hues with hints of orange and brown provide a rich and multicultural air. Flowers are used in abundance in this moderately muted and passionate style. French country mixes with a more formal Parisian design style to present a look that embraces the past in a modern and holistic approach. Bridesmaid dresses are sophisticated with classy colors like parfait, clover, and pool blue and designs such as small botanical prints. The French Connection bride loves life’s finer things and will accent her day with refined metallic pieces, lavish ribbons, and pedestal vases.

 

 

Force of Nature use serene shades of blue and green to create a rich natural and soothing style.

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The nature-loving bride is captivated by the serene shades of blue and green found in the Force of Nature. This free and casual theme harmoniously connects the bride to the natural world. Bundles of mono-botanical flowers like iris, hydrangea, or scabiosa are gathered in cobalt blue or frosted glass vases in garden and nautical arrangements. Wedding dress colors are a wide array of blues and greens and are paired with blue or gray tuxedos. The setting is peaceful as rich spa and oasis blues pop and complement the organic green surrounding of a natural world. Heirloom roses come alive in artesian flared vases alongside variegated foliage and ferns. Textural flowers of scabiosa and nigella combine with the elegance of orchids and hydrangeas to provide a calm garden feel.

 

 

Modern Wonders uses clean lines and a rich palette of warm golds, coppers, taupes and oranges to combine cultural antiquities with natural elements

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The bride looking for a contemporary and simplistic take on her event will love the simple chic lines of the Modern Wonders trend. The style blends the spirit of Asian antiquities with natural elements in simple but strong lines. Modern Wonders contrasts graphic oranges with muted purples and earth tones to create an affectionate and welcoming atmosphere. Unique and vibrant flowers express the desire for a rare and rich experience. Tropical flowers like orange anthurium and bromiads juxtapose chocolate cosmos and cymbidiums as well as rich plum calla lilies and burgundy Astilbe. Modern Wonders’ hints of warm gold are offset by powerful shades of greyed blues and copper. Artifacts, surface structures, and crafted textures unite the new with the old for a modern sophistication that brings warmth and simplicity to the bride’s special occasion.

 

 

 

 

Into The Jungle is inspired by both muted and brilliant jungle hues that express a passion for exploration and rich experiences.

Into The JungleTravel and lifestyle transform into a cosmopolitan everyday elegance with Into the Jungle.   The bride is confident, passionate, and called to the wild. Sun-kissed shades of orange, yellow, and red glisten alongside tropical foliage, mosses, vines, cork, and bamboo. Yellow and orange orchids, protea, and roses combine with exceptional flowers such as heliconia, leucadendron, celosia, and brunia creating the adventure of a tropical jungle. Tangerine, lemon lime, sunbeam, and clover bridesmaid dresses are patterned, weaved, and plaited with fabrics inspired by the Savanna. The brilliant muted tones of Into the Jungle are combined with natural accessories of bamboo and cork. This is a multicultural safari grounded in urban influences to embody an ethereal tranquility that shimmers in flowers and fashion.

Brides choose a color that they feel is the best reflection of their style. Often around ‘her’ color, the bride will build a palette of colors and a style for her wedding. ’Her’ color can be any color, but the palette of colors and the style she chooses for her special day are generally driven by current fashion trends.. Flower Trends Forecast takes into account trends in fashion and home décor and applies emerging color and style trends to flowers and floral décor.

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