Central Illinois Memorable Barn Wedding

Alex and Nikki’s wedding is one of the most memorable weddings we have done for a multitude of reasons!!  First, this bride says “You can never have too many flowers!”  We agree with Nikki and loved creating her gorgeous floral vision.  Because of heavy rains in the early  morning, the ceremony was moved inside the barn, but the sun came out and they were still able to proceed with the rest of their plans for the day.  Second, about 2 a.m. in the morning my husband suffered a heart attack and we will never forget how family and friends rallied around us and helped set up the wedding and reception decor.  Third, the venue owner had some bizarre expectations even expecting us to place all the table linens for her!!  We are so thankful that in spite of the challenges, everything came together beautifully!!
 
Alex and Nikki  celebrated their one year anniversary of being together at Harpole’s Heartland Lodge where they were hiking, fishing and four-wheeling.  As they stopped back at the lodge for a break, Alex told Nikki he  needed to fix something on the four wheeler, but what he really did was  create a wonderful surprise for her.  He led her to  their favorite bluff and as they rounded the corner, there was a basket with a whole picnic spread on a blanket in front of a beautiful lookout.  Alex got down on one knee and popped the question!  Nikki had no idea and hadn’t suspected a thing!!
   
Nikki was not looking forward to dress shopping as she feared she would end up at  dozens of bridal salons searching for the dress that would work for her.  As she started looking through plastic bag after plastic bag of white dresses, they seemed to blend together.   But after she tried on a few different styles, she started to narrow it down and about 10 dresses in she knew at that instant the dress she had on was it!!  She had heard of people having that experience but never believed she would be one of them.  She was able to wear her mother’s veil which was very sentimental for them.
 
Alex and Nikki are both laid back and love the outdoors.  When deciding on the theme/style for their wedding it was important to have a place where all of their family and friends could be there to truly celebrate their union.  They chose a mix of rustic and classic which suits their personalities.  Rain or shine (which it did both on their big day) they were going to have it outside and after the ceremony in the barn, they were able to move everything outside so guests could enjoy the games they had planned.
   
Nikki chose a blend of bright and cheerful blooms for her wedding bouquets and ceremony decor as well as her reception table decor.
 
Thinking about their favorite memory from their wedding day, Nikki stated “I can’t describe how full my heart felt when we walked into our reception and were surrounded by friends and family.  We made our way through a tent filled with people that traveled, gave up their time and incurred expenses in order to be at our wedding and help celebrate our marriage.  I felt so loved and overwhelmed with happiness.”
 
Nikki’s advice to couples just starting to plan their wedding: Get advice on vendors and venues from people who have personally used them or know others who have done business with them.  She states that reviews can be manipulated online by vendors paying a fee to clear bad reviews which is why she feels it is important to get contact information from former clients of the vendor and reach out to them.  Some of their vendors went above and beyond (caterer and florist), and others were a huge disappointment (unfortunately the venue owners).
 
Looking back Nikki says her biggest regret was thinking she would be able to tie up a few loose ends the morning of her wedding.  She did end up getting everything done but wasn’t able to relax and celebrate with her bridesmaids the morning of.  She encourages other brides to make this a priority!!  She also stated that you can never have too many flowers.  It absolutely made the space feel so special and bridal.  “I gave Nancy my vision with a couple pictures and what she created out of it was more than I could have ever imagined!”   Photos by Ernst Jacobson Photgraphy.

Call, text or email today,  309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com , to start planning your floral vision for your wedding.

What Makes A Non-Traditional Wedding?

Isthier and Catherine knew from the beginning that their wedding would be non-traditional as they planned to combine some Chinese and Bengali wedding customs during their ceremony.  As Catherine explained they wouldn’t have it any other way as she had a bride’s man and Isthier had a best lady, as well as the fact that neither of them are religious yet their ceremony was performed by a rabbi who along with his wife are close friends of theirs.
 
On the day that Isthier proposed, they had planned on taking a trip to St. Louis Arboretum.  It’s a funny story now, but at the time Catherine was a little irritated that morning as they had to get up early and he asked her to change what she had on to something a little more fancy!   He found a quiet spot in the Japanese Garden as he knew she didn’t like attention focused on her.  She was so surprised and overwhelmed she doesn’t remember what exactly he said!!
 
Catherine settled on a soft pink palette for her  wedding flowers.  She felt that white was too stark and bright colored flowers would be distracting in photos so she wanted to keep her floral vision soft.  We used a combination of pastel garden roses along with stock and mixed greens for her bridal bouquet and wedding arbor backdrop.
 
The biggest challenge of wedding planning for them was simply getting started and finding a venue.  Originally they wanted to get married in Chicago.  After realizing how much more expensive that would be as well as inconvenient (as they are located in Champaign) they found the Walton Center on a wedding website and liked the character of the charming old building with the arches and large ballroom.  Once they had their venue booked, everything started falling in place.
For their wedding decor, they tried to focus on having unique aspects.  Because she enjoys bargain hunting and re-purposing things, they had fun finding small animal figurines which they spray painted gold to enhance the floral decor.  She offers this tip for brides, “Spray paint makes anything look amazing!!”  This turned out to be her favorite part of wedding planning.
 
Among their favorite memories from their wedding day were dancing and seeing friends.  They both swing dance and their first dance was “Come Fly With Me” by Frank Sinatra.  Two of her best friends finally met each other at the wedding.  They had been blogging pen pals in college but had never met.  When Catherine posted on Facebook about her new job, her childhood friend Stephanie realized that her college pen pal Sue worked there also and that helped break the ice between Sue and Catherine.  They became such good friends that Sue was one of her bridesmaids.  It was a pretty awesome moment for Stephanie and Sue to finally meet!!
 
Are you ready to plan your own unique decor for your wedding?  We are here to help you – call, text or email to schedule your free consultation – 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

Where Do Today’s Brides Get Wedding Inspiration?

Many of today’s brides are getting their inspiration from Instagram.   Lauren’s vision for wedding decor came from a mixture of research and having personally attended a lot of weddings.  She knew her “must-haves” included an abundance of gorgeous wedding flowers, a classic color scheme and wedding decor that carried a vintage feel.  For inspiration, she followed a lot of wedding resources on Instagram such as Style Me Pretty and Ruffled Blog.  Five years ago when we asked brides this question they all answered Pinterest.  We have found Instagram is equally as important today as Pinterest for wedding inspiration.  You can follow us on Instagram here www.instagram.com/fancyfloralsbynancy/
 
Lauren and David met while students at Illinois State University in 2010 and were introduced by mutual friends.
   
Lauren had decided on the classic all-white color palette for her wedding flowers to create an elegant feel and contrast with the black tuxes and black bridesmaid dresses for their July 1st wedding date.  Because the wedding took place just days before 4th of July, she later decided to add a pop of dark red with blush to the bridal bouquets and looking back over these gorgeous wedding photos by Caitlin and Luke Photography, we are glad she did!!
 
When we asked Lauren what her and David’s favorite memory was from their wedding day, she responded “It would have to be listening to the speeches given by our siblings at the dinner reception.  We both had tears in our eyes as we laughed and reminisced about childhood memories as well as moments we have shared together in adulthood and how they felt about us as a couple.”  “The entire day was a great reminder of all the great people in our lives!”
  Lauren’s most enjoyable part of wedding planning was being able to cross things off her list for that meant she was getting closer and closer to her wedding day!!   She explained that finding herself very detail oriented, it took her a long time to make decisions as she wanted to ensure everything complimented her overall vision.
   
She stayed with the all-white flower color scheme for her reception centerpiece decor and brought in gold accents with vintage style accessories such as the table number frames, candle holders and gold & black fabric under the centerpieces which she rented from Old Oaks Vintage Rentals.  A third of the centerpieces were lush mixed greens & white blooms in our gold compote vases.
 
Another third of the table centerpieces were created again with lush mixed greens and a mix of white hydrangea, peonies, roses, tulips, snapdragons, astrantia and button mums on our elevated antique gold stands.  The final third of the tables held our antique gold candelabras with mercury votive holders and four matching votive filled with mini white bouquets scattered under the candelabras.
 
The harvest tables and gold chiavari chairs rented from Palace Events completed the magic scene against the charming warm brick walls of Epiphany Farms and Anju Above Restaurant.
David and Lauren found the key to overcoming wedding planning challenges was “compromise!”  Their biggest challenges stemmed from deciding on a budget and other major decisions such as the location of the venue and crafting the guest list.  Like all couples they had some different wants and opinions and being able to be flexible and compromise with each other is such a valuable start for a successful, happy marriage!!  We were honored to be a vendor in this beautiful wedding and offer our sincere congratulations to this couple!!

Let us create your floral vision for your wedding – call, text or email today for your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

A “Romantic-Vintage” Wedding Styled-Shoot!

This vintage styled photo shoot was born from my desire to do some re-branding for our wedding floral business.  I think because I have been a gardener for so long I am drawn to the natural, lush garden style bouquets that are becoming so popular.  A styled-shoot was a good way to try out this vision, get some photos as well as work on getting published.  I didn’t need to look far for a photographer as I had worked with Lauren on a shoot last fall and knew first hand what a talented photographer she is.
 
Because both Adore Bridal Specialty and Spruce Wedding Rentals (formerly Something old Event Rentals) had agreed to partner with us we realized the shoot would best take place close to the Washington/Morton area.   As we scouted around, we were delighted with what we found – in a Washington park this arching branched tree to decorate as a backdrop and the Danforth House with it’s lovely large porch which we initially chose as a rain back-up plan.
The vision for the wedding flowers was pastel, romantic blooms like Quicksand, White O’hara and Upper Secret roses with soft green helleborus to create a soft blend of color.  We added some contrasting darker blooms like black scabiosa, burgundy peonies and blue clematis tucked in for depth and a touch of mystery.   Ferny white nigella added great texture and the addition of white sweet peas and cascading green foliage finished it into a lush garden style bouquet.  Mixing these luscious blooms together was like putting together ingredients for a yummy desert!!
 
Andrea from Adore Bridal was so nice and helpful.  We sent her our inspiration board and described the vintage feel we wanted for our shoot.  We fell in love with the first gown she brought out for us to view!    Altar Ego Spalon did the girls hair and make-up for a beautiful effect.
Lauren had a great experience with Bremer Jewelry and Spruce Wedding Rentals from her last photo shoot so we were happy they partnered with us again.  The table and mismatched chairs are part of Spruce Wedding Rentals extensive collection.  
  East To West Studio custom created this lovely one-of-a-kind stationary just for us.
Thank you so much to our models who endured the 90 degree heat and did such a great job!  Our bride and groom Jeni & Stan got to practice for their real wedding which will happen in September.  Emily (blue gown) got married on New Years Eve last year and Lauren (mauve gown) took time from her own wedding planning to help.  She was married just a few weeks after the photo shoot.  All of the models are/were our future/past clients.
The blue and mauve bridesmaid gowns caught our eye in the window of Adore Bridal and were exactly the soft colors and filmy fabric we had envisioned for our vintage, romantic styled shoot.   The bridal bouquets photographed beautifully against these gorgeous gowns and they went perfectly with flowing hand-dyed silk ribbons adorning the bridal bouquets.
Wedding cake
  Tessa Herr of Bojeannies created this beautiful gilded wedding cake and the gold bar cart  from Spruce Wedding Rentals was perfect  to display and serve from.
We had a beautiful rain-free day for our photo shoot and didn’t really need our rain back-up plan, but who could pass up the opportunity to take photos at the beautiful Danforth House which the Martin’s so graciously extended to us .  The porch and wicker furniture also made the perfect backdrop to photograph the vintage carrom board game.
 
Doesn’t this look enticing to have time to sit on this beautiful porch and play games – so reminiscent of simpler times.
   
The carrom board was my grandmother’s and the vintage croquet set as well as the vintage glassware  was handed down from my husband’s family.  It was a great opportunity to pull these old items out of storage and put them to use!
 
Who can resist a game of croquet on the lawn??
 
Every side of the Danforth House had another pleasant surprise and photo opportunity to photograph the models with their bridal bouquets.
The grande finale came when Mr. Martin offered to start up one of his vintage cars and bring it around for a fantastic get-away-car photo!!  How could it get any better?  It was like the icing on the cake!!
The whole evening was a magical experience for us and we had great fun.  Thanks again to our vendor team, models, and our support helpers,  Kendra & Laine Fehr and Betsy Zimmerman – everyone did such a great job!! Vendor credits : Photography: Lauren f.otography,  Jewelry: Bremer Jewelry, Gowns/Tux: Adore Bridal,  Furniture: Spruce Wedding Rentals,  Hair/Make-up:  Altar Ego Spalon, Flowers:  Fancy Florals By Nancy,   Cake:  Bojeannies,  Stationary:  East To West Studio

How Beautiful Central Illinois Weddings Come Together!

How does a beautiful central Illinois wedding all come together?  It takes a team of vendors collaborating, communicating and planning with the bride & groom!!  We were thankful for Ephiphany Farms and Palace Events staff who worked smoothly with us for Alex and MacKenzie’s ceremony and successfully flipped the room for the reception!  What a knockout it turned out to be!! Alex and MacKenzie chose to have photos taken at the location of their first date Emack & Bolios in uptown Normal, IL.  Photos  by Micah McCoy Studio.
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On their first date they enjoyed ice-cream and then walked around uptown Normal for a couple of hours talking.  They quickly realized they had a connection and felt a sense of comfort and familiarity with each other.
 Wedding aisle decor, garland  Altar arrangement, wedding decor, wedding flowers
We custom created yards and yards of mixed green garlands for the tables and MacKenzie’s mom had a great idea to use them to line the aisle seats at the ceremony, then re-use for the reception.  They looked fabulous garnished with a few blooms and ribbons.
   
MacKenzie’s favorite part of wedding planning was dress shopping.  She stated, “Wedding dresses are made to make you look good and it was so fun to try on different styles/silhouttes!  I ended up choosing something completely different than I thought I would.  MacKenzie  had two handsome European ushers and she and her family were so delighted  that they could come from Germany and Italy for the wedding – they were former foreign exchange students who had lived with her family!!
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After the ceremony, which was held in the upper-level ballroom at Epiphany Farms, the guests were ushered into Anju Above for appetizers while Palace Events brought in their  beautiful harvest tables, and we placed the garlands and blooms of purple trachellium, White O’hara garden roses and Ocean Song lavender roses to decorate the tables.
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For her wedding decor and bridal bouquet, MacKenzie chose a mix of purple trachellium, stock, astrantia, lavender spray roses & wax flower and white ranunculus.  Her biggest challenge with wedding planning  was staying true to their vision when other close family and friends offered their opinions and even though she and Alex wanted them to feel included –  yet they wanted it to be what they had envisioned!!
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What is her advice to newly engaged couples planning their wedding?  “Remember to have fun!!  This is one of the best times in your relationship and it goes by so fast!  Try not to let things stress you out and if it starts to feel like work, take a break!”
 Wedding reception
Become our next delighted bride by letting us help you plan your wedding decor.  Call, text or email us today for your free consultation 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com.

Cheers,

Nancy

   

Adrienne & Stephen’s Garden Styled Blush Wedding

It is just as much a  joy for us to get to know our brides and grooms as it is to create their dream floral vision for their wedding day!  We first met Adrienne in 2015 when she was working for Palace Events and we were both setting up a wedding at Ewing Manor where we were doing the flowers.  She totally fell in love with the bridal flower crown we had created for the bride and asked us for our contact information as she had just become engaged.
 Wedding photo, blush wedding bouquet, floral crown, bride and groom
We eventually met with her for her consultation and collaborated on ways to bring her floral vision to life.  She was so in love with the floral crowns that she had us create one for a surprise boudoir photo for Stephen!!  Adrienne chose a lush garden style with blush roses for her wedding bouquet.  She also requested a floral crown with coordinating spray roses and wax flowers to wear on her wedding day.
 bridal flower crown    
In keeping with the garden style we created lush mixed foliage bouquets for the bridesmaids bouquets and tied them with blush ribbon to match their dresses ~ these pretty photos are by Katelyn Turner Photography.  It is so rewarding to deliver the flowers to the bride on her wedding day and see her look of delight!!
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Adrienne was so excited about her flowers , she was just the kind of bride we love to work with!!  We decorated our white birch arbor with a mixed greens garland for the couple to be married under.  This central Illinois wedding was held at the Doubletree in Bloomington.
 White birch wedding arbor, garland, bride and groom, wedding day decor
Adrienne had a family member who was working in the restaurant business and so they were able to collect an assortment of whisky bottles and jars for the table decor at the receptions.  These beautiful harvest tables are from Palace Events in Bloomington.
 garland, eucalyptus garland, head table garland
Stephen brought us over 120 bottles which we filled big beautiful garden roses, sweet little spray roses, baby’s breath and eucalyptus for a simple but beautiful look fortheir reception table decor and which were a  perfect compliment to the light finish of the harvest tables.
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We are currently booking weddings for 2018.  For more inspiration and ideas for your wedding call, text or email us for your free consultation  309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com

Fresh Spring Bouquets For Your Central Illinois Wedding

March  is finally here and spring is just around the corner which finds us flinging ourselves back into wedding season!!  If you are planning a spring wedding, how wonderful to be able to include some of these gorgeous spring blooms.  We picked these bouquets from Pinterest to bring you the beauty of spring.

Lilac

spring wedding bouquet
Lilacs are a flower best used when in season and oh how gorgeous they are.  If you are lucky enough to have a lilac bush you already know how delightfully their scent is carried on the breeze.  Their soft purple shades blend perfectly with other spring blooms to make a beautiful bridal bouquet for your central Illinois wedding.

Daffodil

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The daffodil has to be one of the cheeriest blooms to announce spring’s arrival and whether used more subtly with these peach parrot tulips and scented narcissus in the wedding bouquet (upper left) or bright and bold with the larger King Daffodils and yellow mimosa in the bridal bouquet (upper right), they definitely say spring!!

Tulip

 
Tulips rival the rose for the sheer magnitude of wonderful colors available –  from the bright jewel tones to the softest pastels and everything in between.  They come in a fascinating assortment including the fringed edge, lily & peony shaped. Other gorgeous varieties available are the parrot tulips (pictured  in the wedding bouquet – two above)  and the larger french tulips.  They look perfectly elegant mixed with garden roses  (upper left) and equally  charming in a wildflower bridal bouquet (upper right.)

Peony

 pink peony wedding bouquet  peony wedding bouquet
I have heard it said that the rose is jealous when the peony blooms and it must be true – just look at the abundance of petals – what could be more luxurious?!!  Even though peonies are now available almost year around, they are much  more reasonably priced and so perfectly beautiful when they are in season.  They range in shades from pure white, blush, pink, coral, hot pink, magenta, red and burgundy and look ever so elegant by themselves and so fabulous mixed with roses and other seasonal textures & greens to bring you a gorgeous and luxurious wedding bouquet.

Iris

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The smaller Japanes and Siberian varieties of Iris are dainty enough to mix with  coordinating blooms for a lovely spring wedding bouquet.  The purple bouquet (above left) is anything but boring with the blend of  lavender tulips & orchids, purple hydrangea and lisianthus offering a perfect backdrop for the purple iris.  What a perfect marriage of blue, green/gray & white shades and textures in the cascade styled bouquet (upper right)!!

Planning a 2018 spring wedding?

We are booking now for 2018.  To find out what other spring flowers are right for your central Illinois wedding, call or text 309-212-6570 or email fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com to schedule your free consultation.

5 Circular Wreath Ideas For Central Illinois Weddings

The Circular Backdrop

The circular wreath is predicted to be a hot trend for 2017.  Here are five wasy to incorporate it into your Central Illinois Wedding.
 

1.   Frame a gorgeous view.

If your venue offers a beautiful view, don’t cover it up – frame it with a beautiful floral circular backdrop.
 

2.  Cover It Up.

Don’t have a beautiful view to frame?  Here’s a way to cover a wall – so simple – but so beautiful!  Decorate a frame with wired greens arranged in a concentric circles woven around the frame.
 

3. Add An Accent.

For a smaller space, maybe as a backdrop for buffet or dessert table, hang an assortment of hoops covered with green ferns and other foliage.   Embellished the wreaths with a few hanging blooms such as tulips or callas which have stems that curve naturally.
 

4. Overhead!

Don’t have wall space for a floral circular backdrop?  Hang one from the ceiling for a dramatic lush focal area for you to stand under!  How gorgeous is that?!!
 

5.  Last But Not Least, On The Ground.

Maybe you don’t have any walls or spaces to hang anything ?  You can create a beautiful floral circle at the base of altar area for you to take your vows.

Call, text or email for your free consultation – we are now booking for November & December 2017 and all of 2018.  Call us at 309-212-6570 or email to fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com.

What Was The Most Popular Wedding Color of 2016?

Burgundy

As we look back at our 2016 central Illinois weddings, wine-burgundy-cranberry shades of flowers were chosen by eight of our brides making it the most popular wedding shade out of the forty-five weddings we created bouquets for.  That is not surprising considering Marsala was 2015 color of the year and here in the midwest we aren’t as quick to embrace the newest style.
 

Plum

Coming in second place was plum with six of our central Illinois brides choosing plum colored blooms for their bridal bouquets.
   

Peach

We had three shades tie for third place – Peach, Pink and White.  Five of our 2016 brides chose peach shades for their wedding bouquets.  
   

Pink

Another five of our central Illinois brides chose pink flowers for their bridal bouquets.
 

White

Classic white is always in and five our 2016 brides picked all white blooms for their wedding flowers.
   

Blush

Coming in fourth place we have blush – this surprised me as it seemed like I had worked with blush roses most of the wedding season!!  We actually did use a lot of blush flowers mixed in with the burgundy colored bouquets and our favorite blush roses we used the most were Quicksand and White O’hara garden rose.   We had four brides choose blush shades of flowers for their wedding bouquets.
   

Blue and Rust

Blue and rust colored flowers tied for fifth place with three brides choosing each color.
   

Yellow, Coral, Red and Lavender

Yellow and coral tied for sixth place with two brides choosing yellow flowers and two choosing coral.   And last but not least we had one bride choose red and one bride choose lavender.
We so enjoyed working with each and every bride and creating their floral vision for each of them.  We are greatly humbled once again by the lovely reviews our brides took time to leave for us and in so doing winning us “The Knot Best Of Weddings 2017”!!  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  While I loved many of the bouquets we created this year, I think my most favorite flowers I worked with this year was the antique lavender wedding – something rare and beautiful (see below right)!!!
 
We already have twenty weddings booked for 2017 and we are looking forward to spring and the returning wedding season.  However, after doing fifty events this past year,  many two and three per weekend, we are restructuring how we do business in 2017.   To be able to fully enjoy and give our full attention to each wedding, we are only booking one per weekend starting now in 2017;  thus we now have a $1,000 minimum to book with us.
We have met so many wonderful people and feel so blessed to be able to use our God-given talents to bring pleasure to others by working with God’s glorious flowers and to be able to use part of our profits to fund our mission trips to Mexico.
Happy New Year to all, Nancy

9 Top 2017 Wedding Trends To Love

2017 is shaping up to be a fun year for us with 20 weddings already booked and as we looked over the Bridal Guide’s Hottest New Wedding Trends blog, our booked 2017 central Illinois weddings are right in style with the following trends!

1.  Vintage/Glamour – whimsical mix of old and new.

Industrial warehouse venues; strands of twinkling lights and glowing candles are a hot look for 2017.  The photo below was from one of our wedding at the Waterhouse in Peoria last September.  Photo courtesy of Josh Johnson Photography.
 

2.  Hottest wedding color – Blush!

Blush pink is “it” in weddings for 2017.  The bouquet below is a blend of the beautiful blush pink Quicksand rose and the specatular White O’hara garden rose from one of our weddings this past October.  Blush has been our most popular color in 2016 and from our weddings booked for 2017 it looks like it will be our most popular color again.
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3.  Metalics – copper, rose gold and pewter remain big.

Metalics add a touch of elegance but be sure to use shine strategically such as a head table or a display table.
   

4.  Neutrals  – you can’t go wrong with a neutral color palette.

While blush was a popular choice, the neutral palette was also big in 2016 with lots of greens such as this mixed green garland for the head table decor from one of our May weddings.  Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lee Photographee.
 Neutral color scheme, neutral reception decor

5.  Swoon-worthy blooms!

Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus and dahlias are top requests from coast to coast.  These wonderful full petaled blooms epitomize romance.  They are being used in bridal bouquets, centerpieces, placed along garlands and cakes.  Another hot trend is loose rose petals with floating candles.  The small cake below with peonies and rose is from one of our June weddings.
 Peonies, garden roses

6.  Tall elegant centerpieces.

Trumpet vases are making a comeback and allow for large lush floral centerpieces.  The photo below was from one of our June weddings held at Allerton Mansion in Monticello and contains a mix of peonies which are in season in May & June and a mix of garden and standard roses with seasonal and textural elements.  Be sure to use a few of these grand centerpieces to make an elegant statement.
 Tall Trumpet Vase

7.  Mix It Up!

Many brides are choosing to forgo the perfectly organized look and are creating a more eclectic feel with a variety of centerpieces and  mix of containers bringing a more personalized look to their wedding decor.  Photo (below and two above) courtesy of Wright Photographs.
 Reception centerpiece decor

8.  Hanging Floral Centerpieces.

We’ve had our first request for a hanging floral centerpiece for one of our wedding booked in 2017 and we are looking forward to creating one of these.  What a way to add an instant WOW!!!
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9.  Surprise Settings.

Unique venue choices are offering couples a way to surprise their guests with wonderful views  giving the couples a way to make their special day something unique and different.  This is from one of our wedding last May held at the beautiful Point D’Vine Vineyard in Quincy.  Photo courtesy of Jennifer Lee Photographee.
 Unique reception venue
Thank you to all of our wonderful 2016 brides for leaving us awesome reviews and leading us to win The Knot Best of Weddings 2017!  We are so honored to have been chosen to be part of your special day!!
The Knot Best of Weddings 2017

Which of these trends would you use in your wedding?

Are you planning a 2017 wedding or beyond?  Call, text or email us for your free consultation at 309-212-6570 or fancyfloralsbynancy@hotmail.com