Vessels in multiple create a luxe look (Photo Credit: Altura Studio)
The flower of the year? No surprise here—it’s the peony. “I don’t know if anything will ever upstage the peony,” says Beth. Kim Foren, a Portland, OR, event designer agrees, and also gives a nod to other fluttery blooms such garden roses, ranunculus and even frilly massed carnations. Kim predicts that white mini calla lilies will have a moment, and Beth expects resurgence for a wedding classic—the elegant orchid.
The age of the single centerpiece is over. 2012 will be all about collections, says Kim—lots of vessels, flowers and candles on the table to create a full landscape. Instead of one vase of calla lilies, she might do a scattering of different mercury-glass vases filled with mini bouquets of flowers. “The look is tons and tons of flowers, abundance— super sexy,” says Kim.
The color-blocked flowers stand out even more against a contrasting table runner (Photo Credit: Elizabeth Messina/Created by: Dolce Designs Studio)
Beyond the bloom. Flowers won’t be the only botanicals peeping out from centerpieces this year. Succulents and herbs will both take a turn in the spotlight. Kim especially likes grouping clutches of fresh or dried herbs like rosemary and purple basil on a table.
Photo courtesy of Project Wedding
Natural still looks new. A wild-card centerpiece look from last year is still going strong. Terrariums—glass-domed arrangements of pebbles, flowers, succulents and found objects such as shells or bird’s nests—keep popping up on the wish lists of Kim's chicest brides.
Photo Credit: Nina Barry; Courtesy of From the Hip Photo