What July 2019: New and Trending
This month we are focusing on the trend of hanging greenery! Who doesn’t love the texture of eucalyptus or Salal (lemon leaf) displayed in a table scape? But…. What about it also hanging from the inside of the tent? Chairs on the aisle? Or taking a rustic ladder and creating a vine creation that hangs over the dining tables grounding the display you created below? How about taking the greenery and making a piece of décor that you just brought look like it’s been there for years? The options are endless with this trend, which is why I think it will grow on you…get it....
The spectrum of greens, blues and silvers that these plants have accent any weddings color story. The greenery adds texture while complimenting your chosen color scheme. That is not to say that the natural colors of these plants (whether real or silk ) cannot be the star of the show..To make these items shine, regardless of where they are hung, is pretty simple….that’s it…keep it simple. All this takes is a canvas of a simple ivory, white, or other natural hue that will not distract the eye, but will create a CONTRAST to the greenery as it is. What we have been seeing is the combination of greenery with more lighter colored palettes; however, greenery is so versatile that you will start to see its use incorporated into more dark, and almost sultry colors schemes. Its a more of a "black tie" look when combined with black or darker hues of colors.
One of my personal favorites is the texture combination of the greenery against wood, adjacent to wood or hung from wood. These two natural elements combined together give that rustic feel that so many brides are looking for while keeping it whimsical and fairytale like. This combination allows the space to feel like it’s “always been there’ versus just being setup for the occasion.
This texture combination, and greenery in general, welcomes a variety of styles as well, just because the natural elements are rustic in their nature does not mean they cannot support a modern brides taste. In fact the CONTRAST its self between natural elements such as this greenery or wood and maybe geo sphere are incredibly beautiful and a design trend, that beauty is in there concept of brining two styles together. The silver dollar eucalyptus all on its own feels like a very modern choice of greenery for a bride. Its simple leaf and delicate stem, when used in a thin arrangement, feels very minimalistic. The key to success with this type of blend between modern and rustic is to keep whatever element is considered “modern” simple in color and form. Which when you think modern you think this already right? For example, a geo sphere in ether silver or gold, combined with the greenery as its base, or intertwined on a table, or hanging with the greenery from a fixture above can be very successful. I find, personally, that combining modern elements of glass or a metallic are the best fit with greenery to get an overall blended feel. What I find is that sometimes brides try to over do the modern aspect in, fear that their idea will still feel to rustic with the greenery and wood. Like I said before, keeeppp it simmplllee if you are looking for a blend of modern and rustic. You can see this type of combination in the photos above.
The same basic rules apply when working in a more industrial space. Hanging greenery is a beautiful contrast to the rough gritty texture of worn brick and industrial systems you find in a venue that is conceptually urban/industrial. It is really sharp when you are in a space that has alot of white washed brick and greenery is used both hung and on tables because not only is the texture contrasting but so is the color.
How to you create this look? Well I think first you have to determine what you are hanging from where?!? What are you combining with it? I will be honest….if you are doing a large installation this can be a pain (just being honest here people…STILL ALWAYS WORTH IT), regardless if its real florals or silk florals. I would suggest, using silk florals for the tent installations and when you need large amounts of garland (strands of the greenery). In doing some of my largest installations I used silk florals with floral wire and zip ties. The key to creating a full look is layering! LAYERING LAYERING LAYERING! Practice with the pieces just on a table, try different combinations of layering different strands until you get what you like. Once you have a order of strands put them up just as you laid them out. Decide if you want swags, added florals, or emphasis in color ext. AGAIN the options are ENDLESSS. Hanging greenery hung on signage, trellis, archways, or any other element you really need to take on a piece by piece basis. Sometimes you can use staples to hold greenery onto elements that do not lend themselves well to ties or wire. You can also use stems to create this look, personally for me, I have found more efficiency in buying garland strands of the different types of leafs that my bride requests and blending them versus buying stems. I will use stems to add accent and small amounts of fullness in more of a touch-up method, so it is always good to have a few stems around to perfect your installation.
If you choose to do an installation with real florals you would want to make sure to at least consult a florist, if not hire them to fully install. Real florals are a true art and you would want a professional florist, who works day in and day with these materials, out to help you construct hanging greenery on the different elements.
Thanks for checking us out for our July news on what’s new and trending this month! Check us out next week for our first re-cap on our Venue tour stop #1 at The Eastern!
Check out some of our personal favorite greenery installations done by use here at ARC!
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