Best of 2018: Bouquets & Florals

Words by Julia Jones
January 3, 2019

Looking back at 2018’s most popular florals, the three elements that really stood out were colour, form and scale. Continuing our ‘Best of’ series, we’ve lined up the bold and beautiful blooms that tickled your fancy over the last 12 months.

In a shift away from the wild florals trending in previous years, 2018 was all about perfect petals and architectural forms. Quicksand roses continued to be huge but the Phalaenopsis orchid had to be the flower of the year, adding form and drama to countless bouquets and arrangements.

Blush and burgundy continued to be a coveted colour combo, but we did see more in the way of clashing hues and unexpected palettes.

It was awesome to see so many florists putting sustainable practices at the forefront of their ethos in 2018. Many transitioned away from toxic floral foam and went to painstaking lengths to ensure all post-wedding florals were repurposed or composted.

As usual, we’re pumped to see so many of our talented Nouba florists included in the lineup! If you’re on the hunt for a floral genius in your neck of the woods, be sure to stop by the Directory.

Best of 2018: bouquets. Blush, peach and burgundy bridal bouquet Best of 2018: wedding flowers. Hexagonal floral arch
Working to a peach, blush and burgundy palette, Xavier Nicolle Flowers crafted next level bouquets and backdrops for this luxe coastal shoot. Images by Camilla Kirk.
Best of 2018: bouquets. Berry-toned bouquet with king protea and orchids modern bride in off-shoulder wedding dress and berry-toned flower crown
Toneya’s gorgeous jewel-toned bouquet by Grown Florists is proof (if proof be needed) that the king protea will always be a firm favourite. Images by Leo Farrell from Toneya and Lochlan’s Melbourne wedding.
Best of 2018: bouquets. Tropical bridal bouquet with peach orchids Best of 2018: bouquets. tropical bridal bouquet with peach orchids
Melissa’s tropical bouquet by Botanica Bird featured variegated foliage, peach anthurium and a cascade of phalaenopsis orchids. Images by Stories with Mel from Melissa and Harry’s Port Stephens wedding.
Best of 2018: bouquets. Greenery bridesmaid bouquets Best of 2018: bouquets. greenery bouquet with fern, amaranth and lotus pods
The greenery bouquet was huge in 2017 and Kristelle kept the trend alive this year with her lush arrangement of ferns, amaranth and lotus pods. Images by Damien Milan from Myles and Kristelle’s Sydney wedding.
Best of 2018: bouquets. boho bride with blush and burgundy bouquet and flower crown Best of 2018: bouquets. blush and burgundy bridesmaid bouquets
Cass gave her florist the brief of a ‘happy clash’ of burgundies and reds, with no roses. Wootton & Nicholls delivered in spades with this eclectic mix of blooms. Images by Alex Motta from Cass and Simon’s Trentham wedding.
Best of 2018: bouquets. white and pastel bridal bouquet Best of 2018: wedding flowers. beach wedding with floral backdrop
Amidst the more modern styles of 2018, wild and whimsical still had its place, as evidenced by these romantic blooms by Signature Floral Design. Images by Alannah Lidell Photography from this barefoot editorial.
Best of 2018: bouquets. blush and burgundy bouquet with giant king protea Best of 2018: bouquets. blush and burgundy bouquet with giant king protea
Leah's bridal bouquet by Viva The Flower Store got a lot of love on the socials, and with its rich hues and epic king protea, it's not hard to see why. Images by House of Lucie from Leah and Henry’s Barossa Valley wedding.
Best of 2018: bouquets. blush and dusty pink bouquets with king proteas and native flowers Best of 2018: bouquets. blush and dusty pink bouquet with king protea and native flowers
Pomp & Splendour created divine bouquets for Jill and her bridesmaids, featuring mixed natives and country garden classics in a blush, copper and dusty pink palette. Images by Alex Motta for Jill and Trevor’s Yarra Valley wedding.
vibrant same sex wedding at The Flour Factory, Perth Best of 2018: bouquets. vibrant bridal bouquet with wild grass and orchids
Combining plumes of wild grass with structural orchids and the prettiest of garden flowers, Signature Floral Design created a floral frenzy for this vibrant styled shoot. Images by Peggy Saas.
Best of 2018: bouquets. colourful flower crown Best of 2018: bouquets. bride with flower crown and groom with floral beard
And how could we not include this glorious beard bouquet created by JCRC Events and Styling? Images by Tahnee Jade for this Black Forest shoot.


Header image Peggy Saas | Other images various, as captioned |

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Rachel 3 years ago

We do alot of wedding bouquet & flower preserving and 2018 had so many beautiful bouquets! 2019 has been stunning already too! What styles do you think will continue to grow over the year?

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