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2014 Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid
by Flower Duet
Pantone® is a company that provides the color standards for graphic designers, interior designers and the fashion industry. As wedding florists, we take cues from all these different creative outlets and see how the trends will be incorporated into wedding ceremony and reception color themes.
This year, Pantone® announced that Radiant Orchid will be the color of 2014. Here’s a little from their press release on December 5, 2013:
“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17–5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal, and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society. An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”
Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid tones are perfectly captured in this beautiful Ranunculus bloom pictured at left. Photo by Kit Wertz.
We feel this color is in tune with many of our brides right now. We’ve created wedding flowers featuring this color in December of 2013 and have another wedding with this color on January 4th. It pairs well with minty green, another popular color for weddings in 2014 and would liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe.
2014 Wedding Trends: Flowers, Food and Glamorous Fun
by Kit Wertz
Each year we look forward to the new wedding season and as we book new brides and grooms for their big day, we can get a feel for what is hot for wedding celebrations. We’d like to share with you some of the trends we are seeing for wedding receptions and ceremonies and tell you a little about a few fantastic wedding vendors we love to work with here in the South Bay of Los Angeles. Want to learn more about 2014 wedding flower trends? Attend our two wedding flower workshops on January 25, 2013 at our Torrance Design Studio to learn about all the flower trends and how to create a hand-tied bridal bouquet, boutonnière, corsage and hair wreath.
2014 Wedding Themes
Wedding themes for 2014 continue on the glamorous side with a nod to last year’s movie blockbuster, The Great Gatsby and a trip down nostalgic lanes with classic elegance.
Great Gatsby inspired bling accents, old books, old suitcases and travel trunks along with vintage typewriters will all make appearances as reception decoration themes in the next year.[one_half]
Last month, we created this wedding cake table display at The Portofino Hotel in Redondo beach with this vintage suitcase as the cake stand. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Bringing the Inside Out — For warm summer evening weddings, we’ll see elegant lounges and lighting outside to create the feeling of cozy rooms. Pictured below are lounges on one of many terrace lawns at Terranea Resort.
Adding fairy lights or other lighting will complete this “outdoor room.” Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography.
Lace — Lace makes a return to weddings and will appear on wedding dresses, invitations, and integrated into bridal bouquets.
We wrapped this fall bridal bouquet in lace instead of satin ribbon. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Romantic traditional — Think Downtown Abbey (elegant flowers and vases) instead of “Shabby Chic” (burlap & bling).
We took lovely pink Garden Roses and paired them with Scabiosa Pods and green Sedum to create a romantic floral look. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Metallic Gold Accents
The metallic trend of the last few years continues. We expect to see gold foil invitations and more requests for gold vases in 2014.
Gold metallic vases will be featured this year.
Wedding Flower Colors — 2014 wedding flower colors will include blush tones and shades of pink, neutrals like beige and taupe, purples, navy blue, corals, grays, aqua and minty cool greens. We’ll also continue to see pastel bridesmaids dresses (grey, beige, blush, mint green, light pink) in multiple colors within the same bridal party.
Navy blue place cards help guests find their tables and add a nice elegant color theme for this wedding. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Cool greens will be popular in 2014 and can be achieved by using succulent Echeveria rosettes. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Coral-colored roses will be featured in many weddings in 2014. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Coral-colored viburnum berries are the perfect accent to these corsages. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Aqua does not really appear in flowers naturally, so brides with this color theme will need to opt for cakes (above) or vases (below). Photo by Kit Wertz.
Aqua is a popular color for weddings in 2014 and these vases offer the perfect accent. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Blush-colored weddings were very popular last year and we’ll see many more weddings with this theme in 2014, too. Photo by Kit Wertz.
This purple bouquet aligns well with the 2014 color of the year and features the variety of flowers that are available in purple. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Purple Clover and Roses are accented by lavender-tinged antiqued Hydrangea. Photo by Kit Wertz.
Large flowers — Bridal bouquets made with large full flowers like peonies and garden roses are hugely popular as well as wedding arch decorations and wedding centerpieces featuring large mop-headed hydrangeas.
Succulents — We are using succulents inside modern wooden planters, with flowers in bouquets and in centerpieces, on lovely sculptural grape wood, and paired with potted moth orchid plants.
Succulents are tucked into a premium bridal bouquet along with white Peonies and Orchids.
Succulents are featured in a tall terrarium for a wedding reception cocktail table.
Succulents are added to the base of two potted orchids for a wedding centerpiece.
Multiple vases — Clients continue to ask for more than one vase on a table to create a clustered look instead of one large centerpiece arrangement.
Low and tall arrangements for centerpieces — For weddings of 10–30 tables, clients often ask for a combination of low and tall centerpieces to add a variety of looks to overall reception space.
High and low full centerpieces fill the ballroom at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. All “Flower Trend” designs by Flower Duet and photos by Kit Wertz
Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner
With couples both working full-time and the popularity of getting married away from home, many are opting to hire a professional wedding planner. There are at least five reasons to hire a wedding planner:
- Saves Time
- Saves Money
- Organizes Everything
- Acts as a Mediator
- Relieves Stress and offers “Day Of Wedding” Management
All-in-One Wedding Venues and Destination Weddings
When the wedding guests and the couple can all stay in the same place where the wedding and reception take place, it makes for an easy and popular event. Our floral design studio is very close to Terranea Resort where there are many options for couples getting married including a view of the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean. Plus, we love working with Jennifer and Leslie in Catering Sales at Terranea in Palos Verdes.
Above is an overview of Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Santa Catalina Island is in the distance. Photo by Kit Wertz
2014 Wedding Hair and Makeup
Caren Lazarus of Design Visage, one of the nation’s most published hair and makeup studios in the country, believes every bride deserves a “good hair day.” Her team of hair and makeup artists works with “Maids, Moms and Brides” who are all pampered on the big wedding day.
For 2014, we’ll see more hair embellishments instead of veils on brides and hair wreaths made of flowers or greenery.
For weddings in 2014, the entire bridal party is opting for professional hair and makeup.
Wedding Photography Trends
Couples are requesting trendy photo treatments with technical terms like “enhanced color” photos, “vintage processing”, and “tilt-shift lenses.” Intrigued? The husband and wife wedding photography team of Miki & Sonja capture the best moments and more and can guide a couple through these new photo trends that are made so popular by social media sites like Tumblr and Pinterest.
Above is an example of the “enhanced color” photo treatment. Photo by Miki & Sonja Photography
Wedding Reception Food Trends for 2014
As wedding receptions go late into the evening, savory snacks provided either by the catering company or from a popular gourmet food truck are popular. For cocktail receptions, we’ve noticed people opting for childhood favorite foods such as an appetizer made from mac ‘n cheese in a little ramekin. Afternoon weddings offer nostalgic tea parties for the food options and the hipster crowd likes craft beer flights to craft soda bars during receptions. Our talented friend, Chef Meg Hall can help a couple navigate the foodie trends and create a wonderful food experience for them, too! Learn more from Made by Meg Catering based in Redondo Beach.
Post-wedding brunches are popular with many couples. Here are some selections from a brunch at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. Photos by Miki & Sonja Photography
Wedding Music Trends
Live Wedding Band vs. Wedding DJ/MC
Some venues don’t allow a live band so a good wedding DJ or MC is a good move for any couple. It’s best to choose a company who listens to the couple’s playlist ideas and fits the couple’s personalities. We love working with KC Campbell of VOX DJs. They set the desired tone for the newlyweds through favorite song requests, while keeping the wedding activities flowing.
Personal Custom Wedding Song
Personalizing a wedding with photos of the bride and groom’s baby photos and parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos goes a step further with a custom personal song. Professional Nashville-bred songwriter Elizabeth (with lots of heart and soul) from Our Story Our Song creates personal custom wedding songs whether they are for walking down the aisle or the couple’s first dance. The words and music reflect the newlyweds’ style, taste and love story.
Candy Displays and Confection Buffets
In addition to wedding cake, we are seeing a plethora of candy store type displays along with confection dessert spreads at wedding receptions. Sometimes these consist of small cupcakes and cake pops surrounding a traditional wedding cake. Other times, this is a completely separate “food station” that is usually handled by the wedding coordinator or a confection buffet stylist. These help guests curb the munchies as the dance reception continues on into the night.
Pictured above is a spread of little dessert bites surrounding the traditional wedding cake. Photo by Kit Wertz
It’s important to get the right person to perform the most important part of the wedding ceremony. We met Elysia Skye from LA Wedding Woman this past fall and know she would be a fantastic fit for many couples who want a warm and friendly person to help them tie the knot.
Present and Beyond 2014 Wedding Trends
Marriage Equality — In June of 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and said the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages performed in those states where it was legal. As of December 2013, eighteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage as a legal right. Legal experts agree that more states and countries will continue to recognize same-sex marriage in the next year and years to come.
by Flower Duet
This year marks the 125th anniversary for the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California. We thought we should let you know in case you forgot to watch the parade on TV today (January 1st) that you can go view the floats in person January 1st and 2nd. The wonderful thing about seeing the floats up close is you can actually smell the flowers. It’s a wonderful party for all your senses. There is music, wonderful scents and sites and you get your exercise walking around all the floats. Here is a link to all the Rose Parade Floats on Display Details.
You can volunteer next year to decorate a float, too! No floristry experience required. Read about Flower Duet’s experience decorating Loyola Marymount University’s first Rose float a few years ago with our brother, Stu, an LMU alumnus.
We love teaching all ages of budding Floral Designers. We especially enjoy teaching the tween set who have no fear and great imagination. Flower Duet just recently assisted a Girl Scout Troop achieve most of its Flower Badge requirements and each of the girls headed home with a lovely posy filled with fragrance and meaning.
Catherine Daly has a fresh series of books for this age range, called the Petal Pushers. Four sisters, Delphinium, Aster, Poppy and Rose Bloom help out at their grandparents Flower Shop. Start with number 1, Too Many Blooms to find out how it all begins. Get the whole series for your favorite flower girl.
Wedding flowers for 2014 will include large thirsty blooms like hydrangea.
Scenario: A bride wants to have hydrangea as her bouquet flower and she requests to have the bouquet delivered eight hours before the ceremony for photos.
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Flower Duet Online Floral Design Classes
In-Person Floral Design Classes
Classes are usually in person. Here is our 2020 Schedule*
*May’s class will be a hybrid where students will get their flowers for class at our curbside pickup, watch pre-recorded videos for the lesson, then meet via Zoom with Kit & Casey.
Saturday Flower Arranging Classes & Optional Flower Mart Tours:
- January 11, 2020 — White Botanicals
- February 8, 2020 — Floral Gift Boxes
- March 21, 2020 — Waving Ranunculus — Cancelled (California’s #SaferAtHome)
- April 18, 2020 — Tremendous Tulips - Cancelled (California’s #SaferAtHome)
- May 16, 2020 — Pocket Full of Posies — Will be held through Video Conference
- June 13, 2020 — Roses + Peonies
- July 18, 2020 — Tropical Flowers
- August 22, 2020 — Happy Dahlias
- September 19, 2020 — Antiqued Flowers
- October 17, 2020 — Pumpkin Crafts
- November 21, 2020 — Fall Flowers for Celebrating
- December 12, 2020 — Holiday Floral Wreaths
Wednesday Night Wedding Series Workshops:
- January 22, 2020 – Bouquet & Boutonnière
- February 26, 2020 – Centerpiece & Table Accents
- May 20, 2020 – Bouquet & Boutonnière — Will be held through Video Conference
- June 24, 2020 – Centerpiece & Table Accents
- September 23, 2020 – Bouquet & Boutonnière
- October 21, 2020 – Centerpiece & Table Accents