Devine Bride: The Botanical vs Greenery Trend

London wedding fairs always provide great inspo + Instagramable content; here’s native Scot and London-based guest blogger Laura Devine˜s pick of the trends.

The tropical botanical trend of last year was given a refresh for 2017 when Pantone appointed ˜Greenery’ as the colour of the year.  This year’s botanical trend is much more natural and a lot more relaxed.  The vibe is forest rather than flamingo.  The look is rustic and foliage heavy, with flowers kept simple and to a minimum.  Bouquets are hand tied or simply gathered, and foliage is flowing and wild.

I’ve seen a number of weddings take on this trend this year, and each has done it completely differently.  It’s not a polished look, so it usually evolves with my bride’s style throughout their planning process, and develops naturally into something a lot more alive than their original Pinterest board.  It’s organic in a very real and natural sense.

This new trend is slightly easier to adapt to your venue and surroundings “ and somewhat more realistic.  A tropical botanical theme would seem a little out of place at a Glasgow wedding in November, but the new greenery trend is a lot more versatile.

Here’s a few of the new greenery trends I’ve spotted, from real life weddings to the catwalk…


Bouquets of foliage work well as long as there’s a lot of it.  If you don’t have a lot of budget or a lot of foliage to play with, use different textures to create depth instead.

The eucalyptus used in this bouquet creates the illusion of fullness.  However, use a maximum of three different plants to avoid it looking like a jungle “ that’s a different kind of wild altogether!

Rebecca Avery Flowers Rustic Bouquet / Image: Lex Fleming Photo

Buttonholes can have a clean, simple, single flower as the focal point, with modest layered foliage in the background.  Textures are very much on point.

The Flower Arranger Buttonhole / Image: Eva Photography


Flourishing cascading arbours are a thing of the past.  If foliage is the new tropical then copper is the new rose gold.  Chose simple frames so you don’t detract from your carefully curated foliage pieces.

Arbours by The Flower Arranger / Image: Eva Photography

The next evolution of letters!  Stripped back.

These letters have been filled almost entirely with eucalyptus “ and aren’t they gorgeous?  The white framing compliments the hue of the leaves, which almost have a fresh frosty colour to them, and I love that they’re not rammed full of plants.  Imagine the smell!  Lush.

Letters by Cottage Garden Weddings and floral designer Grace and Violet / Image: Remain In Light Photography


For a more lux look, sprinkle some anemones into your foliage.

Anemones have been the flower to be seen with for S/S 2017.  They look like poppies, but bigger, better, softer and more luxurious.

The pew ends at Rita Colson’s debut bridal show back in March at the RSA House were pimped out with perfectly scattered white anemones amongst a sea of delicate greenery.

Miriam Faith flowers / Image: Cecelina Photography


Continuing with the flower of the moment, anemones are used here with the greenery trend in a completely different way.

This wildly green, gathered headpiece with deep accents and lux white anemones is just stunning.

I love that the leaves have been dried out a little, adding to all the rich tones and textures “ and the bride’s hair colouring creates the perfect base for this mass flower crown.

Headpiece by Eram from Boom Blooms / Image: Lex Fleming Photo 

Have you seen this trend at weddings you’ve been to already this year? I think we’re about to see a lot more¦

If you need any help creating this look for your own wedding, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!  I do moodboards right through to planning and on the day set up.


About the author, Laura Devine of Devine Bride

Laura is a wedding tasker and runs the multi award-winning wedding blog Devine Bride. Laura offers pick and mix wedding planning, from stationery to styling, hire a bridesmaid to help on the day, and from wedding planning to wedding websites.  Her honest and practical blog covers hen parties to honeymoons and everything in between.

Laura won Best Rising Star at the Wedding Blog Awards 2016, Wedding of the Year 2016 with Your London Wedding Magazine, and was highly commended in the Wedding and Events category at the UK Blog Awards 2017.

Laura is Glasgow born and bred but now splits her time between Scotland and London, where she lives, works and plays.  She is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and the London College of Fashion.

In her words, “Weddings are important because they celebrate life and possibility, and ultimately, it’s all about making people happy “ and I love that.”

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