2013 Wedding Trend: Inspired by nature

In all its forms, “nature” will be the look of love this year. Deviating from the symmetry and majesty of traditional weddings, the new aim of ceremony and reception decor is to give guests a romantic Muskoka retreat. At FOS, we’re bringing the outdoors inside through the use of woodsy colours, contrasting textures and asymmetrical arrangements.

This recent FOS wedding design took inspiration from the colours and textures found in nature.
This recent FOS wedding design took inspiration from the colours and textures found in nature.

Colours

Greens, taupes, champagnes and muted pinks make up the hottest wedding decor colour palettes for 2013. Fall/Winter weddings are putting a particular emphasis on these colours, especially when used with rich mahogany or crisp white, which is replacing ivory to enhance natural colours with stronger contrast.

White chairs enhance the vivid kiwi and pink fabrics in this stunning outdoor table design.
White chairs enhance the vivid kiwi and pink fabrics in this stunning outdoor table design.

While silver was one of the biggest accent colours used in recent years, FOS is now bringing gold tableware, chairs and room decor into our designs to bring out the underlying yellow hues found in the green, brown, and pink being used in floral arrangements.

Natural beauty: soft lighting, mahogany chairs, gold accents and cherry blossom trees.
Natural beauty: soft lighting, mahogany chairs, gold accents and cherry blossom trees.

Complex textures

Designs featuring smooth, soft flowers used with smooth, soft fabrics aren’t showing up much in FOS’s 2013 portfolio. Instead, we’re roughing it up with textured flora and raw silks or patterned fabrics. Twisted vines, shaggy mosses and fuzzy or spiky flowers are being incorporated into many of our floral arrangements, while fabric choices include a heavy emphasis on three-dimensional overlays.

Our Victoria's Secret overlay topped with delicate moss and fibrous tulips add layers of dimension to this whimsical table design.
Our Victoria's Secret overlay topped with delicate moss and fibrous tulips add layers of dimension to this whimsical table design.

To bring out the richness of subtle textures in our flower and fabrics, FOS likes to keep the lighting natural to continue the theme of bringing the outdoors inside. Low candles and tungsten chandeliers give off a soft glow that reminds guests of an evening walk through a quiet forest.

Low lighting was used to bring out the speckled texture of this unique "mini mum" centerpiece. Green orchid blossoms and a brown studded-damask tablecloth are a subtle woodsy finish to the design.
Low lighting was used to bring out the speckled texture of this unique "mini mum" centerpiece. Green orchid blossoms and a brown studded-damask tablecloth are a subtle woodsy finish to the design.

Asymmetry

Traditionally, weddings have been very clean-cut to emphasize perfection and attention to detail. Lately the trend had swayed in the opposite direction, favouring an eccentric, even messy style over geometric designs – a trend that FOS is eagerly embracing. Because nature is inherently asymmetrical, abstract floral arrangements that verge on being rustic are increasingly trendy this year. Our designers have also become fond of using staggered votive heights and varying vase widths to create off-centre table decor that’s still elegant and romantic.

This abstract aisle runner looks pristine now, but the petals will be kicked up by the wedding party like leaves on a nature trail.
This abstract aisle runner looks pristine now, but the petals will be kicked up by the wedding party like leaves on a nature trail.