• Elise Hofer Shaw

TONE IT DOWN



No surprise here: Brides are always keeping a sharp eye on color trends to guide their wedding-day style. If electric yellow is coming down the runway at Chanel in the form of a tweed playsuit courtesy of Virginie Viard, it’s bound to make its way into more than a few floral arrangements. But this spring, Chicago florists are anticipating a much more muted palette for the season’s most trend-forward wedding fêtes.


“I hate to say it, but if the Kardashians are doing it, we’ll get a request for it,” says Lizzie, owner of Indigo Floral, a Logan Square-based full-service floral and event design company that turns out artful bouquets and arrangements for about 20 Chicagoland weddings each year. “From Kim’s white-on-white home to Kylie’s nude lip kits, these neutral, monochromatic palettes are having a big moment.”


In terms of how exactly we can expect to see these subtle shades infiltrating floral trends, Lizzie has some sage advice. “If I’m using the more delicate flowers here like sweet peas or lisianthus, I love using collections of bud vases and letting the flowers stand on their own,” she suggests. “With a higher petal count, I lean toward making an impact en-masse. A runner of roses and ranunculus down the middle of a table is a simple concept, but it never disappoints.”


“We’re already fielding requests for florals in dusty rose and soft blush hues, but a muted, monochromatic color scheme can work across the neutrals spectrum with whites and flesh tones, too,” adds Lizzie. “Truth be told, it’s a bit reminiscent of the ombré trend we saw a few years back, just more muted. Still, when you use five or six different shades of the same color, it makes a big impact.”