Wedding Trends 2011

Wedding Trends – 2011 – A Vintage Year

Vintage style bridal bouquet
Vintage style bridal bouquet in pinks and purple

Spending almost every sunday in January & February at wedding fairs in different hotels in the South-East in Ireland may result in aching feet and a sore throat, but it certainly is a fantastic way of getting up to speed with current wedding trends, as Lamber de Bie (Lamber de Bie Flowers) found out.

The main season for all the wedding fairs in the South-East of Ireland is always in the first two months of the year. Lamber and his team are attending wedding fairs in both Waterford and Kilkenny almost every Sunday during this time. Some of the hotels that Lamber de Bie Flowers were attending are; The Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, Waterford Castle Hotel, Waterford, Langtons Hotel, Kilkenny, Woodlands Hotel, Waterford, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, The Step House Hotel, Borris, Co. Carlow, The Lord Bagenal, Loughlinbridge, Co. Carlow, and many more. At the many wedding shows the wedding suppliers showcase everything that is current and ‘Must Have’ for prospective brides to be. Including an incredible selection of wedding dresses. Indeed the focus of the majority of the brides was the bridal fashion shows, which provided an ideal opportunity to have a sneak preview of what’s in fashion. Big skirts are very much ‘in’ but bodices remain fitted, and in the majority of cases, strapless. There is less intricate beading and glitz about. This seems to have been replaced instead by trails and fabric embellishments.

Vintage style wedding arch
Vintage style wedding arch at entrance to the church

And as for colour and styles, well vintage is without doubt the buzz word for weddings this year.

So what sums up a vintage themed wedding? Colour-wise: cream, ivory (never white) and all shades of pinks from pale to dusky with a splash of cerise. Green is also popular, particularly olive green and the soft grey/green of eucalyptus. Overall the look could be described as cottage garden, very flowery, natural and pretty.

Reception designs seem to fall into two groups, quirky or elegant. For quirky it’s ceramic jugs and pitchers, individual glass vases, bone china cups and saucers. A sort of mix and match, church hall/ marquee on the village green type of feel. On the elegant front, brides at the show loved the tall glass martini vases, filled with water and roses petals (in vintage pink of course). Storm lanterns and decorate birdcages also seemed to tick a lot of the boxes with many brides who were looking for a variety of designs for the reception, rather than repeating the same one all the way trough.

A contrast from the vintage muted shades is purple, a colour witch looks to be big over the next couple of years. A top table of trailing amaranthus and purple vanda orchids was one of the most popular items on display. – one bride even took her bridesmaids shoes out of the box so she could match them up (they went perfectly).

So to sum up the wedding look for 2011/12 – well, it’s very flowery, which is great for florists, with lots of pastel shades and natural greens accented with splashes of purple.

Amnesia wedding rose
Amnesia rose

Flower-wise, roses are going to be even bigger this year, in particular the more (and it’s that word again) vintage colours, such as Amnesia, Hypnose, and Amalia should fit the bill.

Away from roses, hydrangeas continue the cottage garden theme, along with delphiniums, gladioli and for something a little more up-market for the bridal bouquet, vanda orchids.

Who would have thought that just a couple of Sundays at the different wedding events in the south east of Ireland could provide you with such valuable insights!

Lamber de Bie Flowers are based in both Waterford and Kilkenny, Ireland and can be contacted trough their website;

EVENING HERALD Thursday 9 September 2010




Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.



MONDAY morning starts early with the arrival of a lorry-load of flowers from Holland. They arrive at about 6am at the workshop witch is near our house in Thomastown. We check the order, put the flowers in vases and store them in a cold room. By 9am we have the van loaded up for delivery to our two stores in Waterford and one in Kilkenny. We buy direct from Holland and pay the daily auction price, plus a commission to our agent. Once the van has left, I get to have breakfast, usually at around 10am.

After the rush of the early morning, I spend a few quiet hours in the office. I deal with email enquiries, mostly about weddings. Our wedding season has definitely got longer in recent years. It stretches trough the whole summer and even takes in some of the spring and autumn. On top of that Christmas and New Years weddings are becoming very popular.

Tuesday is our quietest day and if I get time off this will be it, which is nice because Wednesday morning is our busiest time of the week. This is when we get our main delivery for the week – these are all our wedding flowers and retail stock for the weekend. Because it’s such a big delivery,it’s all hands on deck. The Van delivers to our two shops in Waterford and I take care of Kilkenny.

When I get to the shop, I pitch in to condition, clean and present the blooms. Last Wednesday, there were around 35 orders waiting to be made. Many of them were wrist corsages for debs. Young guys have become a lot more romantic in recent years, asking for specific colours and flowers. They often buy a bouquet for their date’s mother, too.


We definitely see more men walk into our shops than we did when we opened 10 years ago. Irish men are a lot more confident about buying flowers and there’s no shame in walking down the street with a colourful bunch for your partner.

Thursday is usually the day to meet the weekend bride. This week I’m doing the church and Marquee for a Waterford wedding. The marquee is in the mother of the groom’s garden so she’ll be meeting us, too. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep everyone happy!

I spend most Fridays doing the arrangements for a wedding the following day, and Saturday morning is an early start to get the bouquets and buttonholes to the bridal party, not to mention decorating the church and venue.

I have to place my order for the following week before lunchtime on Sunday, but I allow myself to have a rest after the business of Saturday before I set my mind to that task.

I’ve noticed a few new occasions where flowers are in demand in recent years. March 8, International Woman’s Day, is a popular celebration among eastern Europeans. They also buy for name days, witch are almost as important as birthdays.


The meaning of flowers for weddings

If you plan to walk down the aisle anytime soon, you should be aware that the flowers you carry might say more than you intended. That’s right; most flowers carry a meaning, or a special significance that has been passed down from generation to generation.

We can trace this back to the Victorian Era. It was improper in those days for a man to come out and tell a lady how he felt, so he would choose a flower with special meaning and send it her instead. Because the meaning of flowers was so well known, the woman receiving them understood the message as clearly as if it was written on a piece of paper.

As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language all of their own. Every sentiment can be expressed with flowers. Wedding flowers are no different. For instance, you wouldn’t want to have yellow carnations at your wedding if you knew that yellow carnations mean disappointment and rejection. Make sure you know what the flowers mean before you use them as your wedding flowers.

There is a reason that roses are the most popular choice of flowers for brides. A white rose stands for innocence, beauty and charm-just the traits every bride wants to portray. A bride that chooses red roses for her wedding flowers is sending a message of passion and of fiery love. If dark pink roses are used for a wedding, the couple is expressing a thankfulness that they found each other.

An ivy coloured Rose stands for fidelity in the marriage-something every new couple strives for. Pink roses mean perfect happiness but yellow roses mean jealousy. Sometimes, it’s not the colour that holds the meaning but the type. A tea rose means I’ll always remember you but a dried white rose means I would rather die than lose my virtue. Rosebuds means beauty and youth but roses signify secrecy and silence.

Roses aren’t the only flowers that hold meaning. Lilies are a very popular wedding flower. The most popular type of lily is the Calla Lily, which means beauty. Most lilies have beautiful meanings. The white lily means it’s heavenly to be with you while the yellow lily means I’m walking on air. Did you know that the day lily is the Chinese symbol for Mother? The tiger lily means wealth and pride.

Not all flowers have negative meanings; there are very few negative meanings for tulips. Tulips in general mean the perfect lover; this might be a good one to tuck into the buttonhole on his tux. Red tulips are a declaration of love while a yellow tulip means there is sunshine in your smile. If you are having a spring wedding, there is simply no better way to express your love for your future spouse than by carrying a bouquet of tulips. They are not only beautiful, but speak of an undying love.

There are some flowers you can just look at and assume you know what they mean. Never be too hasty in assuming anything. For instance, when you look at a cactus you would think that there had to be a negative meaning for it – wrong. A cactus means endurance and forever. This fits if you think about the cactus; they can survive anything.

There are so many different types of wedding flowers that no one could name them all but here are a few more. Peonies mean shame. Orchids are the Chinese symbol for many children.

No matter what wedding flowers you pick, no one is really going to know the meaning unless you tell them. Your wedding flowers, like your wedding, should be memorable and not based on superstition. Finding the meanings of flowers is like being superstitious about the groom seeing the bride in her wedding dress before the wedding. We make our own luck.

As you can see, the flowers that you choose for your wedding will definitely set the mood. Knowing that, before you select your flowers, determine what type of wedding and reception event you want to have. Once you do that, choosing the flowers will be a breeze.


Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master Florist


Lamber de Bie

Lamber de Bie (Dutch Master Florist) and his team of internationally qualified florists are the choice florist for brides sins 1993 in Ireland.

Trough their stores in Waterford and Kilkenny as well as trough their work on many weddings and other events they are constantly attracting more brides to lay their trust in the hands of the experts at LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS.

Lamber de Bie often features in Demonstrations for the Dutch Flower Council as well as for National and International Wholesalers for the flower trade displaying his latest designs and trends for the future. Lamber de Bie opened his own Floristry School for the General public as well as a warmly welcomed program of workshops for the florist trade of Ireland. Were better to lay your trust than with the teacher himself.

It is not only the quality of the workmanship that separates Lamber de Bie from the rest.  At LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS every bride is given 100% attention and treated as the only bride we are dealing with this year. Flowers are designed on an individual base to reflect the bride and her wedding day. Needles to see; All quotations provided by LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS are without any obligation.

LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS, Trendsetters in Quality, Creativity, Service.

Time to Smell the Roses

Taking Time to Smell the Roses in the Garden of Delight

By Lamber de Bie Dutch Master Florist (Jan. 07)

Trends are changing all around us, often so fast that it is hard to keep op with them. However they are becoming more important as showing we are aware of the latest trends is one of the status symbols of today. We can all afford that expensive dress but who has the knowledge of wearing tomorrow’s fashion today.

In order to predict the trends for flowers, and in particular wedding flowers, I first want to go back over the past few years to see were we are coming from.

In 2004 the trends in floral designs were inspired by a hugely complex world were we were swamped with information. Existing values were changing. Life speeded past us and appeared to be a huge tangle of paradoxes making it difficult to bring things sharply into focus. In a bid to regain the upper hand once more and to define our own guidelines we looked to create a calm environment where we could consider our options. An environment where we felt at home. This is why 2004 was filled with soft and natural, country-garden style arrangements in soft colours.

In 2005 our inspiration was based on the fact that we were committed to “everything”, every minute of the day. This translated into loose and natural, sometimes “chaotic looking” bouquets. We were looking for a summer holiday feeling with the emphasis on freedom without structure.

2006 Is the year of focussing on our Social individualism. We were frequently involved with our own personal lives. We want things to be good for us and anything should be possible. The trend has heightened the demand for luxury and glamour. We are becoming acclimatised to life in the fast lane. Our boredom threshold is lower and we are more inclined to feel things are moving too slowly than was formerly the case. This translated itself in a year were flowers are more dramatic in shape and colour than before. Combinations that were wrong before are today’s norm.

But where are we going from here? For over 20 years I’ve been asking myself this question. In the past my inspiration would have come from architecture, fashion and art. The past years I tend to look at people, what they do, and more important, what they would like to do.

In a recent interview with Paris Hilton, the person that did not only desire but also live all of this year’s trend to the full (We want things to be good for us and anything should be possible), she mentioned she was going to take time out to smell the roses.

I believe floral trends for summer 2007 will focus strongly on being fully in tune with the seasons. Still holding on to our individuality, but also looking for a fairytale/paradisiacal, expressive and energetic style.

Translating this into flowers I see for next summer the use of strong, bright colours combined to contrast with a few dark neutrals to give the impression of an imaginary, fairytale world. The use of green and turquoise is going to play an important role.

An opulent bouquet of decorative flowers such as Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise), Bright coloured Gerbera, Purple Vanda orchids, or some magnificent red and yellow Gloriosa lilies combined with coloured foliage and a single long striped feather.

Holding these summer trend as a tread for 2007, we will see a softer variety of this theme throughout the spring using lots of pastels coloured flowers such as Freesia’s, Narcissus, Syringa (lilac) and tulips in combination with soft blossom twigs in natural hand tied bouquets.

At the end of summer we will turn to pink and purple Anthurium, Celosia, Dendrobium orchids, Eryngium (thistle) and Dahlia’s combined with black and chocolate coloured materials and small details of yellow and gold. Bouquets will be smaller and a little more definite in shape with foliage only used if it is making a real statement.

In the winter the purple and pink will remain as an important colour however toned down to a much paler version. This in combination with lots of white, black and tones of grey. I see a compact bouquet of 30 pale lilac carnations (Yes, Carnations are back again), pressed together into a compact egg shaped bouquet resting on a collar of large, folded silver leaves and white Gypsophylla (baby’s breath). Think of a Neo-Classicism dramatic shape, a miniature winter fairytale palace. Stems will be wrapped with soft ribbons, however large bows are out. The much smaller winter bouquets will have its impact trough a strong shape rather than trough colour. Other flowers that will work well in this winter trend are Nerine, Dianthus (carnations), Zanthedeschia (calla lilies), lilac and pink Roses, Hippeastrum (Amaryllis), Ranunculus and Hyacinths.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master Florist

My favourite memories from our wedding day.

Testimonial for Lamber’s website

“We had a very specific look and feel which we wanted to create for our wedding and the flowers were integral to that. Lamber’s knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm helped to create something really magical (while keeping on budget) and remain one of my favourite memories from our wedding day. I can truly say I couldn’t recommend Lamber highly enough”.

H. Mulcahy July 2009

Autumn Theme Wedding

Harvest Theme Wedding Arch

Creating a Arch to welcome all your guest to your wedding venue will be the best welcome you can give your family & friends.

Continuing the theme of the wedding with your Wedding Cake decorations of fresh fruits and leaves coated in eggwhite and sprinkled with sugar. An finish off with some fresh white rose petals.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master florist