Our favourite flower pros (and Brides lifestyle editor Polly Atkinson) deliver their predictions for 2012:

The Long-Lasting Bouquet

"I saw a paper bouquets the other day on the bridal e-boutique www.bhldn.com and thought how pretty they looked. You can keep them forever, and they're so different - I think they will be a big hit with brides," says Polly.

Flower variety

"Ever since the royal wedding, there's been a trend to chose flowers with meaning," says florist Amanda Austin. "Kate had lily of the valley to signify a return of happiness; hyacinth, representing constancy of love; ivy for fidelity; and sweet William, standing for gallantry, to celebrate her groom. Zara Phillips had thistles, the emblem of Scotland."


"Bridal bouquets in 2012 will be softer, less round and more teardrop in shape, with gentle trailing details," says florist Robbie Honey.


"There's a strong 1970s glamour trend on the catwalks and we'll see this filter down to flowers, too, with arrangements in muted soft lavender through to aubergine, plus caramel, brown, burgundy and grape," says florists Mathew Dickinson.

Amanda Austin www.amandaaustinflowers.co.uk; Robbie Honey www.robbiehoney.com;  Mathew Dickinson www.mathewdicinsonflowers.com