If you’re lucky enough to be getting married this year, firstly a massive congratulations! You probably already have a few thoughts about what you want the day to be like. But it’s never too late to get some last minute tips for themes, colours and other trends that are really hot this year. Despite already being married I’m quite jealous about all these great new colours, cake ideas and more…
Metallics – but not black and gold (more like rose gold or gold with pastels)
Neutrals – greys, pale blues…
Vintage Glamour – of course, it’s timeless and we all love it. It’s easy to create, there are tonnes of beautiful products that you can get to tie into the theme and be used afterwards!
The Element of Surprise – yes, really. Many brides are opting to surprise their guests with the venue and theme, so no clues in the stationery and some will even lead guests to the venue in convoy so they can’t even look up the address in advance for a sneak peek on Google Street View!
- Ranunculus (sometimes cheaper and we think prettier version of peonies)
- Hanging floral centrepieces are still all the rage, and can be easily achieved by yourself (hula hoop, masking take, floral wire)
- Tall trumpet vases (easier to talk around on circular tables)
Overall, it’s all about texture, and not just sticking with three different flowers – you want to have an eclectic mix to be on trend this year.
Handcrafted is the way forward, which will be music to the ears of the crafters among you. It doesn’t need to be over complicated, however, as clean lines and more white space are making a come back in invitations and stationery. Now is the time to practice your handwriting – some brides are taking calligraphy lessons (or learning from online videos!). Save the dates are ok to email these days.
Representing the couple is going to be a key trend this year. Take inspiration from your cultures or heritage. Going local is also really fashionable – from farm to plate sort of thing. Guests will appreciate local delicacies and also supporting local suppliers. And don’t be afraid to break with the traditional wedding menu fare… chicken, fish, vegetarian. You can be more personal and shake things up a bit.
Cakes are going big again – remember Obama/Trump’s inauguration cakes – yes, that big and that tall! Speak to your baker about ways to do this without breaking the bank. It could be that the lower layers are ‘fake’ iced boxes or similar. But height is everything. Candy stations have been around for a while and their appeal is obvious, but they have been done to death. An alternative is to offer a dessert station rather than a bowl of something with the dinner. Allow guests to mingle while they decide which sweet treats they will have.
Set up beautiful photo opp areas for people to use. They’ll appreciate it more than a photo booth and it’ll make for more interesting a varied photos. Go for softer lighting too! Don’t blow the entire budget on a band. It’s more entertaining to have smaller snippets of entertainment throughout the day. It adds interest, it breaks the day up and gives people something to look forward to.
Now is the time to embrace new technologies and more modern ways of sharing photos and videos of your big day. Photographers are using drones now to make a more dynamic ‘big group shot’ and videographers will make instagram-friendly short videos that you can share far and wide. Many people have done the photo booth thing now, but there are alternatives. You can try a flip book booth or a GIF booth. No, really.