Bray People - - SPRING BRIDES -

WHEN IT comes to this sea­son's hottest wed­ding trends, there are plenty for you to con­sider for your up­com­ing big day. Not only does a theme give struc­ture to the event, it can en­sure the look of the day is en­tirely co­he­sive. From be­spoke brides­maids' dresses, your own gown and the favours and flow­ers, hav­ing a theme cer­tainly helps achieve your ideal wed­ding day. Al­though there are some themes that never quite go out of style, like the 'tra­di­tional' white wed­ding in an old school church, there are lots of unique ideas that you can take to make the day your own. Some ex­am­ples you could con­sider are vin­tage, rus­tic, or high drama. VIN­TAGE WED­DINGS

Ev­ery­thing old is new is the best way to de­scribe the 'new' vin­tage wed­ding theme! While you can take this theme to the ex­treme and have yourself and your brides­maids dressed in cus­tom tai­lored vin­tage style dresses, one of the best things about go­ing vin­tage on your day is the choice to in­cor­po­rate as much or as lit­tle of the theme as you want. If you just want hint of vin­tage with­out go­ing into the 'boho' or hip­ster look, you could sim­ply use it in your dé­cor. Use a few large trunks cov­ered with stick­ers from far-flung places; give old frames a lick of paint and hang them on the wall at dif­fer­ent heights, to give your guests a bit of pho­to­graphic fun at the re­cep­tion; or an old, open suit­case also works well to hold favours for your guests. RUS­TIC WED­DINGS

One theme promis­ing to be huge this sea­son is the mod­ern take on the 'rus­tic" look. The em­pha­sis is on look­ing ef­fort­less and nat­u­ral. Use ta­bles cov­ered with while linen cloths and cof­fee sacks, or utilise hay­bale twine as ac­cents on ma­son jars for drink­ing glasses. The theme can also carry through to the brides­maids' dresses, with light, soft colours off­set by nat­u­ral shades. For the dec­o­ra­tions, go for lots of wood in things like rough crates for hold­ing favours and de­tails like wood­land flow­ers on the ta­bles dis­played in mis­matched vases. HIGH DRAMA

So you like a bit of glitz and glam­our but don't want your wed­ding dress to look like you bought it in Ve­gas or be in fear of your brides­maids break­ing out in hives from the glit­ter? Then why not in­cor­po­rate your love of all that shim­mers into the theme it­self. As one of the hottest trends (and one that will al­low you free rein to go over the top for your wed­ding dé­cor), it also works ex­cep­tion­ally well with a sim­ple, yet el­e­gant wed­ding party en­sem­ble. One of the best ways to achieve this dra­matic ef­fect is to go over the top with the light­ing ar­range­ment in the re­cep­tion venue. Con­sider cre­at­ing a starry night sky of lights in a canopy over your guests, and keep the theme go­ing by hav­ing sim­ple colour schemes in glam­orous flower ar­range­ments, to re­ally draw the look to­gether.

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