IN WITH THE NEW

We asked the ex­perts to share hot wedding trends for you to use on your big day . . .

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Ex­perts share de­tails of the top bridal trends.

OVER the past few years, white wed­dings have moved away a lit­tle from the for­mal af­fair as cou­ples started in­clud­ing some per­sonal touches and quirky el­e­ments. Now cou­ples are search­ing for some­thing even more au­then­tic.

“Cou­ples are bring­ing their own per­son­al­i­ties into their wed­dings in­stead of repli­cat­ing age-old tra­di­tions,” says wedding plan­ner Tshego Moloabi of Meletlo Cel­e­bra­tions. “A hot trend is soft pas­tel blues and pinks for the bridal palette – these colours are all-en­com­pass­ing.” We chat to other wedding ex­perts to find out what will be hot in the next few months.

AT­TIRE

The wedding dress

• Brides are be­com­ing less con­ven­tional, opt­ing for dresses in colour or with colour ac­cents – from cham­pagne tones to blush pink and bolder.

• Sheer el­e­ments such as net­ting, lace and over­lays cre­ate a sexy so­phis­ti­ca­tion. • Boat neck­lines will per­fectly bal­ance out a dra­matic V-back.

• De­tach­able skirts mean not hav­ing to choose be­tween a fit­ted or flared gown – brides can change skirts be­tween the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion.

• Lace dresses or lace de­tail on bridal gowns con­tinue to be a firm favourite. • Stiffer ma­te­ri­als – such as Mikado satin – are all the rage for strong, clean lines in a mod­ern sil­hou­ette.

• Lightly tinted blush and nude veils.

Ac­ces­sories

• Jew­elled head­bands or Alice bands. • Per­son­alised state­ment jew­ellery – some­thing bor­rowed, en­graved or per­haps a gift from your spouse-to-be.

• Classic but in­tri­cate jew­ellery such as de­tailed drop ear­rings.

The bou­quet

• The tight, round bou­quet gives way to the big cas­cad­ing bou­quet with a

dra­matic “freshly gath­ered from the gar­den” look.

• Long, drap­ing and se­quined bou­quet rib­bons.

Shoes

• Prominent and tex­tured lace de­tail are great on shoes.

• “I Do” and “Me Too” stick­ers on soles of shoes or some­thing more per­sonal make for cute pho­to­graphs.

• Blush or bright, bold colours that add hu­mour and per­son­al­ity.

Brides­maids

• Same colour but in­di­vid­ual styles in dresses or vice versa.

• Lots of bling de­tail such as se­quins. • The two-piece long tulle skirt and fit­ted crop top.

The groom

• Per­sonal touches such as unique or per­son­alised bou­ton­nières.

• Blaz­ers or waist­coats in a stand-out colour or tex­ture.

• Brightly coloured or pat­terned socks to off­set the rest of the for­mal look for the groom and his ret­inue.

• Funky bow ties in a shade that matches the wedding theme.

• Ties are still in – a thin tie screams mod­ern so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

• Shades of grey are be­com­ing pop­u­lar for suits.

HAIR AND MAKE-UP

• Neu­tral palette eye shad­ows.

• Bold colour on the lips paired with sheer eye shadow and liq­uid liner along the top lash line. • Bright pink or coral lip­stick with soft eye make-up.

• Lash ex­ten­sions.

• An in­creas­ing amount of fab­u­lous hair prod­ucts means nat­u­ral hair is tak­ing cen­tre stage.

• If you have a weave, pop­u­lar styles that are still on-trend are sleek low buns and curly side buns.

• Braids in­te­grated with corn-row de­signs are on-trend.

• Dreads can be curled with a flexi rod and left half up and half down while a twisted updo styled into a bun is also pop­u­lar and beau­ti­ful.

• Hair ac­ces­sories in­clud­ing those with flo­ral de­tail are also be­com­ing more trendy – be sure to buy these in ad­vance for a few trial runs be­fore the day.

• More men com­ing “as they are”, so no more shav­ing off of beards or buzz cuts.

DÉ­COR Deep, rich colours and metal­lic

• Bright jewel tones paired with metal­lic em­bel­lish­ments in gold, rose gold, cop­per and bronze.

• Be guided by 2016’s Pan­tone colours of the year of rose quartz – pairs well with deep reds, pur­ples and marsalas – and seren­ity (a tran­quil blue) – which pairs well with dark ivy greens, browns and pas­tel pinks.

• Colour fu­sions such as mid­night blues mixed with a softer pink and touches of cop­per.

• In­ter­est­ing vases, in­clud­ing mer­cury glass in gold and sil­ver and an­tique mis­matched vases paired with ac­ces­sories with less hes­sian, more bling.

• Ar­ti­san ceram­ics with a raw, or­ganic feel and tex­tured linens with or­ganic crock­ery, gilded cutlery and hand-blown re­cy­cled glass­ware.

Flow­ers

• Go­ing green with con­fetti – fyn­bos, penny gum and rose pe­tals or a mix of herbs and wild flow­ers.

• Bold berry and bright colours such as bright pinks mixed with corals and bright yel­low and orange.

• More green­ery (and less flow­ers) for an or­ganic, wild, tex­tured look in­clud­ing the use of vines, branches and leaves and even fruit and vegetables for back­drops and cen­tre­pieces.

• Old-fash­ioned flow­ers such as car­na­tions, sweet peas and chrysan­the­mums are an op­tion in­stead of the usual roses, hy­drangeas and peony com­bi­na­tions. • Move away from one cen­tre­piece per ta­ble and opt for mul­ti­ple, longer flo­ral ar­range­ments per ta­ble.

Seat­ing

• Long feast ta­bles in­stead of smaller round ta­bles.

• Ta­bles of dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes cre­ate a more in­ti­mate and re­laxed feel. • Lounge ar­eas with com­fort­able seat­ing have been pop­u­lar dur­ing the drinks hour and are be­com­ing a pop­u­lar ar­range­ment for the en­tire re­cep­tion.

Light­ing and glitz

• Any­thing with shine and sparkle. • Light­ing will be a big­ger dé­cor el­e­ment than be­fore – any­thing from bare Edi­son bulbs to classic fairy lights. • Mix­ing up themes such as rus­tic, bare wooden ta­bles with gold se­quined run­ners. • Bunting is re­placed by chan­de­liers and sus­pended flow­ers.

Chan­de­liers and can­de­labras can pro­vide a soft yet stylish and mod­ern el­e­ment to your dé­cor.

Sta­tionery

Fun sta­tionery – think in­di­vid­ual fans used as or­der of ser­vice and pa­per fortune-tell­ers as menus. • Cus­tom mono­grams with de­tails that are mean­ing­ful to the cou­ple.

• Sta­tionery with de­sign and colour as the main fo­cus.

• Hand writ­ten or “hand­writ­ten” cal­li­graphic el­e­ments make for an old-fash­ioned, per­sonal touch.

• So­cial me­dia will con­tinue to play a ma­jor role. Cou­ples can link their in­vi­ta­tions to a Face­book event or makeYouTube and Vimeo video in­vi­ta­tions.This makes in­ter­na­tional in­vites and RSVP man­age­ment eas­ier and helps with map di­rec­tions to the venue, ac­com­mo­da­tion lists, gift reg­istries and photo gal­leries.

Thank you gifts

• Thank you gifts are some­thing we may start see­ing less of. Cou­ples would rather add the money to the wedding ex­pe­ri­ence. • But a trendy op­tion would be per­son­alised gifts that can be put to use such as brooches and place mats.

• In­di­vid­u­al­is­ing thank you tags with a per­sonal mes­sage to each guest.

VENUES

• Out­door venues sur­rounded by tow­er­ing trees with plenty of warm light­ing are in. • More cou­ples are ex­plor­ing city wedding venues such as roof-tops of build­ings. • Unique el­e­ments that don’t cost ex­tra such as a glass chapel, end­less views or in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­ture are trendy.

• A fam­ily back gar­den or the use of pri­vate res­i­dences is on the in­crease and a great way to add per­sonal charm.

FOOD & DRINKS

• Drinks sta­tions on ar­rival – any­thing from iced teas and flavoured wa­ters with straw­berry and thyme, mango and mint or a whiskey or gin sta­tion.

• For­get small bits of food in the form of canapés – the trend is beau­ti­fully served big, hearty meals.

• While buf­fets will never lose their place, flavour-packed plat­ters of fam­ily-style meals served in the mid­dle of the ta­ble and meant to be shared, is on trend.

• Food or dessert trucks pro­vide a fun, in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment for the re­cep­tion or to serve late-night snacks or pre-re­cep­tion snacks while the cou­ple is hav­ing their pho­to­shoots done.

• Deca­dent dessert ta­bles with a big (or many de­con­structed) wedding cakes, mini desserts and fresh Ital­ian sor­bets. • Dessert canapés are also pop­u­lar and so are fruit-based op­tions and flam­boy­ant tarts.

CAKES

• Naked or semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh flow­ers, twigs, herbs or fresh berries. • Hand-painted ic­ing or ed­i­ble chalk fon­dant.

• Fun flavours such as salted caramel, lemon, cham­pagne, laven­der-vanilla, ap­ple spice or chai.

• Lace de­tail and 3D flow­ers are pop­u­lar. • Co-or­di­nat­ing the colour of the cake/s with the colour scheme of the wedding. • Ic­ing is a way to in­cor­po­rate metal­lic el­e­ments of gold and sil­ver.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

A dig­i­tal shift

• Selfie sta­tions with in­ter­est­ing back­grounds such as a wall of flow­ers or ivy where guests can take their own pic­tures. • A Twit­ter or In­sta­gram hash­tag is given to guests to tag in their pho­tos taken on their cell­phones – a great way to get the guests’ can­did pic­tures of your day. • Pho­tos taken in more than one location. • Doc­u­men­tary-style pho­tog­ra­phy and videog­ra­phy. • So­cial me­dia print­ing photo booths ag­gre­gate im­ages with a par­tic­u­lar hash­tag and print the pic­tures at the wedding.

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

• Cou­ples are of­fer­ing fun games to keep guests en­ter­tained while they are busy. • In ad­di­tion to a DJ, have at­mo­spheric en­ter­tain­ment such as cabaret singers dur­ing cock­tails or an acous­tic band or stringquar­tet to add am­biance dur­ing din­ner. • The last song dance is pop­u­lar – a sure way to get ev­ery guest on the dance floor for a mem­o­rable end to the evening.

SHEER EL­E­MENTS ON DRESSES THE DRA­MATIC BACK

QUIRKY BOW TIES

CAS­CAD­ING BOU­QUETS

NEU­TRAL EYES AND BOLD LIPS

UNIQUE BOU­TON­NIÈRES

LUSH TA­BLE SET­TINGS

CORAL COLOURS

FOOD TRUCKS DRINK STA­TIONS

GREEN GIFTS

FUN STA­TIONERY

SHARED FEASTS

NAKED CAKES

GUEST GAMES

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