IN WITH THE NEW
We asked the experts to share hot wedding trends for you to use on your big day . . .
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.
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.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
• 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
NEUTRAL EYES AND BOLD LIPS
LUSH TABLE SETTINGS
FOOD TRUCKS DRINK STATIONS