IN WITH THE NEW
Experts reveal the latest trends in weddings
OVER the past few years, weddings have moved steadily away from the traditional, formal affair as couples incorporate more personal touches and quirky elements. Once again wedding trends are shifting a little and becoming even more personalised. “Couples are looking for something more authentic, tasteful and rich to the senses,” says Valery Zelenyuk from Agape Wedding & Event Design.
Popular elements include dense foliage as well as style fusions such as rustic and sparkly and metallic and bold colours.
Those in the know reveal more about what will be hot in the next year.
The bridal dress
• Dresses in colour and colour accents on dresses are set to become even bigger – from champagne tones to blush pink and bolder!
• Sheer elements such as netting and lace create a sexy sophistication – lace will continue to be a firm favourite.
• Boat necklines will perfectly balance out a dramatic, low-cut V-shape back.
• A two-piece skirt and crop top – perfect for a fun, afternoon reception. • Detachable skirts means not having to choose between a fitted or flared gown. • Heavier and stiffer material such as Mikado satin creates gorgeous structured draping.
• Lightly tinted blush 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 bouquet ribbons.
THE CASCADING BOUQUET
• Prominent and textured lace detail will be great on shoes.
• “I Do” and “Me Too” or other personalised shoe stickers make for quirky photographs.
• Cream or bright, bold colours that add humour and personality.
• Bolder colours in attire and shoes. • Stand-out bouquets and accessories. • 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 stand-out colours or textures. • Brightly coloured or patterned socks to offset the rest of the formal look for the groom and his retinue.
• Funky bow ties or narrow ties in a shade that matches the wedding theme. • Shades of grey for suits.
HAIR AND MAKE-UP
• Glowing dewy skin as opposed to matte. • Subtle contouring with creamy skin illuminators to create a youthful glow. • Neutral palette eye shadows.
• Bold colour on the lips paired with sheer eye shadow and liquid liner along the top lash line.
• Soft pastels with lots of gloss.
• A bright pink or coral lipstick with soft eye make-up.
• Lash extensions are becoming more popular than stick-on strip lashes.
• Natural hair texture, with flowing, loose locks.
• Out-of-the-ordinary hair colours are definitely a growing trend.
• Nourishing hair treatments leading up to the wedding for a natural, healthy glow instead of just styling on the day.
• More men coming as they are – no more shaving off beards!
• The old-fashioned (but shorter) combover will be popular for grooms.
Deep, rich colours and metallic
• Bright jewel tones paired with metallic embellishments in gold, rose gold, copper and bronze.
• This year’s Pantone colours of the year are rose quartz (pairs well with deep reds, purples and marsalas) and serenity – a tranquil blue (pairs well with dark ivy greens, browns and pastel pinks). • Colour fusions such as midnight blue 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 and more bling.
• Less of the mason jar and more 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, dry leaves or a mix of herbs and wild flowers.
• Bold berry and bright colours such as bright pink mixed with coral 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 centerpieces.
• Old-fashioned flowers such as carnations, sweet peas and chrysanthemums instead of the usual roses, hydrangeas and peony combinations.
One centrepiece per table is out – more and longer floral arrangements are in.
• Long feast tables instead of smaller round tables.
• Tables of different shapes and sizes create an intimate and relaxed feel. • Lounge pockets with comfortable seating have been big during the cocktail hour but look set to become popular for the entire ceremony or reception.
Lighting and glitz
• Anything with shine and sparkle. • Lighting will be a bigger décor element than before – from suspended bulbs to classic fairy lights.
• Mixing up themes such as bare wooden tables with gold sequined runners. • Bunting gives way to chandeliers and suspended flowers.
• Fun stationery such as fans as order of service brochures and menus folded into quirky paper fortune-tellers. • Handwritten or “handwritten” calligraphic elements make for an old-fashioned, personal touch. • Custom monograms with details that are meaningful to the couple.
• Laser-cut stationery gives way to design and colour as the main focus.
• Social media and online will continue to play a major role. Couples can link invitations to a Facebook event or make YouTube invitations. This makes international invites and RSVP management easier. A map to the venue, accommodation lists, gift registries and photos can be added.
Thank you gifts
• Thank you gifts are something we may see 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. • Individualised thank you tags with a personal message to each guest.
• Outdoors and surrounded by towering trees with plenty of lighting.
• While forest, beach and wine farm wedding venues will remain popular, more couples will explore city weddings. • Unique elements that don’t cost extra such as a glass chapel, endless views or interesting architecture.
• The use of private residences is on the increase – a great way to add personal charm.
FOOD AND DRINKS
• Drinks stations on arrival – anything from iced teas and water flavoured with strawberry and thyme, mango and mint or a gin or whisky station where guests can experiment.
• Canapés give way to beautifully served big, hearty meals.
• Buffets give way to more plated meals or flavour-packed platters of family-style meals meant to be shared.
• Food or ice-cream trucks provide a fun, interactive element – for the reception or to serve late-night snacks.
• Health trends may impact wedding menus with healthier, fresher dishes being offered.
• As weddings become more intimate, guests’ dietary restrictions may be easier to be catered for such as those on sugarfree or gluten-free diets or those with allergies.
• Serving locally sourced and organic food. • Decadent dessert tables with a big wedding cake at the centre or many deconstructed cakes, mini desserts and fresh Italian sorbets are appealing.
• Dessert canapés are also popular and so are more fruit-based options and flamboyant tarts.
• Naked or semi-naked cakes adorned with fresh flowers, twigs, herbs or berries. • Hand-painted icing or edible chalk fondant.
• Fun flavours such as salted caramel, lemon, champagne, lavender-vanilla, apple spice or chai. • Deconstructed cakes in addition or instead of tiered wedding bakes are on the rise.
• The colour of cakes integrated with the colour scheme of the wedding.
• Rustic butter icing is being favoured over a seamless fondant appearance. Icing is a way to incorporate the trend of geometric shapes as well as the metallic luxe look.
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 can be given to guests to tag their photos taken on their cellphones – this is a great way to get the guests’ candid pictures of your day.
• A social media printing photo booth that aggregates all the images with a particular hashtag and prints them out at the wedding.
• Official photos taken in more than one location.
• More in the moment, documentary-type photography and videography.
• Couples, more conscious of keeping their guests entertained while they are busy, will have fun games available. • Atmospheric entertainment such as cabaret singers, an acoustic band or string quartet rather than a traditional DJ is an option.
• The last-song dance has become increasingly popular too – a sure way to get every guest on the dance floor for a memorable end to the evening.
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