Ex­perts re­veal the latest trends in wed­dings

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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 bou­quet

• The tight, round bou­quet gives way to the big, cas­cad­ing bou­quet with a dra­matic “freshly gath­ered from the gar­den” look. • Long bou­quet rib­bons.




• 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.

The groom

• 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.


• 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.


• 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.

Mak­ing mem­o­ries

• 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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