Trends… Whether you follow them or not, they happen all the same.
Some people like to avoid the whole wedding trends discussion, wanting to bring us right back to how it should reflect the couple, be about the love between two people and sharing the day with friends and family. This is all absolutely correct and I wholeheartedly agree with each and every one of these sentiments.
However, if like me, you feel all of the above and more but also love to gaze at the new emerging interior trends, the latest colours and shapes hitting the high-street and have a wish list of current coveted pieces as long as your arm, then this feature is most probably for you.
As well as taking a peek at some pretty darn gorgeous wedding inspiration it covers so much more, encouraging you to find your style by thinking outside of that wedding-box.
The Wedding Trend Report
Katrina: Over the past couple of years we have been fortunate to see some very dominate trends emerge – mismatched bridesmaid dresses, floral crowns, naked cakes, art deco and rustic chic to name a few. However this year has been an exception, which makes the task of predicting wedding trends for 2015 rather more difficult.
So in addition to looking at emerging trends from wedding catwalks, real weddings and inspiration shoots I’ve also decided to look further afield at dominant and emerging trends in the world of fashion, design, architecture and interiors.
Shall we begin…?
Shades of Blue
Blue (dark, light and everything in between) was one of the dominant 2014 runway trends this fall. Emporio Armani and Richard Nicoll both played on blue in its many permutations – from electric, cyan and cobalt to navy, sapphire and ice blue.
For weddings this is an easy trend to emulate as it is more versatile and less dictatorial than many other colour combinations, can work with almost any backdrop and depending on the combinations can be either bold and playful or demure and elegant.
Top Row Left: Image by Joseph Fordham Photography via Rock My Wedding. Top Row Right: Image by Naomi Kenton Photography. Second Row Left: Image by Rustic White Photography via Waiting on Martha. Second Row Right: Image by Alicia Pyne Photography via Style Me Pretty. Third Row: Image by Melanie Gabrielle via Weddings Unveiled. Bottom Row Left: Image by Jake Rosenberg + Andrea Salvia via Green Wedding Shoes. Bottom Row Right: Image by Sylvie Gil via Style Me Pretty.
BRIGHT AND BOLD
The second I saw the hot pink and bright orange Coco Colour Palette I knew this was going to be one HOT trend for 2015, or at least I really really want it to be!
This utterly divine and edgy palette of hot neon pinks and warm oranges, underlined with crisp whites will certainly make your Big Day stand out and have your guests talking about your wedding for all the right reasons.
Throw in some geometrics and you have one modern, alternative and bang on trend wedding.
Top Row Left: Image via Megan Geckler. Top Row Right: Image by Lara Hotz Photography via Burnetts Boards. Second Row Left: Image by Jessica Peterson via The House That Lars Built. Second Row Right: Image via Ma Lady Belle. Bottom Row Left: Image by KT Merry via Inspired by This. Bottom Row Right: Image by Jessica Cooper Photography via Ruffled.
In 2013 / 2014 Art Deco and Vintage Glamour was HUGE.
For 2015 it’s all about the jarring juxtapositions and jaw-droppingly gorgeous bohemian vibe of the late 60’s / early 70’s.
Think rich colours, soft suedes and silks, an abundance of lace, clashing prints and patterns, hand-crafted touches, wild flowers, festoon lights and the essential ingredient – an element of the outdoors.
Top Row Left: Image via Pinterest. Top Row Right: Image by Enchanted Wedding Photography via The Lane. Second Row: Image by Weddings Vintage via Rock My Wedding. Third Row Left: Image by Danelle Bohane via Magnolia Rouge. Third Row Right: Image by Elyse Hall Photography via Style Me Pretty. Fourth Row: Image by Laura Dart via The Lane. Bottom Row Left: Image by Amelia Fullarton via The Lane. Bottom Row Right: Image via The Freedom State.
WEDDING DRESS TRENDS
Want to know what’s on the cutting-edge of wedding dress design for 2015..? Well here’s a round-up of some of the emerging trends;
Top Row Left: Image by Ali Mitton via The Lane. Top Row Right: Image by Laura Murray Photography via Wedding Sparrow. Second Row Left: Image by Elizabeth Messina. Second Row Right: Image by Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty. Bottom Row Left: Image by Küss die braut and Jon Pride Photography via Belle & Chic. Bottom Row Right: Image via Rue De Seine.
Of all the décor options, a well thought out and imaginative lighting design is ultimate way to set the tone for your wedding.
With couples allocating more of their budget to this design element expect to see increasingly creative and unique lighting designs with the use of festoon lighting, Edison bulbs, gobos, video mapping, chandeliers and an abundance of candles.
Top Row: Image by Ellie Gillard via Rock My Wedding. Second Row Left: Image via The Lane. Second Row Right: Image by Chantel Marie Photography via Oh Lovely Day. Bottom Row: Image by Naomi Kenton Photography via Coco Wedding Venues.
COPPER & CONCRETE
Copper and concrete are currently two of the most talked about interior trends. Pick up any interior design magazine and you will notice time and time again these two elements are being used as a key feature or design detail. When it comes to this trend crossing over to the wedding industry this is where creativity and your imagination steps in!
If you are fortunate enough to have the perfect industrially chic wedding venue with vast amounts of exposed concrete surfaces and copper pipes then you’ve pretty much nailed the trend already! If you’re looking for a subtler way to add these earthy elements to your wedding then how about using copper and concrete as a base colour palette or on a design front think DIY candles, copper cutlery and copper foil invitations.
Top Row Left: Image by Enchanted Wedding Photography. Top Row Right: Image by Wren Photography via The Bridal Detective. Second Row: Image via 91 Magazine. Third Row Left: Image by Red White & Green Photography via Ruffled. Third Row Right: Image by Amaranth Wedding Photography via Style Me Pretty. Bottom Row Left: Image by Aaron Young Photography via Green Wedding Shoes. Bottom Row Right: Image via Pinterest.
This year the growing popularity of watercolour really has grabbed the attention of the wedding industry and inspired a whole host of creative DIY blog posts on how to emulate this trend. After all who could fail to be entranced by these soft tones and gorgeous hues…?
From watercolour invitations to soft-washed cakes and dipped napkins, there’s no denying that there are plenty of creative ways to incorporate this trend into your wedding day.
Top Row Left: Image via anew all. Top Row Right: Image via Stephanie Fishwick. Second Row: Image by Katie Slater Photography via Style Me Pretty. Third Row Left: Image by Rebecca Goddard Photography via Coco Wedding Venues. Third Row Right: Image by Christine Sara Photography via Wedding Chicks. Bottom Row Left: Image by Weddings by Nicola & Glen via Style Me Pretty. Bottom Row Right: Image by Ruth Eileen Photography via Style Me Pretty.
Minimalist weddings are officially back!
Not only has minimalism been a huge trend on the bridal catwalk it’s also increasingly been a trend in bridal hair and make-up, design and décor. On the runway this came in the form of pared down silhouettes, sheaths and slip dress in pure, luxe fabrics. When it comes to hair and make-up think matte skin, flushed cheeks, soft peachy pink lips and sleek hair.
And finally décor and details… Less is definitely more with this trend! Neutral and earthy tones, wooden furniture, natural fabrics and lashing of foliage will create the perfect minimalistic and ultra-romantic setting.
Top Row Left: Image by Julia Newman Photography via Modernly Wed. Top Row Right: Image by Lauren Kinsey Fine Art Wedding Photography via Style Me Pretty. Second Row Left: Image by Nikki Meyer Photography. Second Row Right: Image via Muscat London. Bottom Row Left: Image via The Lane. Bottom Row Right: Image by Studio Uma via Camille Styles.
Floral garlands are one way to add the real WOW factor to your wedding. They can be used to create everything from statement tablescapes and ceremony backdrops to detailed defined cake tables, bars and DJ booths.
If you’ve fallen in love with floral garlands but don’t necessarily have the budget or are marrying out of season then Friend of Faux is your new best friend!
With blooms such as lilac, roses, plump peonies lots of velvety eucalyptus and wild hedgerow touches for half the price of the real deal it’s easy to understand the industry buzz surrounding them and why we’re all friends of Faux.
Images via Friend of Faux.
Sophisticated polka dots are literally everywhere on Pinterest at the moment. From playful tulle prints to feminine and subtle Swiss dots, polka dots are most definitely a fresh idea to consider
The best thing about this trend is that it can be incorporated into almost any element of your wedding from wedding dresses and veils, to tablescapes, stationery, cakes… You get the drift!
Although try not to go over-board with this one and stick to one or two key elements only – polka dots can quickly go from being sophisticated and stylish to over-the-top.
Top Row Left: Image by Shannen Natasha via Ruffled. Top Row Right: Image via Cecilies Lykke. Second Row: Image by Taylor Rae Photography via Style Me Pretty. Third Row Left: Image via Bella Figura. Third Row Right: Image by Bayly & Moore via Boho Weddings. Bottom Row Left: Image via Pinterest. Bottom Row Right: Image by Sun + Life Photography via Ruffled.
Throughout 2014 the ‘just-picked-from-the-garden’ look for floral arrangements and bridal bouquets was an increasingly popular trend. The great news is that it’s here to stay!
Using freshly picked flowers will remain a huge trend, as well as incorporating seasonal elements in the arrangements themselves.
Top Row Left: Image via Ruffled. Top Row Right: Image by Emily Steffen via Style Me Pretty. Second Row: Image by Sonya Khegay via Style Me Pretty. Third Row Left: Image by Jamie Clayton Photography. Third Row Right: Image by Samuel Docker via Rock My Wedding. Bottom Row: Image by Philippa James Photography via Love My Dress.
So there you have it… Katrina’s 2015 wedding trend predictions.
I’m personally loving the whole minimalistic look, almost Scandi in vibe. Also, yes to Watercolour! Obvs. Oh and I’ll always be a sucker for that wild garden bouquet. Bigger the better if you ask me.
This is without doubt some of the best inspiration from around the world, so if you see something you love then you’ll find all of the links below. From the Photographer right through to the original article and suppliers.
If you want to set your own trends then Kat’s advice would be to look outside the wedding industry. Think about what inspires and interests you (whether this be food, fashion, theatre, interiors and so on), and use this as the basis for your wedding. Get creative, break the mould and above all have fun!
If you are looking for any further wedding planning ideas, inspiration or advice then you probably want to say hello to Katrina, go on, she’d love to hear from you!
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