We are going to start the year off by taking a look at this year’s upcoming wedding trends as predicted by The Knot. Now, I am not one to believe in doing things just because they’re ‘in’, but as a former bride, I definitely think one can use these trending ideas to draw inspiration from, adapting the details which suit your tastes and uses.
So, here are some interesting wedding trends we may see for 2014:
Refined Woodland Theme
Sean Parker’s elaborate and whimsical forest wedding was the inspiration behind this trend. Details which may prove popular include gowns with floral accents, the use of lots of fur in the decor, flower crown accessories, stationery with natural fibres such as wood featuring ferns as a prominent motif. Expect to see terrarium wedding cakes or simple, rustic cakes served on wooden slabs as well as bite-sized wedding food (like tapas).
Old World Opulence
The influence of the upcoming 2014 Met Ball honoring 19th century fashion icon Charles James will pull things back into a ballroom elegance, a trend which is strengthened by the resurgence of shows with vintage settings like Dracula and Downton Abbey. We will see ball gowns, full and embellished skirts paired with more modern tops as well as an Edwardian bridal style, accessorized with gloves, lace, pearls and satin. Expect ornate stationary with metallics and elegant calligraphy as well as very formal, opulent receptions settings. Wedding cakes will feature florals, metallics and patterns.
Pop Art Graphics
This trend will be reflected in the continued popularity of the bride’s ‘little white dress’ with the addition of strong lines and a modern look. Stationary will feature comic illustrations and graphics. Bold, graphic colours and whimsical decor will also be incorporated into the setting. We will also see bite-sized food and drinks such as mini sliders and mini cokes.
Geometric patterns and details have been slowly trending for some time. We might see this continue to surge in popularity with patterned stationary, ice sculptures, watercolour patterns and centerpieces which create visual interest with geometric accents. Wedding gowns in this trend will have very modern, clean lines.
This theme will feature soft, feminine bridal gowns with flowing silhouettes and high necklines. A blue and white palette and a subtle, minimalist elegance will take center stage.
Marbleized details can be incorporated into anything from the wedding cake, to the stationary and decor, breathing a romantic, hand-crafted touch into a wedding for the couple who puts a prime value on creativity.
Metallic Wedding Cakes
Metallic wedding cakes were a popular trend in 2013 – not surprising as they add a sophisticated touch. Expect to see plenty of beautiful, embossed details.
Image- Rosalind Miller Cakes
Gorgeous halo veils are trending with flowers, chains and other embellishments.
Wedding Tech Trends:
There are two camps on the horizon- those who love technology and those who hate it- or at least hate the use of it at weddings!
Custom hashtags for social media sharing are already popular and couples who adore technology might incorporate interactive tools such as video booths instead of just regular photo booths for an even richer, communal sharing experience. Wedding websites and apps are prominent with this trend and mobile charging stations might be provided for the convenience of guests.
Image- Princess Snap on Etsy
‘No Tech’/Unplugged Policies
Couples who believe that technology can impede guests from being ‘present’ and ‘in the moment’ might use a Phone Check where guests hand over their devices at the door or use signs asking asking guests to refrain from using their phones and cameras to ensure a technology-free experience.
In the coming weeks, I will be providing inspiration and ideas based on these themes and details so look out for that!
So which of this year’s trends are you looking forward to the most? Are there any not listed here, that you would like to see more of? Let me know your thoughts.