If you are planning a wedding for 2015, then you’ve probably already trawled the internet for the most up-to-date and unique touches for your nuptials. Every bride wants something that’s totally individual and personal, while incorporating elements that are on-trend.
To make your life a little easier, we asked some wedding industry experts for their 2015 predictions, to provide some helpful tips for brides and grooms:
Rustic vintage versus minimal themes
One of the first things engaged couples are advised to establish is their theme. This might relate to colour schemes or an entire overarching direction for the day (such as ‘Frozen’ or 1950s). For 2015, it appears that vintage is still popular, though with a more outdoorsy feel than a lady-like tea-party. Sian from Amethyst Weddings says: “Vintage is still big, more rustic décor as well as vintage glamour!”
What makes vintage so appealing is that it offers brides a way to do ‘Princess’ in a classy way. Yet many are taking the theme and twisting it into something a little more nostalgic, according to Dalia Courridge from Norfolk Brides. “I found that recently the brides are particularly drawn to either more relaxed, bohemian and whimsical weddings at the countryside or woodlands…mixing the vintage and rustic items, quirky catering options and plenty of breath-taking views,” she elaborated.
The concept of rustic vintage ultimately brings a more ethereal influence to the proceedings; think trees, fairies and pretty lighting options. It will naturally extend to accessories, too. Chloe, designer and founder of Pinkhot Jewellery said: “The vintage look isn’t going away, I’ve made plenty of elaborate, vintage style hairpieces this year and it’s looking to continue into 2015.”
In contrast at the absolute other end of the scale, we’ll see clean, fuss-free themes that incorporate sleeker dresses and decor, shunning the pretty-prettiness that epitomises vintage. Expect to see plain invitations, understated cakes and simple place settings.
Dalia is sure this will be the case: “Some couples are swayed towards to the bright and bold – geometrical shapes in big spaces, very minimal and slick types of weddings are still very big and we will see more of those in 2015.”
Pastels, metallics and being bold
Ignore ivory, worry not about white and give cream the cold shoulder; it’s all about pastels and metallics. Think instead of soft lavender, pale pink, powder blue or sugary sherbet shades. Contrast or combine with silver, gold, bronze and copper for an ultra-modern effect.
This is as much about the dress as it is place settings and even the wedding cake. Hope Mutongwizo, founder of the Vanilla Orchid Bakery, has noticed this trend in the cakes she has been asked to make for happy couples. “Metallics were a hit in 2014 and will continue to be in 2015. This trend is definitely for a bride who isn’t afraid to be different. From hand painted gold accents to the luxury of 24 carat gold leaf…surely that’s every bride’s dream?”
Being different is clearly what it’s all about for the bride who opts for pastels or metallic, though the fact that it’s now considered ‘acceptable’ to stray from traditional creamy shades will surely see more women choose them . Dalia adds that “many are lured in to the glitz and glam of the copper and dusky pink tones or even pink and mercury silver palette for that romantic feel, while others are seduced with the all shades of blue this season.”
This shift in hue has also been reflected in bouquets and floral displays, even though natural, ‘just-picked’ shapes and styles are still preferred.
Jo Fleet, founder at bespoke florist, Blubelle Lane has also noticed this appetite for more daring flowers. “Hand-tied bridal bouquets in neutral colours are still popular, but there have been more requests for brighter colours and bolder designs with a trend towards more trailing style bouquets.”
We anticipate this explosion of colour with great interest – it could make dressing venues for wedding receptions incredibly interesting and totally different.
Ah, the wedding gown – the focus of the proceedings and the one thing above everything else which must be perfect. Bridal fashions come and go; it’s amazing just how many variations of a white frock there really are but for 2015, the trend for colours is expected to continue.
We’ve seen pink gowns on celebrity brides including actresses Jessica Biel, Reece Witherspoon and Kaley Cuoco, while Piper Perabo tied the knot in a shiny, silver dress. However, it’s not just colours that are predicted to hit the aisles next year; key holes, 20s inspirations, low backs, cut outs and plunging necklines are all tipped for greatness.
On the catwalks, designers like Marchesa presented lace overlays as a twist on the strapless gown and a romantic way to wear sleeves. Carolina Herrera showcased dreamy off-the-shoulder necklines while Rivini offered ‘naked’ lace worn over a neutral slip. These trends are likely to impact accessories and bridesmaid dresses, too. Dalia believes these choices could even venture in the arena of “polka dots to crop – tops”.
In terms of jewellery, Chloe believes that embellishment will be bigger than before. “Glamorous ‘halos’ – a wide jewelled band style headpiece – will be popular with brides. Shoulder necklaces are growing in popularity; these are extremely elegant and ideal for adding sparkle to a shoulder-less gown.”
What’s more, the dress often influences wedding cake design. Hope expects that with “inspiration from the dresses from New York Bridal week, we are likely to see … intricate hand piped detailing, bold and luxurious Baroque designs returning on more wedding cakes in 2015.”
Something that photographer Amy Turner, from Turner and Moss Photography has noticed while she has been snapping the happy pair is that weddings are becoming increasingly more uniquely personal to the couple. From casually-posed engagement photos to artfully framed pictures of the rings, today’s wedding albums are miles away from our parents’.
“With the ever-increasing popularity of wedding blogs, couples are seeing that it’s okay to go their own way with every aspect of their day,” she said. “They feel more comfortable with leaving certain traditional elements out if it doesn’t suit their personalities or vision for the day.”
Jo agrees on the floral front: “Brides appear to be more willing to experiment with blooms that reflect their personalities and are not afraid to break away from tradition. This is how truly bespoke flowers contribute to the overall atmosphere and create a memorable day.”
No one puts the wedding cake in the corner! The cake has always been an integral part of the wedding breakfast, but it’s been more about the cutting than the design. Thanks to the many cake shows flooding our screens, couples have started to appreciate designer cakes.
Hope says that elegant floral and lace accents are here to stay, but she’s noticed trends for different textures, too. Ruffles, frills and rosettes are big for 2015. “It’s so versatile and creates drama and a real statement wedding cake. The ruffles and rosettes on the brides wedding dress can also be replicated on the wedding cake for a gorgeous personal touch,” she says.
If that seems a bit too much for your tastes, rest assured that delicate decoration is also likely to be popular. “Beautiful and subtle white lace overlays or stencilling on white fondant icing is simple yet sophisticated, clean and very modern. Definitely a trend we’ll continue to see for a few more years,” Hope added.