Monday, 8th January 2018
If you’re planning a wedding in 2018, then a great place to start is of course 2018 wedding trends! After all, finding out what's going to be hot in the year you say 'I do' will be vital when it comes to planning your special day.
From gorgeous bridalwear trends and unique décor ideas, to the latest in wedding stationery, we have a mix of all the latest 2018 wedding trends you need to know about!
Venue - The West Mill
Recently, we’ve seen a huge move towards industrial-looking venues. These types of venues tend to be more of a blank canvas, where couples can really go to town on the reception décor and make it their own.
Venue - Studio Spaces
Open spaces and industrialised architecture is a key trend for 2018 weddings – and we’ve really taken to this here at hitched, as it allows couples to host a modern wedding with real character. Hitched's Editor, Sarah, says: "It's becoming clear that more and more brides are looking for a unique and alternative venue to really show off their individuality.
"What's great about the rising trend for more industrial-looking locations is that you can give your day a cool and edgy feel, while still having the option to dress it in a way that's personal to you - whether that's filling the room with flowers, playing around with lighting from candles and fairy lights, or leaving it neutral for a high-impact effect".
READ MORE: Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue
Venue - Oxleaze Barn
“2018 is going to be all about natural light and stripping things back to basics – we are moving towards a minimalistic look where natural light and polished details are key.”
Decor - La Fete
Tying in really well with the industrial-style venue, La Fete also mentioned the appearance of copper and metallic details, marble aspects and white and green tones for any floral décor.
“Greenery might have been Pantone’s colour of the year in 2017, but the trend is going nowhere as far as we’re concerned.
“When it comes to floral décor, foliage-only requests have become increasingly popular – tablescapes and hanging hoops are now being transformed into woodland wonders with the use of a little leaf.”
Image - Lavender and Rose
“The bell jar gives height to this décor piece, while the leaves add colour, making it the perfect addition to any table – and you can have this kind of thing in a range of different sizes… the bigger, the better!”
“To avoid the whole ‘I can’t see you across the table’ faux pas, brides are becoming more cautious about the height of the wedding centrepiece they choose, going for low and long rather than the more traditional tall arrangement.”
Image - Lavender and Rose
“We love creating table wreaths in soft, dusky shades to run the whole length of the tables and they’re often the thing that couples tell us they loved most about the flowers on their big day.”
Since the mention of copper décor from La Fete, we can’t help but notice how much of a trend this has become, along with geometric angles and modern shapes.
Candle Holder - Not on the High Street
This kind of décor is the perfect way to add a sleek and modern twist to your industrial and minimalist wedding theme, even if it's from something as small as some carefully-placed candle holders!
Wedding Dress - Grace Loves Lace
According to Peta, floaty, bohemian-style wedding dresses are all the rage for brides getting married in 2018. The elegance and intricacy of the designs just oozes romance.
Wedding Dress - Marco & Maria
Adding a splash of colour to your bridal look is something which will really make you stand out as a bride in 2018. We also adore floral detail on dresses, and it looks even better when done with a hint of colour.
The stand-out trend for bridesmaid dresses in 2018 is definitely bridesmaid separates.
Image - Coast
One reason we love this trend so much is because it gives brides more choice and freedom in how they dress their bridesmaids, allowing them to switch up the necklines for each bridesmaid and change the lengths of the skirts, whilst keeping in with their theme.
We love how many options it gives you, and you’d never know they came in two separate parts!
Peta also had plenty of insight when it came to the kind of bridal hair and makeup we could expect to see in 2018, after scouring the catwalks at New York Bridal Fashion Week.
Image - Bloomfield Photography
“At New York Bridal Fashion Week we saw a lot of natural face make-up. The dewy look was definitely out in full force and a lot of the models wore a bright red-lip to bring their makeup to life."
Image - Pronovias Catwalk Show NYBFW
“Minimal face make-up and really healthy, glowing skin was definitely the ‘in thing’ on all of the catwalks.”
“When it came to the hairstyles, we saw lots of side-partings and natural, hair-down styles”, says Peta.
“For the edgier bride, the top-knot was also a running trend, and is really great for brides wearing a backless wedding dress – it helps to show off the detail!”
Another detail on the catwalks that Peta spotted was the presence of Gypsophila, otherwise known as baby’s breath. This ties in perfectly with the trends that Lavender and Rose mentioned, showing a clear move towards more foliage and less florals.
Rosie from Lavender and Rose spoke to us about the newest wedding bouquet trend – free-form.
Image - Lavender and Rose
“As we’ve moved away from the wired bouquets we know from our mums’ wedding pictures, we’ve now reached a much more free-form style.
“2018 is looking to be the wildest year yet when it comes to bouquet style, with lots of brides now asking for natural, ‘gardeny’ looking arrangements for their wedding.”
Image - Lavender and Rose
“More and more modern brides are asking for British-grown flowers in these free-form bouquets, to keep costs down and to help them achieve the relaxed, whimsical look they’re after.”
When it comes to wedding stationery trends, market leaders Papier were on hand to tell us everything we needed to know about the best designs for 2018.
“The floral trend is always blooming, but we’re seeing a shift towards designs featuring pressed flowers, rather than illustrated florals.”
Image - Papier
“Our collection with MR Studio London breathes new life into the historic craft of flower pressing, elevating humble foliage, foraged from the forest floor to new heights with invitations featuring bluebells, buttercups, cow parsley and much more.”
Cake - Rosalind Miller
“Marbled wedding cakes, unusually textured designs and organic, sugar flower arrangements, will play a major part in 2018’s trends in terms of cake decorations.”
Cake - Rosalind Miller
The whimsical and modern combination seems to be a running theme for 2018 with repeated use of green foliage and modern metallics.
Overall Wedding Trends for 2018
Taking into consideration all of our expert opinions and our own observations, we predict that 2018 is the year of modern, minimalist and metallic weddings. Foliage will play a huge part in the décor, giving the modern weddings a whimsical twist. Whites, greys and soft metallic colour schemes are the perfect palette to complement the green foliage and natural make-up is definitely back for good!
Monday, 11th December 2017
It was a day filled with romance - from floating candles and a flickering fireplace to the lace sleeves on the brides wedding gown—and added fun details like a second line band, boozy snowballs, and late-night Mardi Gras masks!
The bride’s classic bouquet, combined peonies, gardenias, ranunculus, patience garden roses, dusty miller, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
The staircase was lit with iron lanterns and draped with vines, led into the church.
At the reception guests found antique lounge furniture arranged around an outdoor fireplace. Hundreds of votive candles floated from the ceiling in glass orbs, which added a feeling of enchantment to the space. Layered textures created a soft, romantic setting, gold metal platforms held roses, peonies, and greenery high above guests’ heads. White linens were topped with gold-rimmed chargers and plates, with ranunculus and tea roses tucked into gold mercury glass compotes.
The bar offered four signature cocktails, a nod to the couple’s love of making craft cocktails at home.
A canopy of hydrangeas, roses, and peonies was suspended above the dramatic cake display. The six tiers featured three flavours: White chocolate raspberry, lemon poppy seed, and chocolate raspberry. Sounds delicious!!
Wednesday, 15th November 2017
If you are planning a Christmas wedding for next year or are simply looking for table inspiration for your seasonal festivities, these images will give you so many lush and pretty ideas.
There were oodles of foliage and red blooms nestled against gorgeous table wear and calligraphy stationery. Luxe fabrics in red and tartan added a rich feel, with the bride in a striking red skirt perfect for Christmas parties or an alternative bridal look. The hot chocolate stand looked simply amazing and would be a cosy way to warm up a winter wedding. Then there were the enormous wreaths and sweet bell jar Christmas free favours, which looked just perfect on the place settings. I’m totally feeling the festive mood now, yay!
Tuesday, 31st October 2017
Planning an Autumn wedding? These ideas for pumpkin wedding decor will sweep you off your feet. Whether you’re embracing the orange glow or looking for something more subtle and understated, we’ve found the DIY painted pumpkins on Pinterest for you!
..And if you’ve yet to set a date, you might want to look away now, or your heart will definitely be set on autumn.
DECORATIVE TABLE DETAILS
Couples have been going mad for metallic throughout 2017 and it’s a trend that’s here to stay. With rose cold and copper tones proving particularly popular, we are loving these warm and shiny additions to pumpkins.
Simply choose the size of pumpkin to suit its use, so smaller for place settings and larger for centrepieces, then get creative with metallic copper paint, sprays and glitters. Complement them with the glow of candles for cosy but contemporary autumnal warmth.
Pumpkins don’t always bring a bold splash of orange, especially when crafty couples have got their hands on them first! Paint them subtler tones in more neutral shades to suit your colour scheme while retaining some Fall character. Hollow out the centres as you would to carve your pumpkin and then fill with fresh flowers or stylish succulents to make the pumpkins into pretty vases.
With a little vision and inspiration, pumpkins can become a shapely blank canvas for pretty much anything, as these fantastic ideas from Pinterest prove!
Dot them along the aisle as they are, surrounded by blooms, or grab a brush and get painting. You can choose a design as elaborate or simple as your skills and wishes allow – a few metallic dots can achieve magical results with minimal effort, particularly when lit up at night!
Monday, 30th October 2017
Halloween weddings tend to conjure up ideas of pumpkins, rusty hues and candy corn favours. But if you’re getting married around October 31st, it’s also an opportunity to indulge your gothic side, with something a little dark and dramatic.
We’re taking a look at this literary-inspired shoot, (we do love book themed weddings) based around the new book ‘Darkest Nights: Awakening’ by Lee Ferrier. The shoot hence focuses on the beautiful contrast between the light, and the dark, with styling that’s both bold and luxurious, and stark and ethereal.
This wedding shoot focuses on demonstrating how beautiful even the most contrasting bridal looks can be.
The first, classically elegant bridal look is based on an art deco inspired gown, and completed with a silk veil and crystal crown as a nod to the world of fantasy.
The second bridal look is a dark and beautiful black wedding gown.
A black wedding dress is always a statement, and with the right hair, make-up and attitude it can look like the ultimate symbol of power, individuality, femininity and class and make the brides entrance truly unforgettable.
An addition of a stunning and elegant crimson and pink bouquet took this look from gothic and different, to mesmerizingly bold and beautiful – which goes to show just how romantic and elegant a spookier style can be.
Isn’t it beautiful? Such a gorgeous idea for same-sex weddings. I think two brides in black and white gowns would be so chic, and really let their personalities shine through.
Wednesday, 25th October 2017
Autumn is one of my all time favourite times of the year for creating unique wedding styling concepts.
Choose raw, rugged and naturally breathtaking surroundings to create the perfect backdrop to this enchanting celebration. A rustic countryside estate, like Wilderness Reserve or Soho Farmhouse, would be perfect.
A soft and muted colour palette brings this vision to life, think desaturated tones of almond, bisque, cafe au lait, camel, redwood, raw umber and cognac. You want to choose decor items and colours that gently blend into the surroundings and feel harmonious together.
Natural hemp linens with slightly frayed edges, draped over long banquet tables filled with flickering candlelight from hand-dipped taper candles. Layered textures create a really rich feel and draw the eye to their intricate detailing. Like gently patterned crockery, smoked gilt-rimmed glassware and bronzed cutlery. A riot of autumnal florals in intricate shapes and textures, overflow from aged urns and nestle amongst the candlelight for a really lush feel.
Handmade paper, with delicate dried flowers encapsulated within, hold verses of prose in elegant calligraphy along with each guests name. Making the place cards a lovely keepsake for guests.
The feast has a wild rustic quality to it, with a hearty menu to celebrate the flavours of the season, featuring elements such as truffle, pumpkin, butternut squash, fig and walnut. A smokey old-fashioned cocktail being the perfect start to proceedings.
Raw umber tinted diaphanous silk dresses for the bridesmaids, with loose flowing locks. Whilst our bride plays to the natural vibe with an exquisite bespoke gown by Hermione de Paula to celebrate the flora and fauna of the landscape. She completes her look with a headband of golden leaves and large flowers, the Rowena Circlet by Jennifer Behr, slipping her feet into the Ivana sandals by Harriet Wilde.
Thursday, 14th September 2017
Of course, those of you with an inclination to find yourself landing on the pages of a wedding blog will most likely be well aware of this name – ‘Jenny Packham’, who’s an internationally renowned fashion and bridal fashion designer, whose gowns make regular appearances on the Hollywood red carpet.
My love for Jenny Packham has been constant ever since I happened to flick through the pages of a wedding magazine back in 2008 and experienced a heart-stopping ‘THAT’S what I want to wear!’moment.
‘I really enjoy the process of creating something truly special and beautiful that the bride feels confident when wearing, for me that is my greatest pleasure and challenge. I love the process of designing a bridal collection from sourcing inspiration to selecting fabrics and embellishments.’
‘One of my favourite pieces from the collection is the Verity halter neck top teamed with an ivory tulle or silk chiffon full length skirt and a silk ribbon waist belt. I love the contrast of the ivory pearl and crystal embellishments with the lace scalloping. I love the idea of pairing it with the Magia skirt – a really romantic look for the ceremony and then changing into the crepe Christy skirt, for a slinky look on the dance floor.’
‘Take your time to find the perfect dress and remember it should also be a fun experience! There is a huge variety of different styles and silhouettes, so do try on lots of dresses until you find the one.’
Thursday, 7th September 2017
A look at the colour combos, contemporary and classic, that are still bang on trend.
Lavender & Sage - Soft and sweet, this organic palette is perfect for a sophisticated alfresco reception. Coordinate the wedding party with lavender dresses for the bridesmaids and matching pocket squares or bow ties for the guys. When it comes to the reception, wake up your guests' senses by garnishing each escort card or place setting with sprigs of lavender, or incorporate it into a signature cocktail. For the finishing touch, add layers of lace, tulle or other billowy fabrics to soften tablescapes and add wisps of color.
Rose and Rose Gold - Rose gold is having a moment—not only in the jewelry world, but in the décor world too. Metallic blush accents are popping up everywhere from dinner plate designs to welcome signs. Our favorite rose gold moment? The foil on mini champagne splits. It's perfectly coordinated with the color scheme and makes for the cutest favor.
Hunter Green, Orange & Navy - For something contemporary and totally trendy, go for a colorful palette of green, orange and navy. We love coordinated groomsmen, but for the fashion-forward groom, a dapper two-toned navy suit with black lapels is a sure way to stand out from the crowd. If formal is what you're after, elegant patterned china and colored stemware is a great way to steer the vibe away from boho and toward country club chic.
Ballet Slipper Pink and Dove Grey - These two soft colors act as a neutral base for romantic details. We're talking scenic backdrops, overhead bistro lighting, fabric drapings and lengthy garlands of greenery—and don't forget the flower crowns! The perfect finishing touch? A dramatic exit with sparklers aplenty.
Monday, 4th September 2017
Eccentric British couturier ‘Giles Deacon’, was chosen to create the gown for Pippa Middleton’s wedding to James Matthews earlier this year.
(Click here to browse his wonderfully eccentric work that he’s more commonly renowned for http://giles-deacon.com/press)
Pippa’s lace dress was very much in keeping with the classic wedding style, yet had contemporary elements such as its high-neckline, capped sleeves and a form-fitting body that spilled into a stunning train. It also featured bespoke silk cotton lace, which was “hand appliquéd to create an illusion of having no seam”, Giles explained.
Her wedding dress bore many similarities with the Alexander McQueen gown that her sister, The Duchess of Cambridge, wore on her own wedding day (McQueen also designed the low key, blush number that Kate opted for her on her sister’s big day).
When teamed with a dramatic veil and the best accessories a bride could ask for, adorable bridesmaid Princess Charlotte and page boy Prince George, Pippa looked perfect.
The ceremony was held in Berkshire at a tiny 12th century church on the sprawling Englefield estate, again very much in keeping with the "relaxed country wedding" she is said to have always dreamt about. The building was filled with beautiful pink and white blooms, creating a romantic feel - all enhanced by the light that poured through onto the window boxes packed with peony’s, sweet peas, asilbes, freesias, waxflowers and green bells.
The guests then moved to the reception, which was held in a £100,000 (..!!) sparkling glass palace, with spectacular floral displays and banquette style seating heaped with green cushions, all inside the temporary venue which had been imported from Belgium, and erected in the garden of Pippa’s parents’ Bucklebury home. A traditional canvas marquee simply wouldn’t do.
Wednesday, 30th August 2017
As the new series of ‘Bake Off’ began this week – what better to focus our minds on than CAKES.
You may not realize it, but the wedding cake will be ogled nearly as much as your dress. So some things to consider, what colour? How many tiers? Go contemporary? Or keep it classic?...
Let’s take inspiration from the 2017/18 trends.
Marbled cakes have been bang on trend for 2017, they look contemporary and glamourous at the same time. These striking cakes incorporate the trend of all things chic and marble, and come in just about any shade you like.
Pink hue’s have become noticeably more popular on cakes, particularly lighter pink tones such as blush and ice pink, which are popular when paired with more glamorous gold, copper and rose gold details.
Traditional brides who love the idea of a classic wedding will be pleased to know that lace continues to be popular in 2017. Other fashion elements have been used to inspire the wedding cakes too, for instance metallic edible sequins have grown popular over the past few years, and now we're seeing them paired with brush embroidery royal icing, edible lace–covered tiers and even sugar beading work.
However sometimes you don’t need a big three tiered, all singing all dancing cake.
Perhaps you’re having a small, intimate wedding with just a few guests, or maybe your budget can't stretch to something big and extravagant - a delicate and intricate hand painted tier, or a floral number may be just as special – size isn’t everything.
Tuesday, 2nd May 2017
Calgary, a cosmopolitan Alberta city with numerous skyscrapers which owes its rapid growth to its status as the centre of Canada’s oil industry.