So, you’re planning your wedding? Daunted yet? We don’t blame you. Not only is there a seemingly never-ending list of things to decide, book and pay for, but there is the added incentive of wanting your big day to be memorable for your guests, and representative of the day you and your partner have always wanted. No pressure!
If you’re at an early stage in your planning, it may seem impossible to settle on a theme so far in advance, but you’ll want your save the date cards and invitations to act as a little sneak peek into what the big day holds in store, so it’s an important first decision.
Being rather embroiled in the wild world of wedding fashions ourselves, we know that the sheer amount of conflicting trend advice out there can be overwhelming in itself. To try and shine some light on the situation, we’ve put our heads together at Printed Towers to identify what we think are the three big wedding trends for late 2015/early 2016. We’d love to hear what you think:
Luxury and glamour makes a return
Whilst it arguably never went away, the huge popularity of Downton Abbey and the renewed interest in all things royal means that the glamorous wedding is back with a vengeance. We think that there is room to do it with a twist…
Perfect if you don’t trust the pesky British weather enough for that idyllic outdoor wedding, get indoors and go full-on lux. Don’t panic if the budget doesn’t stretch to a stately home—this style is about rich texture and decadent colour with the venue serving as a canvas.
As you may have seen on this very blog, Pantone’s colour of the year is Marsala—a rich terracotta shade that pairs beautifully with gold as well as evocative contrasts such as deep turquoise. Set expectations with invitations on luxurious Tintoretto Gesso paper, paired with stunning script.
Imagine the faded glamour of old India, mixed with the classicism of British Victoriana—heavy drapes, delicate crockery, faded paint and rich, hearty food and drink. Certainly a break away from the clichéd “Four Weddings” style you may have imagined, but unimaginably classy, and a whole new take on the classic wedding
Mr Darcy not your thing? More inclined to go modern? We’ve got you covered. The second trend we think will be increasingly popular is the development of stripped back, chic and modern weddings.
Don’t worry if your mind instantly starts picturing cold, soulless spaces, we have good news—the key trends over the next 12 months will be prevalence of bold colours making their entrance.
Soft greys and chalky whites pair stunningly with vibrant yellows and oranges for a striking, summery feel. Complement it with a matching coloured cake, and if you’re feeling bold, dispense with the traditional white dress and go for something altogether brighter. One of our big tips for the coming year is breaking away from white and embracing colour. Let the bridesmaids wear white!
The key with a modern wedding is the attention to detail. Ditch the chair covers for transparent ghost chairs, arrange chic cocktails for your guests at the reception and embrace your inner Carrie Bradshaw.
Keep it casual
If the whole idea of a structured, formal day fills you with dread, then we know how you feel. Our final tip for the next 12 months will be the move into much more casual weddings, designed to let you get back to the essence of the day—celebrating your love with your closest friends and family.
The key to this type of wedding is to rip up the rulebook. Decorate an old barn or a favourite restaurant, book a Burrito van or arrange tapas, get a rockabilly band and just enjoy your day.
The best thing is that the casual wedding is relatively easy to do well and to a budget. Send your invitations out on lovely textured Kraft paper, and complement it with handmade bunting you’ve made with your wedding party—not only cost affective but filled with that personal connection that is so often missing in traditional weddings.
We’ve also been loving naked wedding cakes and ditching the whole ‘assigned tables’ shebang. Remove the politics and make the day simply a celebration of love and life and food and happiness!
Clearly, this kind of day doesn’t lend itself to the traditional wedding fashions. Mix it up with something non-traditional and dress the groom in classy tweed with some trusty Converse. You’ll need to be comfy for all the dancing you’ll end up doing!
As always, the most important thing is to make the day everything you want it to be. We hope the above has given you some ideas for your big day. Let us know what you think in the comments.