Tackling trends for weddings can be tricky. While some will be steadfast in their traditional approach, others will just as easily go with what’s in fashion, but it’s important to keep to your own tastes. Thankfully, like most trends, what’s old is new again so these top twelve tips are likely to appeal to brides of all types.
1 | BACK TO BASICS
OTT weddings are a thing of the past. Take it back to basics with a natural, minimalistic approach. Pare it back with a small guest list (or no bridal party) or throw caution to the wind and have your wedding in your own garden. A social media ban will also ensure it’s a special day celebrated with just those attending.
2 | MODESTY
High necklines and long-sleeved dresses are trending this wedding season. Take cues from Miranda Kerr’s custom designed Dior Haute Couture wedding dress and cover up.
3 | FLATS
Now hear me out ladies – there’s a lot to be said for comfort on your Big Day. When you know you’ll likely be standing on your feet all day this trend kind of just makes sense. Also, it cancels out any fear of a Jennifer Lawrence-like misstep down the aisle!
4 | SNACKS
Many planners and caterers are ditching elaborate 5 course sit-down meals in favour of a more fun and informal culinary affair. Think food trucks or interactive stations where guests can make their own tacos or pour their own punch. This is also the most perfect and surefire way to get people up and moving around.
5 | NATURE
Get back to your roots in 2018 and be one with nature. This year it’s all about gardens, greenery and grapes (the wine kind!). Have your Big Day in a local vineyard for a rustic feel.
6 | PANTS
Ditch the dress! Brides are doing this in droves and opting for a sleek and sexy jumpsuit instead; call it the Hillary effect. Emily Ratajkowski led the charge recently in a $250 Zara pant suit on her wedding day that saw sales spike in both Zara and mustard yellow.
7 | NO NAME
Speaking of, many brides are looking to spend less on the dress. Keep it chic and look to high street labels like Zara, Topshop or local Byron favourite Spell & The Gypsy Collective. With brands like these there’s no need to break the bank anymore.
8 | COLOUR
Buck the OG trend of white and try something different! Marigold, Oxblood, Pewter and even Red are all trending this season, and you can bet Pantone’s colour of the year, Violet, will be showing up all over bridal wear too this year. Don’t limit your use of colour to just the dress either. Think big as colour can elevate the most basic of things, from glassware to floral arrangements.
9 | DIY
Why pay an exorbitant amount on something before the day has even arrived. Add a personalised touch and make your own wedding invitations/save the dates. Whether hand painted or simply written on your own, guests will appreciate the efforts gone to.
10 | NEON
The 80s are back and in a big way! Hopefully your wedding is one that will go into the wee hours of the night, so do your guests a favour and have it well-lit. Neon signs are trending this season in everything from backdrops to photobooths. Keep it simple with both your names lit up or make it personal with a favourite phrase or sentimental quote that can be used for your #weddinghashtag.
11 | STATEMENT JEWELLERY
Studs and pearls give a timely feel but for something more fresh (see fun), make a statement with structured earrings or coloured jewellery. After all, a day like today isn’t one to fade into the background.
12 | PERSONALISED BRIDESMAIDS GIFTS
It’s important to thank the ones who have been there for you, not just on your Big Day but through it all. Embroidered pyjama sets, robes or make up kits for your bridal party are a nice touch when getting ready for the wedding and something they can treasure long after the festivities are over.
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