In with the new
A local wedding planner predicts some surprising new trends for the 2014 wedding season
Photography: Weddings By Nicola and Glen, www.weddingsbynicolaandglen.com
Bored of the same old traditions when it comes to weddings? The latest twists on tying the knot are all about making it personal and reflective of you.
Here’s what Michelle Kelly, wedding planner and founder of Pocketful of Dreams had to say about tapping into the new trends shaking up this summers wedding season.
Get creative with colour: Grey may have been the colour de jour across 2013 but the cool kids are now moving towards moody blues in a variety of chic shades from ultramarine to indigo. Mix with metallic accessories for a sophisticated and luxurious look.
We’re also seeing wedding palettes becoming much braver, with a move away from everything matchy-matchy in one colour. Our couples are opting for fresh, dynamic and exciting palettes inspired by art and nature.
Mix it up: Bringing in a mix of metals and textures to your wedding décor creates a real depth of interest and screams effortless style. Think fine-grained woods, antiqued golds, slabs of marble, leather, copper and faux fur.
Make a statement: One way to add a real wow-factor to your tables is with a statement linen. From sequinned to ruffled, animal print to lasercut fabric, go wild.
Be clear: Transparency is the byword for cool this year. From lucite furniture to perspex stationery you can add a modern yet chic effect to your styling. Even the venue gets a sheer makeover, glass-roof marquees and clear tents will be big news in 2014.
Wild flowers: Expect to see unstructured and dramatic arrangements using garden flowers, ferns, fruits and aromatic herbs. Gypsophila will be popular again and the stunning Tree Peony will be the wedding flower of 2014. Faux flowers are also making a comeback and mean you can have your favourite flower even when it’s out of season.
Oversized: Go big or go home! Small décor pieces can get quite lost in a vast space, so scale it up. The focus is on bold, impactful décor and props, think giant mirrors outside, huge clusters of pom-poms or balloons, neon signage and giant light-up of shimmery love letters.
Location, location, location: 2014 is the year of the house party and there’s an abundance of fabulous houses for hire across the UK just crying out for a great shindig. From townhouses to sprawling country manors, make them yours for the weekend and provide your guests with a riot of entertainment and indulgence from pop-up bars to inventive dining experiences.
The Great Outdoors: Getting married outside is still a key desire for many of our couples, be it a family garden or out in the wilderness, people are looking for that fresh-air feeling of freedom and nature. If you can’t be outside then bring the outside in; trees, plants and foliage as décor all lend an organic and natural feel to a space.
Tipples and treats: Naked cakes continue to be popular and it’s all about how you decorate them in 2014, whilst hand-painted cakes offer an artistic touch.
Brunch is an adventurous choice for the wedding breakfast, think pancakes, waffles and of course a Bloody Mary bar.
If there is one thing you can do to bring your wedding bang up-to-date it’s to think ‘social dining’. Treat your guests to interactive culinary delights: waiters shucking oysters, bartenders muddling cocktails in front of you or pop-up beer and wine tasting stations with selections from your hometown or places you’ve visited.
Pocketful of Dreams are wedding planners who plan, style and manage events for clients throughout the UK and Europe, with offices in the North and South of England. They offer a unique combination of flair, style and organisation to create personal, fun and memorable events.