Guest Post: Wedding Trends for 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015 1

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To celebrate the launch of our 8 Bridal collection, we asked Helen Smith, a South England wedding planner with more than 23 years’ experience, to share some words of wisdom.

 

Whether you’ve begun your wedding preparations, or just don’t know where to start, if this is the year you’re getting married Helen’s roundup will equip you with everything you need to know for a big day in 2015.

 

Wedding Dresses

 

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Helen explains  key colours for 2015 are blush and pastel shades including pale pink, muted yellow and mint green. She adds that blue, grey and silver are ideal for the vintage look at a winter wedding.

 

Dress textures are soft and floaty this year, with lots of sheer fabrics and chiffon. Lace is still a key wedding trend, with Helen noting that eyelash lace being particular prominent in this year’s bridal collections.

 

She mentioned versatile wedding dresses with 2 different looks – for example with the addition of a removable train or sleeves – have soared in popularity.

 

Helen explains the Hope Wedding Dress is her favourite frock from the 8 Bridal collection as it nods to the 1920’s with its elegant embellishment. She explains it’s a dress that will suit all shapes and sizes whilst oozing style.

 

Wedding Themes

 

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Helen explains Downton Abbey will continue to influence themes this year – think afternoon teas, garden parties, vintage lace and brunch with scones and jam.

 

She believes 2015 will see the return of the classical wedding with candelabras and butlers. Mixed with eclectic elements such as surprise candyfloss store or ice cream truck, a vintage theme can be made quirky in an instant.

 

Food

 

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For catering, this year is the year of the Mezze! Helen has found Middle Eastern and African foods are becoming increasingly popular. She explains they offer lots of options and the opportunity for impressive decoration and food styling.

 

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Helen also believes Champagne towers will be popular this year, inspired by scenes  the film The Great Gatsby. Many couples are incorporating fruit juice to produce towers of peach blinis or elderflower fizz for an impressive wedding breakfast addition.

 

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If this wasn’t enough, Helen told us the “Midnight munchies” are becoming a frequent site at weddings. Couples are surprising their guests with small midnight mini snacks such as fish and chips, gourmet burgers and  ice cream cones.

 

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The wedding cake is still as important as ever, with metallic hues and glitter is set for 2015. Helen assured us that’s it’s perfectly acceptable to mix gold and silver on the same cake.

 

Naked cakes are still trending also, but have evolved to incorporate an array of new and experiment flavours.

 

Flowers

 

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The classic favourites will remain: roses, peonies, dahlias and hydrangeas.

 

Helen has seen a rise in herbs such as mint and rosemary being used by stringing them together with ivy to produce garlands. Herbs will also be a popular button hole choice and given as lasting wedding favours – not only do they look good, but they fill your venue with fresh scent throughout the day.

 

Centrepieces are moving up…. with the trend to hand them over the table. Chandeliers made out of flowers – wonderful!

 

Trending honeymoon destination of 2015

 

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Among some popular honeymoon destinations set for 2015, Helen discovered that Vietnam and Chile (Patagonia) are proving firm favourites this year.

 

For more traditional honeymoon destinations, Helen says the Seychelles or Maldives are always good options.

 

Best advice for your wedding day

 

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Helen says the most common feedback she receives is that a couple’s wedding day went by in a ‘blur’.

 

Here words of wisdom are: ‘Enjoy the little moments throughout the day. Take regular breathers and look around the room. All your friends and family are with you to celebrate you becoming husband and wife. Enjoy it.’

 

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