With every year comes new predictions and what will prove ‘hot’ over the coming year. Last year was witness to couples breaking away from traditional, formal weddings to a more relaxed approach and inserting their own stamp upon the day (or days) and celebrations. They wanted to make their wedding even more special by personalising elements and injecting some of their own unique personality.
This individuality looks set to continue through 2015 and we think a great way of creating these personal elements will be in the details of the design, from the invites through to the flowers, meal and the first dance.
So, here are our top trends to watch out for this year and ones you can try yourself…
Last year was the year of the selfie and this year will continue to see them reign. From engagement shoots to save the dates and invites, through to photo booths on the day, it is going to be all about the selfie. It could be formal or fun, and we have no doubt that there will be a few selfie sticks involved too.
2) Greenery and Herbs
Beautiful blooms will still be huge, but we are starting to notice that foliage and greenery is proving ever more popular. Featuring more in bouquets and floral displays, particularly the use of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, mint and leaves such as ruscus, ivy, fern, bay, and eucalyptus. With these brings a scent that is delicious and adds an extra dimension to the wedding, one that may have special associations for the couple. Greenery will also be used in the wider decoration and styling, dressing the tables as a runner, used to dress cakes and food tables and also as a frame for table plans. Foliage can be used to soften any edges and add detail to bland areas, used as a drape on the walls and ceiling brings a marquee or plain wall to life and brings a touch of the outside in.
3) Champagne Cocktails
Champagne will forever be popular but 2015 will be the year of the champagne cocktail and champagne bar. Creating your own signature cocktail, whilst still having champagne for a reception drink and toast provides a great alternative to just a glass of bubbly and inserts a little personality to the proceedings. Why not try an old fashioned champagne tower, this would make a great focal piece, or perhaps a champagne cocktail bar, where guests can create their own champagne cocktail with a few of your favourite ingredients.
4) British Invasion
With Downton Abbey still very much loved and winning awards, Royalty still supremely fixed within our hearts and a fondness of the old way of life and the rural idyll, the British trend seems to be taking over. Summer garden parties, outdoor ceremonies and rustic and romantic décor will be huge. Downton Abbey’s influence gives styling an Edwardian twist with glitz and glamour still at the forefront of many couples wedding’s, but with a more relaxed feel and a sense of the great outdoors and the countryside coming to the fore.
Whether it be pastels or brights, colour is always a big thing when choosing a theme for your wedding. This year may ring in some changes however with black and white being an option for couples. Perhaps a bold choice, but always classy and elegant, a monochrome theme will be the perfect choice is understated elegance is what you crave. Incorporated into all elements of design, this will look stunning at any wedding.
6) Marsala magic
Pantone’s colour of 2015 is elegant, sexy and dramatic – welcome ‘Marsala’. We are loving this expensive colour and think it’s perfect for weddings all year round, used as much or sparingly as desired. You could include it in your flowers, table details with napkins and charger plates, and the rich undertones will look fabulous on all shades skin – making it an ideal colour for bridesmaids and mothers.
7) Edible Favours
What is not to love about these! Gone are the days of sugared almonds, we now have a whole plethora of yumminess that is waiting for us to take home (or consume later in the day!) We’ve had the miniature pots of homemade jams and chutneys. Honey and macaroons are still huge. Now it’s time for some gooey marshmallow and meringue goodness. Hot chocolate and popcorn and little bottles of cordial or a cocktail kit that you that you can make yourself.
8) Food Stations
Instead of opting for a more formal three course meal, family style and buffet dining are increasing in demand. Dessert tables and dessert rooms have already proved a big hit and are seen at many weddings. Taking it to the next level, couples are choosing to have food stations of their favourite types of food positioned around the venue, where guests can try a little of what they would like. This gives a whole lot of variety and a whole lot of guest interaction and brings an element of fun. You could have a sushi station, an oyster or seafood shack, Fajita station, Salad cart or a large Paella dish ready to serve!
9) Sharing’s caring
Sharing food was huge in 2014, and it’s set to continue well into 2015. Last year we were inundated with clients who opted for sharing starter plates – imagine piles of cured meats, cheeses, olives, pastries and dipping oils – dellisimo! This year our creative brides and grooms are getting more adventurous and wanting entire menus to become interactive and sociable – cue sharing mains and puddings. Large wooden boards, joints of meats, sharing beef wellingtons, pies and flans, bowls of ottalenghi styled salads and vegetables for mains – sound good? What about pudding… eton mess is an all time favourite, so lets get sharing with large bowls of crushed meringues, berries, vanilla cream and indulgent toppings. Sounds too good to share!