The start of the new year is always exciting when it comes to researching the latest wedding trends, styles and themes.
2015 was full of formal and structured floral arrangements with popular blooms such as blown peonies and spray roses. Pops of colour against neutral shades, pretty pastel wedding cakes and structured bouquets. When it came to the all imporatant bridal fashion, off the shoulder gowns were storming the runway.
This year we will be seeing vibrant linens, geometric patterns and oversized loose floral arrangements. Pantone state that ‘Rose Quartz ‘ will be popular this Spring along with ‘Lilac Grey’. Bridal runways featured fashionable two pieces, turtleneck collars and illusion necklines.
Tulle and feather overlays, stone-washed shades and 3D florals to add texture are a favourite among wedding gown designers this year. Traditional brides will favour long sleeves, and bateau necklines. More brides are daring to bare with plunging necklines and asymmetrical hemlines. Capes and body veils were also showcased by designers including Badgley Mischka, Berta Bridal and Theia. My favourite 2016 bridal fashion trend has to be dreamy floral watercolours.
When it comes to wedding reception seating having your guests placed at round tables has become the traditional and most popular format.
However long rectangular tables are going to become increasingly popular throughout 2016. I personally think this a great way to showcase a design as you can choose to break it up or make it continuous. I do lots of work at The National Portrait Gallery due to the space this format works perfectly and totally transforms the venue when organising a dinner.
Long tables enable you to create a seamless and symmetrical design running down the centre of the table. Break tradition and create a unique and contemporary design by using square, round and rectangle tables. Believe me, it works!
Naked cakes, ruffles and ombre were popular in 2015 and are holding their own in 2016. Hand painted, illustrated and wedding cake trio’s are current design favourites. Plain buttercream, large sugar flowers and the traditional white wedding cake with embellishment will also feature this year.
Metallics were everywhere in 2015 due to being incredibly versatile, a lot more than you probably thought. This trend has carried it’s way over to 2016 and can add an element of luxury to a rustic or vintage wedding and create a sumptuous design. Foil stationary, edible gold leaf and bronze bridesmaid dresses are being seen on many inspiration boards. Silver will be featuring less with more emphasis on rose gold.
Copper is a favourite of mine as it adds warmth and richness to your design and decor. Teal and peacock blue is also popular and matched with copper creates an opulent colour palette.
Vibrant colours will be trending this summer along with bold prints and patterns. Black and white stripes, chevrons in zesty yellow, and sky blue cerulean will be seen on linen, stationary and wedding cakes. Two patterns that I adore and are definitely my favourites for 2016 would be geometric and ikat. These two prints would really bring a modern and stylish look to your wedding.
Rustic was all the rage last year when it came to floral design. Throughout 2016 you will be seeing a more chic, elegant and whimsical look. Long ribbons tied to oversized cascading bouquets, dramatic floral garlands and wild floral arrangements. Succulents, eucalyptus and berries will also feature. Floral headpieces with large blooms were popular in 2015, this year you will see a slightly more delicate look including woven vines. The traditional wrist corsage is also set to make a rather large comeback.
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