White dresses are on the way out. We're swapping sparkle for stones and going experiential with creative catering. The top wedding trends for 2018...
Gone are the days of oversized dresses resembling meringues, traditional tuxes and church ceremonies. Todays weddings are an expression of personality, a showcase of individual style and designed to be the biggest party of your life.
Pinterest's wedding trend report for 2018 says couples are turning tradition on its head and opting for quirkier do's, casual attire and unique ceremonies to share the love. And we're not shy on splurging when it comes to getting exactly what we want.
So what's trending for nuptials for the year ahead?
Say goodbye to fusty frocks and buttoned up suits... comfort is critical for modern day brides and grooms. High necklines, jumpsuits and flats are overtaking the traditional sweetheart gowns with skyscraper heels.
White is also taking a backseat to more rose an champagne hues, whilst grooms are not 'tying the knot', with a more relaxed no-tie style, accompanied by tweeds, colourful shirts and country checks.
We're loving the combination of linen and tweed, as seen in Mr. Porter's latest collection.
Diamond engagement rings, whilst still popular for lovers of sparkle, are taking a sidestep to stones. The most popular being moissanite gems, art deco embellishments and oval stones.
We're using our ring fingers to show our own flair, creativity and ensuring the ring we wear for the rest of our lives is one that truly suits our personality.
If sparkle is still your thing, we love this collection of alternative engagement rings from David. M Robinson, Karl Lagerfeld, Lanvin and William & Son...
Towers of icing laden victoria sponge are being replaced by creative cakes, packed with flavour.
We're having our cake... and eating it, with different flavours for each tier, swapping royal icing for naked cakes, and forgetting the edible flowers in place of celestial designs, gold leaf and caramel-drenched embellishments. Cupcakes are still huge, cake pops still popular... cakes are getting smaller, though more elegant... and more delicious too.
Overcooked chicken nestling two crispy roasties are so last year. This years' wedding breakfasts are all about flavour, fun and forgetting the formalities. Think quirky pop-up stalls, pizza stations, afternoon teas, build-your-own-burger bars, pretzel dipping stations, donut walls and midnight munchies. Delicious.
Vegan wedding food is on the rise too, as we focus more on clean living and healthier lifestyles. Look out for avocado sliders, cauli bites and pea soup shooters.
ALL IN THE DETAIL
Suspended flowers are one of the most popular floral trends of 2018 and coincide perfectly with the trend of 'alternative' natural altars. Potted plants are the top floral trend, adorning table centres, perched atop columns or lining the aisle for a real outside-in feel.
Natural altars are more popular than ever, with couples foregoing intricate acrylic arches in favour of 'nature's backdrop'.
We're discover our inner DIY-ers with over 50% of brides now making their own centrepieces, confetti, place settings and invitations.
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Limo arrivals are out. We want to arrive in style. By boat, helicopter, or ever-so-elegantly straddling a luxury scooter.
Hey, whatever floats your wedding hot air balloon is fine by us.