Wedding Trends

1. The (Very) Done Bride

Look back at iconic chic weddings for inspiration. Brides like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are still the benchmark for style – but think elegant, not old fashioned. Seek a contemporary take on the classic white gown, and don’t neglect finishing touches like accessories and place settings. A charming hotel or restaurant will help set the right tone, but avoid keeping guests waiting for several hours between church and dinner. Drinks receptions are being reduced to less than 60 minutes – so the wedding dinner can be centre stage.

Inspirational Designs:
Who says wedding dresses need to be pouffy to be dramatic? The best designers in the industry are opting for sleek, A-line shapes. See Carolina Herrera (the ultimate First Lady dresser), new kid on the block Emilia Wickstead (London’s go-to designer for occasionwear) and Zac Posen, who comes top of the heap when it comes to exquisite gowns. Simply dreamy.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7

Wedding Trends

2. The Undone Bride

Less bohemian rhapsody, more laid-back chic. The undone bride may have a maverick attitude to her wedding but this effortless look isn’t easy to pull off and doesn’t come stress-free. The dress may only be bridal in colour (instead of visiting the traditional wedding salon, look to ready-to-wear fashion designers like Raoul, Tara Jarmon, Simone Rocha and Christoher Kane), floral arrangements and hairstyles are perfectly imperfect: ditch 2014’s ubiquitous flower crown and tousled locks. It’s about your favourite things, the spirit of individualism, unique yet chic, non-traditional choices. Break the rules, make your wedding your own. 

Inspirational Designs
Before you buy, check out the SS15 catwalk shows as well as these leading undone bride websites for ideas: Houghton Bride; www.houghtonnyc.com.
Stone Cold Fox; www.thestonecoldfox.com.
Loho Bride; www.lohobride.com.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7

The Trends

by Wedding planner Tara Fay

1. This year, more than anything, I am seeing a focus on detail, starting with the invitations. It’s all about quality, whether in the standard of print, or the finish of the paper. This attention is being carried through to the cake, the menu and so on. With dresses, lace is still very much to the fore, but (subtle) embellishment is also having a moment. Details like buttons and frills are being paid close attention.

2. Detail is also key on tabletops and dinnerware, cutlery and glassware. It’s important to consider how it all looks together, with linens and napkins in place. Expect to see more raw wood and plain tabletops again this year, as well as wooden chairs. Up until now they’ve been difficult to rent in large quantities, but they’ll be available to hire from late spring.

3. Flower Walls or archways (with thanks to Kimye) are hugely popular, but very expensive. If a bride comes to me looking for something dramatic, but doesn’t want to invest in a flower wall, I recommend they create a photo backdrop.

4. Flower trends are usually influenced by celebrity, but towards the end of last year we began to see florists like Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart and Four Seasons artistic director Jeff Leatham holding sway: lots of trailing floral garlands, with flowers and foliage running down tables and staircases. New rose varieties will become popular in pastel and soft blush tones, and we’ll also see Pantone Colour of the Year marsala being used, attributable to the rise of Pinterest in wedding planning.

5. Photo booths are still really popular, but will take on a whole new aspect, with photographers creating photo backdrop areas. This might be a small flower wall, a set created with furniture and flowers, or simply a frame for guests to stand behind.

6. As usual, every bride wants the venue that no-one has discovered yet, and they’re willing to travel for it. Northern Ireland is very popular, with the Carriage Rooms at Montalto Estate a hot venue for this year. The Royal Hospital Kilmainham and Kings Inns are becoming very popular among urban brides, and The Merrion Hotel remains the most elegant venue for a city centre wedding.

7. Music is making a comeback, as brides and grooms slowly start to spend money on the entertainment again. The idea of having a few musical interludes is one that’s gaining pace. Retro swing and jive trio The Bugle Babes are still very popular, as are small two- or three-piece groups playing different styles of music.

This story appears in the February issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Saturday March 7