Bursting onto the wedding scene this spring are so many new and exciting trends.
From all aspects of their weddings, couples are finding more ways to innovate and excite their guests and make the day truly special and their own. Move over burlap, lace, mason jars and wedding design comprised only of champagne, blush and gold. Enter a modern, more eclectic vibe. Can we get an “amen”?
According to Hannah Baker, associate wedding style editor of Brides Magazine, "In 2015, the biggest trend we are seeing is that rustic and vintage are out and are being replaced by a sleeker more modern aesthetic. Instead of mason jars and wood accents, we'll be seeing more unique, statement installations on a grand scale. It's still important to brides to personalize their wedding décor, but they are finding bolder ways to do it."
Starting with the invitation and paper suite, expect to see botanicals and metallic finishes. Couples are picking a meaningful quote and incorporating it throughout in the save the date, invitation, welcome brochure, program and other paper details. Choosing something meaningful or personal such as, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to come” by Robert Browning and reflecting that sentiment throughout all the wedding details is extremely popular for the upcoming wedding season.
Couples are also using beautiful envelope liners and personalized address stamps on all of their wedding correspondence — making the envelope just as special as the invitation inside. Hand calligraphy, not necessarily perfectly executed, but a little messy and more casual, is dominating envelopes.
When it comes to design, says Amanda Spencer, owner of Spencer Special Events: “We are planning with clean lines, bold colors, and incorporating some dynamite patterns. Oh, and also textures.”
“While we love Pinterest for ideas and inspiration, we are looking outside the box for our brides and incorporating their fabulous sense of style and interior design to create their design presentations,” Spencer said. “Being unique, doing something different than what other brides have done, is really something spring 2015 brides are trying to achieve.”
While champagne, blush and soft color palates have really dominated design and décor over the past two years, couples are beginning to feel a need for a fresher, more original look. Emerald green, peach, royal blue, black and white, and yellow are making their way onto the scene. Color, color, color and more color. It’s for the most discerning brides seeking a different look than all the weddings they attended in 2014.
Expect to see lots of drapery in 2015 as couples strive for that fresh look, and transforming a venue into a space that they envision is important. Design is moving away from ruffled drapery, and lines are clean and straight. Couples who can afford it in their budget will be sure to include lighting in their list of vendors. Uplighting and pinspotting are a must to ensure guests see all those pretty little details and décor couples have worked so hard to put together.
Unique and fun celebrations, such as a “Bourbon and Bubbly Bar” or a swanky champagne station, are always big hits for any celebration, Spencer said. That wow factor can be achieved by building your event around something entirely different. Go beyond what you have seen before and make it your own.
According to wedding planner Beth Baldwin of Baldwin Events, “large bridal party tables, with seating for 24-30 people sometimes, is still trending hard, and couples seem to be moving away from the once popular ‘sweetheart table.’”
When it comes to the food, the trend of sourcing local and sometimes organic food is still popular. Most couples and their families are offering healthy alternatives in their food offerings, recognizing diet trends in food. Paleo-friendly menu items, for example, are often a consideration. When it comes to dessert, traditional cakes will dominate in 2015 as brides move away from more far-out trends of cupcake towers, cake pops and serving many different cakes. It seems the trend is moving back toward a simpler dessert offering while the focus is on other aspects of the wedding. Groom’s cakes, presented at a rehearsal dinner or welcome party and not at the wedding reception, will trend for spring.
Fashion-forward brides are embracing clean, structured gowns, though softer looks with lace will continue to trend. Bridesmaids are more frequently wearing different dresses — gone are the days when they all wore the same cut, fit and fabric. Putting together a look for bridesmaids and groomsmen that is textured, varied and not cookie-cutter is key for updated, modern fashion in wedding parties. You can even think about putting your bridesmaids in patterns or florals for a truly fresh look.
Look for truly unique and personal wedding ceremonies this spring. Officiants are finding more ways to personalize weddings and make the ceremonies special. This is done by incorporating meaningful readings, poems, hymns, verses and songs. It’s all about being personal.
For flowers, freshly cut, long stems and non-uniform presentation of flowers are very popular. Brides are moving away from that perfectly shaped ball of flowers. Flowers are more organic looking, looser arrangements that also seem to be larger than in the past. Perhaps this is because there is also a lot more natural greenery in the bouquets, which is driving the cost down a bit, so bouquets can be larger than before. Popular flowers are garden roses, peonies, freesia and anything fragrant.
Here in the South, you can also expect to see a lot of monogramming this spring. You’ll see monogram jewelry on bridesmaids or a monogram on the dance floor. Just make sure you use your married monogram after the nuptials, as proper etiquette dictates you do not use a three-letter married monogram on a wedding invitation or even on a welcome brochure, since you aren’t technically married yet.
Just as everything else in the industry has its trends, so does photography. Photographers who are at the top of their game — the ones who are most sought after by brides and who are being published in national magazines — are using film in addition to digital cameras. This film aesthetic is increasingly more popular and pays homage to that heirloom, timeless style that people are looking for. Photographers who shoot in film will tell you it’s truly an art form. We tend to agree. Videography remains a popular choice for couples who wish to capture the day in motion.
Spring 2015 promises to shake up the wedding industry more than ever, and we can’t wait to see it. Hilton Head Monthly is now accepting real wedding submissions to be featured in our magazine or online. Visit us online at www.hiltonheadmonthly.com to learn more.