|Classic elegance with afternoon tea (http://lucystendall.blogspot.com/2011/07/rachel-and-dan-afternoon-tea-wedding_30.html)|
The series continues with Lisa Sabin, a wedding planner at Just Bespoke who gave a fab round up of the latest trends!
Expectation was high for weddings in 2011, and they didn’t disappoint. From the classic elegance of the royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton, through to the stylish yet bohemian affair of Kate Moss and Jamie Hince –brides across the country watched with baited breath to see the latest wedding trends emerge.
So, what were the big trends of 2011?
More and more couples opted for the quintessential English wedding, to include church ceremonies, afternoon tea, fresh seasonal blooms, and lace…lots and lots of lace, taking inspiration from the royals. We also started to see bridesmaids opting for all white dresses in the latter stages of the year, channelling Pippa Middleton, and with designers bringing out high street replicas; it is easy to understand why.
Kate Moss and Lily Allen both led the way in terms of showing how versatile the vintage trend actually is. With Kate Moss opting for a bohemian and earthy look, Lilly Allen was dressed in vintage lace from her dress through to her veil and many brides opted for this look in 2011.
|Sushi station! (http://katforsyth.com/london-wedding-photographer/shepstone-gardens-wedding-cleo-darren/)|
2010 trends going mainstream
2011 was also the year when we saw niche trends from 2009 and 2010 go mainstream with dessert bars, candy buffets and cake pops becoming integrated into many couple’s wedding days. Many couples also opted to veer away from the traditional three course wedding breakfast, instead choosing sushi stations, barbecues and sharing platters to satisfy their guests.
Capturing weddings on film has, for many years, been considered cheesy and naff, but 2011 has seen the emergence of beautiful wedding s captured on film, providing a journalistic view on the wedding day which is more reportage in style than in previous years.
|Yellow napkins against a grey background (http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/photo/240682)|
The catwalks were full of neon brights and pops of acidic tones this year and we saw hints of this translated into colour schemes at weddings across the country. From splashes of magenta with bridesmaid dresses to bright yellow napkins against otherwise neutral greys…2011 was all about being bold, brazen and bright and we loved it!
|New 2012 trend? (http://www.sittinginatreeevents.com/blog/2010/10/1/hitched-by-sarah-yates-photography.html#)|
You never know what each new year will bring as couples are constantly inspired by things around them – from celebrity weddings through to what’s happening in fashion, film and on tv. However, we do have some predictions for the year ahead.
Patterns & Shapes
While 2011 was all about the colour, we predict that 2012 will be all about patterns and shapes. And this will translate across everything – from dresses and napkins, through to invites and flowers. In 2012, we envisage more couples opting for geometric wedding design to include our favourite chevrons, through to spots and stripes. We also predict that florals will once again have their day, with ditsy prints and bold floral patterns making their way into wedding day styling whether it’s with the bridesmaid dresses or using bold fabrics for linens throughout the day.
Weddings will go up a gear in 2012 with couples prepared to spend more money on the elements of their wedding which really matter. So we’ll start to see couples stretching their budgets to cater for their tastes and aspirations across all aspects of the wedding. Couples are likely to focus on two to three areas which they want to make stand-out and then work closely with suppliers to see their visions turned into a reality –from stationery through to florals.
|Gorgeous outdoor ceremonies! (http://phillipparkerblog.com/?p=292)|
Whilst outdoor ceremonies are not legal here in the UK, we are going to see more and more couples opting for celebrant or humanist ceremonies in 2012 to allow them to have their wedding outside. This will mean that we will start to see a lot more in the way of outdoor décor, more emphasis on natural surroundings and interesting touches which merge the environment with the wedding day. Brides will likely take their inspiration from some of the big stateside and Australian bridal blogs to help them create their dream outdoor ceremony.
Fruity Hues & Muted Neutrals
In the recent Pantone colour report for 2012, the experts stated that we are going to see new colour preferences emerge for 2012. Fruity hues seem to be hot for the coming months with tangerine orange, lemon yellow and raspberry purple all featuring in the colour report. However if brights are not your thing, then consider the earthy tones of mushroom, mint blue and slate grey which are all tipped to be popular in 2012.