2014 Wedding Trends
With the end of 2013 drawing near and Christmas and New Year celebrations looming, we look forward to the top wedding trends for 2014.
The popularity of period dramas such as Downtown Abbey and the adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby has seen a trend for recreating times gone by. Adding a touch of glamour to your special day can easily be achieved with black tie affair, adding a sense of luxury and formality. 1920’s and early 1930’s vintage styles are influencing bridal dresses and reception decorations. Art deco, silverware, crystal, damask and mirrors on the table are becoming popular choices for themes and table centre pieces. Many couples are also choosing to have pre-dinner cocktails instead of champagne.
As Pinterest and other similar websites take the wedding industry by storm, there is an increasing demand for every element of the day to be personal and tailored specifically for the happy couple. This has led to an explosion of creativity with many bride and groom’s adapting their ceremony and reception to be representative to themselves as individuals and couples. From website invitations, to monograms, to creative use of photographs and video - everything can be professionally personalised to be based around the bride and groom's passions.
Theatrical and striking venues with high ceilings, large old-fashioned windows and roaring fireplaces will suit this theme perfectly for a couple wanting to make a statement on their wedding day. Bold colour schemes and over-size floral decorations can be used alongside beads and crystals to add interest to your venue.
“Green” weddings and eco-friendly ceremonies are more prominent as couples are choosing to have rustic, country-style theme for their wedding. Outdoor venues such as barns, forest clearings and historic ruins can be perfect for a more ethical wedding. Many brides are opting for a more subtle bohemian or vintage wedding dress in place of a larger princess type gown. Organic, locally sourced food and eco-friendly transport such as romantic horse-drawn carriage can give a simpler feel to your wedding, meaning the focus is on you as a couple rather than a fancy celebration.
Humorous photo booths can provide entertainment for your guests and some great mementos of your celebration. Unusual wedding venues such as a theme park, zoo or favourite museum can add a twist to the traditional ceremony proceedings. Popular vintage cars are being shunned in favour of classic motorbikes and iconic double decker buses to transport the bridal party between venues. Coloured wedding dresses and unusual cakes add an element of fun and playfulness to your day.
Many couples are choosing to base their weddings around their favourite genre of music, using it as a theme for the rest of the décor. A popular choice is rockabilly as well as funk bands, which give your wedding a superb atmosphere and a great selection of your favourite songs. Tribute bands are a great solution for fans of famous acts.
Written by Katy Quinn.