Planning your wedding is not easy. It is an important day that requires focus and attention to detail while planning to ensure that everything is going to be as you wish. There are many things that you need for the day, such as wedding invitations, cake, dress, bridal shoes, wedding hairstyle, and décor to name a few. Do you know the 2014 wedding trends to consider as you plan? Well, I’ve spent the past several weeks reviewing industry information, travelling about to personally see and experience the latest and greatest, and I’m sharing it all with you. I will go more in depth with some of the trends in future posts, but I’ll begin now with a rundown of the tops trends in all things weddings for 2014!
Color Me Happy
The 2014 palette is gorgeous! Many color options are available to suit a number of style preferences.
Among the hot hues: Blush (which is my personal pick for THE top color of the year), mint and coral are continuing to grow in popularity, and cerulean and dusty blue have made the top 10, and I am obsessed with the return of grayed jade. While 2013 was the year to return to gold (and it’s also still popular) all that glitters in 2014 is rose gold – expect to see it in everything from accessories to tabletop – to florals!
And of course Orchid, the Color of the Year for 2014 will be hot in weddings and all fashions. As for Radiant Orchid, while I’m not a raving fan, paired with platinum or mixed with other shades in the purple family in ombre fashion, I’ll work it.
Patterns are making a big in everything from attire fabrics to lounge pillow, vases to of course simply stunning table linen. While we have seem pattern infusion emerge in the past couple with chevron making big waves. This year, thrown out the hard-edge look. The current style is softer trellis and floral motifs, tonal geometrics and stripes.
We’ll continue to see steady increase in couples having weddings that celebrate either their own heritage or infuse elements from places that are special to them, and share fun or quirky interests or hobbies. Adding personal touches to your wedding makes your wedding “you”nique and allows you to share a little more of couple personality with your guests.
Ushers in a rekindles love for the formality of days gone by. Crystal is having a huge moment! Chandeliers suspended from everywhere and crystal candlesticks tucked in all around. Metallic-rimmed china and ornate pieces at the reception with dining service being offered by white-gloved staff whilst the sounds of big band….maybe mixed with a modern twist fills the air. Lounges continue to be popular and provide a great place to add character to your event. New for 20124, lounges for the bridal couple (among other listed trends, more on this one to come – so stay tuned!)
The top overall looks are rustic gone glam, romanticized classics and the industrial style continues to emerge. A good designer will be able to assess your true style and personality, pair it with your dream wedding day vision to create a gorgeous bespoke ambiance reflective of your style.
Flavor profiles get elevated, global flavors will influence menu design – expect to see Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods influenced menus. Clients will continue to prefer to pay more for quality foods, local foods because you care where your food comes from.
Made-to-order food stations, including one that let guests customize their own drinks including champagne cocktails (Yes!!), cheese and charcuterie buffet where guests top their selections with unique spices or flavored olive oils and vinegars. And it’s tough to get tired of favorite childhood treats, but they becomes even more appealing when given unexpected updates. Think mojito-flavored lollipops, homemade Pop-Tarts, freshly spun cotton candy of single-malt whiskey or salted caramel. Take us back to childhood favorite sweets, please.
In wedding cakes, we’re seeing a return to the round and taller cakes with the designs now having a variation in the height of the layers. Metallic will be a popular finish and we’ll continue to see intricate designs of ruffles, lace and fondant ribbons. Right now flavor is being driven by the seasons with couples looking to showcase what’s fresh and organic.
And speaking of sweet sensations, did you seen the gravity-defying showstopper chandelier wedding cake that rang in 2014 weddings? Check out our post to get the skinny!
Laser-cut designs are taking wedding invitations by storm as this style offers the intricate detail that brides are looking for. Also, a more focused use of typography is becoming increasingly important. As for styles and themes, wood grain is gaining momentum as a unique look for a natural element – some invitations are even being etched directly into pieces of wood for the truly natural vibe. The combining of a garden theme and wood grain that radiates the vintage charm is getting a lot of notice, we’re still seeing art deco-inspired customization and lace continues to be popular.
While the concept of seating guests based on their social connection is not anything new, 2014 will be the year where more event professionals will be called on to assist with planning well thought out seating arrangements for their clients. I read this somewhere and love it – leaving seating to chance is so 1999. The hope is that awkward seating moments will be a thing of the past.
The InstaCam photo booth is where it’s at to capture event memories (just call us if you would like to have this for your wedding. We’ll hook you up!). This unique experience provides the traditional photobooth experience or a print that looks exactly like an Instagram post that can be customized, with the ability to take photos and print from any smart phone in the room! Guests can take pictures directly at the photobooth or following a few simple steps, they can take a photo with Instagram right from their smart phone, use a custom hashtag when posting your picture to Instagram and their photos instantly prints at the Instagram Kiosk!
Attire & Accessories
Three big trends in designer wedding dresses: Cap Sleeves, Coverlets and Convertible. Cap sleeves made a big appearance on the bridal fashion runways this season as seen in collections such as Maggie Sottero, Monique Lhuillier and Temperley London. Coverage with serious style hit the runways this season. Everything from boleros to full sheer jackets rocked the runways of Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, and Reem Acra, and trust us – these are not your grandma’s cover-ups! A few more trends to get used to seeing are the hi-lo hem, convertible 2 in 1 wedding dresses, and hang on to your garter….bridal pantsuits (yes, you read right) were seen on the runway.
You’ve Got the Look.
The 2014 bridal look will predominately reflect an effortlessly chic vibe, effervescent beauty. The focus being enhancing a bride’s best features so she looks and feels like the most gorgeous version of herself when she walks down the aisle. The makeup trends popular in fashion that are also expected to become popular in bridal looks this year is the cat-eye, the gilded lid, white eyeshadow and liner, and statement lips in notice-me berry and baby-pink shades.
So there you have it, a rundown of the top wedding trends for the year! It’s a lot of information I know, and no doubt some of the trends having you thinking, “What?”, “Cool!, but where or how?”. But not to worry, as I said at the start, I have lots of intel and will share more in depth detail on some of these trends in upcoming posts, so stay tuned!
So now tell me, what trends are you loving? Learn anything surprising?
Any that you say, “no way” to? Share in a comment below!