All photographs by Georgina Piper at www.georginapiperphotography.com
For the last few years, wedding trends have been leaning towards everything soft, romantic and Bohemian. Although this is still a popular theme, 2018 heralds the introduction of a more theatrical style, whether that be through colour, décor or, of course, The Dress. Get excited – drama is here to stay!
Colour: Neutrals, white, green and blush pink were hot news last year. In 2018, we are seeing a dramatic shift towards colour – think shades of purple, industrial copper and even black accents. Yes, that’s right, black is back!
Makeup: The trend for glowing, healthy skin and minimal makeup continues. The key to making this look good is to ensure your skin is in tip top condition, so get yourself into a good skincare regime at least 6 months before your wedding day. Using a red lip to inject a pop of colour will be popular for 2018, just make sure it is long lasting, moisturising and, most importantly, kiss proof for your big day.
Hair: Natural, loose styles with a centre parting were prevalent on the catwalks for this year, in keeping with the undone, done trend. If you favour an updo, a teased out top knot shows off back detail on a dress beautifully, while a single Rapunzel plait or wavy ponytail allows you to keep your locks long but off your face. To decorate your ‘do, think flower crowns and whimsical headpieces incorporating delicate sparkle and pearls.
The Dress: Dramatic dresses are everywhere this season – think pale blue hues, black accents, 3D flower embellishments, plunging necklines and statement sleeves. Capes as cover-ups were prevalent on the catwalks, from short and sassy, to full length and flowing or heavily embellished with flowers, jewels and pearls. Sheer panels are another huge trend, translated as illusion necklines, backs of gowns and to add a modicum of modesty to a thigh high side split.
Grooms: Not to be forgotten, grooms are also embracing drama this year with black tie suits a huge trend. For summer weddings, think light jackets and Liberty print ties, while tweed checks work beautifully for autumn, whether that be simply a waistcoat for a more subtle effect or a full suit for the more fashion forward.
Bridesmaids: Over the past couple of years we have seen the trend for bridal parties in identikit dresses wane (and, let’s face it when else would you ever choose to wear exactly the same outfit as three other women?). Brides have toyed with the same style dress but in different hues, or dresses in the same colour but differing styles, both of which have created a cohesive yet individual look. Now, however, bridesmaids are being encouraged to show off their personal style even further with separates the order of the day. Mix and match tops and bottoms, including skirts of all lengths, wide legged trousers and culottes are up for consideration for a modern and sassy style.
Styling: Just as interior trends have gravitated over recent months towards more industrial styling, so too are weddings moving towards this end goal. Exposed brick walls, stone or marble flooring, copper, hanging lightbulbs and suspended floral arrangements are contemporary, chic and very à la mode.
Stationery: Stationery is all about texture for 2018. Juxtapose semi-transparent layers with pearlised paper or thick, embossed card for your invitations. For tables, more natural elements such as stone, wood and even pressed flowers are set to be big news this year, and get creative – couples are making their own stationery more and more, which not only saves on costs but adds a personal and unique touch.
Flowers: In 2017, green was THE colour for flowers. The trend continues into 2018, but décor is taking a more imaginative turn. Gone are the days of having to peer round central vases of flowers to talk to your tablemates at dinner. Hanging floral decorations or long, low arrangements allow more space and eye contact, and pair well with the prevalence for coloured candles set to make a statement this year. Vintage vessels, in particular cut or coloured glass continue the inclination towards transparency, while cement containers nod to the industrial trend that will become popular this year. Bohemian wedding wreaths, both oversized as backdrops and smaller hoops as bridal party bouquets are set to become a firm favourite, while both bouquets and décor will be bright and bold or made up of foliage only, in differing shades and textures to add interest. Bridal bouquets are moving towards a free form style – think wild English country garden rather than a structured shape.
Food: The traditional sit down meal has been on its way out now for some time as couples opt for a more sociable element to eating. Sharing platters, whimsically scattered with edible flowers, food vans and finger food such as pizza, Mexican and traditional afternoon tea is set to be a winner. Dessert tables are also becoming increasingly en vogue, offering a wide choice for guests to gorge themselves on. Cakes are less of a centrepiece, but no less show stopping, with marbling, metallic elements and green foliage the way forward.