By The Bride’s Avenue
Long tables are definitely on trend (and great for laughs and flowing conversation), with couples moving away from the traditional round tables – and try ditching the tablecloths. Also, say goodbye to chair covers and satin sashes and hello to elegant, naked, chairs. Bare tables and chairs encapsulate a perfectly modern, rustic style and ooze elegance, class and good taste!
It’s definitely been the season to embrace the nakedness (take that as you will) – as naked (or barely iced) cakes have been increasingly popular. They appear effortless yet chic, and are perfectly topped with an array of fresh flowers. Marble cakes and glimpses of edible gold and silver leaf are also extremely popular (and extremely gorgeous!).
Speaking of flowers – we’re seeing glorious fresh florals in oversized, unstructured bouquets (or “free form”), with a mix of foliage, large and small blossoms and a range of colours or tones (to create an ombre effect). These fresh-picked, free form arrangements are perfect for bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony arches, welcome signs, and hanging from exposed beams – anywhere and everywhere there is space! It’s been a season of floral overload, and it’s positively fabulous!
Also remember to mix up your look – especially for table centerpieces – nothing “has” to be matchy-matchy anymore, in fact, it’s very on trend to not match. Think a pastel colour palette of mis-matched bridesmaid dresses (both colours and dress styles), which is also an opportunity for the maids to express their own personal style (once again, adding to the whole ‘guest experience’ as opposed to only focusing on pleasing the couple). Lace is very on-trend (both for the bride and maids), with brides leaning toward a very elegant, bohemian look. Think figure hugging lace dresses, two-piece outfits, flower crowns and head jewels. We're also seeing a lot of bridesmaids in white as well - gone are the days of white for the bride only, it seems!
For the fellas, we’re seeing a lot of stylish blue hues and charcoals over the traditional black suits, as well as a more casual approach – we’ve seen very dapper blokes ditch the jacket and wear things like mustard pants with navy shirts and a quirky bow tie. I can hear the cheers from groomsmen across the Central West now – no more suits in 30 degree heat! Alternatively, if you’re after a touch of formality, try two-piece options (like a waist coast and pants), which is perfect for the warmer months. Also, the mis-matched theme can carry into the groomsmen as well - try the groom in a lighter shade for a classy look.
Whatever trends you’d like to incorporate into your special day, remember it is exactly that – your day. Think about ways you can express yours and your hubby-to-be’s individual styles and personalities across the entire day. After all, everyone is coming to celebrate YOU, so put on a show!