This is not usually something i get too involved with, but recently i have noticed a trend away from morning suits and hired items.
This more casual look, shows the mans style and is often more practical.
They can buy a suit they like, that is a bit more unusual than they would normally choose. Have fun accessorising it and then wear it again.
It also means that ushers and bestmen can also just wear a suit they have already got and add a few details to ‘tie’ the look to the event.
It saves the trips to the hirers to all try on suits, then making sure you don’t lose the jacket at the reception and finally delegating the job to someone to return them all.
Ultimately a more relaxed feel, that i think more men feel comfortable with and inevitably feel more confident in.
Why not splash out a little bit more and get a tailor made suit especially for the day.
This rainy May 1st, and i am searching for inspiration for a moodboard.
I realised that some of the traditional ‘always there’ elements of weddings from the last 50 years are slowly becoming less popular. You can have an unusual one of a kind wedding, whilst still keeping some traditions.
Here are some of the things i love that are becoming less common features.
Sugared almonds -
Cake boxes -
lucky horseshoes as a gift to the bride -
Reading out cards from guests who couldn’t attend! One of my favourite traditions for the speeches that is very rare these days.
Most are there for a reason, and all of them can be modernised.
But the new traditions are good too – like celebrating for an entire weekend!!
The quintessential image of a traditional wedding consists of a bride in a dress made with yards of white satin, coupled with a bridal bouquet of beautiful roses. For those anticipating a wedding during 2012, however, the latest trends can serve to make that special day unique.
Fashion Trends for 2012 Weddings
One of the most popular wedding gown designs of 2012 will be based upon the sleek lines of Kate Middleton’s dress for her 2011 nuptials. Unlike the billowing gowns of generations past, these dresses will show slender figures off to advantage; they exemplify the adage that “less is more.” By reducing the number of ruffles and other extraneous decorative elements, the dress calls attention to the beauty and elegance of the woman wearing it. Indeed, this is the most important function of a wedding gown. Just as a picture frame should serve to complement the artwork it contains, a wedding dress should enhance a bride’s appearance rather than becoming the show in and of itself.
Another important fashion trend for 2012 weddings concerns colour schemes. Whereas in years past it had become popular to choose two or more colours that work well together, 2012 will see the emergence of a preference for a single colour reflected in several shades. For example, those who want a blue-themed wedding may choose flowers, napkins, and other accessories in hues such as sky blue, navy, and indigo. Such a colour scheme is another reflection of the “less is more” approach and will provide weddings with a look that is elegant and sophisticated.
Some 2012 brides will also opt for more colour in the wedding gown itself, preferring beautiful pale shades of rose or blush to traditional white. Other brides will still prefer to dress in white, but will add colour to their ensemble by including dazzling sashes or shoes – both in bright colours.
Jewellery Trends for 2012 Weddings
The trend away from gold and towards silver will continue and even accelerate as more and more brides look to a London silver dealer to provide them with a beautiful tiara, necklace, or bracelet to complement their wedding attire. New jewellery pieces will be popular, but so will antique pieces that can fulfil the very first requirement of the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” refrain that many brides still attempt to follow.
One of the more unusual jewellery trends for 2012 weddings will consist of ornamentation worn across the forehead, much in the manner of a Hindu princess. Glittering teardrops fashioned of silver and diamonds are a popular form of this jewellery; such items can often be found at a London silver dealer.
Where to Hold a 2012 Wedding
Churches will of course always be important venues for marriage ceremonies, but in 2012 many couples will opt to hold their nuptials out in the countryside at other venues, such as a stately home or country house hotel. The best of such venues will transport the bride and groom into a past age and provide excellent service. Such surroundings also make for great wedding photographs.
Wedding Trends of 2011
With the Royal Wedding taking place in April, 2011 looks set to be a bumper year for weddings – but what can we expect from this year’s wedding season? Where William and Kate will likely share an incredibly traditional ceremony – others will be branching out and creating celebrations that reflect their own styles, ideals and values.
Wedding Style Trends
With many households still suffering the effects of the credit crunch, there is likely to be a discernible nod to frugality in the styling choices of many brides and grooms. One key trend to look out for in 2011 is a re-emergence of vintage – with brides returning to the time honoured tradition of wearing a family dress on their big day – or alternatively of recycling vintage elements such as lace panels or delicious period details by incorporating them in their own designs.
Bridesmaids outfits, and even some bridal gowns, will be chosen for their versatility and wearability – with no one wanting to spend out on designs that will only ever be worn once – expect to see more brides dressed in subtle shades that can be later translated for everyday wear.
Additional wedding day touches – from favours to flowers and cakes to invitation cards will also see the effect of the economic climate with a continuing rise in DIY approaches offering a real personalised feel to 2011 wedding days, while costs may be further cut by using social media approached to keeping guests informed – such as wedding websites to cut the cost of invitation and information packs and allow guests to share photos and create a wedding portfolio after the event.
Wedding Location Trends
Continuing on the frugal theme, wedding locations will also see a shift this season – with more couples opting for a self-hosted wedding – think garden marquees and outdoor ceremonies.
The great outdoors is also likely to feature heavily in green themed weddings with eco conscious couples looking to cut the carbon footprint of their big day by opting for a sustainable style in a sustainable setting.
Exciting locations for frugal and eco-friendly celebrations include forests, beaches and country gardens – with many opting for a simple registry office ceremony before a non traditional blessing in any one of these outdoor locations.
Overseas Wedding Trends
For some couples cost cutting will mean opting for an intimate wedding and honeymoon package abroad – where guest numbers can be kept low and celebrations are often provided at a fraction of the price.
Popular destinations for weddings abroad in 2011 are likely to include places such as:
- India – with flights to Goa being available at such reasonable prices, this beach based paradise will top the list for many happy couples.
- Thailand – superb service in a stunning setting at a really reasonable price mean this tropical location remains a firm favourite for fiancés
- Italy – Closer to home and more easily accessible for those who want more friends and family in attendance, Italy offers some amazing locations for a foreign wedding. Think Tuscan Hills, Neapolitan Riviera or even the lovely mountains of Liguria.
What a great time of year- lovely flowers, fresh air, new beginnings, clear skies, crisp mornings and the rest of the summer to look forward to.
Here are some pics to inspire you
In my opinion they should.
I love wearing hats or fascintors to weddings. They are like high heels, they make you feel special!
There is always a dilemma of over doing it, or being the only hat wearer.
Most brides love to see there guests dress up for their big day. How often do you get to wear a hat?
Kate Middleton (Katherine) was my inspiration for this blog. I saw her in a fascinator and wondered how formal she would continue to be for Royal engagements . I really hope she continues to wear hats for official engagements.
Let me know what you think.