As a luxury London wedding planner, it's part of my job to keep up with all the recently launched venues, new creative suppliers in the industry and of course the constantly changing trends and ideas being lauded in publications and on social media so that my knowledge and network are always fresh and up to date.
If you’ve read any of the interviews and articles I’ve had published, you’ll know that I am not a fan of styling your wedding around that year’s current 'trends' –by their very nature, trends are all the rage one moment then passé the next – which then risks making your wedding look really dated. Also by following a trend, along with so many other couples, you risk the look being really oversaturated and therefore unoriginal! So for that reason, I am very happily saying goodbye and good riddance to Ultra Violet (pantone colour of the year 2018), geometric shapes, monstera leaves and tassels!
My approach is to work with my couples to create a day which is authentic and uniquely ‘them’ - whilst social media is a great source of inspiration, I recommend that you use what you find as a springboard for your preferences and taste and then together we create a personal, meaningful twist on it all.
Weddings, as with all things, move with the times and wedding suppliers are constantly looking for ways to develop their creativity and find new ways to reinvent their art. This is the area that I prefer to explore – which is completely different to a ‘trend’.
If, like me, you are interested in incorporating creative innovations into your day whilst also putting your own unique stamp on every element of it, read on! I can assure you then that that the photos of your wedding day, which you will treasure for ever, will be undoubtedly original and not the same as thousands of others on Pinterest.
I summarise below some of the innovations in styling and design which we are going to see a lot more of in 2019 – do let me know your thoughts and if you’d be interested in weaving any of these concepts into your unique vision.
Damn Cool Bridesmaids!
Gone are the days when your only option was to dress all your bridesmaids identically, irrespective of their personal tastes, shapes and personalities. I’m a huge fan of the brand We Are Rewritten, who offer a wide range of dresses in a variety of styles and colours, all hand designed in London. They create flattering, contemporary designs in the most beautiful fabric and colour combinations that your best friends will want to wear again and again.Whether a fashion-forward jumpsuit, mix and match skirts and tops or a beautiful flowing dress, the Rewritten collection has something for everyone, available in ten colour-ways – and all surprisingly easy on your pocket as well with prices starting from around £150.
Photo credit: We Are Rewritten
Decadent wedding cakes and opulent wedding patisserie
For 2019, many cake artists are exploring metallic touches, personalised monograms and regal piping as well as an amazing array of textures - rippled icing, decorative finishes and show-stopping sugar flowers will all take your guests' breath away. We love cake designers Unique Cakes by Yevnig and Lindsay Pemberton whose dedication to perfecting and developing their art form is mind blowing.
Photo credit 1 and 3: Kate Nielen for Couture Events Ltd of Unique Cakes by Yevnig
Photo credit 2: Unique Cakes by Yevnig
Photo credit: Lindsay Pemberton
Greenery at weddings and whimsical bridal flowers
Using a lot of greenery in your floral designs allows you to recreate the feeling of 'bringing the outdoors in' with verdant tones and lush textures in artfully styled loose arrangements. Designs are evolving to be more natural, whimsical and romantic, creating looks which are freshly gathered, wild and wondrous. We love Bloomologie, a London-based florist specialising in romantic, natural seasonal flowers with a wild edge. Ali designs are unmistakeably garden gathered and relaxed – she takes inspiration from Costance Spry, the gardens of Rosemary Verey and Vita Sackville-West and the mad colourful order chaos of Great Dixter. Head over to Ali’s Instagram feed @bloomologieflowers for inspiration for your bridal bouquet, your ceremony aisle, your table arrangements or an epic bespoke installation at your venue.
Photo credit: Bloomologie Flowers
Creating a bespoke scent for your wedding
We all know how powerfully evocative scent is ... how in an instant it can take you back to a moment in time, a memory of a place, a person or a feeling. Imagine now not simply choosing an off the shelf perfume from the beauty counter for your wedding but instead, giving yourself the luxurious and one of a kind experience of having a bespoke fragrance created especially for you and your beloved at a secret perfumery in St James... and not only that but also being able to use this scent on your wedding invitations and in scented candles and vapours at your ceremony and your reception, and even to give miniature bottles to your guests as wedding favours - well, now you can! The lovely Gemma and Meghan @designinscentweddings are experts in taking couples on a unique fragrance journey to craft a unique signature fragrance for their wedding which will capture not just the memory, but also all the emotions, allowing you to be emotionally transported back to that day and those feelings for years to come .
Photo credit 1: Kate Nielen for Couture Events Ltd of Design in Scent
Photo credit 2: Design in Scent
Bespoke illustrated wedding invitations
One way of guaranteeing that your invitations are completely unique to you is to incorporate bespoke illustrations in the design of your stationery suite, which can then be repeated throughout your day across various touchpoints. We love the laser cut work by Cutture such as this pop-up, vibrant print with illustration – which even includes a 3D aspect - when the invitation is opened, the illustrations move slightly giving that extra depth and element of fun. Or if watercolour illustrations are more your style, take a look at the work by @oliveandmillicent whose beautiful paintings can grace your invitations or your day stationery, guaranteeing to make it entirely bespoke to your day.
Photo credit: Cutture
Photo credit: Olive and Millicent
Eco conscious and ethical
Finally, as each year progresses, wedding suppliers develop more and more ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your wedding - from foam-free flower installations (floral foam, AKA oasis, is non-biodegradeable and completely toxic), the creation of wedding dresses using ethical practices (eg eco friendly non chemically enhanced materials, zero waste pattern cutting) and wedding cakes made of locally sourced ingredients, the options for hosting an eco-conscious and ethical wedding are rising and more and more couples are incorporating this into their wedding design decisions and choice of supplier.
I hope you enjoyed my run down of some of this year’s new directions to explore and if you’d like any more details about any of the suppliers I’ve mentioned or how I can help you design, plan and organise your wedding, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!