As winter 2013 draws nearer, brides-to-be planning their wedding for 2014 might be looking for a bit of inspiration as to what next year’s trends will bring. Keep reading for some details on what you can expect to be the next big thing in weddings next year.
Pastels and bold shades combine
If you want an on-trend colour scheme for your 2014 wedding, keep an eye on the latest colour insights from Pantone – the world-renowned authority on colour. The organisation has revealed its top colours for spring 2014, which include a tranquil sky blue, a romantic, vintage purple and an ornamental green among the pastel shades to watch.
Meanwhile, more striking colours have also been picked out as on-trend for 2014, such as a blazing yellow, a spicy red and a sparkling navy blue. These more intense shades have been chosen either to accompany the pastel colours or to combine together with other bold hues to add vivacity.
Embellished, edgy dresses
Spring previews of some of the top bridal designer gowns have showcased no end of embellishment, from Monique Lhuillier’s beautiful crisp white frocks with an extra layer of floral detailing, to Carolina Herrera’s medieval-inspired simplistic gowns with beaded overlays.
Wedding dresses are set to get more innovative and edgy for 2014, as designers combine traditional whites and creams with pioneering new elements, such as short, stiff net skirts and cut-out panels. Expect more striking creations, like monochrome dresses seen on the Vera Wang catwalks, and haute couture designs combining pastel blue shades from Oscar de la Renta.
The ombre theme of 2013 is set to continue into next year and consists of using a spectrum of shades that morph into one another. Gone are the bright hues of 2013, however, as 2014 will see the emergence of more muted shades within the ombre theme.
Watery colours can make a subtle effect when bled across wedding stationery, dresses or even the cake, with each tier blending into the next with a lighter version of the same shade or another muted tone. Think watercolour splashes or tie dye styles using diluted paint to create this look.
Classic plated menus return
Over the last year, couples have been getting creative with their wedding breakfasts, from buffets to rustic banquets, but 2014 is poised to see the return of classic plated meals as brides and grooms look to add some traditional elegance to proceedings.
Speculation suggests the more delicate and sophisticated way of serving food is inspired by the royal weddings of 2013, such as the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the nuptials of Prince Jaime, Count of Bardi, and Viktoria Cservenyak in the Netherlands, and the wedding of Prince Felix of Luxembourg and Claire Lademacher.
Prince William and Kate Middleton served up traditional canapes over a two-hour reception, including smoked salmon on beetroot blinis and roulade of goats’ cheese with caramelised walnuts, while dinner was simple and elegant, comprising plated courses of dressed crab with crayfish and prawns, lamb ‘done three ways’ and a trio of mini desserts that consisted of chocolate fondant, home-made ice cream and trifle.
Outdoor weddings to rise in popularity
Getting wed in the great outdoors has become a more popular way to pledge commitment to your loved one in recent years, and the trend is expected to gain even greater momentum in 2014. The natural elements that an outdoor venue brings is increasingly sought after to give proceedings added charm and also to provide a picturesque setting for wedding photos.
Outdoor venues with a pavilion or glasshouse are worth considering, while a castle venue with striking features like a moat or historical elements could make the perfect background for some memorable wedding snaps.
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