Wedding fayre season has officially come to an end and here is a little bit of insight and a quick rundown of what’s in and what’s not for weddings in 2017, leading into 2018!

We all know the key annual trends work their way down from the catwalks to the high street and the key influencers are both fashion and home and interior design. This year is no different, with ‘off the shoulder’ looks, marbling and metallic playing a key role.

Metallics

Metallic elements, sparkles and sequin are incorporated in everything from bridal gowns and the more adventurous bridesmaid dress to wedding decor and invites. The focus appears to be more on the warm copper, gold and rose quartz tones, creating a soft yet elegant look. An emerging trend towards all things marble, whether in cakes, nail design, or stationery is everywhere.

Industrial Luxe

Whilst rustic and vintage weddings have been hugely popular and continue to feature this year, a contemporary twist has been added with ‘industrial luxe’, combining vintage chic in an urban warehouse location. Warehouse wedding, enveloping all the current trends with white brick, concrete floors, flickers of gold and all the white and green floral touches to create just enough softness. Ultra-modern, with crisp, clean lines. An industrial backdrop accented with stylish vintage pieces set off with twinkling lights and candles. How romantic! A look which can be adapted and translated into any stylish venue and we have a myriad of stunning locations which could mirror this look beautifully

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Bridal Silhouettes

When it comes to the bridal dress of choice, there is a distinct 1970’s revival, updated for 2017. From Bohemian-styled, flower power appliqué silhouettes to ‘off the shoulder’, bell-sleeved ensembles, the selection is vast. Contemporary and cool, the chic bridal cape is this year’s alternative to a veil, not only a feature piece for those wanting to add a little ‘je ne sais quoi’ to their look, but also perfect for those who wish to cover up a little more during the ceremony. For the more daring amongst us, again hailing from the high street are the off the shoulder and laser cut designs. Make a statement with a large bow on your train or a bow sash adding some structure, accentuating your waist and encapsulating classic femininity. Mix ‘n’ match your bridesmaids, whether in tonal colours or styles to add a little bit of interest to the overall look and complement each individual bridesmaid’s personality and style. A nice yet simple way to add a little bit of flair.

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Floral Trends

Colour is definitely having a comeback, with understated steel greys and blue hues. Pink, as a main accent is also having a revival, from a blush pink to a rose quartz. The biggest floral trend of the year, however, is greenery! A definite nod to all things simple, green and natural. Lots of lush, leafy greenery with subtle soft blooms will feature heavily in aisle dressings, dangling décor, table garlands, cascading bouquets with willowy wildflowers and trailing greens, statement pieces, decadent floral walls and backdrops – the nature inspired theme is everywhere.

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Invites

Again this trend is being brought through into invitations. Whilst hand- calligraphed, vintage and postcard style invites are still a popular choice, there are a few new key wedding trends. From greenery inspired laser cuts and gold leaf metallics, to combining stripes and florals, the choice is endless. Novel additions are the timeline invite and the, travel inspired, passport booklet, a quirky invite for those marrying abroad.

The Exquisite Centrepiece

A fashion for tiered towers of scrumptious, frosted cupcakes, French macaroons,  and topsy turvy cakes may just be usurped once again, as we see a nostalgic return to the tiered cake. A homage to the art of sugaring, the elegant sugar flower embellishment with its note of subtle sophistication will never go out of fashion. Water colour paint, marbling, gold leaf, and drip cakes are bringing the tiered cake bang on trend!

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Fed and Watered

The wedding day itself is such a long day, couples are coming up with quirky ideas to ‘wow’ their guests and keep them fed from funky food stations and watered with signature cocktails, craft beer stands and gin bars! Whilst sweet carts and chocolate fountains are a staple at most receptions, there is a definite trend towards cake and doughnut bars, popcorn trucks and weather permitting, ice-cream trucks! For those with less of a sweet tooth, late night buffets are being replaced with yummy pizza stations and taco and nacho stations.

I however absolutely love this fabulous new delicacy trend, embracing the local culture and food traditions of our fabulous region. The Oyster Bar – what better way to really spoil your guests than have a waiter live shucking oysters, while your guests wash them down with a chilled glass of champagne or an equally delicious pint of the ‘black stuff’. One of Ireland’s food gems, some of the best oysters in the world can be found in our locality. Wild Atlantic Oysters, cultivate their oysters in the pure waters of the Wild Atlantic Coast and provide a Wild Atlantic Oyster Cart – a quirky addition to any wedding!

Entrance and Exits

There is currently an ongoing trend whereby couples are trying to put their personal touch on their wedding day, whether it is serenading the bride down the aisle, creating video entrances at the reception or bridal parties, strutting their stuff with the latest dance moves. Yet another way for the bride and groom to add a surprise element to the day, with big opening numbers or dramatic closers.

For those couples who like to make a statement, from tractors, vintage motorbikes, tandem bicycles, helicopters, jet skis, horses, memorable entrances and exits will be a huge trend this year! Whether you’re an animal lover, biker, water enthusiast or adrenaline junkie, there are ways to bring your passion into your day and add that personal twist. It is your day after all! Arrivals and departures on elephants or horses have been a longstanding tradition in other cultures and may just catch on here!

Just a few ideas to get you started.

Photo by Máirtín Mac Crábhagáin

Congratulations to the bride and groom Elaine McKean & Roger Crown

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