From ALPACAS to ZODIAC PRINTS, these bold and beautiful trends are about to take the WEDDING WORLD by storm. Irish online wedding magazine ONE FAB DAY share their top trends for 2018 …
With Irish weddings growing more colourful and creative by the minute, it seems as though brides and grooms have finally clawed back some freedom about how they say their I dos. Gone are the days of choosing between white or ivory, roses or tulips, beef or chicken – in 2018, anything goes, so long as it’s fun and it fits the personality of the couple getting hitched!
There’s certainly nothing pedestrian about these wedding trends, which are all about throwing out the rulebook and giving in to your wildest whims …
1. Eloping with family
There’s something so romantic about jetting off with your other half to exchange vows in a far-off land, but for most couples, the idea of getting hitched without their nearest and dearest present is just too daunting. That’s why lots of soon-to-be newlyweds are giving themselves the best of both by eloping with just a handful of family members. This means tying the knot in the destination of your choice, whether it’s a sun-kissed Hawaiian beach or a windy mountaintop in Donegal, joined by a small gang of your favourite people, which sounds like a pretty great party to us.
2. Offbeat Animals
You’ve probably already been to a wedding where the couple’s pet pooch played a starring role in the ceremony, but in 2018, you’ll be partying with animals of a more unusual breed. We’re talking alpacas, donkeys, goats, pigs, peacocks – even turtles! Brides and grooms who want to channel their inner Dr. Dolittle are spoiled for choice with Irish venues – Larchfield Estate and Segrave Barns are both home to friendly donkeys and alpacas, and the regal peacocks at Ashley Park House make for truly unique photographs.
3. Swap the Veil for a Bridal Cape
If you’re still swooning over the caped jumpsuit by Stéphane Rolland that Solange Knowles wore for her wedding in 2014, or the regal Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown that Serena Williams donned in November, this trend is definitely for you! Veils may be a beautiful nod to tradition, but they can be tricky to style, while a cape is equally well suited to modern and vintage-inspired bridal looks! Look for full-length veils for drama, short and beaded styles for retro glamour, or a sleek, minimalist number to evoke Solange levels of cool.
4. Circular florals
Just when you think the wedding industry has run out of novel things to do with fresh blooms, a game-changing trend appears in the form of round floral arrangements. Flowers and foliage are going circular in two ways this year – traditional bouquets are being swapped out for hoop bouquets, and there’s also a show-stopping twist on the classic flower arch in the form of huge wreath backdrops for ceremonies and reception spaces. These work particularly well at rustic, boho celebrations, so they’re worth considering if you’re planning a festival-style bash!
5. City Hall Wedding Dresses
The interior of some Irish city halls, particularly in Dublin and Belfast, are stunning enough to support a knockout designer gown but if red carpet-worthy glamour isn’t your style, or you’re getting married in a humble registry, you’ll want to go for something chic and simple instead. A tea-length dress or skirt suit can be just as stunning as a floor-length bridal number, and considerably more comfortable to dance in! Start your search at a vintage bridal boutique, with bridal brands like House of Mooshki or with high street favourites like Debenhams or ASOS bridal.
6. Celestial Fashion
Stars and moons were all over the SS18 runways, and bridal designers are following suit with some equally dreamy, Zodiac-inspired creations. US designer Natalie Wynn led the way with an incredible ’70s gown embellished with metallic stars, while British label Tilly Thomas Lux have used the night sky as inspiration for their beautiful bridal headpieces, headbands and hairpins.
7. Perspex Everything!
We saw some beautiful acrylic place cards and menus at weddings last year, but this trend is fast outgrowing stationery! In 2018, backdrops, table plans, signage and chairs are all going clear. Also known as perspex, lucite, and plexiglass, acrylic is one of the few materials that manages to look simultaneously modern and romantic, especially combined with some pretty calligraphy. And it’s durable too, so custom-made pieces are likely to survive a collision with enthusiastic relatives on the dancefloor!
8. Glass Marquees
Although marquee weddings, be they at home or in a tirelessly-scouted countryside location, require serious organisational skills, they’re always popular with creative couples. And in 2018, it’s all about elegant, Victorian-looking glass marquees, inspired by the one that Pippa Middleton had installed at her parents’ house in Berkshire for her wedding last year. A handful of events companies around Europe will ship glass marquees to Ireland, but, a clear-gabled tent, like the ones provided by Pavilion Marquees, is a more affordable option.
9. Velvet accents
We’re always partial to a groom in a velvet suit, so it’s about time that the girls got a shot at this luxurious fabric! Velvet shoes in rich berry shades or cute pastels are the perfect way to bring colour to your bridal look, while velvet bridesmaids dresses are great option for winter. We’re also expecting to see lots of stylists using velvet tablecloths and ribbons to bring texture to reception décor, especially if the venue is an opulent country house or sophisticated city centre hotel.
10. Whatever Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are doing!
No-one sets wedding trends quite like the UK royal family, as proven by Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 bash, which is still inspiring lace bodice gowns, oversized fascinators and white bridesmaid looks seven years later! Meghan and Harry will likely move even further away from tradition when they marry on May 19th at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. There’s already rumours of a banana wedding cake (Harry’s favourite!) and a fitted, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy-esque wedding gown, but whatever the loved-up pair have got planned, their style will be reflected in thousands of Irish weddings.
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