From a resurgence of the romantic trend for bridesmaids to metallic details on shoes, The Wedding Journal has rounded up the industry’s finest experts to share their thoughts on the styles set to shape weddings in 2015 below. Discover everything you need to ensure your wedding is on trend this year from stylish stationery to the most fabulous flowers and everything in between…
THE BIG DAY
by Wedding Planner Bruce Russell
Bespoke will be the buzzword for 2015 weddings as couples become more adventurous in planning their big day, placing a greater emphasis on design and adopting a more personalised approach that enhances both their and their guests’ experience.
Increasingly I am seeing weddings extend way beyond the big day itself and I think we will see a rise in ‘vernissage’ weekends away for friends and family in advance of the nuptials, the perfect opportunity for some bonding not to mention a great time to finesse the final details.
By Chenca Williams of Ritva Westenius London
Here at Ritva Westenius London we have found that our brides are reverting back to classic clean cuts with no clutter! The understated saying ‘less is more’ has always worked through the decades of fashion & will continue to enhance the beauty of the female form.
Many have also stated that every wedding they attended during last summer was lace lace & more lace so they want to look different! We find that a blend of simple & textured fabrics hits the spot, that is why here at Ritva Westenius London we can create whatever look a bride desires as we listen to our clients & are creative & inventive giving a bride her unique dress
by Emmy Scarterfield of Emmy London
Shoes with metallic details which mirror a bride’s jewellery are another new trend, with chandelier trims on our Cece shoe and the silver baguette crystals on the Cinderella comb reflecting this. We offer a blue crystal to adorn the soles as the ‘something blue’ for brides keen to fulfil tradition, or they can go the whole mile and choose blue suede with an elegant fan trim.
The return of the pointed toe means modern brides are also on a quest for the ultimate court shoe, so we’ve worked to create a perfectly chic style with the right heel height, perfect curve of line and just the right angle of point for a balance of fashion and function.
The rise in brides choosing ceremonies abroad with beach and rural settings calls for flats or low heels without any compromise on style or detail. This season I’ve added a capsule collection of insouciant flats in finest kid suede with teardrop cutouts and chic leather trims. I’ve also reworked our signature Francesca as a flat with metallic soles ensuring a bride can still dial up the glamour in a more casual setting.
The trend for shorter dresses which showcase shoes will tempt brides to pile high the accessories against a more understated gown. Coordination of the same embellishment across a halo, clutch and shoe bestows a beguiling elegance. Creating highly desirable shoes I’m aware our brides are making an investment purchase that they’ll want to treasure forever, or perhaps dye after the ceremony to revisit at other occasions.
by Gill Welsh from twobirds Bridesmaids
The colour mixing trend Michelle predicted last year has definitely proven popular and this is set to continue into 2015. Mixing and matching neutrals with pinks and our new heather colour has been very sought-after and brides are opting for even bolder mixes like fuchsia, aubergine, blush and heather or ombre bridesmaids.
Our brides are telling us that they’re moving away from the matchy-matchy bridesmaids looks and ladies can choose their own style of dress, hair and make up depending on what suits them. The soft, boho hair and make up trend will continue into 2015 but brides are moving towards a more edgy version of this look with structured-unstructured styling.
In addition to this, we’re seeing an interest in more romantic, ethereal, floaty looks so watch out for something new from twobirds in 2015 to support this trend.
THE MAKE UP
The minimalistic look like the one showcased in the Houghton Bridal Fall 2015 catwalk is great for the no fuss, minimalistic, cool bride. With strong brows, rock chick eyeliner, and seriously luminous skin this is set to be a popular look in 2015.
Must have product for this look: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl
The makeup showcased in the Ines Di-Santo Bridal Spring 2015 catwalk known as the spring fashionista will be a strong popular look for brides in 2015. With matt skin, soft peach contouring and warm pinks on the cheek bones and temples finish with lips that should look just bitten.
Must have product : Stilla Lip Stain in Acai Crush
2015 is all about the more sophisticated vintage bridal look just like the one showcased in the Amsal Bridal Spring 2015 catwalk. By focussing on the lips and eyes whilst keeping skin clean and matt, add a pop of colour on the lips and a sweep of metallic on eye lid teamed with lashings of mascara for a a timeless elegant look.
Must have product for this look: Dior Show Fusion Mirror Shine Eye shadow in Millennium
2014 introduced a diverse array of styles and colours for wedding cakes and these trends look set to continue into 2015. At completely different ends of the scale Metallic, Sequined & Glitter cakes create simplistic glamour whereas ruffle cakes inspired by bridal gowns give a romantic dreamy look.
Naked cakes were extremely popular in 2014 but as the naked cake became semi naked we’re now seeing fully frosted buttercream designs. Decorated with fresh flowers or fruit they’re great for creating an informal rustic look. Also set to be popular in 2015 is French Dessert Style Cakes such as Crepe cakes, croquembouche, meringues and macarons. I’m sure this is the start of an obsession with French delights!
by Wedding Planner Bruce Russell
A key focus for 2015 is tablescaping, which is an ever-more important creative cornerstone of the wedding day – at the heart of the wider theatre of the occasion and something that can really transform the ambience. Whether it’s flashes of complementary colour in line with the wider theme or a particular choice of china there are endless possibilities for couples to really put their stamp on the day’s design.
by Rona Wheeldon of Flowerona
Natural, relaxed and informal wedding flower designs, which were so popular in 2014, will continue to be a big trend this year. Dreamy, romantic flowers with layers upon layers of petals, such as garden roses, peonies and ranunculus will take centre stage. And pastels tones will feature strongly.
With regards to bridal bouquet designs, two new trends are starting to make their way from the States over to UK shores. In place of round hand-tied bouquets, wide almost stretched-out designs will be seen in abundance. And bouquets adorned with trails of flowing ribbons, either multiple strands of the same ribbon or a variety of different ones in complementary colours and textures, will be a sought-after look by brides-to-be in the know.
by Helen Sharland of Cutture London
Whilst at Cutture we are mostly led by the personalised service we offer to our clients, we do have a few predictions for 2015. An emerging request is that in addition to stationery we provide information booklets, itineraries and general information documents for peoples wedding weekends, particularly if the wedding is abroad, this is a great way to add another element of style and consistency to your wedding, as well as being informative.
There also seems to be a shift in styled goods that are again, informative but adding an element of decoration to your day, such as candle lit lanterns as escort cards or place name cards, even food has been labelled in a creative way using decorative signage! These are important details that will be remembered on the day and add to the overall style of your wedding as well as keeping it really personal to you as a couple.
by Karen Waddilove from Amara Bridal Registry
There are a few trends that are set to be popular with our gift list customers this year as well as the continued demand that has become so much more important rather than a one off trend. That is the offering of an excellent & flexible service which is what sets us apart from our competitors. Metallics were strong in 2014 but I think it will be even more so this year, copper in particular is a key trend. Metallic trims on dinner services, cushions & throws and even wallpapers are set to be very popular. Contemporary design ideas are styled with the use of plush & luxuriously deep velvets and silks to offer a decadent yet functional look. This will also be complemented with the continued trend of faux fur & animal print on throws, cushions and even encased scented candles – it seems a trend never to tire!
by Travel PR company Perowne Charles Communications
Scott Dunn are seeing a huge demand still for people wanting to experience Bali. Nihiwatu, a superb private beach resort on the island of Sumba (just an hour’s flight from Bali) is the perfect choice for honeymooners, with its beautiful villa accommodation and a plethora of activities including horse-riding, yoga and enjoying some of the finest surf.
Another location they predict to be popular in 2015 is Uruguay. With the launch of their resort Bahía Vik honeymooners can enjoy ten acres of beach dunes on the José Ignacio peninsula, facing west with sweeping views across the Southern Atlantic Ocean.
Ampersand Travel predicts Japan to be popular in 2015 with more people wanting to explore a different side of the country. By creating tailored honeymoon adventures they blend the new and old, urban and rural, highbrow and lowbrow, with the country’s delightful quirkiness.
Image credits: The big day: Weddings by Bruce Russell, The dress: Ritva Westenius London, The shoes: Cinderella £725 , Jude flat £525, Amelia Feather Sweep £565, Aurelia £725 all by Emmy London, The bridesmaids: twobirds bridesmaids, The make up: as credited, The cake: Eddie Judd Photography, Meg Mackay The tablescape: The Bridal Room, The flowers: Style me pretty, Ruffled, Burnetts boards The stationery: Cutture London, The gifts: Amara, The honeymoon: Scott Dunn, Ampersand Travel.