If you’re getting married in 2015, then chances are this isn’t the first article you’ve read on the topic. You will be bombarded with emails about how you should plan and style every detail of the biggest day of your life. Whenever you start to feel the overwhelming pressure of all those decisions crushing down on you, take a deep breath. The only thing that matters about your big day is that you are marrying the love of your life. Everything else is gravy. Repeat that, everything else is gravy. It tastes great, but it’s only a garnish. When it comes right down to it, the trends don’t matter. Trends are helpful because they mean those items will be easy to find, but really making the day personal is the only trend you need.
In case after all that pep talk you still want to know what the experts are forecasting for the year’s wedding trends…
1. Rustic becomes a bit more Bohemian – Burlap and mason jars are still popular for 2015, but this time we’re seeing more influence from music festivals like Coachella. Think flower crowns, macrame, and bold mis-matched prints. Consider laying out blankets for your guests to sit on for your outdoor nuptials.
2. Or Rustic goes Wild West – Rustic accents like hay bales and tin lanterns go from the barn to the ranch. Other popular details will include cow hide, antlers chandeliers, and wild flower bouquets. Consider serving craft beers in boot shaped glasses, or heirloom bourbon cocktails in a copper mug.
3. Across the Pond – The national fascination with Downton Abbey, the Dutchess of Cambridge, and who Prince Harry is dating has started to spill over into weddings. The relaxed formality of afternoon tea and garden parties inspires lace doilies and petit fours. Think Victorian inspiration and shabby chic furnishings.
4. Blush and Bashful and a whole lot more – Pantone has named Marsala ( a brownish, wine red) as their Color of the Year. It may be the boldest color trend predicted. Most swatch guides look more like a colorized film from the 1930’s. Rose Gold and Copper are the most popular accent colors, while everything else remains pastel and “washed-out”. The minor exceptions are bohemian patterning and lingering nautical/preppy color schemes.
5. Offbeat Venues – When you choose an unexpected venue you lose the convenience of pre-planned packages, but you gain an unforgettable backdrop for your big day. You may even be able to scale back on decorations and let the natural beauty of the space take over. Think castles, private estates, museums, summer camps and even caves.
6. If Rustic isn’t your thing – Opulence is back in a big way. This is the theme for couples who want to pull out all the stops. Champagne towers, butler service, and candelabras for the reception; white gloves, three piece suits, and crowns for the ceremony. Pull up to the castle in a horse drawn carriage or classic roadster, walk down the aisle, then dance the night away with your prince or princess.
7. Move over Instagram – Sure, creating an account for your #dreamwedding is still huge, but if you really want the latest technology try drones. You can get a bird’s eye view of the ceremony and make sure you don’t miss any of the reception. Maybe you want something a bit closer. If so, consider Go Pro. The video cameras are showing up on selfie sticks to get creative shots of the dance floor. Or, get an entirely new perspective by mounting the small camera on your four legged best friend, especially if they are part of your ceremony.
8. Dress trends – Trends from last year that continue to be big, like lace, back details or backless dresses, and capelets are joined this year by off the shoulder necklines or high embellished necklines. Soft colors continue to gain popularity. Champagne and blush are joined this year by dove grey, light blue, and mint. If you’re looking for drama, designers are adding removable tulle skirts and long capes to their silhouettes, giving brides multiple looks from the same dress.
9. Three dresses, or no dresses – Can’t decide on the perfect dress? Maybe you don’t have to. The latest trend is three, yes 3, dresses for your big day. Think a fairytale princess dress for the ceremony, a sleek fashion forward sheath for the reception and a short, feathered party dress for the after-party. Dresses not your thing? The non-frou frou options are wide open right now. Stylish brides are increasingly choosing jumpsuits and separates for their big day. -See Solange Knowles, her series of wedding day jumpsuits was seriously fierce!
10. Make it yours – Traditions have loosened up. DIY tutorials are everywhere. You can order anything with the push of a button. Trends don’t really matter so much. You can have anything you want for your dream day. Let this list give you some ideas and inspiration, but listen to your heart. And remember, it’s all gravy. Romantic, fantastical, delicious gravy.