Gone are the days when magazine editors dictated trends. Yay!!! Brides and grooms sharing ideas on Facebook, Pinterest and blogs – and the thousands of real weddings we see online – now set trends for weddings. It’s the images you love, and share, and the things you actually buy, which decide what’s hot or not. Don’t let the magazine editors tell you how to style your day. I asked designers, stylists and photographers what UK brides are really choosing for their 2015 weddings – and they revealed 34 trends you’re already turning into big news for 2015!
2015 wedding themes
- Botanical styling: flowers, leaves & illustration
Flowers are everywhere this year, and bouquets and displays with mega impact are going to be a huge trend. If I was planning a wedding in 2015 I’d start with my flowers, for sure. Then I’d find stationery to incorporate botanical flower sketches, give seeds as favours, and make sure I didn’t leave my flower crown at home!
- Rustic decor and bare wood
I love the look, the feel and even the smell of bare pine or oak or even bark and driftwood at weddings. Include logs as cake stands and table name signs, don’t hide your tables, and never, ever hire chair covers! Bare wooden chairs – even mismatched – and long banqueting tables are a key trend taking over in 2015.
“With long tables, one thing to consider is that they do have less room for traditional centre table decorations and flowers. We see many couples opting for simple uncovered tables, with loosely styled flowers creating table runners.” Rachael, PapaKata
- English country garden: the perennial theme
Every year I’ve worked with brides and grooms who’ve chosen an ‘English country garden’ theme. The details change: colours go in and out of fashion, while some of us like a messy garden and others prefer tidy flowers. If I know one thing, it’s that English country garden weddings are here to stay. And I love them.
Colours for the year
- Rose gold
Metallics and colour? Oh, yes please. Rose gold is everything: shiny gold, a touch of pink and pretty as can be. Move over blush, it’s time for rose gold to take over!
- Duck egg
The softest shade, a delicate beauty after the brashness of Tiffany blue. I adore duck egg and it seems to be the key colour for so many US weddings… just check out Style Me Pretty and you’ll see what I mean. American styles hit the UK a wedding season or two later, so the duck egg bomb will land very soon indeed!
Pantone colour of the year… and while I rally against this sort of branded trendsetting, I kind of see it working every time. Marsala will filter into home furnishings and interior design, then fashion and weddings will eventually follow. Plus, it’s a luscious, rich boozy red. What’s not to love?
“‘Ombre is French for “shaded or graduated in tone”. This is one look you will see everywhere from stationery to flowers in 2015. The end result is soft, modern and feminine.” Bernadette Chapman, The UK Alliance of Wedding Planners
Dresses we’ll love this year
- A chic, glamorous vintage style
“There is a definite progression to move away from full lace dresses that have been predominant in bridal for the last 2 years or so. Brides are interested in a plainer, more chic looking dress with a small amount of lace detailing or tasteful sparkle details. The vintage ‘look’ is moving away from ‘country and bunting’ vintage and more towards vintage glamour – think Great Gatsby and 1920’s/30’s feel.” ~ Julia Tasker Bridal Couture
- WOW backs
“2015 is going to be the year of the WOW back, dresses will have stunning illusion back details or even a very low cutout back. Destination weddings are becoming popular again and, therefore, the low back trend fits in well with this type of wedding. Also dresses are looking a little more floaty with the use of chiffon and georgette.” ~ Julia Tasker
- Alternative dresses: 2 pieces, soft golds
Sally Lacock has launched a new range of effortlessly chic, utterly covetable bridal separates. They have a delicately subtle vintage look, but bring an exciting and thoroughly modern approach to bridal styling. I think they’re fabulous!
Wedding flowers in 2015
- Loose and rustic
“There’s still a massive trend for vintage wedding flowers here in the UK. It becomes more exciting with the addition of textures for 2015. Loose, rustic style bouquets with lots of foliage or bouquets of large headed blousy blooms are becoming really popular. A lot of brides are asking for lots of different textures in their bouquets from craspedia, thistle, berries and succulents. Succulents are also incredibly popular for bouquets and buttonholes. The most popular colours for 2015 so far are peach, mint greens, plum and gold.” Natasha, Pumpkin & Pye
- Sky flowers – hang ’em high!
“For extra impact, flowers can go up and hang above tables. This year we introduced hanging frames for floral chandeliers and wooden swings that can be dressed in so many different ways – from elaborate designs by florists, to simple blooms or candles styled by creative DIY brides. These have become one of our most popular finishing touches for our 2015 teepee and Sperry weddings.” Rachael, PapaKata
- Artificial and alternative bouquets
“2015 so far is seeing a big increase in artificial bouquet orders for Pumpkin and Pye. I think this is due to the quality of artificial flowers improving and more couples choosing to get married abroad. The bouquets can be carried in a suitcase and then reused at a party back in the UK. My vintage button, lace and brooch bouquets are still hugely popular with 2015 brides loving added hints of gold or tiffany blue.” ~ Pumpkin and Pye has a new range of artificial bouquets which lovely Natasha will be launching at The National wedding show at the NEC in Feb.
- ‘Just crafted’ design
“We have developed our new ‘Made For Each Other’ range for 2015 for couples looking to add sweet, simple vintage touches to their wedding day. It includes everything from Save the Date cards to invitation bundles, cute wooden and card bobbin place settings and bobbin style table names and menus, all full of handmade charm. The collection features beautiful embellishments to enhance the ‘just crafted’ theme such as crochet lace, unique tape measure ribbon, silken thread and cute buttons which are perfect for those wanting to capture a traditional and nostalgic feel through their wedding stationery.” Jo, Vintage Twee
- Moody blues
“I have seen lots of new ideas emerging for 2015. Shades of blue seem to be increasingly popular … especially if the popularity of my Tuscany range is anything to go by. There is lots of navy about as well. I also think darker more moody shades are going to be more prominent. One of my new designs will have a dark charcoal background with berry coloured florals, and I think people are finally coming around to the idea that weddings don’t necessarily have to be pretty pinks and pastels if that’s not your thing!” ~ Nikki, Knots and Kisses (Nikki is launching 3 new ranges early this year so watch out for those!)
2015 wedding cake trends
As seen in many top wedding cake collections this year, brides are swooning over metallic cakes – when they’re professionally done, smooth and shiny, they look lush! Take a look at Rosalind Miller‘s Floral Couture collection for a cake with shiny gold, or the beautiful silver cake from Manchester’s Marie Antoinette Cakes featured on Boho Weddings a few weeks ago (below)
- Painted cakes
Pro cake designers are painting their cakes in 2015 – with intricate designs, edible colour and an actual paintbrush… painted cakes are gorgeous!
- Real cheese wedding cakes
We don’t all have a sweet tooth, and cheese wedding cakes are more and more popular – plus you can serve them with crackers when your guests get the munchies! The cheese wedding cake below is from Churchmouse Cheeses, image by my lovely friend Melissa Beattie Photography
I love a good creative backdrop. Something pretty to stand next to while you say your vows, or have your photos taken, or somewhere to place your cake display or guest book… a personalised, creative backdrop for your wedding can be all the creative fun you could dream of for your day! Think fabulous fabrics, flowers, hanging lights or paper cranes, old window frames, doors or bookshelves, streamers and ribbons… go make it pretty, go on. I dare you!
“Hanging décor has been popular over the last few years, especially with pom poms and Chinese lanterns. 2015 will see more delicate décor hanging. Depending on your venue this could be threaded petals, crystals, origami birds or mosaic cut mirrors.” ~ Bernadette Chapman, Dream Occasions
Sequins, glitter and sparkle
Brave enough to wear a sequinned wedding dress? Jenny Packham’s art deco sequin patterns are where it all started. (Check out her Jocasta dress for 2015…) This year we’re not holding back: in 2015 expect to see brides in full-on gold, silver or coloured sequin dresses. Trust me – this is going to be an amazing year for wedding dresses! But if you’re a little more shy with your sparkle, use sequin or glitter tablecloths, runners or just decorate jars and containers with a ‘dipped’ glitter look to jazz up your tables.
As wedding craft becomes the norm, with most couples opting to DIY some of the details for their day, the ‘just crafted’ style is hugely popular. This doesn’t mean ‘shabby chic’ any more: you can’t get away with a botched DIY job. Brides are choosing to learn a craft properly, and buy handcrafted from the experts too. Note when it comes to stationery and cakes there’s a massive difference between ‘homemade’ and ‘handcrafted’!
“I’ve noticed that there’s less focus on piles of ‘trendy’ details (typewriters / wheelbarrows and other random props), with more focus on well meaning personal elements (home made drinks / food, polaroid usage, fun elements to interact with). There have also been more friend / family made cakes. Friends and family pitching in to help and prepare more on the morning of the day or the days before. This also runs through to the venues too: they more frequently cater for weekend stays, where families can properly get to know each other, relax, chat, eat and get drunk!” ~ Joseph Hall Photography
- Intimate weddings
“I’ve definitely noticed that weddings are becoming more ‘personal’ which I can definitely see continuing. I know that sounds weird as all weddings are personal; but the trend for huge / ostentatious bashes seem to be thinning. The numbers of guests are down from over 100 to under 100, with the ideals of quality rather quantity.” ~ Joseph Hall Photography
It’s a personal thing – I have a fondness for elopements, that magical ‘just the two of you adventure’ feeling. Elopements are pretty big news these days, and I’d love to share more on the English Wedding Blog in 2015… I hope I will!
Everyone’s talking about destination weddings. Style Me Pretty reckon they’ll be big this year, and I’m inclined to agree. “Perhaps weddings abroad will become more popular. It’s definitely more of an adventure for couples as well as the guests and from the cost side of things it’s generally similar, if not a cheaper option.” ~ Joseph Hall Photography
“We’ve seen an increase in the popularity of long tables for more relaxed wedding dining. Don’t think that long tables have to be rustic – they can work really well in more formal, elegant wedding settings too with the right styling and details. Long tables allow more conversation, and help create a real sense of togetherness amongst wedding guests. This style also fits well with the trend for sharing platters and more family style dining where the guests will serve and pass round the dishes.” ~ Rachael Bradley, PapaKata
Printed wedding albums are back!
Keep your wedding photos somewhere really, really special – the way your parents did, and their parents before them! “2014 saw an increase in albums so for 2015 we’re expecting the return of print, after all it’s so much nicer to see your memories in the flesh rather than sat on a file on your computer (and hard drive and cloud – just a helpful reminder for couples everywhere to back up their images in more than one place!” ~ Pixies in the Cellar
Relaxed photography, no posing
“With the influence of wedding blogs and trends in printed media as well, photography styles are evolving: “Apart from our photo journalism style, we’ll be evolving our creative photography more towards a blend of a live and creative imagery style, as opposed to set up pieces, when and where possible. Our aim is to capture the best images of real moments in time with an added twist you could say – good to keep us on our toes!” ~ Sara Kirkham, Pixies in the Cellar
… until the photobooth!
What can I say? Guests love a photobooth. I don’t often post photos on the wedding blog, but believe you me when there’s a wedding with a boof I’m straight in there! Bring on the fancy dress!
Bulbs, neon, glitter, decoupage (if you can be bothered!) – the bigger the letters, the better. I LOVE the likes of Typical Type and I wish I had some BIG LETTERS in my house! I couldn’t have a wedding without them, personally…
Oh but little letters are to be cherished and treasured too. Love letters, handwritten invitations and place name cards, calligraphy on envelopes and paper wedding signage are some of my favourite things in the world. Calligraphy is going to be HUGE this year… perhaps the little letters are the new big letters? We’ll see!
“It’s fair to say that handlettering and calligraphy is a pretty hot ticket across the design world right now. And why not? With it’s beautiful sweeping nature it’s a very romantic aesthetic and with more eclectic styles opening up it can still be a modern choice too. For unique handlettering try Berinmade, Paul Antonio Scribe (watching him write is like watching magic unfold – mesmerising), Calligraphy for Weddings (that’s me!) Quill London and Lamplighter London.” ~ Michelle from Pocketful of Dreams on Love My Dress wedding blog
Trend of the year – individuality
There’s nothing I love more in weddings than to see a bride and groom throw out the rule book and do something completely different, brave and creative. Whether that means marrying on top of a mountain or sneaking into an abandoned building for the wedding – the best weddings are always about YOU. So break the rules, ignore etiquette, embrace freedom and do whatever the hell you like!
“I’ve seen a few clients reject the evening reception, instead opting to end the day after the wedding breakfast. This works incredibly well, especially if guests have work the following day. Guests enjoy a leisurely dinner with 5 courses giving the meal a more Mediterranean atmosphere where conversation is high on the agenda. Guests can enjoy with no rush to finish before evening guests arrive.” ~ Bernadette Chapman, Dream Occasions
Expertise in wedding crafts
Handmade is only good if it’s done well. I’m sad to say I’ve seen some spectacularly floppy, flat wedding cakes, flimsy old fashioned DIY invites and dull display tables – but no more! Crafters are stepping up to the mark with crafting courses in everything from stationery design to silversmithing. Take advantage of any opportunity to learn a craft: flower arranging, cake design or even upcycling furniture and props – so you can style your wedding and make it look good.
It’s a daunting challenge to try and DIY your whole wedding – so don’t do it. Choose a few key things to learn and master, then leave the rest to the professionals who know which glue to use!
And ask around – you’ll be surprised to discover how many crafty experts you actually know: there’ll be an auntie somewhere with lovely handwriting, a cousin who bakes, a friend who’s a graphic designer. Use their skills – you’ll have a fabulously personal and beautifully crafted wedding!
Art and creativity on your wedding day
“Couples are creating guest books that become a piece of artwork, that can then be on show in the home for all to admire. Consider a mural canvas that guests write and illustrate onto, or pebbles to draw on that are then placed in your garden, or having guests drawn at an Artist’s Corner. Weaving in keepsakes from wedding to the home is set to become more popular for 2015.” Brides and grooms are becoming more mindful of the longevity in their décor and wedding decisions. Why do something throw away, or likely to become hidden away, when it can sit pride of place in your home afterwards as the perfect keepsake?” Susanna Young, Knot & Pop