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2016 wedding trend predictions… an English Wedding Book snippet!

The last thing I want to do is suggest anyone fall in with the crowd and style their wedding for this year’s fashions. And yet… there’s a wonderful appeal to creating something new for your wedding, something your friends and family didn’t see at last year’s weddings, right?

I don’t follow trends in fashion; but what I see online does influence my tastes. I love messy foliage, tumbledowny style and design, upcycling and art. They impact on my home life, my calligraphy studio, the things I buy.

The same applies with weddings: we’re exposed to so many beautiful things online that we can’t help wanting a little piece of them… and this is what we’ll be seeing more of in 2016.

Feel free to run with these ideas and create something magical, or to ignore them entirely and pour your own fabulously creative style into your day.

1. Foliage | woodland | elfin brides

It’s all about the greenery. Flowers are going to be less flowery and more leafy, with textures, trailing leaves and vines all moving in the breeze. Woodland weddings are magical; I’ve seen tables styled with banks of moss and candles; branches and flowers nestled in cosy, fairytale arrangements. They look otherworldly and fabulous.

2. Floaty, sheer fabrics and romantic silks

From one little snippet of silk ribbon comes a world of wedding inspiration. Styled shoots are featuring billowing skirts, ethereal layers and the lightest of fabrics you can imagine… and couples on a budget can still incorporate delicate touches of silk and sheer fabrics into a deliciously modern reception with hand dyed silk ribbons. Hessian is over; silk is the new everything.

3. Super messy flowers | freedom in floral design

Flowers are interesting when they’re all over the place – and floral designers are ruling the internet. If you’re just beginning to plan your wedding, I promise you your Instagram feed is about to get sooo beautiful. 

I love the idea of the palest pastel flowers with delicate blossoms for summer: dainty daisies with super long stems alongside cornflowers and grasses – but loosely tied with silk ribbon so they move in the slightest breeze. For weddings in the colder months we’ll see bouquets with rich, dark colours: think the very darkest dahlia blooms, deepest red stems and leaves, trailing vines and burgundy foliage.

And no matter what, find a florist you LOVE and trust in their talent to create your beautiful flowers.

4. Creative thinking

We’re changing how we think about weddings. We’re reinventing our approach to styling our day and creating new ways of doing pretty much everything. Gone are the old rules; so it’s time for new traditions, ideas and trends to evolve.

Being creative isn’t all about learning a craft or dashing out to Hobbycraft. Creativity is in our minds. We follow our dreams, create our visions and this is how we personalise our celebrations.

5. Chic wedding style | glamour | urban backdrops

Urban spaces contrast beautifully with the grace and romance of weddings. City wedding venues afford couples the opportunity to explore streets and alleyways with photography. Graffiti adds a contemporary edge.

A modern dress and suit are perfect for a chic urban wedding. Bright flowers bring a contrast in colour; soft, floaty flowers lend a contrast in textures. Picture yourselves lost in a world of your own while crowds swirl around you – it’s an image you’ll treasure for eternity.

6. Victoriana | a darker shade of vintage

Beautiful doesn’t have to be pale pink, pretty “vintage”. 2016 weddings will turn heads with design from another era – we’re talking Victoriana.

Victorian style is luxurious and opulent, combining rich colours with lace, satin and velvety fabrics. Victoriana plays well with steampunk, so for alternative couples this really is a style to explore and have fun with.

Fantasy elements can creep into your day: instead of antique books and lace think clockwork, machinery and invention. Flowers will be OTT; draping and trailing and scaling the heights of your venue. Dresses will be grand, and flowing, and gathered, and as dark as you dare. 

Those beautiful image credits in full:

Melissa Beattie Photography
Tebbey & Co
Calligraphy for Weddings
Lucy Pearson make up artist
Jessica Charleston
Churchmouse Cheeses
Halecat House & Garden

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Read the full article in the English Wedding Blog Book – it’s FREE to read and download, and I hope you’ll love it! Claire

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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