Monday, 12 November 2012

2013 / 2014 Wedding Trends

2013 / 2014 Wedding Trends (Part 1)
Click Here For Part Two.

You might also be interested in Wedding Dress Trends for 2014-2015.

Introduction
We are often asked for ideas, comments and suggestions on the next season’s wedding trends. At the time of writing, this article will summarise 6 months of commentary on 2013-14 wedding trends as we highlight a just a few select ideas. Many of these trends will remain highly popular in 2014 too.

During 2013 – and in all likelihood 2014 – there is one particular style that will dominate the wedding industry. The style has been around for several years already, in a wide variety of industries, but never more so in the wedding industry than right now. It began its slow permeation a few years ago and has steadily grown and increased in depth, detail and range as each new season comes around.

So for 2013 and beyond the most favoured style or theme in the wedding industry will be vintage. Primarily Art Deco, so think Roaring Twenties, flapper’s, feathers, crystal and lace. However if this style doesn’t rock your boat and you want some alternatives, look to the 1940's/50's, the tried and tested 1960's or even '70's. Patterns, Polka Dots, Checks, Stripes and Paisley; maybe even Gingham! We will however focus on these trends in a subsequent post in a month or two (see Wedding Trends II)

Vintage Wedding Trends Having indicated this article will focus on the Roaring Twenties, I feel bound to give a quick nod to Grace Kelly. We accept that she was an icon of the 1950's Golden Age, however her influence on fashion remains strong to this day. Kelly's wedding dress is often cited as the most elegant and most memorable bridal dress of all time. Naturally you will see many similarities between her dress and the 2014 collections from most of the top bridal dress designers. And you can see that the 1920's heavily influenced the style of her dress.

Grace Kelly on her wedding day
First up... look out for lace and long sleeves. Lace will be everywhere – in fact you won’t even need to look to find it!

Vintage styled Manuel Mota long sleeve and lace bridal dress
Vintage styled Manuel Mota long sleeve and lace bridal dress


Manuel Mota, lace and long sleeves
Manuel Mota, lace and long sleeves


Long sleeved lace wedding dress by Jesus Peiro
Long sleeved lace wedding dress by Jesus Peiro


Exquisite lace dress by Oscar de la Renta
Exquisite lace dress by Oscar de la Renta


Monique Lhuillier
Monique Lhuillier
Then bridal dresses with inspirational statement backs – from bare and plunging to crystal encrusted lace creations. With or without the long sleeves!

Inbal Dror, lace dress
Inbal Dror, lace dress


Inbal Dror, lace with train
Inbal Dror, lace with train


Claire Pettibone
Claire Pettibone


Long sleeved wedding dress, with statement back, by Jesus Peiro
Long sleeved wedding dress, with statement back, by Jesus Peiro


Long sleeved wedding dress 2, with statement back, by Jesus Peiro
Long sleeved wedding dress, with statement back, by Jesus Peiro


Crystals and rhinestones will also be prevalent. So too bejewelled necklines, as well as bejewelled sashes and crystal bridal belts…

Vera Wang crystal bridal sash


Badgley Mischka crystal bridal sash
Badgley Mischka crystal bridal sash


Jenny Packham vintage art deco bridal dress
Jenny Packham vintage art deco bridal dress


Crystal vintage styled bridal bracelets
Crystal vintage styled bridal bracelets


These Art Deco bracelets lead us nicely onto our next topic, that of bridal accessories. In essence, watch out for lace bridal gloves as well as vintage styled lace or embroidered bridal cuffs.

Bridal cuffs, 1, by Queen of Cuffs
Bridal cuffs by Queen of Cuffs


Bridal cuffs, 2, by Queen of Cuffs
Bridal cuffs by Queen of Cuffs


Bridal cuffs, 3, by Queen of Cuffs
Bridal cuffs by Queen of Cuffs
Additionally, next year there will be an increasing number of brides wearing some delightfully creative headpieces instead of the more traditional tiaras and veils. Art Deco influenced, of course

Art Deco crystal headpiece from Johanna Johnson
Art Deco crystal headpiece from Johanna Johnson


Vintage flapper 1920’s styled headpiece from Stephanie Browne
Vintage flapper 1920’s styled headpiece from Stephanie Browne
Meanwhile, when it comes to footwear, we suspect that bejewelled crystal, lace or metallic toned peep-toe bridal shoes will be all the rage. Mostly white crystal but there will no doubt be some brides opting for coloured stones.


Harriet Wilde crystal peep toe bridal shoes
Harriet Wilde crystal peep toe bridal shoes


Aruna Seth lace and crystal peep toe bridal shoes
Aruna Seth lace and crystal peep toe bridal shoes


Christian Louboutin crystal encrusted peep toe bridal shoes
Christian Louboutin crystal encrusted peep toe bridal shoes


Colourful brooch peep toe bridal shoes by TLC Creations
Colourful brooch peep toe bridal shoes by TLC Creations


Yes, it's a slight deviation away from the Twenties theme I know, but we are still sticking to the main focus of the article - that of 2013 and 2014 wedding trends. So, what better way to follow the bright and colourful brooch theme than with a bright and colourful brooch bouquet? These are a hot favourite of ours at present and a great way personalise a wedding. Their popularity is certainly going to rocket over the next year or two. The designers we have selected are among the most creative you will find.

Most of the designs you will find are individual, one off pieces, made bespoke for clients. There are however a few designers that will hire out their creations

Colourful Amanda Jane Heer brooch bouquet
Colourful Amanda Jane Heer brooch bouquet


Amanda Jane Heer brooch bouquet, ivory and silver
Amanda Jane Heer brooch bouquet, ivory and silver


Debbie Carlisle brooch bouquet
Debbie Carlisle brooch bouquet
Back to the Twenties... Feathers were especially popular. You can therefore expect to see feathers utilised in many different ways at weddings throughout 2013 and beyond. From big and bold centrepieces and focal points to bridal bouquets, hair accessories, boas and even buttonholes Ostrich feathers or peacock feathers are most apt.

Ostrich feather wedding decoration
Ostrich feather wedding decoration


Art Deco feather and veil headpiece, from Gilded Shadows
Art Deco feather and veil headpiece, from Gilded Shadows


Glamorous 1920’s style ostrich feather centrepieces
Glamorous 1920’s style ostrich feather centrepieces


Feather bridal bouquet from Calla Collections
Feather bridal bouquet from Calla Collections


Feather bridal bouquet from Calla Collections
Feather bridal bouquet from Calla Collections


Art Deco peacock feather boutonniere
Art Deco peacock feather boutonniere
Vintage, Art Deco tea sets will be a firm favourite in 2013. The trend is expected to continue as we move through 2014, especially for weddings with an English Country Garden Party type theme going on. No need to trawl the second hand junk shops and purchase these nowadays for there are a variety of businesses that hire out some exquisite pieces of crockery, including tea cups and saucers and tea pots, as well as dinner places and sides.

Vintage crockery from My Vintage Party
Vintage crockery from My Vintage Party


Vintage crockery from My Vintage Party
Vintage crockery from My Vintage Party


Vintage crockery from Hire Vintage Teasets
Vintage crockery from Hire Vintage Teasets
Stationery is the penultimate element I want to look at here, simply because there are some absolutely stunning art deco designs finding their way onto the market. Here are a few of them that have caught our eyes.

Art Deco wedding stationery by Lucky Luxe
Art Deco wedding stationery by Lucky Luxe


Art Deco wedding stationery 2 by Lucky Luxe
Art Deco wedding stationery by Lucky Luxe


Art Deco wedding stationery 3 by Lucky Luxe
Art Deco wedding stationery by Lucky Luxe
These are just a few suggestions on how one might wish to style a 2013 or 2014 wedding. Clearly we have not even touched on some major elements that could be styled accordingly, such as music and entertainment or food and drink. These will have to be left for another post.
Instead I'm going to conclude with a forecast on popular colours for 2014.
Generally, you can look to the dress designers for an early indication of what colours are going to be 'hot' next year. The best source however is Pantone and their forecast for Spring 2013 is below. Our money is on emerald, navy blue and violet, but also keep an eye out for lemon and greyed jade.
Whilst silver, dark grey, burgundy and dark purple are our own wild cards...

Pantone Colour Chart, Spring 2013
Pantone Colour Chart, Spring 2013