I’m pleased as punch to have pulled up a pew at the Norfolk Brides table and look forward to sharing all that’s hot and happening in the wedding industry with you each month. As the head honcho of One Curious Dream, I’m lucky enough to plan and design a wide range of beautiful, stylish weddings across East Anglia and London and feel passionate about creating unique, authentic celebrations that are full of personal touches.
Let’s begin our journey together by taking a look at some of the key trends and influences for 2018 weddings.
UNIQUE WEDDING VENUES
This year, couples now more than ever are looking to create unique, unusual settings that defy traditional expectations and allow them to infuse their own personal sense of style into their big day. It is absolutely no wonder that DIY venues have become so popular, with many couples favouring these spaces because of the total freedom and lack of restriction that comes with creating this style of wedding. In Norfolk, we are insanely spoilt with venues such as Waxham Great Barn, Hockering House and stunning outdoor wedding venues like Upthorpe Wood and Hush Venues all providing a perfect blank canvas to make your own.
BOHEMIAN LUXE IS STILL GOING STRONG
In terms of overall themes, with our weddings for 2018, refined luxury and bohemian beauty are the headline directives with many couples opting for simple, unfussy schemes that focus on quality and stylish details with a stripped back, ‘less is more’ approach.
Marble, velvet, granite and delicate metals are all featuring heavily this year and whilst Pantone have chosen the bright and bold ultraviolet as the 2018 colour of the year, expect to see this paired with more muted lavenders, dove greys and lighter mauve tones to keep that simple, refined feel.
NEW FOCUS OF TABLESCAPES AND CUTLERY
Cutlery and crockery are also being super-charged – think copper, rose gold or black knives and forks that are complemented by beautiful, independently made ceramics – plates and bowls with attitude that offers a uniqueness to each place setting. Personalisation will also be key with many couples opting for monogrammed napkins or custom designed placeholders or favours.
This is the year of the BIG tablescape as couples think outside the box and focus on creating artistic scenes, considering not only what goes on the table but above and below it as well. From hanging foliage and lighting canopies overhead, through to trailing linens and foliage garlands that fall to the floor – table design is going stratospheric.
SWEETHEART TABLES AS A FOCAL POINT
Sweetheart tables are really popular and provide the perfect space for you and your beau to enjoy your first hours of married life together – decorating around these tables with lanterns and bold floristry is popular and provides an amazing photographic opportunity too.
MIXED TEXTURES FOR THAT LUXE FINISH
There is a heavy focus on the use of patterns, colours and unusual linens that are designed to introduce interest, richness and texture – think soft, flowing and organic rather than crisp, white and fresh pressed tablecloths that traditional venues provide.
Fabric and materials of all kinds will be taking centre-stage with even the tiniest details considered – menus beautifully hand-written on linen or parchment, hand-dyed ribbons to tie cutlery together as well as an injection of velvet for a super-luxe feel.
As well as experimenting with materials and textiles, salvaged and repurposed wooden tables and seating options are enjoying a renaissance too, these beauties from Rustic Hire mean you can forgo the linen and get back to basics, creating a raw, textured style.
Of course, lighting remains critical – you can NEVER have enough candles, tealights and pretty trinkets that catch the light and help you create some seriously effortless ambience. This year, we’re finding that copper, brass and pewter tones are vying for top position with rose gold and we’re interspersing these metallic touches with clear glass to create a modern, contemporary feel.
Festoon and fairy lights are still featuring heavily throughout our décor schemes, perfect for helping to build atmosphere as well as defining specific spaces within your venue, such as chill out areas.
CHILL OUT AREAS
Speaking of spaces to relax, Moroccan and bohemian influences are still at the forefront of hang-out spaces, think beautiful rugs, oversized cushions, low level seating and swathes of fabric to create a cosy, intimate yet laid-back feel. Many of our weddings are embracing some serious desert vibes too with an abundance of succulents popping up everywhere from your tables through to guestbook and cake stations.
Beautiful hanging pendant lighting is also the perfect addition to create a beautiful glow in more industrially styled settings and these are complimented by the rise of the terrarium! Perfect for housing pretty succulents or simply for encasing candles and tealights, these beauties are uber cool and ever so slightly edgy.
WEDDING CEREMONY BACKDROPS
Arbours and backdrops will still be central to ceremony design in 2018, though the style of these is advancing. Moving away from heavily floral styles, beautiful, unusually shaped frames adorned with natural greenery and foliage give you the perfect backdrop to say your ‘I do’s’ in front of them.
FOOD & DRINK STATIONS
It’s no surprise that beautiful food and desert stations are still hot property – I love the look of these amazing feasts from the likes of Grape & Fig or creating a beautiful desert table that takes your puds to the next level. Mini drinks stations are still popular with clients creating gin, rum and whiskey bars to tantalise the tastebuds!
Whatever your personal style, 2018 is the year to play with design – as conventions are stripped away and freedoms unleashed, now is the time to rip up the rulebook and create your day, your way.