Wondering what’s hot in the wedding world for 2018? Our marketing team has investigated the
latest bridal trends, asked our expert wedding coordinators for their thoughts and consulted our
panel of recommended suppliers to bring you a comprehensive round-up of what’s hot and what’s
not for your wedding.
Did you know, the average proposer spends 4.4 months planning how and when to pop the
question? Despite an increased use in social media, smart phones and technology, couples are still
embracing ‘traditional’ when it comes to proposals – 78% of grooms still ask their partner’s family for
permission and 87% still get down on one knee. There is a move away from private proposals, with
nearly half now taking place in public locations, including scenic spots, parkland, gardens and
romantic hotels. Couples have got engaged at Wynyard Hall too, with proposals taking place in our
beautiful Chapel, temples in hidden parkland and outdoor ice rink!
When it comes to wedding gifting, toasters and kitchen gadgets are out, cash and experiences are in.
Instead of traditional wish lists, couples have been asking for financial contributions towards
honeymoons, home improvements and travelling. Memberships, subscriptions and donations to
causes they care about are increasingly popular too.
Games to Break the Ice
It’s likely that guests are from different areas, social groups and backgrounds, so brides and grooms
are providing a gentle nudge to get everyone mingling. A signature cocktail or extra arrival drink can
help encourage conversations, and a couple of creative ice breakers will work wonders! Giant
puzzles, garden games, quiz cards, personalised crosswords and factoids printed on cocktail napkins
add nice little touches.
Wedding Planning Tech
Technology has become an integral part of planning, with 9 out 10 couples now using mobile devices
for wedding planning. 58% of brides uses mobiles to find the perfect dress and research suppliers,
and 16% of couples now use online software to manage their RSVP’s. Our Wedding Coordinators
have reported an increase in the number of couples building their own wedding websites to manage
guest lists and share information. Personalised, dedicated hash tags also encourage guests to share
photos of the big day.
When it comes to flowers, offbeat foliage is fashionable. Greenery, pot plants and floral arches are
among the top wedding décor trends. As are rustic looking wreaths and single stem bouquets.
Couples seem to be combining traditional and contemporary trends with an eclectic mix of vintage
and new. Attention to detail is no longer just about bridal flowers, but vessels too. There is increased
interest in glass, geometric and metallic vases and candle holders. Wondering where the colour trends come from? They are usually filtered down from Pantone, the international colour forecasting gurus. You may have
noticed that fashion and bridal magazines are brimming with ‘ultra-violet’, so it’s no surprise that
this year’s wedding flowers will be all about moody, colourful hues. For more inspiration, take a look
at our real wedding stories, to see which shades complement our State Rooms.
Photography Credit: Joel Skingle Photography
The Wedding ‘Experience’
Wanting more from their big day, brides and grooms are extending their experience to transform
their day into a well-deserved wedding weekend or mini break. This helps both parties relax a little
the day before the wedding, and gives both sides of the family a chance to get to know each other a
little better. Our Wedding Coordinators are happy to arrange spa days, golf, clay pigeon shooting,
afternoon tea and pre-wedding dinners for guests.
Going Back Indoors
Couples appear bored of the outdoor, rustic, barn and tipi wedding craze that has been the ‘in thing’
for the last 2 years, and are rekindling their love for indoor space. Top trending venues include loft
spaces, museums, roof tops and stately homes – with high ceilings and plenty of space, they are just
as roomy as the great outdoors, and not as cold and wet!
Our Wedding Team is seeing couples getting more and more creative with stationery. People are
becoming more adventurous with materials and texture – including fabric and natural elements for a
little twist. This is rolling out across invitations, table plans and place cards.
Luxury Wedding Dress Trends
Naturally, wedding dresses are one of our favourite elements of being involved with weddings! This
season’s top trends include plunging necklines, lace, pearls, sheer fabrics and delicate sleeves.
Inspired by Vera Wang, black accents are set to be a hit too.