Every year there are new lists of wedding trends to watch and while some are definitely the kind of thing that goes out of fashion as quickly as it came in, others are more likely to stick around, at least for a few years.
One of the big things for couples appears to be moving away from more traditional weddings, which allows them to make their big day a bit more personal and better suited to their personalities.
Getting the setting for your nuptials, as well as the decor, perfect is a big part of that, and there are several trends that Popsugar recently highlighted that are worth considering if you want to go down the less-traditional route for your wedding.
When it comes to setting up your wedding venue, it can be nice to start with a blank canvas, so to speak. This is one of the reasons why wedding marquees in Surrey, and indeed elsewhere, are such a popular option.
Among the trends that you could incorporate into your day is the idea of having cozy corners where guests can relax and enjoy the day and the company of their friends and family. This can also give the photographer a chance to get some great candid shots with an interesting backdrop.
Setting up some comfy seats, a small table and some intimate lighting is all you need to create this sort of space.
Another area you may want to create within your marquee is a gift lounge. Popsugar explained that, rather than providing generic wedding favours, brides and grooms are choosing a selection of gifts for their guests and leaving them in a gift lounge, where they can pick the item they want to take home with them.
It can be as simple as a table with the gifts laid out nicely on it, or you could incorporate it into your wedding’s theme, if you have one.
For a contemporary look to proceedings, making use of acrylic chairs and other furniture is another of the trends identified by the publication.
Other elements of the decor are also getting an overhaul, with centrepieces in particular going more minimal this year. Couples are also playing around with seating plans and coming up with some fun – and in some cases interactive – ways of showing their guests where they’ll be sitting.
The magazine highlighted one couple’s idea to have all the name cards hung on bits of string with mini pegs. Once you’ve picked up your card, you can replace it with a selfie you take with a Polaroid camera on the table – a fun way to create a memento of all your guests.
Of course, it isn’t only these elements you need to think about when you’re planning your nuptials, you also need to consider the colour scheme that will underpin your big day.
InStyle recently shared its top tips for the trendiest colour combinations for this summer’s weddings, explaining that the shades you choose for everything from the flower arrangements to the table cloths should reflect the overall style of your wedding.
Boho Chic, for instance, is best achieved with what the magazine describes as “sunshine hues”. Think butter yellow, apricot orange or salmon pink as the best colours to pick, teamed with copper or bronze accents.