Weddings are an intensely personal affair. For one day, the bride becomes the most beautiful person in the world. She walks down the aisle as family and friends look on, while the groom, dashing in his outfit, waits for her at the altar; all the while, quietly weaving his magic behind the scenes is the wedding photographer. London couples, however, know that weddings are not immune to trends and fads.
Enthralled by celebrity weddings like that of Peep Show’s David Mitchell and Victoria Coren and that of Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman, many couples look to other memorable weddings to emulate their highlights. Bloggers, magazines, stylists and taste makers play a crucial role in setting the trends that can be expected in weddings set to take place in 2013.
The magazine “Bridal Guide” recently published a list of emerging trends, polling event specialists, invitation makers, caterers and bloggers to get a pulse on what will be popular in 2013. The general consensus is that weddings to be held this year would be all about elegance. Expect to see brides walking down the aisle in stunning full-length gowns and gold details during the wedding reception.
2013 is the year of neutral colour palettes so expect a lot greys and taupe. With wedding bouquets, the experts predict that peonies will still retain their popularity. Invitations will be all about the quirky mix of the formal and the familiar. Expect to see invitations stamped in metallic colours against a more contemporary backdrop. Another emerging trend is eco-consciousness—it will come as no surprise when couples would choose to integrate recycled materials to their invitations and wedding favours.
According to caterers, there’ll be no particular cuisine that will take centre stage. The emphasis would be to draw upon the couple’s cultural heritage so expect an eclectic mix of cuisines. In terms of the wedding cakes, experts foresee two divergent styles emerging. On one end of the spectrum, some cakes would be designed with a minimalist approach with one embellishment being the centrepiece of the whole cake design. At the other end, many couples are seen to opt for cakes that mimic the bride’s wedding gown.
In the past, the music played during the wedding reception was limited to tunes from the eighties, Motown and a smattering of contemporary pop hits. 2013 would be all about creating a unique music experience, one that reflects the couple’s own taste. Expect an eclectic mix of dance tunes, indie anthems and some laidback music like bossa nova. DJs are expected to figure more prominently.
As with all aspects of the wedding and its preparation, including the choice of photographer and photography style, everything will depend on the taste and preferences of the couple set to tie the knot. After all, weddings are all about the union of the couple.