In the past it has been customary to walk down the aisle wearing a sweeping white dress and matching elegant veil.
But, in recent years, modern brides have well and truly switched up wedding day style rules, banishing tradition bridal dresses for jumpsuits, capes and colour, as well as ditching veils for flower crowns or bedazzled headbands.
Sabrina Carder writes in the Evening Standard her update on the wedding veil.
Anything that isn’t a veil seems to go. From sleek white fedoras to floppy straw styles, bridal hats are the new ‘it’ wedding accessory in town. And, thanks to Instagram, the new trend has quickly picked up pace.
Emily Ratajkowski first bought the trend to our attention back in February when she married Sebastian Bear-McClard at New York City Hall in a very unconventional outfit.
The ensemble consisted of a £120 mustard suit from high-street shop Zara and a wide-brim black fedora hat adorned with a mini veil.
Furthermore, the model isn’t the only celebrity to take bridal headgear up a notch.
Millie Mackintosh opted for a similar bridal ensemble when she recently wed Hugo Taylor.
But, the 29-year-old managed to put a tradition spin on the suit and hat combination, sticking to an all-white colour scheme.
The ‘gram has also been filled with fashion-forward brides rocking the new must-have accessory.
For ultimate inspo check out hat enthusiast, Quigley Goode, who has served up numerous perfect bridal looks featuring extra large panama hats. Tempted? Us too.
Or, if you’re feeling brave, you could make a real show-stopping entrance in an extra large straw hat like Danish model, Emma Leth, who paired a piece of Jacquemus headgear with a see-through wedding dress back in June.
So, if you want to elevate your bridal look this year, you now know how.
Olivia Petter has written an article collating just what couples to be or should be planning for 2019 to make their special day the wedding of the year.
As summer typically denotes the end of the wedding season all that means is the start of planning for next years events.
Click here to see the original 2019 trends article
The key pointers thus far are:
Having the odd pocket to be comfortable and keep confidence from waining looks to be the way its going. Also, that creature comforts around the dress design. So for example trains which are not too long so transition of wear throughout the day to be more seamless.
As Rihanna said ‘Shine bright like a diamond; Well not so much about bright but definitely more colours – We are talking reds, pinks and even oranges to take a more prominent role in all things from bridesmaid dresses to floral arrangements.
Going Eco is actually a thing that is spreading to all areas including a thought on the smaller details of a couples main event. From removing plastic to organic menus and flowers that can be replanted. This in a large part is being driven by Princess Eugenie who revealed that her wedding to Jack Brooksbank will be completely plastic-free.
The use of drones being used by some couples has risen significantly in recent years. To get that money shot drones are great for taking memorable pictures and video at a height capturing not just a person but the ambiance of a wider scene.
Going on your honeymoon BEFORE you get married !? Yes you read it here. It seems couples are indeed choosing to go away during their engagement rather than soon after we are calling them Mr. & Mrs. Apparently, weddings cost a tonne of dosh and after splashing out for the big day there may not be all that much left in the bank account to spend on a margarita and sun.
Each wedding is unique in its own way. And wedding couple incorporate little details of their lives to the wedding planning. And through these little details comes the trend that may took over the year.
According to Allyson Lynch of Metro UK’s, their recent survey revealed that Pork Pie Cakes and Pets as Ring bearers would certainly be a hit this year.
A survey of 1,000 couples set to marry in 2016, carried out by wedding venue, Heaton House Farm, has revealed that 2016 will be the year of pet ring bearers, naked and pork pie wedding cakes, live action food stations, street food stands and GoPro wedding footage.
This year, 12 per cent of brides and grooms-to-be plan to give the job of ring bearer to their pet, the survey says.
Although Sarah Heath, Heaton House Farm marketing manager, does advise checking with the venue first if you want your rings delivered on four legs. ‘Although some venues don’t permit animals inside the venue, they are happy to allow them within the grounds, which could mean those having an outdoor reception are able to facilitate having a pet ring bearer,’ she explains.
In cake news, 17 per cent are planning to have a naked wedding cake, while 21 per cent of couples will offer guests bite-sized treats in the form of mini cakes or a macaron tier.
And nine per cent are going for a tiered pie.
Speaking of food, live action food theatre – such as oyster shucking – where guests see the food prepared in front of them is going to be popular – 32 per cent of couples said they were considering some sort of live action element.And food trucks are still a huge trend, with 41 per cent of weddings featuring some sort of surprise ice cream truck, or fish & chips van as a late night treat.
Finally, it’s all about the POV wedding this year. ‘GoPros and video booths are the best way to capture unique and personal footage from a less traditional viewpoint,’ says Sarah.‘Photo booths have been around for years but people are starting to realise that they can have a personal and comical video instead of just a couple of snaps.’
One in three couples say they’ll be using a GoPro to capture their big day.
Some things, however, will always stay the same. 87 per cent of Uncle Daves still intend to rinse the free bar and pass out in the marquee at midnight.
Having your wedding on a New Year can be a fabulous idea.
More often than not, your guests are able to party as there are no work on the next day and everybody is on the holiday mood.
And if you are planning for your wedding this way, then here are some must have for a successful wedding party.
A Slew of Sparklers
This one is a no brainer, but a NYE wedding, needs an almighty sparkler send off. But you don’t need to limit it to the end of the night; leave indoor sparklers on the tables for guests to get into the celebratory spirit from the beginning, serve desserts with sparklers already in them, or maybe even a flaming cocktail for added drama.
If your budget allows, you could opt for a fireworks display – nothing else rings in the new year with quite the same wow factor.
Another no brainer if you ask us, but New Year’s weddings need copious bubbly. While it might be pricey to serve Champagne all night, Cava, Proscecco, or a fizzy cocktail toast at midnight, will work just as well.
For a really glamorous focal point, you could talk to your caterer about creating a Champagne tower with old-school babycham glasses – if you’re not dessert fans, pouring your own tower would make such a luxe alternative to cutting the cake.
A Plan for Countdown
So you’ve booked the late bar, bought the sparklers in bulk, and have enough bubbly to fill a swimming pool – you still need to hatch a plan of action for midnight.
Your guests will at the very least be expecting some kind of countdown crescendo, or else you might be partying so hard, you realise too late that it’s five past midnight! Chat to your venue co-ordinator or DJ about creating something special for the moment, and make sure someone with a mic (and a watch) will be on-hand to announce the countdown.
We love the idea of a big balloon drop, but a killer party track at midnight would be just as fun.
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Valentines Day is here. And since 1997, Valentine’s week has also been known as Marriage Week in the UK.
Here are some of the top facts about Marriage we liked as listed by William Hartston.
10. ‘There is not one in a hundred of either sex who is not taken in when they marry (Jane Austen).
Picking the perfect destination for celebrating your last night of freedom before your marriage can be difficult, so here’s a list of the Top Ten UK Hen & Stag Weekend Locations, to give you some inspiration.
Less than an hours drive from London, Brighton has, without a doubt, the best social scene on the South Coast, making it a fantastic location for your Hen or Stag Night.
Brighton has the greatest concentration of restaurants in the south east after London. Night-life is hectic with a profusion of excellent bars and clubs, most within walking distance of each other. With a heady hedonistic atmosphere your sure to have a top night out.
Due to it’s central location, Nottingham is an ideal place to have your hen party, particularly if your inviting people from around the UK. The city has a thriving music scene, a huge concentration of pubs, clubs and restaurants packed out with friendly weekenders, students and locals.
The Old Lace Market area is renowned for shopping, eating, drinking and clubbing! Nottingham is a great location for your Hen, with superb activities and one of the best night-life of any city in the country.
Newcastle is a fun-loving city that’s bursting with character, shops, restaurants & plenty of noise – perfect for a hen or stag weekend! The vivacious Quayside is home to a myriad of trendy bars & restaurants each one different to the next. The host of fun pubs & bars in the legendary Bigg Market area provide a real contrast and are guaranteed to entertain your party.
Finally, you cannot visit Newcastle without paying a visit to the famous Metro shopping centre, which demands at least an afternoon of hen party browsing! Newcastle has it all.
A lively cosmopolitan city mixed with some warm Scottish hospitality and is undeniably one of the most beautiful & friendly cities in the UK. Although there is a fantastic contrast of new & old in Edinburgh, it hasn’t lost any of its original charm.
Edinburgh castle lights up the city by night and provides a perfect backdrop for the countless bars & clubs from which you take your pick – and not forgetting the Royal Mile & Princes Street for some all-important hen weekend shopping! Edinburgh is an excellent choice for a hen night for those looking to party, indulge or just simply go with the flow!
The sedate old resort is now one of the most popular stag-and-hen destinations in the country, with 16 nightclubs and two lap dancing establishments.
The Gem of the South, Bournemouth is a vibrant and outgoing town for a hen weekend with wonderful nightlife and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. It rivals Brighton as the most popular location in the South for hen and stag parties, which is not surprising when you consider it’s sophisticated selection of trendy restaurants, bars and beach life.
Bournemouth has over 250 restaurants, bistros, wine bars and clubs. Harpers & Queen described Bournemouth as ‘the next coolest city on the planet’ and The Times described Bournemouth as ‘one of the liveliest places in Britain’.
Probably the world’s greatest capital city – fantastic by day and even better by night, London is fast becoming the UK’s greatest hen weekend city!
For variety and non-stop entertainment, the Capital of Cool is pretty hard to beat. Make your memorable night even more unforgettable in this most spectacular of cities.
Choose from world class West End shows, fantastic landmarks such as the London Eye, opulent spas, unbeatable shopping plus a mind-blowing selection of bars, restaurants and clubs.
Brilliant by night, the city has the largest range of entertainment venues and restaurants in the South West, a challenge for any hen or stag party!
The Harbour Side is overflowing with cafes, pubs, bars & restaurants and lights up night after hen night with revellers all looking to party! A real cosmopolitan feel to the City ensures every age, taste & budget is catered for.
With eleven beautiful sandy beaches and a versatile, lively atmosphere Newquay is the perfect destination for your hen weekend.
The bars, pubs & bistros all provide a bubbly yet chilled out vibe with partying continuing into the early hours.
Rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the coolest cities in the UK – an excellent choice for a hen weekend! Cardiff boasts a vast and varied selection of shops, from high-fashion boutiques to the major names in high street shopping.
At night, Cardiff Bay provides an excellent place to enjoy a meal or glass of wine. Accessible by water taxi to the city centre, it is the perfect place to start your hen night. Cardiff makes an excellent choice for a hen weekend – you wont be disappointed.
With one of the most chilled out atmospheres you can find, the city centre provides everything you could want for your hen weekend. Recently dubbed the Knightsbridge of the North, Leeds provides you with some fantastic shopping opportunities with choices ranging from high street & designer brands, right up to famous department stores including Harvey Nicks
Leeds is a revitalized area combining style and culture mixed with the traditional and wonderful Yorkshire welcome!