Miller Weddings’ Phoebe shares her trends for 2012

I recently met the lovely Phoebe Miller at a tweet-up she organised for a few industry folk. We had a very pleasant time sipping mulled wine and sharing ideas and experiences at Tasty, Leeds.

Phoebe is a wedding planner for Leeds-based Miller Weddings. She added me to her 2011 ‘lovely’ list ~ how sweet is that?

This lady has a wicked sense of humour and a faultless sense of style. So when she lists her ‘trends for 2012’ you listen. Shhh.


Phoebe says two main trends are emerging: bright and muted. But either way, colour palettes are elegant, sophisticated and interesting.

♥ Grey and white ~ softer than classic monochrome {done so well in this real wedding}, this is elegant, clean and versatile. Accent with muted tones of mink, blush and taupe or add some colour with yellow or green.

♥ Peach and aqua ~ bright and cheerful, this is delicious for spring to summer. Mute with shades of grey and gold to take through to autumn.

♥ Rose and gold ~ an all-year-round colour palette perfect for vintage princesses.


♥ Corsages ~ a nod to the 1950s, and a way of keeping flowers in your outfit after you’ve put your bouquet down.

♥ Flowers in your hair ~ in place of jewels, at least for daytime. See this post on forehead bands and this lovely, laid-back real Yorkshire wedding.

♥ Big, beautiful bouquets

Themes and styling

♥ Vintage is here to stay ~ but we’re likely to see a move away from the ‘shabby’ vintage of recent years, with vintage wedding styling become more era-specific. Take the 1920s for example ~ think art deco glamour, with diamonds, feathers, jazz, fur, lipstick, lace, caps, drop waists, capped sleeves and double breasted suits. Visit Jenny Packham and Johanna Johnson for inspiration.

HF Couture, photo Katy Lunsford
Evita by DC Bouquets, photo India Hobson

♥ Stripes replaced by chevron ~ see this range from Golden Apple Designs

…or try this free printable stationery set from Wedding Chicks.

♥ Mismatched bridesmaids ~ let their dresses differ in style, colour or pattern.

♥ Statement headpieces ~ see above, here, and try Yorkshire’s own DC Bouquets and HF Couture. Why not enter my competition to win a bespoke bridal accessory from By Harriet worth up to £200? Also worth a look are Flo and Percy, Victoria Mary Vintage, Jannie Baltzer, Jenny Packham, Johanna Johnson and Etsy.

Trends to abolish

♥ ‘The contrived wedding’ ~ think typewriters (when you’re not a writer and have never used one) and piles of old books (when you have no interest in literature). The point is, your wedding should incorporate things you love, not what other people love.

♥ Unsmiling brides and grooms ~ you (or your photographer) may think you look moody and cool but in years to come, when you’re showing your grandchildren, you’ll just look miserable. {I must say I found it pretty bleeding difficult not to smile like a Cheshire cat throughout my whole wedding day. It’s amazing. You look radiant. You’re loved beyond belief. What’s wrong with knowing it and showing it?}

♥ Gerberas ~ one of Phoebe’s pet hates and not one of my favourites either. Peonies {as seen below by Serendipity Floral Designs and this gorgeous real wedding}, ranunculus, hydrangeas, roses… there are far prettier things for your bouquet.

These are Phoebe’s ideas but I’ve added some of my thoughts and photos.

What do you think? Do you agree with Phoebe? Do you have your own ideas for trends you think will be everywhere in 2012 ~ or those we should ditch without a second thought?

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