Every January Phoebe Miller looks into her new year crystal ball and comes up with the wedding trends she thinks are going to big in the next 12 months.
The Leeds-based wedding blogger is usually right on the money. Take a look at my round-up of her 2012 predictions and see if you agree.
Phoebe thinks 2013 will be a year of metallics and glitter, ‘rustic luxe’ and geometric prints.
Take a look in more detail at the colours, flowers, themes and styles she predicts will be big. And don’t forget the brilliant ‘trends to abolish’ at the end.
Themes and styling
• Rustic luxe
Phoebe says she first saw this phrase, which sounds like an oxymoron, in interiors magazines. It is rough-and-ready-industrial paired with lace, glitter and feathers. It works well with barn, outdoor weddings, creating a relaxed feel through simple blooms, hessian, chicken wire, burlap, bark and moss and livened up with splashes of glitter and gold cutlery.
As much as you want wherever you want!
• Festival finger food
I blogged about the trend for wedding street food in February. Yorkshire has some fantastic mobile chefs with stalls offering food to suit any of your guests’ tastes. Why not give them a choice?
Cakes will be ‘naked’, adorned with fresh flowers (thus fitting the rustic luxe brief) or follow a theme – gold, geometric etc.
Cupcakes are being replaced by choux, which can be decorated in a range of colours and filled with creme patissiere.
• The dress
The 20s trend is going strong into 2013, as are illusion backs.
The stripes, chevrons, hearts and brackets of 2012 will stay popular but will be joined by geometric prints and vintage, festival-style stationery.
Suits all skin and hair colours so it’s great for bridesmaids.
Gold, silver and bronze, straight up or mixed. Think glittery bridesmaids, gold charger plates and cutlery and embellished dresses.
Also expected to be popular are pastels – mint green, peach and blue – and grey.
Two main trends: wild and wonderful and simple and elegant. And flower crowns still going strong.
• Simple and elegant
Subtle colours, pastels and frothy foliage.
• Wild and wonderful
Anything – everything – goes. Seeds, leaves, blooms, berries, pods…
Trends to abolish in 2013
• Drinks in jam jars
Jam jars can be cute at a village hall or rustic wedding but leave them in their rightful place: use only for jam, chutney and flowers. Leave this trend to the Americans and use beautiful glassware instead.
I’m not sure I fancy Phoebe’s chances of winning this argument – she tried to fight the rise of the suitcase last year and it only seemed to gain momentum in 2012! Her problem with suitcases et al is that they are contrived – like 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.
• Decapitated bodies
Not really (no one would want that at their wedding) but when it looks that way from the photos. Like when the photographer only shoots the bride and groom’s heads (with unsmiling faces) or feet.
• Diamonds in bouquets
• Updating your Facebook status on your wedding day
There is so much to enjoy on your day that social networking and using your phone should be far from your mind. Did you see this footage of a bride answering a text at the altar? Seriously, that important?
• Vans, Converse and TOMS
You can wear these any day of the year so on your wedding day, when you’ve probably spent a small fortune on your dress and hours getting your hair and make-up done, put something pretty on your feet.
• Hipster husbands holding bouquets…
In weddings as in life – moustaches have been everywhere in 2012 and although it started off as quirky and slightly comical it’s now been done to death and we need to move on.