From this year’s top trends to brilliant advice and planning tips, here’s your ultimate wedding planning guide…
A is for Arm cover-ups
Sleeves, sleeves, wonderful sleeves (and we’re not just talking Kate Middleton lace). Brides planning their big-day on home soil will rejoice as this year’s collections welcome an array of arm drapes. From embellished shoulders, capes and full-length sleeves to delicate cover-ups, whimsical flared cuffs and crochet. For every bride’s arm, there is an answer!
B is for Boho
The biggest trend in bridal fashion right now has to be Bohemian. Light, floaty dresses, with minimal detailing, many with sleeves or capped sleeves and a seemingly effortlessly elegant look about it. Brides want to feel like the very best version of themselves, without going over the top on the diamanté and princess skirts. Many designers have tapped into this trend with their new collections, so you won’t be short for choice when looking!
C is for Cool cakes
Fondant tiers may be gone for good, as wedding cakes become statement-makers! From show-stopping metallic cakes in rose gold, silver and copper, to suspended cakes and funfair-esque doughnut hoopla walls and brownie stacks, you’ll see it all in 2020.
D is for Don’t risk it!
If something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is! This is especially important to remember when buying your dress. There are lots of online scam artists out there who claim to have your dream dress for a snip of the price. Your dress is not worth the risk, we recommend only shopping in bricks and mortar specialist bridal boutiques.
E if for Effortless hair
Undone locks will replace structured ‘do’s. Teased waves and loose plaits will weave their magic instead. Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography says: “I’ve had three mermaid braid brides this year. The effortless look is definitely the new trend.”
F is for Flowers
When it comes to weddings, flowers are nothing new, but this year they will start to spring up in unexpected places. From bridal gowns featuring pretty fresh floral prints to big flower walls and floral ceilings – blooms will be bigger and better than ever. One place you’re guaranteed to see lots of fresh flowers in 2020 is in pretty structured updos. Brides are going crazy for this look.
G is for Garden greens
In amongst the floral, expect to see greenery in equal abundance: foliage-strewn reception venues, hedgerow leaves spilling out of centrepieces, leafy bouquets and wreath-style decorations will all feature heavily this year. Even our food and drinks will be going green with herbal garnishes and verdant touches for high-fashion decoration.
H is for Hen heaven
Gone are the days of one last night of freedom with your favourite girls, this year brides and their best friends are turning the occasion into a full-blown holiday! From 2-3 day parties to week-long holidays overseas, why not make the most of your hen do celebrating with the girls you love the most? There aren’t many opportunities to do this, so we’re all for it!
I is for Interactive
Interaction is the buzz-word for couples who want to impress. Touches like interactive food stations and photo walls provide entertainment that everyone can get stuck in to. Games in between courses, competitions for guests to compete in and many more prize-focussed ideas will become common, replacing favours with the opportunity to win bigger and better prizes for a few lucky winners.
J is for Jumpsuits
If you’re not keen on a traditional bridal gown, you’re not alone. A selection of brides are turning away from full-length dresses and instead are opting for something a little more modern and unusual – jumpsuits. There are loads of great collections out there for 2020 as designers have caught wind of this brilliant new trend.
K is for Keep on top of finances
Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life, but don’t let it become a financial burden – before, during or after the big day. The last thing you’ll want is to be on honeymoon thinking about the maxed out credit cards you need to pay off on your return. Keep on top of your finances, make spreadsheets, make realistic budgets and make sure you stick to them. Your wedding is about celebrating your love, not creating a huge financial headache.
L is for Location
Jetting off to recite your nuptials is a continuing trend, but the destinations are becoming more adventurous than your average beach affair. Megan Velez from Destination Weddings Travel Group, says: “Countries like Canada and Iceland offer breathtaking natural scenery, and European cities such as Italy and Barcelona have great architecture.”
M is for Metallics
Weddings were once about pastels, but going into 2020 we will see metallic colours come onto the scene in a big way. Rose gold, copper and silver all make beautiful statement theme colours and can be seen everywhere – from bridal party wear to cakes, favours and, in particular, wedding stationery.
N is for Not on the list
The dreaded guest list – easily one of the more stressful parts of the wedding planning process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few tips to make it as easy as possible: Ask yourself these questions – when did I last see them? Would they invite me to their wedding? Were they there for me in key moments in my life? Would I regret them not being there? One thing many people struggle with is offending family members, whether they’ve contributed to the wedding or not. Remember, this is your wedding day and you’ll want to look back at your photos happy with who you see there.
O is for Out of season
Did you know that if you decide to wed ‘out of season’ (Spring/Summer) you could
save an absolute fortune? Opting for less popular Autumn/Winter celebrations could as much as half your venue costs, as well as a bunch of suppliers. Other ways to keep these costs down? Wed during the week as opposed to Friday-Sunday, and you will instantly make savings. If you’re not particularly suspicious, Friday 13th is always a date that is regularly available and a lot cheaper too, as is Halloween, and in general, January is not popular despite being a beautiful month!
P is for Peaky Blinders
Groomswear has taken a massive turn recently, from tailored suits to peaked caps, waistcoats and tweed, inspired by the hit TV show, Peaky Blinders. This kitsch look is everywhere right now and grooms can’t get enough of it. It’s really smart, bang on trend and there’s a lot of choice out there for 2020.
Q is for Quirky dishes
Traditional wedding breakfasts are becoming ever more rare. Brides and grooms are more likely to pick cuisines that reflect themselves as a couple: their own tastes, where they’re from or where they’ve travelled. It’s also a way of including guests in the wedding experience with more interactive options like sharer plates.
R is for Retro receptions
Retro party details had gone a bit quiet in 2019, but they’re set to make a comeback this year, in a big way! From sweetie buffets to ice cream vans, candy floss machines and retro campervan transport, people are loving this look for their wedding.
S is for Separates
If a traditional one-piece bridal gown isn’t quite for you, there are now lots of exciting
new solutions. Everyone has been going crazy for this new trend with mix and match skirts, trousers and tops in contrasting shapes and textures from beads, lace jackets and boleros to sheer fabrics and organza. This trend is filtering through to the bridal party, too – think bridesmaids in floaty full-length skirts and beaded tops.
T is for Take time for yourselves
On the wedding day itself, make sure you take time just the two of you to catch up, talk about highlights of the day and share things you’ve spotted or enjoyed most. It will become the highlight of your day and create a precious memory for you both.
U is for Ultra-low V-necks
Necklines are set to plunge for 2020 and décolletage-baring gowns are available in many guises. Modern takes on the ultra-low V are paired with substantial fabrics, structured shapes and high collars as well as softer draped Vs, wrapable fabrics and nods to Grecian-themed gowns. The perfect choice for the confident bride that wants to have the wow-factor.
V is for Veils
Once an accessory the bride might go without, veils are now becoming a focal point for bridal fashion. We are seeing lots of really bold and creative veils coming through, from 1940’s birdcages, Victoriana-style structured headpieces to sheer train-length veils and embroidered detailing.
W is for Wedding photography
There are lots of ways to make savings on the big day, but one area we really recommend splurging is wedding photography. With wedding photography, you really do tend to get what you paid for. Prices can be toe-curlingly high in some instances, but when you consider that your photographer is going to create the lasting memories of your wedding in the form of a beautiful album for you to treasure the rest of your lives, every penny seems worth it. Make the most of your photographer on the day, too, buy getting them to help orchestrate guests, pointing them in the right direction and advising them when to head over to the wedding breakfast etc.
X is for X-rated
Bridal flesh-flashing, once scorned, is now a key feature of 2020’s new bridal collections. Gowns with peep-through
lace, exposed midriffs and cut-outs will be all over the aisles. Underwear as outerwear is also a popular theme, with dresses featuring beautifully delicate corsetry and lingerie-light fabrics in nude shades.
Y is for Yurts
Yurt and boho-themed nuptials are trends that are set to stay. The festival-chic style allows couples to create a romantic, outdoorsy and laid-back feel to their big day, while still feeling fun, playful and magical. Throw in all the trimmings – hay bales, customised signs and lanterns – and you’ve got yourself a mini Glastonbury (minus the rain, hopefully!).
Z is for Zero tolerance
This might seem like a harsh one, but when it comes to the most important day of your life, decisions have to be made by you and your partner only. Many people will think they know better, or try to sway you in big decisions like the guest list or what details you choose etc, but you must go with your gut. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding, and you should do it your way
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