Wedding Trends 2014
What do The Great Gatsby, The Fault in Our Stars and Catching Fire all have in common? Well, other then the fact that they are all novels, ROMANCE is the key word we're looking for here. Desire, chivalry, intimacy, passion ... and the list goes on and on. 2014 seems to be the year of deep, true, and expressive admiration. This post will highlight the top 5 popular trends of the year.
Number 1: PINK
Think soft, light pink instead of hot pink. Nudes, peaches, and soft rose will probably be incorporated into wedding colours and themes.
Number 2: A BLACK TIE EVENT
These days, parents have been helping most couples pay for their wedding day. In turn, young couples seem to be bringing back traditions & formalities. This may be influenced by parents, or inspired by the media (hence The Great Gatsby Film).
You can expect brides to be wearing gloves, and grooms to be putting on suits with tails and bow ties. Many couples are also opting in for gold wedding bands, while maintaing a modern flare. You can also expect big bands instead of a DJ and an ultra formal 7 course meal, instead of a buffet or 3 course formal meal.
Number 3: VINTAGE
Last year, many brides chose a theme that showed off crystals, jewels, and pretty much anything else that sparkles. This year wedding designers have been noticing a shift in style from ballroom gowns to sheath dresses. Some have described this trend as "The Kate Middleton" including lace, beading, pearls and other detailing. There is a clear influence of the 1920's for most 2014 bridal collections.
Galia Lahav 2014 Collection
"Abigail" by Maggie Sottero
"Indiana" by Maggie Sottero
Number 4: WEDDING FAVOURS
Guest can expect practical favours year. This includes wine, wine glasses, coasters, cake stands, and tote bags. Some couples are packing mini "snack bags" which vary from candies to traditional pastries.
Also, some couples are skipping the favours completely and replacing them with donations to a charity made in the guest's name. This is my favourite idea of 2014 and I hope it continues every year. The charities are endless and the money will be put towards a cause that the couple is passionate about. Some couples may also create a tribute table for loved ones, and donate the money to a cause the individual was passionate towards.
Number 5: THE BIG SEND OFF
My second favourite from the list above is "The Big Send Off." For those who are not familiar with this term, "The Big Send Off" is a when guests watch the couple leave the reception hall and step into their future (literally & figuratively). The bride and groom will not be the last ones at the reception; their guest will.
Here are 2 examples:
(1) The groom carries the bride out, puts her in a fancy car and they drive off as the guest wave and whistle.
(2) Friends & family release balloons as the couple drives off.
The possibilities are truly endless.