6 Quick Tips for using the latest trends.
I think we can all agree, 2021 felt like some kind of Groundhog Day in the Wedding and Events industry. From emotionally propping up our couples and trying desperately to give them positive news and clinging on to any hope cheese-loving BoJo gave us, to frantically generating ideas as to ways to be inspiring with table configurations and social distancing. It's had it's lows, but, thank goodness, when things got moving again, it was also totally amazing! Weddings came back bigger than ever. Partying was massively high on the 'must-have' list and being with family and friends, well, that was THE BEST.
The Feel Good Factor
The pandemic has made us all re-evaluate weddings. Couples are more aware of how precious shared time with family members and friends are. To this end, 2022 celebrations are likely to be more personal, creative and fun. Referred to as “The Dopamine Effect’, weddings are likely to use statement colour palettes, thoughtful decor, bold personal style and unique entertainment. But if loads of colour is not your thing, don't worry, we are also likely to see beautiful earthy palettes - more on this later...
Back to Nature
There will be an increased focus on the environment and nature – lots of weddings will either be outdoors, or venue dressing will 'bring the outside in' with use of natural unstructured florals and the continuation of the love of meadow aisles. Floral instillations will either be huge floor to ceiling or along the full length of the tables or more waste-mindful. With the focus on sustainability, rented florals and leafy plants in terracotta pots are likely to be huge.
Because of the travel restrictions that have been in place, lots of couples may opt for a destination feel to their day, from cool Ibiza-inspired, ultra-glam ceremonies to chic and rustic Tuscany-inspired styling. For an Instagrammable-worthiy wedding, this is a great way to include details of the places that you have been inspired by. Maybe you have shared a holiday to a special island, or have family or heritage from overseas. From food choices, to stationery to the type of music played, using influences from around the world can be beautiful and nostalgic.
Something for Everyone
In terms of colour – there will be something for everyone. The traditional pastel pinks and whites will be replaced with earthy, natural nudes – think soft pinks, coffee, honey, caramels and ivories with a touch of rust or amber for those wanting something warmer. But earthy tones are not all that we will see. Couples will be embracing non-traditional colour palettes that represent them personally. Trend forecasters have predicted vibrant pink and purple, earthy green, creamy yellow, tropical mango and ocean blues popping up. Minimal monochromatic palettes are also going to be popular in the form of chic bold graphic details as well as vibrant clashes of colour.
Back in Time
Media and fashion trends always influence décor and design and the obsession with the Regency era (due to the popularity of Netflix’s Brigerton) is likely to find its way into weddings. Whether this be through pastel colour palettes of soft blues, stationery details and signage in calligraphy to floral arrangements of roses and trailing wisteria, dining details using vintage china.
Think outside the Box
Venue coordinators and venue stylists have had the hard task of adapting spaces to deal with social distancing and, in a bid to keep people safe, have created some interesting room layouts and unconventional table plans. As a result, we will see some really creative layouts which create different moods and atmospheres for guests, such as square table groupings, single length dining and U and X shapes for example to compliment couple’s dining choices. If you have the space, maybe play about with configurations to create a cool, contemporary feel?
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