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New exciting wedding trends and ideas for 2018 Part 2

February 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

In the second of our series of trends for 2018 weddings, here are a few more details to consider to make yours the most stylish of the year:


Meghan and Myrtle: while the Suits star’s bridal gown will be safely under lock and key until the big day, one tradition the Royal bride-to-be is likely to keep is including a sprig of Myrtle in her bouquet. Queen Victoria began this tradition during her marriage to Prince Albert, and it’s one that’s held fast throughout the centuries: classic without being stuffy. Delicate myrtle sprigs look timeless and elegant.

Reclamation’s what you need: creative brides are seeking out decorative touches from vintage stores and reclamation yards to give a relaxed, inexpensive but stylish feel to wedding décor. Think industrial chic – stripped back walls, natural woods, tarnished copper and industrial features to provide detail and a focal point. Try www.retrouvius.com/stock for unique pieces such as art deco pendant lamps. The bonus? You get to keep them all afterwards.

Lighten up: create a soft, intimate atmosphere with candles of different sizes in different containers – don’t worry about symmetry or matchy-matchy, experiment with different looks, from storm lanterns to jars to vases. Hunt out suitable containers in vintage stores, and try placing reclaimed mirrors around your venue for a warm, flattering glow.

A metallic twist: rose gold and copper tones, as well as geometric shapes, have become classic style features that aren’t looking like dating anytime yet. Try Huxley and Hus for unique accessories to add classic individuality to your day.  You can even extend the rose gold hues beyond your accessories to the cake, too.

Old-Hollywood: TV drama featuring the long-running feud between Hollywood starlets Bette Davies and Joan Crawford has sparked a revival in old-Hollywood glamour – curves, glossy locks, immaculate make-up and attitude. It’s a sophisticated theme that can be carried through every detail of your big day, from fashion to music to décor.


Our wedding watcher has been on the spy again, hunting out the latest trends to make your special day one to remember:


Complementary tones and a pop of colour: a trend that’s set to continue throughout 2018 is choosing different shades of the same colour palette, particularly for bridesmaids’ dresses. Chances are, they’re really not going to wear their dress again, so make sure each dress sets of your bridesmaids’ individual shape and they’ll feel like a million dollars. Choose similar shades for each dress, and ask them to select an accessory or jewel-coloured pair of shoes (try these from LK Bennett) of their choice to add a splash of colour – it’ll look stunning in photos.

Flowing fabrics for boho brides: loose, natural, boho-style dresses are just the thing for brides looking for relaxed elegance in 2018 and beyond. Flattering without being overly structured, in raw silk and natural linens, their simplicity is offset with intricate detailing: think hand-sewn pearls and delicate lace for a contemporary yet romantic look.  

Multi-sensory: 2018 brides want their guests to experience their day in a multi-sensory way, from using scent to enhance the setting to providing natural materials that invite touch. Cambridge Cottage at Kew is a beautiful venue for you to go to town on delivering a multi-sensory experience for smaller groups of guests, with its homely, elegant charm and relaxed atmosphere. It’s your dream house for a day.

Dramatic blooms: in our last blog, we talked about botanicals being a thing. The Orangerie at Kew Botanical Gardens provide the perfect backdrop to continue this theme. Potted plants, with bases draped in silk for effect, are becoming more and more popular. Supersized floral, too, create a stunning focal point. Create impact and drama by colour-clashing and interspersing stems with scented greenery, or go exotic with tropical blooms, outsized foliage and even fruits – flamingoes and Hawaiian shirts optional.

Mobile bars: from artisan gin bars, mouthwatering juice bars to ‘turn up and serve’ Prosecco vans bursting with bubbles, mobile bars raise a smile, and a glass, wherever they go. Many just require a deposit and don’t have a hire cost, making them the perfect way to add a practical festival touch to your big day.


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