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Local experts on what’s hot for 2019 weddings
Q. We're just starting out on the wedding planning, what key looks should we keep an eye out for?
A. Jonny Gleeson says: Extravagant flower arrangements, minimal succulents and leafy foliage are set to be one of the big trends for weddings this year. A beautiful and natural way to decorate your venue, couples are now investing a lot more in wedding flowers and plants, creating enchanting secret gardens and focusing on a cool modern feel. Love for miniature trees as decorative centrepieces looks set to continue and, based on the increasingly popular urban-jungle interiors trend, we predict this will continue to grow. Think quirky succulent arrangements and rustic terrariums.
Getting creative with the wedding stationery has always been popular, but recently this is being taken further with beautiful hand-crafted mini menus, table plans and keepsakes including gold foiling, wax seals, laser-cut designs, calligraphy and personalised monograms.
We've also noticed couples have become less traditional in their wedding planning generally, and particularly with their food choices with everything from Mediterranean feasts, including grilled monkfish and halloumi skewers, fresh salads and traditional baklava, to entire weddings themed around the British afternoon tea.
Q. How can we incorporate the Pantone Colour of the Year Living Coral into our wedding cake?
A. Emma Thorburn says: We're already in love with this colour. It's quite a bold shade to use, so we'd suggest bright pops of it using fresh blooms against a darker background like our chocolate cake (pictured). For a muted version, we used freeze-dried rose heads from Norfolk-based Amber's Rose (ambersrose.co.uk) on a contrasting blue cake and for a subtle look, a coral colour wash and ombre effect on buttercream works well.
Q. My fiancé proposed at Christmas and he wants me to choose my ring to make sure it's something I'll love but I'm not sure where to start. What's set to be big in wedding jewellery this year?
A. Sara Sweet says: With regards to current trends I'd say, in line with the past few years, different coloured stones and precious metals are still prominent but now we're seeing a shift, with yellow and white gold taking over from rose gold, palladium and platinum as bestsellers. Delicate and minimalist designs are also popular this year. The cost of metal and current financial uncertainty means a lot of producers and buyers alike don't have the appetite for chunky designs! Stacking necklaces, bracelets and rings is very popular too and this always works best with multiple narrow pieces. As always, floral themes remain strong.
Q. I love fashion and want my wedding dress to be on trend. What styles are really hot at the moment?
A. Victoria Arndt says: The 2019 collections are awash with sheer, lace, colour and 3D embellishments, but my absolute standout favourite is minimalism. I've always loved it and I think I always will. We truly lucked out with the two royal weddings this year and both beautiful brides chose gorgeously classic gowns. Don't forget though, if you go for something simple, the fit needs to be spot on as there's no detail to hide behind. Another reason I love the whole less-is-more look, is that you can go all out with the accessories. Think gorgeous jewels, an amazing full-length veil, wonderful bouquet – there are no limits!
Q. We know foliage and greenery were a big trend for weddings last year, is this likely to continue?
A. Sue Huckle says: More than ever before 2019 is going to be the year when indoor plants are in the limelight! Succulents, ferns, trailing plants and terrariums are now very popular and more and more brides are including them as part of their wedding décor. Not only simple, stylish, green and eco-friendly, they're beautiful too.
Green is now very cool. You can have large bay trees with either straight or twisted stems, beautiful olive and pretty blossom trees; all available to hire to create a wow-factor feature. They can be decorated with hanging glass terrariums filled with trailing plants or kokedamas; quirky balls of succulents or other plants, encased in moss with macramé hangers – great as gifts or wedding favours for your guests too.