WEDDING TRENDS FOR 2017/18
It is at this time of year, as the air turns colder and the Autumn leaves are falling, that I'm often asked for my thoughts on wedding trends for the next year ahead.
It's funny, because I try not to focus on what others are doing. I prefer to understand my client's personal style and create a design plan that is both elegant and timeless, one that will last the test of time. However their home decor and fashion choices are of course influenced by trends, and each year I do spot patterns in what is being featured more in blogs and magazines, and the taste preferences of my clients do often follow.
At the moment, and leading into 2017/18 I think we are witnessing even more "stealth wealth" within the luxury market, especially in the aftermath of Brexit in the UK.
"Stealth wealth does not mean a diminution of luxury or quality, merely a recognition of where it truly resides. It isn't about cutting back, as it means spending when it really matters, but not bothering when it doesn't... (it) does not mean a diminution of luxury or quality, merely a recognition of where it truly resides. It isn't about cutting back, as it means spending when it really matters, but not bothering when it doesn't. Stealth wealth is not about spending less (the irony is that it can very often cost a great deal more), but the power and the swagger are subtler."
"We found that we minded about quality writing paper and tissue-lined envelopes. And proper candles, divine scents, cashmere sweaters, fresh flowers and good wine. For us, though, the ultimate new luxury had to be time and service. Shortage of time is the modern disease, and if only we could sort out the things that eat into our leisure time, then we felt we really would have a company on our hands."
My clients aren't interested in appearing ostentatious or vulgar, and are concerned more about capturing a sense of refined elegance and modern luxury, than big statement making.
So next year I'm sure you'll see lots of beautiful soft neutral colour palettes and a much bigger focus on quality over quantity - and I'm hoping more food and lifestyle photography too. We'll see more of the smaller weddings, but with a cast of amazing vendors that still give a "wow" factor at beautifully designed wedding venues.
Here at Jessie Thomson Wedding & Events we always seek to create more tangible experiences for a couple and their guests - an intimate romantic ceremony, followed by an artfully styled dining space, with utterly delicious food, with an amazing ambience and a killer party afterwards. All of which will be wrapped up in a design plan that fits your style and purpose. Whether that is minimalist and chic, or something a little more feminine and flowery.
The "fine art" wedding movement will absolutely keep growing too, as the luxury market continues to seek artisanal produce and truly creative vendors, partnered with the growing number of amazing film photographers we're seeing emerge now in the industry.
I do also think we might see a little 70's revival feed through from the fashion industry in 2018 - warmer earth colours and gorgeous patterns. Soft materials and a carefree party spirit. Perhaps, dare I say it, a slight departure from the traditional English wedding that's been so popular in 2016. Something a little more laid back, though perfectly curated.