In the award-winning Scottish Wedding Directory magazine, writer Rachel Lawler talks about some of the hottest things to look out for.
The future’s bright . . .
This year will see an added increase in the use of candles and bigger and brighter lighting effects according to Chrissie McLennan of event management and firework company 21CC Group.
“Candles and lighting effects are bigger than ever for 2019, such as our super-bright LED uplighters, which can be set to any colour on the spectrum and even rotate through a range of colours,”
“Customised logo initials can be projected on to the dancefloor or wall and there are options for it to be static or moving – the choice is yours,” explains Chrissie.
“We’re also finding the demand for wedding fireworks is still going strong, with requests for short, high-impact displays”
Crown your day
There has been an increase in the amount of brides complimenting themselves with accessories for their big day, making sure their outfit is truly fit for a princess, whether all-out glam or for something more contemporary. But this always seems to be the case the year after a royal wedding.
“We have had many more requests for tiaras since the two royal weddings last year,” says Jenny Ross, from Jenny Blossom Jewellers.
There has also been an uptick in eye-catching headwear.
Being naturally beautiful
The beautiful Meghan Markle is also influencing wedding day make-ups with her natural and honest look.
“Meghan’s authentic ‘real me’ look was effortless and timeless. Just enough coverage, glowing skin, soft eyes and a dabbed natural nude on the lips is definitely the craze,” says make-up artist Leigh Blaney.
“The ‘no make-up make-up’ trend filters through with emphasis on the skin having a gorgeous glow; more radiant than beaming,” adds make-up artist Leslie Sneddon.
“Colours are peachy and dusky roses for the lips, with more of a sheen.”
A pared-back beauty look demands a flawless complexion.
“The perfect make-up application starts with a really good skincare routine followed by pro treatments,” says make-up artist Sharon Cuthbert.
“This year, we will see lots of green and white flower arrangements with gold, platinum and rose gold, along with beautiful gem-like tones being incorporated into the overall theme,” said Ros Claase from Stunning Flowers, who adds that it’s not just the look of the bouquets that’ll matter in 2019.
“As we aspire to live and work more sustainably, we’re putting a much greater emphasis on traditional wiring and other methods to keep the flowers and foliage hydrated.”
We may also see a rise in the popularity of compact, rather than statement, bouquets.
“Smaller, more understated and delicate arrangements are going to be really big in 2019 and into 2020.
“Coming through into 2019 is a very bold mixing of silver and gold, particularly eye-catching in the cooler, darker winter months,” says wedding planner Katie Hart from Get Knotted.
It’s easy to capture the look with a few simple steps.
“Don’t restrict the use of metallics to just candle holders; flowers can be arranged in all sorts of metallic vessels,” says Katie.
“Accents of metallic mixed with other mediums, such as glass, silver or brass work well. Add metallic coloured candles to candle holders and mix it up by adding in elements of your metallic colour palette, like using copper-coloured cutlery.”
Chic is in once more . . .
After royal bride Meghan Markle’s clean lines with no embellishment, bridalwear experts predict a surge in demand for minimalist and simple dresses this year.
“For 2019, our brides have been looking for a completely elegant, simple look,” says Karyn McLeod from Ivory Whites.
“Brides are designing their look, top to toe, with relaxed hair styles and single-tiered veils.”
“We are still seeing the after effects of the 2018 royal weddings, with satin styles and simple glamour being really sought after,” confirms Tina Wilson from Frox of Falkirk.
But simple needn’t mean boring, and there are ways to add extra interest.
“We predict caped styles and detailed trains to be trends for this coming year’s brides,” adds Tina.
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