8 Wedding Trends You'll See in 2015
Planning a wedding can be a wild ride! Between hashing out the guest list, tackling the harrowing seating plan, and nailing down the particulars of the big day itself, there is, of course, figuring out what “type” of wedding you’re about to throw. This decision extends to everything from the way you register to the florals you decorate with to even the way you document, and remember, the special day.
But for many couples, wedding trends are mystifying—how do you know what’s in and what’s unequivocally out? Should you care? The cardinal rule is, of course, to create a wedding you (and your partner!) love, trends aside. But it’s still fun to take a look at what’s new in the space. To get a preview of the trends sure to be making waves in 2015, we enlisted the help of the team of experts at Zola, led by PR manager, Allison Davis. A new take on the traditional wedding registry model, Zola is a destination for couples thinking outside the fine china box (think: varied retailers and brands, furniture, food, bicycles, experiences, honeymoon funds and more). So when it comes to getting a feel for what’s next, they definitely have their finger on the pulse. Read on!
According to Zola, 2015 is the year of contrasting wedding aesthetics, and tailor-made themes. Davis says that “couples are straying from the typical ‘happy medium’ route, and pursuing distinct directions,” the major contrasting aesthetics being stripped-down and totally casual (think: all-natural, eco-friendly weddings), and more formal, with a resurgence in grand wedding statements (think: with white glove service, opulent tablescapes, and lavish fabrics and floral arrangements). Additionally, save-the-dates, invites, and event décor will be more personal than ever, referencing where the couple grew up, interests and hobbies, and other personal details.
Davis notes that unexpected wedding locations are becoming increasingly popular. “Expect to see more summer camps, more ranches, more mountain lodges, castles, museums, and private estates,” she says. The perk of choosing an out-of-the-ordinary venue? “You’ll be able to keep décor at a minimum and let the uniqueness of the space speak for itself!” says Davis. Win-win.
Davis cites the influence of Princess Kate and Downton Abbey as the reason for British vibes taking over the wedding scene. Floral arrangements, table displays, printed materials, and more combine to create an elegant and romantic feel, with an undercurrent of British traditionalism.
If you’re feeling tired of terrariums, not to worry: Something fresh and new is always waiting just around the bend. According to Davis, “Traditional floral arrangements are taking a back seat to gorgeous greenery.” Look for leafy bouquets, green table garlands, free-spirited wild-flower arrangements with minimal flowers, and the use of non-floral items such as berries, fruit, acorns and aromatic herbs like rosemary and mint.
We can expect table-bound centerpieces to make way for suspended décor. Hanging floral arrangements and other decorative elements like lanterns, parasols, garlands, and more will all be popular décor accents.
Whether adding a glamorous pop to more simple and rustic décor or rounding out an glamorous and upscale design, copper and rose gold will be everywhere on the wedding scene. Davis says to look for the warm metallic to pop up in the form of flatware, statement floral vases, and even foil invitations, and metallic cake dusting.
As we are living in an increasingly plugged-in and tech-optimized time, it should come as no surprise that technology is extending to all stages of wedding planning. Some things on the radar include accessing and managing registries on the go, mobile and tech integration during the event itself, as well as GoPro and drone camera usage to capture unique angles and moments.
According to Davis, “All-encompassing wedding registries are more sought after than ever [because] today’s couples aren’t just getting married—they’re moving, working, and have busy schedules.” More than ever, the one-stop-shop style wedding registry that addresses “ever-changing needs and wants” is desired. Couples are registering for more than just special occasion pieces like fine china and crystal, or even the coveted pastel KichenAid mixer. Instead, couples are looking to register for experiences, cash, and honeymoon funds all in one place. On the gifting side, high-priced items are becoming a mainstay as the group-gifting trend continues to grow.
What do you think of these trends? Are there any you’re hoping stick around in 2015? Share your thoughts in the comments below!