Looking ahead, Weddings 2016 trend report

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We are delighted to welcome the beautiful Sophie McCorry Day to The Source for a very special guest blog post. Sophie is best known as Q Bride – the behind the scenes voice of Quintessentially Weddings, and she has taken a look for us at what’s going to be hot for 2016, THE wedding trend report.

TREND REPORT AW15 – SS16 – Part 1

After a short, baby-formed hiatus from the worlds of design and weddings for me, it seems only fitting that the changes in both are excitingly fresh but still – thankfully – familiar. A little morning-after-the-sozzled-night before, the incoming trends feel like a new dawn: decor has ditched its love affair with the hipster vintage thing, themed weddings suddenly seem like your dad’s questionable dance moves, and graceful, tactful elegance best describes the new aesthetic mindset.  From the new sheer dresses to foxgloves, these are the 10 easy-to-adapt ideas to work into your wedding now…

ONE IS NEVER ENOUGH

One is never enough: make like Taylor Swift and enlist a squad of gorgeous girls or guys as your maids of honour and best men.

THE WEDDING DRESS

While white and ivory prevail, the wedding dresses hogging the limelight in 2016 have little to do with the standard bridal number. Romantic debutante or cut-away goddess have been the bywords for aeons, but henceforth bridal fashion seems to have thrown its lot in with the Carolina Herrera cashmere-jumper-and-tulle-cloud-skirted Olivia Palermo and caped Sabine Ghanem in its love of the unexpected. Quite literally when it comes to the Bucks-Fizz style reveal of Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang’s spliced skirts; they look amazing, although in all honesty the gossamer devore lace dress or the sheer-panelled halterneck style redolent of 90’s Calvin Klein in Vera’s SS2016 collection is probably easier to pull off.

THE VEIL

Perhaps something to do with the above shift in bridalwear, the veil is having a moment. And not merely any veil, but the floor grazing type that traditionally goes by the name of Cathedral but is rendered brand spanking new in its raw-edged or lace applique iterations. They say ‘bride’ without shouting, nodding to innocence and tradition when your gown is anything but. Look to Piper Perabo’s ochre version or the romantic styles worn by the many Victoria’s Secret girls to wed this past summer.

FLORALS

Flowers fall into two, both equally lovely, tribes. But you’ll probably find that you intuitively gravitate to one dependent on your personal aesthetic, and openly hate the other. Free flowing ferns, palms and naturalistic flowers with a big hit of vegetation channel the Victorian craze for exotic botany by way of Palm Springs, as seen at the foxglove heavy Monaco leg of Beatrice and Pierre Casiraghi’s five-part wedding. Fans should look to Lianne La Havas’ sophomore album cover and Sarah Loughrey-Jennings at Hiding in the City for inspiration. The buzzword for the contrasting trend is neat: as in the way you serve a drink. No filler flowers, no diminutive buds: just perfect visions of single varietal blooms. Ex Tom Ford PR director Adam Wilkie’s Flowerbx.com and fashion-creative-director-turned-florist Taylor Tomasi Hill lead the pack when it comes to this severely glamorous style.

THE DECOY

Perhaps the easiest trend to comprehend and get in on if you’re game is the secret wedding. It’s been simmering for a while now, but has little to do with Gretna Green or Las Vegas (although how fabulous still to be married by Dolly or Elvis, huh?) and much more to do with the oversharing of our lives now. Make like Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux by hosting a decoy party, then get wed as a romantic surprise.

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