With the New Year well and truly here, if you’re due to get married in 2013 one of the most exciting areas of the planning is undoubtedly the styling of the day.  You may already have some clear ideas about how you want everything to look, or you may feel over whelmed by the huge array of ideas available.  Today’s blog post provides an insight into some of the new trends that we’re seeing coming through and being hugely popular for this year…


The 2013 colour trends will be split into two camps – one being bold and bright tones, and the other being more paired down and minimalist with lots of white and neutrals such as beige, soft grey, blush and taupe, with a pop of a soft pastel colour.


We’ve already seen clashing prints featuring heavily on the fashion catwalks this season and I feel strongly that print and pattern will play a key role this year within weddings.  Chevrons, graphic prints and stripes can be used to create interest on table runners and napkins for example.  They could even extend to bridesmaid’s dresses, making them feel really fresh and new.


We all know how long the ‘vintage’ look has been around for and I’m very pleased to say that the shabby chic look is now moving on quite significantly and there will be a return to elegance.  The popularity of Downtown Abbey and the imminent release of ‘The Great Gatsby’ film all herald this as an important trend. Think more glamour, decadence and sophistication of the 1920s – crystal candelabras and bell jars filled with flowers make stunning table centres.


With so much ‘styling’ in 2012, another key look this year will be more minimal and stripped back and ‘less is more’.  We’re feeling excited about a cleaner and more contemporary style with cleaner lines and the introduction of graphic patterns as mentioned above.



As we recently reported in ‘Perfect Wedding’ magazine, food options are becoming much more interactive and fun.  For the drinks reception why not include some canapé stations where guests can create their own mini smoked salmon blinis for example or the chef can be on hand to carve a leg of Prosciutto ham.  Evening food has moved on from mini beef burgers – bowl food and street food are fun alternatives, such as crepe stations and Mexican burrito stands.  Following on from this, towards the end of the evening, why not have a ‘goodnight station’, where you could serve hot chocolate and doughnuts, or mulled wine and mince pies.  More food & drink trends can be seen here.


This will also become more interactive and we’re seeing our clients wanting more unusual entertainment to keep their guests amused during the drinks reception and even the meal.


How often do you get to have all of your friends and family together?  The after party is becoming increasingly popular as couples want to extend the party into the early hours.   A lot of venues offer a separate and smaller room for you and your closest friends to retire to, with lots of lounge seating and a DJ to continue the fun.


Why have all the same tables at your wedding breakfast?  Be creative with the space you have available and mix it up such as having some square tables alongside long and even round tables.  Think about the chairs too, a mixture of different styles can look really stylish, or keep the same design of chair but have different colour seat pads for example.


Having spoken to one of our favourite floral suppliers – Philippa Craddock, she’s seeing a lot of her clients being much more adventurous this year and really wanting something creative.  They’re interested in using unusual props for their table centres and decorating the venue slightly differently, such as draping statues with garlands of flowers.  Blush pinks and white is still the most requested colour palette, and flowers such as blousy roses and peonies, in addition to hydrangeas are increasingly popular.

Image credits

Top row: Unknown; Great Hire; Silver Pencils’ blog

Bottom row: Revelry Event Design; Dior; Wedding Window; Love My Dress – Photographer: Ashlee Carter, Sakura Photo