Rock My Wedding is the UK’s biggest wedding blog, with more than 1.3 million followers across their social media channels. Featuring gorgeous photography and unique ideas from real weddings, as well as themed mood boards and DIY projects, plus planning tips and a searchable supplier database, rockmywedding.co.uk has become the definitive resource for modern brides looking for inspiration for their big day. Editor of the blog Fern Godfrey shares her expert advice on the wedding trends to know about this season and, most importantly, how to make them work for you.
What are the key décor trends this season?
Dark, rich and opulent tones are going to be massive this season. We’ve seen a shift away from the traditional pastel shades, with couples opting for bold colours, such as merlot, mustard, navy and even black for their venue décor. Stationery wise, it’s all about texture, with paper that feels like leather or linen, transparent vellum or even paper-thin acrylic finished off with silk ribbon and wax.
What about in bridal wear?
The celestial theme is prevalent in every bridal collection for 2018, accessories included, so expect to see lots of star and moon motifs.
…and for the food?
When it comes to catering, the presentation of wedding food is now equally as important as the taste. As well as haute cuisine, it’s all about sharing platters that invoke interaction, and global-inspired dishes that represent the couple’s travels or heritage. Street food for the evening party is a bit of fun, too.
So, how do you choose the right scheme for you?
Look at the things you love to wear, the things you buy (or covet) for your home and your favourite places to travel. From this you’ll discover a clear vibe. Pick three words that sum this up. Every decision you then make for the day should represent one of these words (if not all three). That way you’ll naturally create a wedding that’s cohesive and truly personal to you as a couple. And it also allows you to keep things more flexible than sticking to a rigid colour palette.
How can you add those all-important personal touches?
Serve signature cocktails for your post-ceremony drinks, base them on personal favourites or create something completely new. Instead of numbers, name your tables after places or things that are important to you. Create a newspaper for your order of service that tells guests of how you met, includes old photographs and contains a poem, reading or quote that completely sums you up.
How can you make your guests feel part of your special day?
Friends and family love to be involved and it’s highly likely you know a keen amateur baker, a graphic designer or even just someone who is handy with a screwdriver. If you don’t want family involved in décor projects, then consider asking them to help with other duties on the day – acting as MC to announce dinner and round people up for group shots (really helpful for the photographer), or presenting a reading. And if you’re not hiring a wedding planner, then you’ll need a team of helpers the night before (or even on the morning) to help set up your reception space.