Wedding Trend Predictions for 2014
As 2012 starts to come to a close, I am busy preparing for the inevitable tsunami of enquiries that January brings. I already have a few bookings in the diary for 2014 and can already see a few distinct trends emerging.
Here is what I predict for weddings in 2014…
Return of the Black Tie
There is already a distinct swing towards luxury and formality. I think that Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby, James Bond and even the latest John Lewis advert might have a lot to do with the reemerging popularity of this style.
1920's and early 1930's vintage styles, plenty of art deco, silverware, crystal, damask and mirrors on the table. Pre-dinner cocktails are replacing Champagne, especially gin; something I imagine that the Dowager Countess of Grantham would surely approve of!
A Thousand and One Themes
2014 is also going to explode with themes. Life these days is infinitely personalisable (is that a word?), and making every element of your wedding your own is becoming easier and cheaper. From website invitations, to monograms, to creative use of photographs and video - everything can be professionally personalised to be based around the bride and groom's passions. I am already working on a mountain ski lodge theme, a London park theme and a dog (yes really!) theme!
Menu Classics Abound
No more rustic feasts and table carveries - the most popular choices for 2014 are the plated classics as couples opt for more delicate and elegant ways to present the best of British ingredients. I wonder whether this is being driven by the Royal weddings of last year (read more in this previous article The Royal Wedding Menu http://www.theweddingcommunity.com/335/Expert-Advice/Article/The-Royal-Wedding-Menu).
Here is a typical 2014 style menu
- Hand carved smoked salmon with homemade fennel bread
- Breast of duck on rosti potatoes with rich cognac and orange sauce
- Crème brulee (no more panna cotta)
- French coffee – very strong
Article by Julie Gray of Bovingdons
Image Courtesy of Lloyd Dobbie
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