Well this feels rather exciting! It’s been a while since I got back into the swing of writing, but I’m so glad I have. Lots of you have been asking about the blog, particularly because you often refer to it for guidance with your own planning (which by the way is amazing and the whole reason I launched it in the first place!).
If you’ve been following my activity on social media for a couple of weeks, then you’ll know there have been BIG changes this year. Carriages Weddings & Events has undergone a huge rebrand and come back with a shiny new website, more service offerings and a slightly more personal touch.
As part of the new launch, the blog will also be undergoing some very minor (but awesome) changes. I will be using a Mini Series approach. This means each topic will be split into four sections to enable you to gain a larger insight into the wedding elements.
My first series is dedicated to 2020 wedding trends. It’s amazing how much can change in a year isn’t it?! So, here’s presenting part 1 of 4:
I always like to remind couples that their wedding should be personal to them and by no means should they feel pressurised into going along with something just because it feels more ‘on trend’. However, there are always elements you can incorporate into your own personal style to make sure your wedding feels fresh, current and generally well thought out. Though I could write about this topic for hours, here are 5 quick elements to give you an overview.
It seems that more and more couples are looking for ways to make their wedding more environmentally friendly. Some are choosing to eliminate the use of anything plastic altogether (think plates, cutlery and straws), while others are opting for wedding stationery made from recycled paper. Simple changes like hiring a catering company that sources local organic food, or a florist who will be using locally sourced, in-season florals can make a significant difference. Remember, it’s not that you have to incorporate all of these items into your day – even just one or two can go a long way. Get in touch and let us know if you’re planning a sustainable wedding!
If you’ve read the 5 fun facts about me on the Carriages Instagram page, then you’ll know that I LOVE cake. So this is always an exciting one for me on a personal level. Cakes in 2020 will basically be a work of art. Couples want Instagram-worthy cakes that look magnificent, rich and beautiful. Think brush strokes, intricate details, lashings of colour. And it’s not just about the décor. Brides and grooms are no longer worried about opting for a traditional fruit cake. Adventurous flavours like salted caramel or lemon and elderflower are now a favourite!
This is going to be a major part of your wedding day, so don’t worry I will be revisiting this again in another part of the series. But for now, let me just tell you that in terms of décor, it is not just limited to your centrepieces or the odd feature area here and there. Couples are beginning to recognise that they need to think about the overall ambience and setting when it comes to their wedding day. Your items don’t need to be matchy-matchy but they need to vibe well with each other overall. Think about your tablecloths, cutlery, florals, dancefloor and table centres all as one. You’re creating an overall experience.
This one is specifically for the ladies. I’m all for this trend because I’ve been a fan of it for years. For those of you getting married in 2020, you might like to know that fresh, dewy makeup that gives you a natural glow is what the new year is all about. Bold lip colours are out and nudes are in. To match this look, brides are also opting for more relaxed hairstyles. If you’ve already gone with a completely different look then don’t fret, simply speak to your makeup artist about how you can work in a more natural look on the big day.
Lots of lighting
It’s difficult to narrow down the idea of lighting into one paragraph because it’s such a big element and such a pricey one at that! But 2020 is all about being litt up (excuse the shameless Suits reference here). You can have LED wall hangings with messages, tube lighting, fairy lights, patterned and pin-spot lighting. The idea is you need some sort of lighting because it is going to enhance the overall look. If none of this sounds like you then opt for some traditional candlelight, which thankfully, continues to remain a favourite.
That’s all for now, but don’t forget to look back in two weeks’ time for my tips on how to incorporate the Pantone colour of the year into your wedding day.
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