Foliage, not flowers Oz and NZ couples are loving the texture that comes from foraging,’ says Melbourne wedding blogger Polka Dot Bride. Gorgeous leafy garlands hung from rooftops, archways decorated with just-picked arrangements, even bouquets are foliage-only with plenty of different textures and greens.’
New Zealand couple Kate and Liam decided to shun expensive flowers for their camping-style day in Matakana, North Island with wire buckets filled with eucalyptus on the tables (left), and bouquets of David Austin roses, blackberries, jasmine, tea tree and eucalyptus. Because we were out in the middle of nowhere and the celebration was three days long, we needed hardy arrangements, so that ruled out a lot of flowers – greenery was the way to go,’ says Kate, who estimates they spent a modest NZD$300 (around £140) on dressing the venue. We had some tuberose for smell but the rest were greens that we purchased at the wholesale markets. We were so pleased with the result.’
Georgie Wolsey, of London florist Grace & horn (graceandthorn.com), suggests using native British plants like hornbeam and privet to get a similar vibe. Mixed wild foliage can be as unique as floral blooms; it’s part of a more natural aesthetic.’ Hurray for gay! Last June’s Supreme Court ruling making gay marriage legal across all US states H&H Weddings create one-of-a-kind events for gay couples Global trends was celebrated across the world. And it’s also changing the wedding industry, with gender neutrality’ at its heart – affecting everything from props to invites.
For years, companies would have had a small special section for gay weddings or only cater to straight couples,’ says Brittny Drye, editor-in-chief of Love Inc, a digital US bridal magazine that celebrates diversity. In the last year, I’ve seen lots of companies making their services much more inclusive.’
Tim and Jerrod are planning a summer wedding in the Cotswolds in 2016. Tim says: I confess I’m a total groomzilla and have spent the last two years trawling US sites for ideas. I’ve definitely noticed same-sex weddings becoming more inventive and being featured more.’
A couple of his favourite go-to sites are fyeahgayweddings.com and handhweddings.com. he ideas are endless and so easy to translate to your day. Get. Pinching. Now!
Hand-drawn details everywhere Calligraphy and hand-painted details are going to be major in 2016,’ predicts style guru Abby Larson, of US bridal blog Style Me Pretty. hink illustrated cakes (pictured below) and desserts, large-scale calligraphy signs and backdrops, and any other moment that is worthy of a little pretty.’ It’s another way of couples pushing the boundaries in search of something that feels totally one-off.
If you and your husband-to-be are crafty, then why not book a calligraphy workshop – Lamplighter London (lamplighterlondon. com) does brilliant two-and-a-half-hour lessons for just £60 per person, which also includes lunch and a take-home calligraphy kit. Or find a bespoke wedding stationery design service to take on the task for you.
Br&new Weddings (right), which was founded in 2013 by award-winning designer Freya Jones, understands that every couple is unique and believe its stationery should be, too. Its designers work from scratch with couples, creating individual designs totally unique to them.