2016 trends | London Wedding Fair @ ExCel Centre | photography

The Wedding Fair at ExCeL London is perfectly located for brides from London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire and across the South East.

I went along to have a look around and see what key trends to watch out for in 2016 – and hopefully inspire all you gorgeous brides to be!

Firstly the dresses…

Many brides are choosing to cover their shoulders, so I saw quite a lot of sleeved gowns which seem to be taking over from the strapless variety this season. And lots of delicate cap sleeves made with fine lace detail for a lighter look.

A striking bridesmaid’s dress in midnight blue from David’s Bridal made me really wish my younger sister would hurry up with her wedding planning!

Backless bridal gowns were popular, like the gold sequined beauty from Bridal Gowns by Jodi.

And did you know one in six couples now make their pet part of the ceremony?

I had a nice chat with Fiona from Fifi’s Cakery, and she showed me some of her most popular choices for 2016. This beautiful (and no doubt scrumptious) three-tiered cake with delicately hand-painted flowers adorning it. Also trending at Fifi’s was an incredible wedding cake embellished with edible gold leaf and hand-pressed flowers. Such truly wonderful creations!

I met Victoria and the rest of the team from the recently-launched Absolutely Weddings, a luxury bi-annual magazine full of aspirational bridal ideas and stunning photography. Wedding favours finished with gorgeous vintage brooches from Venue Stylists were some of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. A dream for every detail-loving wedding photographer! Or add some extra lighting elements with some vintage signage.

A less structured, more organic approach to florals was also visible. Understated flourishes of baby’s breath nestled in mix and match mini vases add a relaxed vibe to the day. Natural, organic materials can create wonderful, inexpensive centrepieces. Vintage crockery was also very popular…Strong influences from the US wedding market meant a fresh approach to chair design, with lots of lace, pearls and ruffles.Soft metallics of gold, rose gold, and copper replaced traditional table covers. Patterned tablecloths were also an emerging trend.

You have chosen a fabulous year to get married!


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