With 2017 all about wedding capes and creative catering, and 2016 being the year of coloured wedding dresses and chic copper decorative designs, what is in-vogue for weddings in 2018? Below, we will look at some of the most notable wedding trends to emerge so far this year.
The royal wedding has seen castle and stately homes become all the rage
News and social media coverage in 2018 has, of course, been dominated by the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and this has unsurprisingly spawned a number of trends itself. Alongside high street stores selling copycat dresses similar to Meghan Markle’s and many wedding planners looking to emulate the couple’s stunning green archway, the royal wedding also caused a huge surge in demand for weddings in castles and stately homes. Influenced by the lavish setting of Windsor Castle, there was a 65% rise in online searches for such venues after the couple’s engagement in November 2017. It appears more and more people are desiring their big day to take place in fairytale locations which are uniquely befitting of a wedding. With an abundance of charming castles and sumptuous stately homes across the UK, it’s no surprise so many are jumping at the opportunity to tie the knot in these type of venues.
One of the most popular castle venues is Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, located on the edge of the Cotswolds. Surrounded by a deer park, a botanical garden and a lake, the castle makes for an ideal summer wedding venue, with the tranquil and rustic setting apt for a day to declare love and its picturesque backdrop perfect for photos. Other popular castle wedding venues include Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, Bovey Castle in Devon and Drumtochty Castle in Scotland.
There are also many immensely popular stately home wedding venues across the UK, such as Sandon Hall in Staffordshire. A 19th century Grade II building surrounded by 400 acres of parkland, the country estate is another venue tailormade for weddings. Couples can either use Sandon Hall’s onsite church, conservatory or library to host the ceremony, before enjoying a reception in one of three opulent rooms specially used for wedding days, or outside on the luscious grounds of the stately home. Some alternative stately home venues popular with brides and grooms-to-be include Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, Clevedon Hall in Somerset and Dunston Hall in Norwich.
Forget dresses, bridal jumpsuits are the must wear attire for brides
Many millennial brides are also ditching the near 180 year tradition of wearing a white dress, in favour of a jumpsuit. Celebrities have long been eschewing wedding dresses themselves; singer Solange famously rocked up to her big day in 2014 in a Stéphane Rolland couture ivory wedding jumpsuit, while fashionista Olivia Palermo spurned a dress in favour of shorts, a jumper and a skirt. Now, in 2018, the rest of the world has cottoned on to the idea and brides everywhere have started wearing jumpsuits.
In fact, bridal jumpsuits were listed as one of John Lewis’s key wedding trends of 2018. Released in May, the department store’s report showed that there had been 8,715 searches for jumpsuits on its website by that point in the year, and that searches for white jumpsuits had quadrupled in comparison to the same period in 2017.
The trend has seemingly been influenced by Royal Ascot, which made headlines last year when they allowed jumpsuits to be worn at the annual summer event. Lucy Knight, personal stylist at John Lewis’s White City Westfield shop, described the garments as “acceptable formalwear” thanks to Royal Ascot. With celebrities like Sarah Jessica-Parker including jumpsuits in their wedding fashion lines, don’t expect this trend to go away any time soon.
Wedding bouncy castles are now officially a thing
Not only are real castles becoming increasingly popular, but in 2018 people are deciding to tie the knot in inflatable bouncy castles. A Wedding Wonderland—a wedding company from the North East—are responsible for the trend, and have seen serious success selling their bouncy castles. As the company’s owner Paul Smith told Hello! magazine: “The level of response worldwide has been incredible and people have been willing to pay all our travel and accommodation expenses if we’ll supply their big day.”
The bouncy castles are 17 feet by 20 feet by 13 feet in size, and come adorned with wedding-style flowers and drapes, in keeping with the overall theme of the day. Whilst some are (apparently) deciding to actually get married in the bouncy castles, they have proved popular as a standalone, fun addition to the day. The castles can keep any young attendees entertained, and take some of the stress away from parents, as well as creating fantastic photo opportunities.
From historical castles to inflatable ones, and a whole host of royal wedding inspired trends, 2018 has already seen its fair share of fads. Who knows what will be popular come December time?