Wedding season is upon us and can strike fear in the heart of even the most organised person. What to wear? What gift to buy? Is there a theme? It costs on average £700 to attend a wedding including the hen or stag, new outfits, the gift, staying at the venue and the drinks bill (depending on how many glasses of Prosecco you can put away, of course!) In fact it’s become such a burden to many people that the Clydesdale Bank have even come up with some money saving tips of their own So take the stress out of attending the ‘big day’ by following the top wedding trends for wedding guests in 2016.
Rustic themed wedding
Rustic or Bohemian weddings are all the rage this year so if that’s where you’re heading then be aware it’s likely to be a more relaxed informal affair. Tailor your gift and look to suit their theme. Think bunting, festival tents and floaty maxi dresses!
This theme will almost certainly pay tribute to the great outdoors either through an outdoor venue or by using natural or nature-inspired elements. As the most on-trend theme for 2016 especially with celebrities, check out Kelly Clarkson’s nuptials with natural flowers and barn flowers that perfectly encapsulate the theme.
Flower crowns are a must-have for brides this season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace it as a guest too. If you can carry off a fascinator, you can wear a floral headpiece. Check out this fab one from ASOS that’s just understated enough.
When it comes to gifting, this is the ideal theme to add a personal touch by making it yourself. Embrace the latest craze of modern calligraphy and try your hand at……well, handwriting! The amazing creatives at The Chalk Spot share their ‘how to guide’ to get you started and here’s your starter kit so you really don’t have any excuses.
Beach Inspired Wedding
Getting married in a tropical paradise is something most of us can only dream of so you’re in luck if one of those invites lands on your doorstep.
Alternatively you might be heading to a more local poolside venue designed with a beach inspired design.
Make a real ‘splash’ at this wedding and give the bride and groom something that they will ‘treasure’ by making a seashell art piece. This idea board from Pinterest shows some beautiful keepsakes that are really simple to make.
There’s no running to the seaside for a quick shell haul either when this handy set already contains a shell collection for you. Don’t forget to invest in a great glue gun too, so those shells hang on like a barnacle to a boat’s bottom!
Modern Minimalist Wedding
Who better to reference for a classic minimalist wedding than one of the most influential women in the world of fashion, Kate Middleton. Her bridesmaids dresses in the figure hugging white satin, epitomise the more modern theme (though not everyone is blessed with a Pippa Middleton bottom).
A modern wedding is described as ‘less is more’ with simple lines and no fuss accessories. So bear this in mind as a guest too and make sure your look is one the bride will appreciate. Don’t be afraid to wear black either, it’s an upcoming trend for 2016 and according to etiquette expert Diane Gottsman the thing to do is “consider pairing your dress with a long gold chain, or strands of coloured gemstones.’
The perfect gift for the modern couple is definitely one without any bells and whistles, which is why a framed paper cutting is perfect. You can download really simple templates like these lovebirds and, with the right paper kit, cutting equipment and cutting mat, create a fantastic gift for the newlyweds.
If you’re a guest with a bump check out our Top 5 Maternity Wedding season feature for some great dress ideas.