There was a time when a wedding was very traditional; banns had to be posted (a formal announcement of the intent to marry), the bride wore white, the men wore black tie, the invitation featured both sets of parents announcing the event and as for a wedding cake being a mud cake – sacré bleu.
But with the bride no longer ‘handed over’ to her future husband by her father and couples often paying for their own wedding having lived together previously or both earning more than their parents, the wedding and all its traditions has changed.
We spoke with wedding suppliers throughout Brisbane to find out what is happening in the world of weddings.
Trudi Kirke, wedding coordinator from Eves on the River has helped plan hundreds of weddings with excited brides and grooms and has seen many styles come and go.
“For receptions more and more couples are still opting for the vintage theme,” she says. “This means a lot of mason jars, sometimes with candles, and wooden centrepieces. Anything that is vintage inspired is a big hit.”
With the serene river backdrop at Eves on the River, Kirke is able to create a theme to make the inside as breathtaking as the view outside.
“Couples are choosing to make their weddings very individual and add personal touches to their reception. Brides and grooms are also opting for very rustic style decorations for their big day, while also keeping the feel of their reception very elegant and romantic.”
Karl Schwantes, managing director of Xennox Jewellers has made many brides happy over the years, creating individual and timeless jewellery or recreating favourites from ancestors or celebrities.
“The popular trend for engagement rings at the moment is the halo style ring,” he says.
“White gold is popular with the cushion cut centre diamond.”
Traditional bridal photos have undergone enormous change with locations being carefully selected and shots stylised to create artwork.
Phil Jackson from Phil Jackson Photography says people are looking for wedding photographs that can be artworks in their homes (pictured).
“They are opting for this rather than just albums that sit away in cupboards and don’t get seen as often,” Jackson says.
“People are also getting a lot of ideas from social media so they are using more props, but all people want very natural looking photos.”
Photo booths are also growing in popularity. Sophie Greensill from The Photo Booth Guys says they are now popular for both engagement parties and wedding receptions.
“Our vintage inspired booth is very popular for these events because it’s open and people can watch the fun.”
Robyn Nicolle, marriage celebrant (pictured) says couples are asking for the wedding ceremony to be more about them and their lives together.
“They want it to be a celebration of their relationship and what they love about each other and what makes them laugh.”
Don’t like fruit cake? Don’t worry, you no longer have to be traditional. Vas Hatzinik from Frosted Indulgence (cake pictured) says there are two main trends that Frosted Indulgence is seeing with wedding cakes.
“Couples either want clean modern looking cakes or tiered creations that are very romantic looking with edible silver leaves.”
Ah the flowers…according to Geraldine from Bouquet Boutique, unstructured and bespoke style bouquets are very in fashion.
“We are also seeing more apricot colours rather than pink.
“It’s also very on trend to have a lot of detail in the wedding bouquets,” she says.
“We are seeing things like nuts and berries creeping in.”
The message from the wedding experts seems to be, whatever makes you happy.