As this year’s wedding season winds down, we’re finding ourselves looking ahead to what’s in store for 2014. We always keep our eyes open for the next big thing, and sifting through gorgeous photos of real weddings day after day has given us some great insight on what’s to come. This week, we’ll be sharing some of the emerging wedding trends we can expect to see a lot more of in 2014. Let’s start off with a look at what’s hot in wedding decor!
Mix and Match - We’re seeing event stylists move away from the matchy-matchy, uniform style in favor of a much more eclectic decor scheme. Mixing elements of contrasting styles creates a look that’s fresh and truly unique. You might pairing sleek white lounge furniture with side tables made of stacked vintage suitcases, for example, or rustic wooden tables paired with modern ghost chairs.
Photo: The Nichols Studio.
Lucite and Acrylic - Ghost chairs are still big, but expect to see these translucent materials working their way into other elements of wedding decor as well. Think glamorous lucite candelabras, flowers and candles floating in lucite troughs and table numbers painted or etched onto lucite blocks. We’re also seeing lucite columns topped with floral arrangements and even lucite altars!
Patterned Linens - When it comes to linens, bold patterns are in. From chevrons, trellises and quatrefoils to ikats and florals, patterns are a great way to bring color and dimension into the reception decor scheme. We love the look of a fun patterned table runner layered over a solid tablecloth, or covering the head table in a big, bold pattern and keeping the rest of the tables neutral.
High-Top Reception Tables - While high-top tables and chairs have traditionally been reserved for cocktail hour, the overall trend toward the “bistro” look has made them a popular choice for dining. Many rental chair styles, such as the Chiavari, come in bar-height versions. We love the look of long, bare high-top tables paired with Chiavari chairs!
Photo: The Nichols Studio
Grapewood Branches - These pretty gnarled driftwood pieces are popular in beach wedding decor, but lately we’ve seen them used in a variety of inventive ways and incorporated into weddings of all different styles. These versatile pieces can be mixed with a wide range of materials to achieve different looks. We love them with natural materials like moss and succulents for an eco-friendly style, or dressed up with crystal beads and flowers for a glam look. We’ve even seen them spray painted! Use them in centerpieces to add great texture to your tablescape or arrange them vertically in big, dramatic vases.
Photo: Christa Elyce Photography