Well, it’s that time of year when everyone is looking ahead to 2018 and what the forthcoming wedding trends might be. Anyone that follows me will know that I don’t do trends, preferring to forge my own path and create designs that fill me with passion and hopefully inspire that passion in others. For example, this log design cake was created in 2015, inspired by a wooden tealight holder in my bathroom and has proved most popular in 2017 as couples embrace the rustic woodland look. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider myself a trailblazer – I just do what I love and comes naturally to me.
One thing I do despise are articles that state, for example, 10 trends that should be retired or need to stop now. These were the things that ‘experts’ raved about in previous years but are now sick of the sight of as everyone took their advice. Pinterest is full of the same styled shoots and weddings and I dislike these ‘cookie cutter’ images more than anyone. However, I think that those of us in the industry sometimes forget that we see the same styles crop up time and time again but couples are often seeing these things for the first time and there may be something that they still love (I mean who could ever fall out of love with bunting!!!!).
I think what I am trying to advocate is to pay lipservice to the trends and to follow your heart, your own personalities and what ultimately makes you happy. By all means, use them as inspiration but if you want Stormtroopers in the bridal party (cos your other half is a super fan) or you want a stack of chicken nuggets instead of wedding cake, go for it. And find suppliers who share your enthusiasm and ideas and are willing to go along for the ride, no matter how crazy.
Your wedding, your rules (and don’t let anyone pee on your cornflakes!!!!!).