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11 days into the new year and I have been busy! Reading and researching what the experts in Art, Fashion, Food, Design and Interiors are excited about for 2018. Personal taste and style should always dictate your choices ( especially when you are spending serious cash money for a wedding) but we are always influenced to some degree by what is going on in culture and society and I've listed my big 5 for you below. You can also see an extended version of this on The Gay Wedding Blog.

1. FOOD -The Grazing Table.

It genuinely surprises me that this has yet to permeate wedding culture in Britain. No. really, I mean it. Australia has been ahead of the curve on this front as evidenced by the number of platter companies offering the service . The beauty of the #grazingtable is that it lends itself to an informal setting and when styled creatively and (depending on size and scale) is an affordable option for feeding guests. It can be a show stopper between acts instead of canapes for example. Thanks to likes of Grape and Fig, the first platter company in the UK, I guarantee you, many a summer and outdoor wedding will feature grazing tables next year.

Image Credit : Your Platter Matters https://www.yourplattermatters.com/

2. BRIDAL STYLE - Royal Wedding Style

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock , you can’t have missed the engagement news of our favourite royal, Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. Every single detail from her dress to who will serve has her bridesmaids has been written about in blogs in publications everywhere but undoubtedly the so called ‘Meghan Markle ‘ effect will influence bridal style from Spring 2018 onward. Personally , I hope she goes a little off piste with her dress colour or dress sillhoutte. Grace Kelly's dress has been reincarnated in so many Royal WEdding dresses , I can live wihtout lace sleeves. But alas......

3. CAKES -Structural Wedding Cakes

The naked wedding cake had a huge moment. Huge! It seemed that every shoot or wedding you saw with a natural, rustic or boho feel, there they were. 2018 will see a return to the structured tier cake for sure and whilst most people won’t go for 5 tier tower with ruffled icing and sugar flowers, there’s definitely a swing towards structural design, and the amazing use of colour as evidenced by the likes of confectioner Julian Angel.


In everything. Yellow and Rose gold foil in stationary, cutlery and cake designs. Copper in vases, candelabra and lanterns. You’ve probably seen geometrics playing a huge part in wedding styling as it has transferred from interior design, along with that is the use of metallics which will continue to be big choice for styling in 2018 and I’m here for it. Paired down with simple green foliage or dressed up with lavish bouquets. I’m also excited to see a rise in iridescent finishes from cutlery to holographic print in stationary.

5. Wedding favours

NOT. This for me is a ‘Got to go in 2018’. Numerous surveys show that guests don’t want to be lumbered with taking a candle or jar of jam with your wedding date on it home. I know it’s about the sentiment but your guests will appreciate the fact that you have bought them together for (hopefully) a wonderful celebration where they have been fed and watered. I always advise couples to maximise their budgets and I would suggest to cut the wedding favours , in favour of spending that money on getting the DJ you really want or putting it towards another big cost.

Chenai xoxo


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