Internationally renowned wedding planner Bruce Russell reveals the top wedding trends for Summer 2015…
When it comes to weddings, no one is better placed to share the very latest in inspirational ideas than Bruce Russell, the man behind the eponymous By Bruce Russell and Director of Savoy Weddings by Bruce Russell.
Here he gives us the lowdown on the four key trends influencing the most stylish weddings this summer.
‘This is particularly true of dress designers – from the acclaimed British designer Bruce Oldfield OBE to the glamourous designs of Ian Stuart, traditional classics from Sassi Holford, or the romantic fashion-forward designs of Jenny Packham.
‘No longer is it just a case of opting for ‘the white dress’ – there’s so much choice for brides today that it’s really about going for something that you feel fabulous in – be it white or bright; knee-length or long; whimsical and floaty or intricate and beautifully structured.’
‘When it comes to venues, couples are beginning to move away from the ‘tried and tested’ in favour of seeking out some more unusual and exclusive private residences in some of the world’s most sought after destinations,’ says Bruce Russell.
‘Whether it’s a French chateau, a villa in Tuscany, the buzzing rooftops of Marrakech or further afield in some of the spectacular beach settings of Southern India, South East Asia or The Caribbean, previously locked doors can now be opened. The key is in knowing who to ask!’
Engaging the senses
‘The growing ‘tablescaping’ trend is an ever-more important creative cornerstone of the wedding day and, by using beautiful flowers, you not only achieve a captivating aroma but a stunning visual, which can really transform the ambience. This can then be complemented with some truly divine scented candles.
‘The importance of lighting, production and entertainment also cannot be underestimated.
‘Couples are looking to create long-lasting memories evoked by a sight, sound or aroma, both for themselves and guests.’
Botanical Wedding at Clifton Nurseries, photographer: anushe.com, florist: philippacraddock.com, stylist: louisebeukes.com, Jo Malone London Lace Bottle Collection, £86/100ml, jomalone.co.uk, Tableware, amara.com
The personal touch
‘Bespoke is the buzzword for 2015 weddings. Couples are becoming much more adventurous when planning their big day, placing a greater emphasis on design and adopting a more personalised approach that enhances both theirs and their guests’ experience,’ says Bruce Russell.
‘A wedding day should be a reflection of the bride and groom – their life together and their interests – so little references to this throughout the day – will certainly be remembered by guests.’