This week were sharing scenes from Kingston Bridal Week, which was held at the Wyndham Kingston from September 8-16. The lifestyle event, dedicated to those who are preparing to tie the knot, featured more than 40 exhibitors providing every service needed for the big day. We share the latest weddings trends to ensure your nuptials will be a memorable one. (Photos: Marlon Reid, Lionel Rookwood & Karl McLarty)
WEDDING DRESS TRENDS
It's a clean sweep — the mermaid tail trend in wedding gowns. With a wide variety of elegant styles, it's a trend that's still turning heads.
It's not enough for the dress to just flow on your body anymore. To up the style ante, brides have been creating elegant belts in delicate hues — some bead-embellished — to cinch the waist for a more confident and flattering silhouette.
The portrait back gives the modern bride a sexy edge while still remaining elegant. It may be a lace, sheer, or keyhole design.
With the growing requests from brides who require two dresses for their big day, many designers have resorted to creating 'convertible dresses' featuring removable skirts, trains, and capes to transform your ceremony dress into a distinct reception look.
It's the mesmerising effect of lace that continues to make it a leading trend — even for your nuptials. It's soft, sensual and romantic, with many a bride going for the 'ace in lace' effect for their big day.
Every bride wants to shine on her wedding day, and some are taking it literally, with gem-encrusted gowns. After all, the bride must never be outdone.
Statement flower detailing
Flowing romantic florals and statement flower detailing give an ultra-feminine finish to wedding gowns and is a hot trend right now.
BRIDAL ACCESSOR TRENDS
While veils have been given a lift with lace and embroidered designs, most brides are opting for birdcage veils, feathered fascinators and even tiaras.
Colourful or Bedazzled Shoes
With most wedding dresses covering the brides shoes, the bride is often given creative freedom in her choice of shoes. Many brides are saying goodbye to the traditional white or metallic shoes and hello to satin shoes that complement the theme of the wedding. Brides are also choosing white shoes with delicate sequinned detailing.
Colour, colour and more colour. The traditional white cakes are seemingly becoming 'old-fashioned' as more brides have been requesting cakes with colours to match the theme of their weddings. Some couples even request that the batter be made with a colour to match the theme of the wedding.
The Upside-down Cake
The layered cake has been de riguer at weddings all over the globe for years. However, one rather unusual trend that has developed recently is the 'upside-down cake'. The smallest tier is at the bottom while the largest tier is placed at the top.
The Cake Topper
Fewer couples are using doll toppers on their wedding day. On the rare occasion that a couple requests a doll topper it is usually something fun or unusual. What's hot? Using personalised monograms, fresh flowers, or leaving it bare.
Whether real or made from gum paste, flowers are the go-to accessory to transform an ordinary wedding cake into a work of art.
Your wedding can still take place without using the traditional Jamaican fruitcake. Couples are choosing and combining different flavours — vanilla, strawberry, cheesecake — to create the wedding cake of their dreams.
Wrapping a ribbon around your wedding cake is a modern trend. Wedding cake designers opt for bedazzled ribbons, brightly coloured satin or fondant varieties.
Monogrammed Cakes/Cakes with pictures
More couples are opting to create unique wedding cakes. Personalised cakes can be seen in subtle monogrammed icing on a tier of the cake or even romantic photographs of the couple used to decorate the cake. There is no limit to making your cake as unique as you.
Fun or Artistic cake stands
Presentation is a key factor when creating your wedding cake display. Many bakers and patissiers have tried a more artistic approach in displaying the cake for guests. Café Sweet displayed their cake atop a fish bowl.
Cake pops and Cupcakes
The cupcake trend has become increasingly popular for weddings. The couple is still afforded the tradition of cutting the cake (as the top tier is a small cake) and guests are given cupcakes. 'Cake Pops' are also being heavily requested as fun keepsakes for the guests.
For the couple on a budget who still wants to have a glamorous wedding, a 'dummy cake' is often used. Cake decorators have suggested that couples request cakes that have several tiers, which are fake, but are decorated to give the effect of a real cake.
Pinstripes, Plaids and Chequered
Fabric choice is important on your wedding day. Textured fabrics with pinstripes, plaids and chequered are certainly non-traditional options that are on-trend.
Pastels and Colour Blocking
Colours are definitely in this season. Mix and match your pastels to make a bold statement on your wedding day.
While most would think the obvious garment choice for a wedding would be a suit, more grooms are leaning towards less traditional options. One such trend is wearing formal pants with a blazer and a skinny tie.
Piped Satin Lapels
The lapels of a formal jacket are the folded flaps of cloth on the front of the garment. More grooms have opted for piped satin lapels to give their suits a unique finish.
Couples have opted to incorporate more traditional Jamaican dishes for their guests to enjoy.
As most couples' gifts to their guests include take-away fruitcake, the desserts served at the reception is rarely fruitcake. More couples are requesting cheesecake, red velvet cake or chocolate-based desserts.
Trash the Dress
Couples are increasingly expecting more from their wedding photos, and the 'trash the dress' feature is an example of these expectations. The concept behind trashing the dress is that in destroying the dress the couple would create a piece of art they would have forever.
A piece of art in which you explore your wild side, as you are the actor of your own life, in a real, natural environment.
It's in with candid photography and out with pose for the camera. Nothing tells the story of your wedding day more than capturing the sincere emotions you express to your spouse. It's all about being in the right place so you can forget the awkward, emotion-stifling poses and express what you really feel and that will make you're wedding photos unique.
We hear vintage, nature and artistic, are three of the hottest themes for wedding photographs.
This season is all about shades of vibrant, intense colours: purple, bright blue, red, and magenta with dramatic textured details using ruffles, frills, lace and glitz. The focus is on opulent design details for linen, flowers and decorative accents in vivid shades. Glamour is back!
While wine options may vary at each wedding, one new trend that is becoming popular is to have a wine bar at the reception, separate from the liquor bar. A great idea is to serve a red, rosé, white, and sparkling wine to provide a full wine experience for guests.