Harry and Meghan-inspired ‘Instagram worthy’ receptions, llamas and gourmet vegan food are all key components of a modern wedding, society magazine Tatler reveals
- Trends for this year suggest that the bride needs to keep on her toes
- Inspired by Duke and Duchess of Sussex, all weddings should be ‘Insta-worthy’
- This means areas where guests can take the perfect social media shot
Delicate floral arrangements, a three-tier cake and crisp morning suits – they are the tell-tale signs of a wedding done properly.
But tradition just doesn’t seem to cut it for today’s young lovebirds.
Society bible Tatler has revealed how the big day is getting a very modern twist – with innovations including coloured wedding dresses, 007-style dinner jackets and dramatic entrances and exits by the happy couple.
Trends for this year suggest that the bride needs to keep on her toes – not least because she is expected to give her own speech.
And, inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, all weddings should be ‘Insta-worthy’, according to experts.
Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, all weddings should be ‘Insta-worthy’
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Modern wedding ins and outs
• Coloured wedding dresses
• Hot air balloons
• Water skis
• Black tie dinner jackets
• Wear statement accessories
• Gourmet vegan food
• Bride’s speech
• Lace wedding dresses
• Vintage cars
• Horse and cart
• Shetland ponies
• String quartets
• Nut roasts
This means having carefully selected areas where guests can take the perfect social media shot – such as the dramatic flower arch chosen by Meghan to adorn St George’s Chapel in Windsor when she married Harry last year.
It is also recommended the modern bride and groom mark their big day with something out of the ordinary.
The perfect example of a dramatic entrance, it reveals, is that of a bride who chose to float to her wedding suspended from a large bunch of helium balloons – guided in with ropes of course. Suggested exits include lifting off in hot air balloons, on tractors or even across nearby lakes on water skis – although it would be preferred that the couple are accomplished water skiers.
The bride and groom also need to take care to cater for modern tastes at their reception – with some opting for a full vegan menu.
Entertainment should be more interesting than the traditional string quartet or saxophonist. Tatler highlights one alternative – llamas with their fur dyed in outlandish colours. ‘Princess Eugenie had a fairground and Meghan Markle had a gospel choir, after all,’ it adds.
Hamish Shephard, founder of Bridebook.co.uk, explained: ‘Insta-worthy arrivals and departures will continue to surpass all expectations at weddings this year.’ He added: ‘Thankfully, wedding fashion has finally ‘got cool’.
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The dramatic flower arch chosen by Meghan to adorn St George’s Chapel in Windsor
‘We have Harry and Meghan to thank for the return of the dashing 007 dinner jacket and a rise in popularity of a black tie celebration, expected to be especially popular in city weddings in 2019.’
Wedding dresses also get the 21st century treatment, with brides set to ‘experiment with colour’.
Wedding dresses also get the 21st century treatment, with brides set to ‘experiment with colour’
Mr Shephard also predicts a rise in the number of brides giving speeches. ‘We will see a growing number of brides making speeches this year after ‘The Year Of Meghan Markle’, with her wowing guests last May.
‘You don’t have to be a Hollywood actress though – this is the most supportive audience you could ever have.
‘And it is probably the best you’ll ever look too, so enjoy the limelight.’
The bride and groom also need to take care to cater for modern tastes at their reception – with some opting for a full vegan menu (stock image of wedding buffet)
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Entertainment should be more interesting than the traditional string quartet or saxophonist
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