Wedding Trends Reloaded

Here at SouthBound Bride, I love bringing you all the latest trends. As you know, I believe that each wedding should be an expression of a couple’s unique style and personality, but it doesn’t hurt to get a sense of the ideas that are floating around out there. Eventually, those ideas can get a little repetitive. And while in some ways that doesn’t matter (remember that most of your guests don’t sit on wedding blogs all day and won’t have seen it before), it can be fun to consider fresh twists and new options. So here are eight of my top alternatives for creating your favourite effects.
Here’s my disclaimer: I’ve loved and promoted all of the ‘old’ ideas here, and I’m nobody’s fashion police. So if you love something, you DO IT. This is just about being creative and exploring other avenues along the way!

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Inspiration Board: Rock ‘n Romance

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll probably know by now that I’m in full scale bridesmaid mode right now, gearing up for my friend Heidi’s wedding in just over a month’s time. When I first came to London, I moved into a little flat in Shepherd’s Bush – a mix of Aussies, Kiwis and Saffas, it was pretty much your typical Antipodean flatshare – i.e. chaos. I didn’t live there for long, but one thing that came out of it was that I met Heidi. Many years as partners in crime and many bottles of chenin blanc later, she’s all ready to settle down and I’ll get to follow her down the aisle as she weds her new English husband Oli. I can’t wait, but first things first! Before the wedding, there has to be the bridal shower/hen night, and this week I’ll be sharing a bit about how I went about planning Heidi’s.

Today I thought I would start off with the inspiration. Heids, myself and most of the guests are in our thirties, and some are mums or mums-to-be, so it was important to me to plan something a bit more sophisticated than I may have done a few years ago (read: nurses’ outfits in Newquay). I decided on dinner and a wine tasting, and I took most of my inspiration from the awesome restaurant I chose, Rock ‘n Rose in Richmond. It has the ultimate girly decor with a slight rock ‘n roll edge, and is all pinks, reds and black and white prints. Add LBDs for some Sex and the City sparkle, chandeliers, tiaras and cocktails, and voila! The perfect girly night out!

Top row (l-r): Rock ‘n Rose ; buttons; chocolates; dressmaker’s form; rose bouquet
Row 2: Cupcake liners; Sex and the City ladies; wine bottles; pink shoes; chandelier stamp
Row 3: Cosmopolitans; eiffel tower butterfly; Rock ‘n Roll Bride; damask stationery.

Parisian Stripes

Oh, I do like a trend! It’s no secret that stripes have been all over the catwalks recently, and they’ve been showing up in subtle wedding details and especially in stationery for a while. But recently I’ve noticed a lot of bold black and white stripes showing up on tables, including in yesterday’s gorgeous featured wedding, and I couldn’t help but wonder, are stripes the new damask? It’s true that they have the same magic of allowing pops of colour to really stand out against a black and white print. And they have the added bonus of a bit of Parisian ooh la la. Aaaand they perfectly walk that narrow line between bold and sophisticated. In fact, I can’t think of a single reason not to love them!

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Inspiration Board: Indigo & Violet

I know how much you all are loving your purple inspiration at the moment, so here’s a little bit to brighten your Monday, inspired by the gorgeous wallpaper on the top right. I love the way that different shades of a colour add depth, and violet especially is so rich and pretty. Pair this with sophisticated, clean white for a modern look.

Colours: Indigo, violet and white

Top row (l-r): Dessert bar; bridesmaid dress; purple shoes; wallpaper
Row 2: Table name frames; hair bow; invitation; sweets; tulips
Row 3: Boutonniere; votives on staircase; bride; bouquet; bride in gallery space.

If you like this combination of purple with damask, check out this real wedding from our archives – too gorgeous!

Real Wedding at Rhebokskloof {Rebecca & Jacques}

I love it when I come across a couple that chooses to do their wedding differently. I love it even more when they don’t just do it to be cool or unique, but to reflect the things that mean something to them or share a part of their history with their friends and family. Rebecca and Jacques are one of those couples – they met at a music festival a couple of years ago, so for their wedding day decided to recreate that carefree summer vibe complete with a lakeside picnic and an awesome live band that had their guests dancing on the grass late into the night. In fact, I am totally jealous of anyone who got to go to this wedding, since it looks like so much FUN! Fortunately, the super lovely Monica Dart was there to capture the day through her photos, and she’s done an amazing job of bringing it to life. Enjoy! Read More

Real Wedding at Nooitgedacht {Kirsty & Kevin}

Kevin and Kirsty’s wedding was referred to me by a friend, and as soon as I saw it I knew it was something special. It manages to be chic and sophisticated but soft and personal all at once. Every time I looked at Lauren Kriedemann’s swoon-worthy images I found another clever detail to fall in love with – the collection of silver containers, the little trees covered with fairy lights, the champagne and Guinness welcome drinks – I could go on and on! A black and white colour scheme could have been quite harsh, but with a little dash of plum and a variety of flowers and textures, this was 100% romance. And you couldn’t find a couple that look more in love – and like they’re having more fun together! Congratulations Kirsty and Kevin, and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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Real Wedding at Forest 44 {Ankia & Philip}

I have such a treat for you today! I spotted Ankia and Philip’s wedding on Joanne Markland’s website, and immediately begged her to let me share it with you (thanks Jo!). I fell head over heels for all the charming and original details of this wedding – the walk to church, the feather confetti, all the hearts, the nametags (LOVE that everything was in Ankia’s pretty handwriting – talk about the personal touch!), the bunting, the beyond adorable cake (not to mention a gorgeous couple). When I read Ankia’s description, all those details really came to life, and I was touched by how her friends and family were so involved in creating them. Philip is a lawyer and Ankia is the brand manager for Robertson Winery, and they met on Spring Day (1 September) in their first year at university. She tells me they are quite the opposite when it comes to their personalities, but it’s clear they are still just as crazy about one another as on that first day. Congratulations to both of you, and thank you for sharing your wedding with us!Read More

Real Wedding at Tokara {Leigh & Denis}

When Denis moved into a shared house in Earlsfield, London, little did he know that one of his new housemates would turn out to be his future wife! Denis and Leigh were married on a beautiful sunny day at Tokara near Stellenbosch. Despite the challenges of planning a wedding from the UK, they were the most chilled and happy bride and groom on the day, and it really shows in the gorgeous photos by the talented Simone Alexander below. Leigh says:

With me being from Joburg and Den from Cape Town, I jumped at the chance to have my wedding in the Cape but had to rely on our parents and websites for help planning. The feel I wanted to go for was elegant and minimalistic.Read More