Wedding Trends for 2012 – My Predictions

Well welcome back ladies and gents, hope you all had a wonderful break over Christmas and a very happy new year. It seems there has been lots of engagements announced which is VERY exciting, and many couples really kicking into full planning mode now 2012 has come around.

Recently I shared a few of my thoughts on wedding trends for 2012 via Facebook, and promised to do a full blog post on it for the new year…. so here you have it! Just a few of those key themes I expect to continue throughout 2012, with photo’s from REAL Cotswold weddings taken by the fabulous Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography and the talented Kay Ransom from Kay Ransom Photography.

<<a big CONGRATS to Marcus who has just announced the birth of his beautiful baby boy!

Many thanks also to the gorgeous couples who submitted their wedding photo’s for this post. All of them were simply stunning!

Now, feast your eyes on this….

Budget Friendly

Due to the trend for not being seen to be too flash when times are tough, I’m continuing to see couples tightening their purse strings and sticking to much smaller budgets for their wedding days. This is something I’d expect to continue in 2012, but couples will also be getting more creative with decorations and personal touches to make the day incredibly special. I predict a continued love affair with vintage finds, flea market chic, upcycled decorations, DIY projects in abundance, contributions and support from family and friends in the wedding party.

Family photo's of the bride and groom displayed on a shabby chic pin board

Budget Friendly Decor

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

A touch of flea market chic used for the guest book

Vintage Typewriter Guestbook

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

A gorgeous DIY inspired wedding sign with country flowers

DIY Wedding Sign

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

DIY tissue paper dahlia's with hyacinth bulb favours for eco-friendly and budget weddings

DIY Plantable Favours

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

CD favours for music loving couples or those with a festival theme - a fun, budget friendly DIY project!

DIY CD Favours

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

Jam Jars and Wildflowers

Table displays and venue decorations are increasingly done DIY, and collected jam jars with twine and ribbon around them, filled with blooms, are still the number one choice for brides on a budget and those looking to boost their eco credentials. They’re also often used for tea light holders and favour displays.

wildflowers in jam jars

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

a pretty display of flower filled jam jars tied with ribbon

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Snap Happy

Photo booths are everywhere! From hired in booths, photographers offering the service as part of a package, to DIY inspired backdrops with props. Don’t expect this trend to go anywhere in 2012. Guests love it, and some fabulous photos are created.

DIY Photobooth

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

Royal Wedding Mania

Kate and Wills showed us all how to hold a grand affair, yet kept it simple and chic. The popular couple will still be more than likely to influence weddings next year, with brides increasingly seeking simple white flowers and modest lace dresses for their wedding attire.

Royal wedding inspiration

Lace wedding dress with simple white flower bouquet

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Environmental Bliss

Year on year eco-friendly weddings are increasingly popular and I don’t see that changing in 2012, as the general public become more aware of their impact on the environment. Who hasn’t watched Frozen Planet?! From responsible venues, to seasonal flowers, locally sourced suppliers, vintage and second hand dresses, upcycled decorations, plantable favours, UK honeymoons… the possibilities to be eco-friendly AND fabulous are endless!

Eco-friendly table display and favours

Credit:  Photography by Marcus Ward,

Eco Bride and Groom Place Cards

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Eco-friendly chilli seed favours

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,

Setting the Theme

Almost all of the brides I’ve worked with this year have wanted to have a design concept or a theme to base their whole wedding day around. Having a unique and personalised day has become top of the agenda, with more and more daring ideas and dreams being realised!

1920's film inspired invitations

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Stationery by Megan Alice England,

1920's film inspired place names

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Stationery by Megan Alice England,

Moroccan Themed Wedding

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,; Props by Oasis Events,

Goodbye Fruit Cake

It’s pretty rare to see a traditional wedding cake on display these days, and increasingly popular are alternatives such as sweet buffets, cupcakes, ice cream bars, pudding tables, “cheese” cakes, cake pops… all completely mouth watering for guests to enjoy!

Shabby Chic Cupcakes

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Cupcakes by Cirencester Cupcakes,; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson,

Sweetie Cart

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Sweet cart provided by Something Borrowed Something Blue,

Clash of the Colours

Next year I predict that we’ll see a real contrast between weddings with very simple and pale colour schemes versus those with a mix of bright splashes of bold colour! I predicted that Kate Middleton would chose a simple bouquet of sweet lily of the valley for her wedding, and it’s a craze that’s been kicked off. However I’m also seeing brides wanting to inject more fun into their big day, especially at barn weddings where colour can really add further dimension to the room.

Colourful Spring Flower Bouquet

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Bright Colour Bouquet

 Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Flowers by Rachel Jones,

Bright and colourful DIY inspired decor for table decorations

Credits: Photography by Marcus Ward,; Styling by Jessie Thomson,


Under the Veil

Brides are becoming more adventurous with their accessories and that includes ditching the veil or tiara. Instead bespoke creations, vintage heirlooms and wreaths of flowers are being wrapped around flowing locks – a distinctly bohemian vibe will stay strong for 2012.

Floral bridal headpiece

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

Boho Alternative Veil

Credits: Photography by Kay Ransom,; Headpiece by Gillian Million Designs,; Design inspired by Jessie Thomson,

Delicate Details

Lots of brides like to add a personal touch to their wedding day now and there is a lovely trend growing for incorporating family heirlooms into dresses, jewellery, headdresses and bouquets. Vintage buttons from Grandma’s wedding dress, or a family member’s engagement ring…. Either way it’s a nice way to cover your something old or something borrowed.

Antique ring detail on brides bouquet

Credit: Photography by Marcus Ward,

So there you have it folks! Were there any ideas on this list that you plan to incorporate into your own wedding plans this year? Or are you being more daring and doing something completely “off trend”?! Would love your comments!

Now, off to write up some proposals and prepare for a big event in February… it’s a good ‘un and a big birthday bash rather than a wedding, so hopefully lots of fab ideas to share soon.



4 thoughts on “Wedding Trends for 2012 – My Predictions

  1. I love wild flowers in jars. I didn’t have them at my wedding because I felt guilty at all those lovely flowers being picked then put in the bin the next day. I’m not sure about the trend for following Kate’s dress. Far better to have your own dream 🙂

    • That’s very true, I had some flower filled jam jars at my own wedding, which I collected and then gave out to those who helped at brunch the next day as little thank you gifts. Now when I go to friends houses I often see the decorated jam jars being re-used which makes me smile! What was your dress like? I love the lace look, even if Kate has made it a bit more “common” now… perfect for church weddings and those who want a bit more modesty! x

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