Nature continues to be popular, but in 2016, it is all about wild flowers, meadows and the countryside. Floral themes have moved away from a uniformed style and take on a wilder and organic approach.
We will also see these floral themes combined with blurred water colour effects and bleached out petals. There’s something very gentle about soft focused imagery which works well with flowers in both bold colours or delicate hues. Just perfect for wedding stationery.
This theme is particularly effective with intricate illustrations and hand sketched imagery.The final result can resemble delicate filigree or a more rustic and raw finish.
As you would expect, shades of green will be popular when it comes to botanical themes. Green is a colour of nature, ecology, harmony, peace, growth, new life, and positive energy. In most western cultures green denotes luck. Green in wedding stationery can create a calming and restful mood with enough warmth to encourage a feeling of unity and togetherness among the guests.
Pink also works really well with green. Typically, pink represents universal love, romance, friendship, harmony and compassion. Pale pink emulates a gentle and loving vibe, while hot pink is bursting with energy and radiates more passion.
This trend would lend itself well to outdoor, rustic types of weddings. Imagine barns, gardens weddings and venues heavily inspired by nature.
In 2016 blue will be a increasingly favoured colour, and in particular, indigo. Indigo is a combination of deep blue and violet. It is said to represent dependability, trustworthiness and sincerity, and therefore makes an ideal colour for weddings and wedding stationery. Generally speaking, indigo is a cool and calming colour. In the chakra system (energy centres in the body), indigo represents the third eye for intuition and creativity.
Indigo is suitable for both men and women and is highly adaptable to one’s style preference to give interesting colour combinations and palettes.
Indigo and metallic silver or antique gold adds an extra sophistication and glamour.
Combine with white, yellow or green to create a fresh, crisp look.
Turquoise and grey work well with indigo and can brighten or mute your stationery.
Indigo and dark red are also a great combination; add sunshine yellow for those summer weddings.
Indigo and pink (pale or hot) create an energetic and warm ambiance.
Indigo, ruby and emerald can give a regal and luxurious look.
Exotic and always in vogue, the paisley motif will be particularly on trend in 2016. The distinctive swirling pattern has a long and varied history, but its appeal is eternal.
It’s becoming popular for couples to adopt traditional patterns and motifs in their wedding and interpret them with a contemporary and personal twist. The paisley pattern is perfect for this and can be used for its traditional connotations or adapted and used in a more stylised, contemporary fashion. This is especially popular for multicultural weddings, where elements from both cultures can be seamlessly woven together in the wedding stationery.
The detail in the paisley design allows for a varied colour palette. It can be expressed in bright, vibrant colours to create a dramatic statement at a wedding. Tones of orange and yellow are on trend as positive and motivational colours and exude warmth and happiness. In particular, saffron is very popular (an auspicious colour in Hinduism) as well as toned down, earthier mustard colours.
Alternatively, soft and serene colours can convey both the joy and sanctity of the occasion. The paisley can be delicate, finely detailed or ornately swirly against a bold backdrop.
Regal tones of ruby and emerald, magenta and metallic also work well to convey opulence and grandeur through the ever-loved paisley.
Destination weddings are on the rise and many couples are taking inspiration from their treasured travels for their wedding day. This trend presents the opportunity to combine colours and cultures. Wherever the couple would like to base their inspiration, this can be a great starting point for the wedding theme.
For the offbeat, bohemian or exotic bride, the promise of the East with its motifs, heritage prints, famed markets, intoxicating spices and boldly colourful tapestries is most alluring. Rich in inspiration, they are perfect for a gorgeous and opulent wedding when combined with intricate, vibrant, bold, jewel tones.
Moroccan palaces create the perfect silhouettes that can be emulated through wedding stationery. Inspiration from mosaics, tiles, traditional prints and patterns also presents and opportunity to combine bold and contrasting colours to evoke a rich atmosphere.
The colour purple is particularly popular in this trend. Purple has strong, historical associations with royalty, especially in sacred contexts. It is also the colour of magic, mystery and spirituality.
For those who like to make a bold statement, the trend for geometric designs is a perfect fit. There are no rules when it comes to the design and colour combinations. Patterns can be as complicated, simple or ornate as you like. Be as bold as your personality.
From stripes and checks, to traditional mosaics and ethnic patterns, geometric stationery is the perfect way to set the scene for a contemporary wedding. Why not start with the shapes and try as many or as few colours as you like, to see how they alter the overall feel of the stationery. Soft pastels can emulate a dreamy fairy-tale wedding, while rich colours will create a more dramatic wedding day.
Geometric patterns are also great to use if your husband-to-be doesn’t want anything too flowery.
Foliage and Fruit
Vibrant tropical prints are on the rise and are great for a summer and exotic wedding. There has been an increased appeal for tropical flowers, lush foliage and orchids.
Even tropical fruit is expected to make an appearance in stationery as its popularity thrives in the fashion world. In particular, pineapple prints can be a fun way to have a tropical theme that suggests a far more relaxed and playful approach. Pineapples are also more than just a yummy fruit; they are also a symbol of hospitality and welcome - befitting a wedding theme.
Monochrome and Metallic
Monochrome stationery is a great way to convey elegance throughout a wedding. Black and white or black and champagne are very popular choices. Champagne is a lovely, elegant and sophisticated colour that has a slightly vintage feel. It works well with black and adds a warmer touch than white.
Other metallic colours are also popular throughout wedding stationery, in particular rose gold with its soft glow. Rose gold has definitely caught the imagination of the fashion world, and its popularity has encouraged its adoption into the world of wedding stationery. With its versatility, rose gold is equally stunning when combined with deep, rich colours such as claret, burgundy or even purple, as well as soft pastels such as peach, blush pink and grey. Rose gold is sure to continue to cast its spell in 2016.
Which of the trends above are you likely to follow? Do any of them represent your style and personality? We'd love to hear from you.