After every royal wedding there’s a corresponding batch of royal wedding inspired trends. So what’s on the cards for brides through the rest of 2018?
Post-royal wedding trends – The bride
Simplicity and elegance sat at the heart of Meghan’s wedding outfit. No meringue styling, but something far more simple than that. A seriously beautiful, elegant frock made by Givenchy, created by the French fashion house’s first ever female Artistic Director, Clare Waight Keller.
Meghan’s tiara was smothered in diamonds and made in 1932 in the Art Deco period. And the train which was cathedral-length at five metres long and trimmed with lace depicting flowers from every Commonwealth country.
The trend for the rest of 2018 and into 2019? Many experts say we’re looking at smooth, simple and understated elegance all the way. A big change from the over-the-top and often bling wedding dresses of recent years, Meghan’s style is classic, sophisticated and refined.
Long sleeves are set to make a strong come-back. Plenty of people say the big veil and train will make a reappearance in weddings right across the world too, a couple of fairytale pieces of wedding finery. And white is huge. Pure, crisp, clean white rather than cream or pale pink or dove grey or beige.
As the groom you often take a back seat.. But the trend is for smart and stylish, so choose something which has great aesthetic and super tasteful . Maybe not that bright, vivid blue suit that grooms have been wearing for a while, perhaps go for black, dark grey or dove grey instead!
Welcome back to the tiara and trinity ring
Megan’s tiara stole the show for many people thanks to its contemporary Art Deco good looks, pave diamonds and huge central stone. Is there a trend in there? We think so. And the same goes for the engagement ring, a beautiful three-stone beauty containing two of Princess Diana’s own diamonds and a huge central stone from Botswana. Maybe the trilogy engagement ring, AKA the trinity ring, might see a big come-back, symbolising friendship, love and fidelity. It’s a lovely message.
Particularly happy wedding trends – Let all the kids join in!
The latest royal wedding was full of children, from tiny tots to teens, and it was lovely to see them all looking so lovely and trying so hard to be well behaved. Some people prefer their wedding to be a grown-up affair, but the trend is definitely family-oriented.
Can’t quite run to a carriage and horses?
Few of us can find a full-on carriage and horses to hire, never mind afford it. But a pony and trap makes a wonderfully romantic alternative. Is there anyone in your area who hires out horses and carriages for weddings?
Wedding guest? Wear sorbet colours
Harry and Meghan’s wedding was described as a modern, bright step forward for the royal family, and all the pretty, spring-like shades we saw were totally appropriate. Did you notice how many of the guests at the royal wedding wore yellow or green? They’re both such lovely clean, fresh colours, perfect for a happy, joyous, light occasion like a wedding and wonderful in hot weather. In fact ice cream shades are all the rage on the high street too, so you’re in luck.
‘Rough’ icing on your wedding cake
Naked cake is a powerful trend thanks to Meghan and Harry. Theirs was the most delicate and spring-like elderflower and lemon flavour, designed by Claire Ptak from the Violet Bakery in London. It was made from unstacked tiers and decorated with the baker’s famous ‘rough icing’ style as well as countless beautiful flowers. The result was as fresh and informal as the rest of the wedding, and another wedding trend has been set.
Name that baby…
Last but not least, the royal wedding has sparked a big baby naming trend. As you can imagine loads of baby boys are being named Harry, and there are thousands of newborn Meghans being proudly pushed around towns, villages and cities all around the nation. Plus many more royal baby names: Alice, Charlotte, Arthur, William and Albert also made the latest top 10 list of most popular baby names.