The DIY Bride team is on vacation this week. While we’re away, I (Madame Khrishna: Knows All, Sees All) thought it’d be fun to offer up my predictions for trends that’ll surface or evolve in 2014.
In no particular order:
1. Faith and Heritage. After several years of faith and heritage being downplayed in weddings, this year we’ll start seeing a resurgence in these two elements as a means of celebrating and elevating the deeply personal aspects of the couple. We’ll be seeing a lot more multi-cultural, interfaith elements proudly displayed and honored in 2014 weddings.
2. Hand-lettering and typography will remain huge in stationery design.
3. Gilding and gold accents will gain popularity.
4. Vintage will remain as a top style choice but I see it going a bit more refined this coming year. Instead of a generic vintage we’ll see more of influence from the Roaring Twenties and Belle Époque era along with 1950s glam.
5. Rustic, too, will skew towards something more refined. Instead of “barn” themes, I imagine we’ll start seeing equestrian-styled weddings, for example, along with “industrial-rustic”.
6. We’ll be seeing a lot more florals in stationery designs. Think hand-painted or intricate graphic designs.
7. Speaking of flowers, I predict pods/dried flowers, berries, and protea will have big gains in popularity this year as will creative use of greenery.
8. Monochromatic color schemes will be big this year in everything as well as a turn towards traditionally male color schemes (dark greys, leathery browns, deep blues).
9. In wedding gowns, this will be the year of the back detail and the dainty sleeve.
10. Maritime themes – especially those with a preppy or vintage flair – will be a huge part of 2014.
11. As for crafts, die cutting will be HUGE. Jewelry-making on a small scale (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) will be a big deal as will DIY letterpress-like printing.
12. In catering 2014 is the year of the Foodie Couple. I expect to see more daring menu choices than ever. (Is Beef Wellington enough out of date to be retro and fetishized yet?)
13. I think couples will look for interesting and unusual places to use as ceremony and reception venues in 2014.
14. The tin can will be the new mason jar. (Seriously!)
15. Wedding videos will become as important as wedding photos.
What are your predictions for 2014?
“5. Rustic, too, will skew towards something more refined. Instead of “barn” themes, I imagine we’ll start seeing equestrian-styled weddings, for example, along with “industrial-rustic”.”
Ummmm… yes please! Barns, once unique, are popping up more and more as wedding venues. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a good barn, but I can only hope your no. 5 prediction is right! There’s just something so magical about all things equestrian.
Do you think budgets will be higher or lower for 2014?
Eliza, I think the budgets for “luxury” couples will increase; for everyone else, it’ll remain steady.
I think rustic will definitely grow in popularity this year.
Interesting, Elaine. Rustic has been a dominant trend since 2009-2010. I’m curious how you think it’d evolve.
Interesting, Elaine. Rustic has been a dominant trend since 2009-2010. I’m curious how you think it’d evolve or expand in 2014.
I think forhead jewelry will become more popular.
Great blog post! Very informing! Love all of your other wedding inspirations and tips!
Very informative article! Surprised about the mason jars losing popularity over tin!