2015 Destination Wedding Trends

May 19, 2015 | Trends, Wedding Trends

George and Amal tied the knot in Venice. Brad and Angelina chose a French chateau. For Kim and Kanye the setting was a Florentine villa. And Matt and Luciana? They renewed their vows on Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. But getting away isn’t the only thing today’s oh-so-vogue brides and grooms are doing differently. Individuality […]


George and Amal tied the knot in Venice. Brad and Angelina chose a French chateau. For Kim and Kanye the setting was a Florentine villa. And Matt and Luciana? They renewed their vows on Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. But getting away isn’t the only thing today’s oh-so-vogue brides and grooms are doing differently.

Individuality is in, big time. From daring dresses and de-constructed up-dos to Vogue-worthy photography, haute lovebirds are breaking with tradition and showing their true colors in exciting new ways.

Extremely Social Engagements

Nobody’s waiting for the big day to start the party anymore. Today’s digital savvy couples have their heads in the cloud even before the ring is out of its posh velvet box. From the moment they tweet their engagement, sharing is the name of the game. Facebook updates, wedding websites, Pinterest boards, Twitter feeds, Instagrams, and online registries are now de rigueur. The hottest digital trend of all is a slew of new apps that turn the planning process into a party of its own—with fun, easy ways to solicit opinions, invite guests, share ideas, and organize vendors.

Top digital trends for 2015 include: invitations with QR codes, custom hashtags, photo aggregators like WedPics, WeddingParty, and Flock, “indie” websites, digital music services such as Spotify, and more. Our favorites? Visit Gracious Eloise to digitize your handwriting and send elegant thank you notes in a snap. Download the Lover.ly app for one-stop wedding planning and access to really, really real-time trends. Use Cozi to keep everyone’s schedule straight and Ustream to live-stream your ceremony so guests who can’t make the trip can still be there.

Smart phone etiquette rules are a must do, too. Pragmatic brides and grooms are asking that ringers be turned off and no photos be taken during the actual ceremony. This policy sounds harsh but who wants to see photos with a bunch of Androids and iPhones blocking the bride as she walks down the aisle?

Bold Statements for the Men

One thing everyone seems to agree on this year is the element of surprise. From canary yellow suede shoes to silk cravats in Pantone’s Radiant Orchid hue—raising eyebrows is all the rage. And creativity is the key. We’re seeing mismatched groomsmen who have one unifying element, like red trousers or bold ties. And vice versa: perfectly matched groomsmen with one personalized detail, such as comic-bookhero cufflinks or patterned socks.

When it comes to suits, five trends stand out. Savvy urban grooms are choosing traditional black tuxedos with a slim fit for their formal black-tie events. The tan, grey, or slate blue tux, worn with a floral tie, is showing up at more casual daytime and outdoor affairs. The romantic English gentleman’s tuxedo, with a cummerbund and white bow tie, is making the rounds at garden party-style weddings. For true outdoorsmen, there’s the rustic wool plaid in softer brown with a splash of orange at the pocket. And, of course, beach weddings demand the cool linen suit with a white shirt, suspenders, and bow tie.

Daring New Dresses for the Ladies

Speaking of surprises, this year’s Bridal Fashion Weeks had a few of their own. Daring without going too far, many of the top designers seemed to be saying “Go for it!” with lots of whimsical designs and daring details. Emerging themes include metallic lace overlays, plunging necklines, sheer illusion backs, and cleverly placed cutouts. Vera Wang offered a lace sheath with “punked” neck ruffles. Several designers showed gowns in blushed pink and blue hues, rather than traditional white or ecru. Our favorite trend – seen in designs by Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, and THEIA – has to be the crop-top gown that bares a bit of midriff. The look is a little tomboy and yet über-feminine … perfect for dancing till dawn on a hot summer night. If you’ve got an independent streak, don’t miss the Coachella-style “indiebride” gowns with dip-dyed or ombré hemlines. And of course, no discussion of bridal wear is complete without the new Mrs. Clooney’s reception dress. Inelegantly dubbed a “mullet” style by the tabloids, this chic little Giambattista Valli lace number was long in the back and short in the front, highlighting her gorgeous gams.

Charming Bouquets

Let your bridesmaids know how much you care about them with a bouquet charm – a small trinket, often with a saying, that is attached to each bridesmaid’s bouquet. It’s also a pretty touch for the bride’s bouquet. They can be personalized with a quote, the words “I do,” the date, or even a photograph (we love the idea of putting your own parent’s photo in a charm or locket that is tied to the base of the bouquet). They also come in various shapes (heart, horseshoe, etc.).

Bigger is Better

The wedding bouquet has been completely reinvented for 2015, and bigger is suddenly better again. Now, instead of grouping together several singular flowers into an arrangement, one large bloom is created out of all of the individual flower petals of many flowers. The result is stunning – one enormous bud that is displayed against the backdrop of a beautiful dress. Lovely!

Ringbearer Signs

“Here comes your girl.” “Don’t worry ladies … I’m still single.” “Too late to run. Here she comes.” “Has anyone seen the rings?” Now imagine any one of these cutesy sayings splashed across a little vintage sign or chalkboard clutched by a cute ringbearer donning a suit. No one really gives the rings to the little guy anyhow (this could inevitably lead to the ultimate wedding catastrophe: misplaced rings!), so instead arm him with something that will make all of the guests smile while he makes his way down the aisle.

Fashion Forward Photography

For 2015, couples are saving in other areas so they can splurge on a high-end wedding photographer. Trends include taking formal, staged portraits of the happy couple in exotic or contrasting locations on calmer days before or after the wedding and on-location shoots of the actual proposal, organized by the groom in advance. Some photographers include individual portraits of each attendant, which can be given as a gift after the event. On the actual day of the wedding, a more candid photojournalist style is being embraced, giving the wedding album a vérité feel that beautifully captures the most intimate moments of the day.

Photographic techniques and filters are being used to dramatic effect without the usual concern for the images looking “dated” in the future. With digital photography, tilt-shift, punching the colors, hipster lomographic filters, vintage glow, and other techniques can all be applied after the fact while preserving the untreated “raw” images for posterity. Wedding videos are getting a makeover, as well. Some couples are going with more artistically edited versions of the familiar wedding show. Others are producing animated GIFs that add energy and stopaction fun to a series of stills. Today’s tech-savvy brides and grooms are generating dramatic, joy-inducing GoPro videos, some with sweeping drone footage that has the feel of a paparazzi helicopter.

Photo trends worth skipping? Stay clear of the “morning after” photo fad. This is one sacred moment nobody needs to remember but you. Think of it this way: if you ever decide to run for office or star in an independent film, the tabloids will have less fodder with which to torture you. Another trend to skip is the “trash the dress” session. While a few brides have been successful in creating Pollack-esque masterpieces with splatter paint, true art is hard to pull off … and you only get one chance to get it right.


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2015 Destination Wedding Trends - George and Amal tied the knot in Venice. Brad and Angelina chose a French chateau. For Kim and Kanye the setting was a Florentine villa. And Matt and Luciana? They renewed their vows on Sugar Beach in St. Lucia. But getting away isn’t the only thing today’s oh-so-vogue brides and grooms are doing differently. Individuality […]