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Down the aisle and beyond


In wedding seasons marked by constant disruption and cancellations, when it comes to wedding dress design it seems brides to be are shirking tradition and focusing on personal style and versatility. According to those in the know, modern brides want a wedding wardrobe that can take them from ceremony to dancing with ease.

 

Jesus Period 219 Dress

 

The new grand: Lace, beading and thread work used to symbolise a grand wedding gown. Now, statement frocks are incorporating architectural elements to achieve a less is more aesthetic. Think refined frills and clean layers achieved with impeccable tailoring.

 

Trish Peng Abby Gown

 

Simply romantic: Bohemian bridal looks prevail for 2021 and beyond, with the poetic aesthetic exuding romance and femininity. Underpinned by one of bridal’s longest mainstays, lace, modern takes are seeing bolder laser cut designs emerge, or a delicate chantilly top worn over the dress. Low back designs with a row of buttons also add a touch of vintage to modern shapes.

 

Jesus Peiro 252 Dress and 37 / F Headdress

 

All in the details: Some brides are turning up the sophistication on simple silhouettes by adding elements of detail. Bold shoulders, intricate headbands and veils, and gloves are appearing in designer’s look books and on wedding aisles around the world.


 

Something new…


As the world transforms, wedding trends in 2021 are taking on a dramatic new life, seizing every precious opportunity to tie the knot and live it up in the moment with loved ones.

 

WEDDING DRESS – OR PANTS?
From flowing frocks to modern and edgy pant suits, no one look is dominant for the new year. UK’s Hitched has us drooling over dramatic necklines and backs, embellished sleeves, big bows, sequins, and modern lace. Flattering, fun jumpsuits and pantsuits in slender silhouettes, and mini-dresses or suits add statement. Equally, demure, simple flowy gowns are romantically 2021.

RINGS WITH AN EDGE
Pastel pinks and blues sparkling with iridescent romance are representing true love for the new decade, cites Harper’s Bazaar. However, equally it’s the go for gothic with dramatic depth and attitude. The solitaires, three stones, and halos are back – but as a different dazzler with changed-up settings. Also, chunky solid settings are boldly carrying precious rocks.

A SMALLER RECEPTION
Small and special has superseded large and lavish due to tightening budgets, travel restrictions and precautionary measures for any alert-level surprises. This only means more quality time with guests, less stress, easier arrangements, and adventurous, quirky location choices perfectly suited to a more tight-knit party.

CAPTURING THE MEMORY
Wedding videos that capture the whole day and thereafter – as well as live streaming. Relaxed photography and drone shots capture those magical impromptu moments and nuances before, during and after. A bit of creativity and imagination, and it’s just like being present for far away whanau and friends.

FULL ON FLOWERS
We’re not skimping on the flora. Trails of flowers and greenery from the ceilings, floating whimsically across tables to the floor, through to the still-popular living-wall trend. Conversely, the bouquet is shrinking in size, but easier to hold for the photos, showing off the bride’s silhouette instead. Flowers in her hair is 2021’s natural beauty.

CAKES AND CUISINE
Mini mouthfuls from a macaron tower, in wedding-theme hues, and other individual, portion-sized, while-you-mingle desserts are it. For colourful cakes, faves like chocolate are beating traditional fruit cake. Adorn with floral, whether real or sugar. Classic kiwi comfort foods such as cheese boards and decadent local fare is the new flexible feast.


 

Flip it & reverse it: Trish Peng


Bridal trends, like most others, come and go, with a select few mainstays that reign supreme. There will always be something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But what if that something new was a world first? In the words of Missy Elliot – it is time to flip it and reverse it with a reversible wedding dress!

 

 

If you’re as indecisive as I am, sometimes choosing the perfect dress for the big day isn’t as simple as choosing ‘the one’.

A renowned Kiwi bridal designer agreed and has created the first ever reversible wedding dress.

Yes… you read that correctly. Can’t decide between satin or lace? Get both and slay the day with a two-in-one look.

“The collection was quite technical to create as no one in the industry has attempted a reversible bridal gown before,” designer Trish Peng says.

“When I couldn’t find a zipper supplier to do reversible zips, only finding chunky sleeping bag zips, I came up with the idea to hand stitch two zips on each side to form a supportive bodice,” she says.

It’s that kind of kiwi ingenuity that is helping Peng become a leader in her field.

The 2020 Reflections collection showcases 11 reversible and versatile styles that are named after the beautiful brides that they were custom-made for.

All gowns can be found in Peng’s Auckland showroom and in select stockists across New Zealand.

 


 

Wedding registries


Giving gifts will never go out of vogue and wedding presents even more so. Traditionally, this came with horror clichés such as three-too-many toasters or a dubious art piece to look at every day until it “broke”!

A bridal or wedding registry is an easy-peasy, fabulously fun, win-win for everyone. It is still in line with excitement and sentiment, compared to asking for cash – which doesn’t vibe with many. This also helps out our local companies – by sending a little love their way.


TRAVEL
This is the opportune time for lovebirds to explore dreamy Aotearoa while we momentarily have it to ourselves.

And setting up a wedding registry with the couple’s favourite local travel agent makes for domestic-travel bliss.

If hearts are however set upon faraway sandy shores, overseas travel can be booked for well after the wedding and there is no time limit to use the funds.

Honeymoons can often sit on the back burner after the expenses of a wedding.

So giving the gift of travel is a marriage made in heaven and one that everyone can pitch in for, no matter their budget.

Couples can opt to pre-book the honeymoon, or decide after the wedding once they have a budget to play with. Their guests can opt for their token to be anonymous or not.

The travel fund doesn’t have to be just for travelling either. The travel agent can organise the perfect inclusive romantic hotel wedding night, or two, without having to leave town.


GIFT STORES
Many a favourite local little suburban gift shop or larger department store will be happy to do up a wedding register, and they often have a convenient online system in place.

The couple can select any number of items they love, to suit all budgets for their guests and loved ones who are unable to be there.

Some independent and specialised on-line registries have also popped up too.


LOTS OF CHOICE
Offer guests a range of registry variety. Perhaps select a large online store and a smaller local giftshop, for example and ensure there is plenty of choice for not-too-pricy items.

It is nice too for the gift giver to buy a present they could easily have chosen anyway.


DIFFERENT LIKES
Any gift relating to coupledom can be set up as a registry, such as a cosy new log or gas fire for home renovators.

A sporty couple, for example, would treasure a gift for their common love of the outdoors, like a romantic luxury tent.


ETIQUETTE
Just as it’s impolite to ask for birthday present, most choose not to include the registry on the wedding invitation, instead including a separate note, or mentioning it personally.

This makes it less mandatory and more of a suggestion. And there will be guests that prefer tradition, want to give money, or a special surprise.


 

A not so white wedding


Calling all brides-to-be! Your wedding is just around the corner and we know there’s a million and one decisions to make – with colour palette top of the list. While traditional white will forever remain the staple shade of the big day, it’s time for these unconventional colour themes to have their turn in the spotlight.

 

 

TERRACOTTA, CREAM AND GREENERY
Having an autumn wedding? This pretty palette is just the ticket.

Rich and earthy, terracotta captures the magic of autumn, especially when paired with the elegant neutrality of cream and the simplicity of green foliage.

If you’re tying the knot in winter, experts suggest swapping terracotta for a burgundy shade for more warmth and depth.

Bridesmaids dresses in terracotta offset the bride’s traditional ivory wedding dress wonderfully well, while a gentle backdrop of greenery ties the whole look together in a rustic but sophisticated fashion.

These dreamy shades offer endless opportunities for stunning floral bouquets, garlands and table centrepieces of blush and cream roses and sage-coloured foliage like eucalyptus.

Consider complementing this palette with gold accents and the soft glow of candles or fairy lights.


PINK AND GREY
Pink and grey have long been heralded as a perfectly balanced colour combination – and it’s not hard to see why.

Pretty pink hues, particularly the dusky shades of blush and mauve, paired with tones of grey offer a contemporary, stylish colour palette that’s 100 percent wedding album-worthy.

Dressing groomsmen in grey and bridesmaids in pink reserves the complementary colours of white and black for the special couple – the groom with a grey tie perhaps and the bride with pretty pink jewels.

Adorn tables with metal embellishments and floral arrangements featuring soft pink roses and grey foliage.

Carefully chosen lighting completes the look effortlessly – and voila! Tying the knot never looked better.


WHITE AND CLASSIC BLUE
The 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year was bound to make its appearance – and we’re not complaining.

The timeless and enduring hue is striking on its own, let alone balanced by the crisp classiness of white.

If your heart’s set on a traditional white wedding, consider adding a dash of this regal shade for interest.

Accessorise your reception with blue lighting, bunting and table accents such as napkins and placeholders.

Or why not forget the classic white tablecloth and wow your guests with a classic blue one instead?


TOP TIP: If it’s a cohesive yet mismatched look you’re after, share swatches with your bridal party and let them pick the style of dress that they like best.


 

Step into wedding season


Whether you’re the bride, bridesmaid or a guest, it’s the heels that will give you your Cinderella moment. Metropol caught up with leading shoe designer Kathryn Wilson about the latest season of heels we can expect to see stepping into wedding season.

 

 

Why did you want to make the move into wedding footwear?
We have a lot of brides and bridal parties requesting bridal footwear and purchasing our beautiful shoes for their wedding day…we decided it would be great to offer our best-selling shapes and styles in a colour palette suited to weddings. We named the capsule collection ‘Happily Ever After’ and named each shoe with a wedding theme.

 

Happily Ever After Rose

 



Can you tell us a bit about the colour palette you’ve selected for the collection?

 

We have offered most styles in an off white, soft pink and blue and metallic leathers, pewter, gold and silver, which are great neutrals for bridal parties. Each pair has a blue glitter sole for their ‘something blue’ on their special day.

 

Happily Ever After White

 

 


Do you have any favourites or are they all your ‘babies’?
Haha yes definitely love them all but my favourite style would be the Challis Heel in white powder blue which has a beautiful gold metal wrap detail on the heel and a front platform so you can dance the night away with a reduced pitch on the heel.

 

 

Blushing Bride Powder Blue

 


about beautiful, well-structured traditional styles?
It depends on each bride and their own style… we offer our ‘classic hit’ styles in a bridal palette which are very timeless designs with the intention that you can wear them on your wedding day but also with jeans and a shirt to work or a long lunch with girlfriends… I think they should be a versatile style that gets use after your big day.

Blushing Bride White

 


 

What are some of the most important features of wedding shoes?
Comfort, for sure! So you can stay in them all day and dance the night away… but also be feminine and flattering on the foot as a finishing touch to the wedding dress. Several styles in our bridal collection have a stacked heel which will suit garden weddings on grass, as a lot of New Zealand summer weddings are outdoors, which make fine stiletto heels tricky to wear.

 

Going to the Chapel Lace

 


What was your own choice for your special day?
Funnily enough I couldn’t decide until on the day! I took a few options with me from our collection and then decided on a closed toe style with a high ankle detail… these are being added to our ‘Happily Ever After’ collection this summer.

 

Happily Ever After Powder Blue

What are some of the main trends – colours, features etc – we can expect to see coming through over the next year across all shoe styles?
We have a lot of beautiful colour showing in our current and next summer collections… the winter styles which are currently available are offered in classic rich palettes of chocolate, tan etc but bright accents of hot pink croc, pink, blue and orange metallics… the Summer ’20 collections are super pretty soft pastels with apple green and lilac being key tones.
We cannot resist a beautiful, colourful, comfortable shoe to brighten our day and make us feel like you can take on the world!

 

Wedded Bliss White Pebble

 

Exclusively exceptional: IB Fashion & Bridal


IB Fashion & Bridal extends a warm welcome to try on the exclusive wedding attire by multi award-winning designer, Ingrid Brook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent additions to her exquisite wedding dress collection, housed in shop 54 of The Tannery’s heritage grounds, are Helen Fontaine International and Pollardi European.

For all beautiful brides to be, and mothers of brides and grooms who cannot find the perfect outfit, book an essential consultation with Ingrid for her exclusive custom-making service for bridal-wear or any special occasion.

Complete the special outfit with an exclusive range of boutique veils, hair accessories and jewellery.

For all enquiries, or to make a booking to try on any of the dresses, phone 021 330 600.

View the latest collections on the website.


 

Buy now, decide later: Via Sollertia


This would not be a bridal issue without paying tribute to one of our favourite bespoke creation specialists; Via Sollertia Jewellers.

 

 

The team at Via Sollertia are skilled professionals who offer amazing services to all of their customers, from finding the perfect diamond or gem for you, to custom creation and maintenance services.

While investing in the idea of a long future together with your partner is a big decision, so is the piece of jewellery that will cement that union.

The Nu Proposal is a great way to take off a little bit of that pressure.

Via Sollertia explains that “’Nu’ translates to nude in French. By proposing with the perfect diamond or gemstone you get a stripped back, stress free moment”.

Buy the diamond now and decide on the technicalities later.

For more information phone 03 366 8001 or check out their website.


 

Tying the knot in 2020


You’ve got your something old? Something borrowed? Something blue? Well if you’re still running around trying to find your something new – we’ve got you covered. Who says the rhyme must only apply to what the bride is wearing down the aisle? We investigate the upcoming trends of tying the knot in 2020.

 


  1. Green thumb: Being sustainable is trending and Mother Nature would give that a big seal of approval.

    Reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint by purchasing a pre-loved wedding dress, adopting an heirloom ring, avoiding bottled water or even refraining from printing out hundreds of paper invitations (opt for online).

    If you’re feeling bold, why not try a zero-waste event… it might just give your guests the push they need to try it at their own wedding.

    You wouldn’t dump rubbish onto your guests as they’re sitting down at your wedding, so don’t forgot about one of the most important guests there – Mother Nature.


2. Party of two (or a few): Who says extravagant weddings are essential to a lifetime of happy marriage (the rom-coms don’t count)?

Forking out the big dollars for people who were even umming and ahhing coming to the event may seem silly, but it happens.

That’s why limiting your nearest and dearest to 40 – or even less – is starting to become a regular occurrence. Less people means the budget per guest is higher, this leaves room for personal and even elaborate touches – this is one trend that is all about quality over quantity!

If you’re worried about not enough people seeing the ceremony, they can see it all online when you post about it (we’re sure you will!).


3. Help yourself: One of the great things about a wedding, as a guest, is the open bar.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is just trying to be polite.

Most of us know the process of going up to a bar, ordering a drink and walking away.

Make this part of the night a fun experience for everyone by including a self-serve refreshments area.

Wall mounted dispensers, punch bowls, a jampacked bar of pour-over drinks accompanied by some garnishes to top off the drinks; we’re yet to hear a negative.

No need to think of signature cocktails because every guest will be able to create one of their own.

Although it may pay to have one of the staff helping to occasionally cast an eye over the set-up… just in case Uncle Jim starts to drink enough for himself… and five others.


 

Beauty for the big day


Brides will be letting their true beauty really shine through this decade, with makeup magic that has come a very long way.

 

 

Hailing from Christchurch, Charlotte Edwardes, a wedding makeup artist at Island Beauty on romantic Waiheke Island, makes up stunning brides from all nationalities.

Her number one tip: “keep it natural to radiate warmth from within – so you’re glowing from the inside.”

“A softer, natural look seems to be the trend, and products are now unbelievable in how they can achieve this. Contouring is less pronounced now – much softer – as there are too many high-definition lenses out there to capture any stage tricks!”

She says no particular trend reigns; people just like to look different to what they do every day at work.

Also, personality, skin tone, and what suits the colour of the skin and face shape matters the most.

“However, there are less nude-shaded lips now and more colour. Some brides really suit that classic matte red, especially for a Chanel ’40s look. Some with naturally rosy lips are opting for just gloss. They might want a pink lippy to match a pink bouquet for example. Soft corals, apricots and peaches are also featuring – glorious with an heirloom antique-lace dress. Pink undertones fair better than orange and brown for whiter-looking teeth, and a lip conditioner makes a big difference.”

Charlotte see brides of all ages looking absolutely beautiful for their big day.

“The latest formulas of powder-cream blushes are more forgiving for fine lines, and are best applied directly on the cheek. Pigments are now richer, sharper and a lot finer – and therefore more flattering. Gold-shimmered eyelids and bronze highlights can be sensuously subtle. Mineral foundations are perfectly lightweight for dewy skin at any age, and I use a high-definition setting powder.”

A highlight for the bridal party is getting glammed up together. “I recently made up a grandmother of the bride in her ‘90s. She was crying because she felt so beautiful.”

The eyes express all on the wedding day. Local eye-makeup influencer Nikita Rindel is all about eyes on her popular Instagram page Nikitahhx.

Over the past couple of years, she’s noticed brides and bridal parties wanting a more natural and simplistic look, rather than a defined contour and smokey eyes, and says 2020 will mark this exact trend.

“Brides will instead concentrate on enhancing their natural beauty rather than on the ‘creativity’ of the makeup. Fake lashes always make the eyes pop, so I feel this won’t go away anytime soon – but rather than rock a winged liner and daytime smokey eye, brides will opt for a light and more simplistic look such as a light shimmer and semi-dramatic lashes. Ardell offer the best bridal lashes in my opinion; lightweight yet dramatic enough to make a statement.”

Experimenting and trialling new products and different looks is always an exciting part of the planning.

Youngblood is a makeup line developed by former medical aesthetician Pauline Youngblood.

Its luxurious base of fine natural minerals avoids common irritants often found in makeup – imperative for a stress-free wedding day.

Feeling calm and serene in your skin ensures you will look it too.