Hannah and Jacinta, owners of hire company Hire In Style, list their top 5 trends in furniture and décor for the 2017/2018 wedding season.
Perfect to warm and soften any setting, we are seeing linens hit a high in 2017. For a long time the thought of linens conjured up white-tablecloth-and-chair-bow ghosts of tacky weddings passed. But the new kids on the block – modern Belgian linens – offer quality, texture, a beautiful tactile feel and a sense of luxury. Pair pewter or the palest of blue linens with white furniture, or natural linens with timber – the versatility is endless.
We are seeing a real deviation from the usual choice in seating and furniture – less of the classic bentwood (although still a popular choice) and more of the modern, geometric wire chairs and bar stools matched with streamlined hairpin tables. The great advantage of these pieces is that they can be mixed and matched, and work well with so many styles – from uber sleek, to minimalist, to urban glam.
Who says you can’t wear black to a wedding? We are loving the dark and moody trend at the moment – where black is the feature colour, lifted with florals in magentas and blush and punctuated with metallics. Anything from flatware, dinner plates, bars, tables and chairs in black is on trend. Use it a little or a lot, the effect will still blow your guests away.
Lots of clients, especially our millennial couples, have embraced minimalism as a lifestyle choice. To reflect that, they are opting for the less-is-more approach for their wedding. Cocktail style weddings with clean, streamlined, contemporary furniture are popular, with couples opting to add to the guest experience with a live band or food van, or upping the wow-factor with a huge floral installation instead of lots of decorative elements.
This long-time trend is only getting bigger and better – from traditional, Edison-style festoon strings for festival-inspired weddings, to customised, next-level neon signage for bars and dancefloors – couples really are limited only by their imagination.