Wallabies legend David Pocock made headlines recently with the lowest of low-key weddings. Dressed in casual clothes, he and partner Emma Palandri swapped vows next to a tree, accompanied only by the celebrant. In photos posted to Twitter, the couple were also seen walking off, both carrying an esky which presumably contained a few items to help celebrate.
It was definitely not the most lavish of affairs, but it’s highlighted a very important point – that there are no rules any more on how to do weddings.
The average couple will definitely want a few more bells and whistles than the Pococks, but the point is that all previous conventions are out of the window and now it’s all about couples putting their own stamp on proceedings.
It looks like 2019 is set to be one of the most creative years yet for weddings, with customisation and imagination well and truly overcoming tradition. It’s all about personality and adding those individual touches that truly reflect the two people standing at the top of the aisle.
And it’s not just about the bridal bouquet or what’s on the menu, it’s about shaking everything up and really making the day your own.
Dresses are likely to still be influenced by the Meghan effect, meaning a move towards simpler designs and away from intricate or heavily detailed gowns. Rich purples, reds and oranges are also tipped to be popular across colour schemes in 2019, as well as the “life-affirming” colour of the year, coral, according to colour gurus Pantone in their annual forecast.
Those wider trends may be a thread running through next year’s weddings, but it will be a year limited only by imagination. Weddings in Australia have been mostly conducted by civil celebrants since 1999 and last year reached 78 per cent. A celebrant offers limitless opportunities for customisation, starting with those carefully-crafted personalised vows through to the inclusion of tree-planting ceremonies or other symbolic gestures.
Elsewhere, the same free spirit applies across the whole event. Why not ditch the traditional wedding cake for a more fun dessert bar? Why not include a bridal speech at the reception? (That’s Meghan’s influence again.)
Breaking with tradition means embracing what is truly important to the bride and groom on their special day and make it a truly memorable one.
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