The trends range from the traditional, including the return of the veil, as worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, to the quirky and modern
1. The Chandelier Cake: A tiered cake turned upside down.
Miss Carter said: ‘I recently worked with Haute So Sweet bakery to create one – it took a lot of weighing, measuring and praying, but it was worth it. It definitely gets guests talking.
2. The return of the Veil: As seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé
Miss Carter said: ‘I recommend that every bride try one on. This is the only time you’ll be able to wear one, so at least give it a go before saying no.’
3. Cocktail receptions: The alternative to a sit-down dinner, to be served with canapé-style bites
Miss Carter said: ‘It’s a great way to save money. Communicate with your guests that a full meal won’t be served and have fun with your catering.’
4. The alternative cake: Serve mini pies, cookies or cobblers instead of a traditional wedding cake
Miss Carter said: ‘Cake often goes to waste as guests are usually dancing and forget to eat their slice. This is more economical and less wasteful. Ensure you have at least two options per guest.’
5. Floral wristlets: Instead of a traditional bouquet
Miss Carter said: ‘Celebrity event planner Diann Valentine created these bouquet-alternatives for her reality TV star brides and I’ve worked with florist Nicosia Perry to create orchid wristlets. Use sturdy flowers and bold colours.’
6. Temporary tattoos: As an unusual take on a wedding favour
Miss Carter said: ‘Somehow temporary tattoos will never get old. Include a sponge, spray bottle of water, handheld mirror and application instructions.’
7. Man caves: Give the groom something to do by letting him arrange a male-only area for smoking cigars and drinking bourbon.
Miss Carter said: ‘Having different areas under one roof keeps the party interesting. If you aren’t into whiskey consider a vodka bar with an ice sculpture, or a decadent dessert room.’
8. Personal branding: Save the dates and invitations with a twist
Miss Carter said: ‘Think social media hashtags, a custom monogram or logo and even symbols, colours and motifs that are used everywhere for a cohesive décor scheme.’
9. Food trucks: Keep guests satisfied all night and helps prevent drunkenness
Miss Carter said: ‘In America, the hot options are Mister Softee ice cream trucks and delicacies like truffle fries and mini mac’n’cheese, but the possibilities are endless.’
10. Aerial photography: Capturing the day from a helicopter
Miss Carter: ‘It’s still very new, but I see this being a big trend, especially for destination weddings, where there’s a lot to be seen from above.’