If you are planning a wedding, love Styling + Design and gorgeous table settings, then a visit to the One Fine Day Melbourne wedding fair is the perfect eye candy indulgence!
Above: Styled event stand PartywithLenzo
Being a current student of Wedding Styling & Design at AAWEP, I love to attend bridal fairs and exhibitions when they are in town to gather inspiration and research. In May (6th + 7th), I visited the most creative bridal exhibition of the season. One Fine Day has a particular emphasis on the contemporary styling it presents and expects from its exhibitors. Each vendor’s stall was a styling work of art in itself and was a source of inspirational colour and composition ideas.
Key Trends from the Show:
- Bohemian Untamed Floral Arrangements adorned more than bouquets
- Pink, white and hints of copper or rose gold was a key feminine colour palette
- Purple and Peacock Jewel Tones with hints of gold, the new bold colour choice
- ‘Naked’ Rustic Cakes with no outer icing, decorated with real flowers
- Calligraphy and hand-written Typography adds a sense of playful and whimsy to stationery, also playing into the more relaxed contemporary wedding styling.
- Marbling patterns swirl on cakes, cookies, printed papers and table settings
- Personalising is everything. Stamped names on cookies, printed individual name favours and laser cut guest names for place cards are the new must haves.
- 2-Piece Bridal Gowns, flowing with beading and lace, stemming from gypsy fashion
- Table Settings are both over the top and minimal, all at the same time
Above: Styled event stand Love Carli Wedding Stationery + Signage
There were wedding vendors from varying industries including photography, stationery, cakes, catering, venue hire, florists, event hire, bridal wear, styling and celebrants. What was interesting was that a big floral trend presented itself in the styling of the exhibitor stands, it even appeared as though some vendors were providing a floral service, when in fact they had nothing to do with flowers.
The trailing, less ‘perfect’ and more bohemian floral arrangements were in favour, decorating everything from cakes, to signage, table centre pieces, decorating marquee structures and hanging floral chandeliers. Australian native flowers, Wattle, Eucalyptus leaves and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus branches were popular in creating the contemporary and natural floral arrangements.
Above: Left: Miss Lady Bird Cakes
Colour palettes were either very feminine, with blush being the stand-out favourite hue for the season paired with pretty ice gold and rose gold, or very calming and natural, with shades of cream, brown and dusty blues paired back with tarnished metals.
As a girl who can’t get enough of stationery and currently a stationery designer myself, I love to see what creative new trends the wedding industry is up to with their invitations. This gorgeous suite by Love Carli creates characters of you and your partner for adorning the wedding stationery, even including a little cameo of the whole bridal party on the order of service card! Adorable concept! I’m also loving their laser-cut lace effects which are more unique than the bulk machine cut ones widely available.
And that’s a wrap on the 2017 One Fine Day Wedding Fair in Melbourne. Watch out on their website for upcoming events in Melbourne and Sydney, and even if you’re not engaged or getting married, do yourself and your eyes a favour by indulging in a feast of inspiration for the stylist within!