Wedding Dress Trends To Watch This Year

If you’re going to be tying the knot to the love of your life on a sun-kissed beach in Cyprus this summer, you may still be looking for the perfect outfit to wear to your wedding.

As the bride, there are a host of options out there – but we think some of the new trends emerging in bridal wear are ideal for Cyprus beach weddings.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, celebrity designer Mark Zunino gave his top picks of wedding dress trends for the coming year. Among them is dresses that feature a detachable overskirt.

The idea being that you can walk down the aisle in a ballgown, but remove the puffy skirt once the official ceremony is over to dance the night away with your friends and family (and new husband) in something a little more comfortable. If you’re having your wedding at the beach, this could help you tick the formal and relaxed boxes in one go.

Another top trend to watch is that of patterned wedding dresses, which work particularly well in non-traditional settings.

Zunino’s top tip is to keep the print delicate and have it on a white or pale background, so that you still keep the bridal feel.

Colour in bridal wear is growing in popularity too, with more and more brides picking pink or blush coloured gowns.

We also highlighted some of the top trends for bridesmaid outfits recently, which include the growing popularity of black bridesmaid dresses, and a shift away from dresses to separate skirts and tops.

Outdoor Weddings Growing In Popularity

When you look back at the weddings our parents had and compare them to the ceremonies and celebrations being held today, it’s easy to see that things have changed when it comes to tying the knot.

One trend that seems to be growing in popularity is having outdoor weddings. A recent article for Cosmopolitan noted that millennials are increasingly interested in civil ceremonies, rather than religious ones, and that alternative and outdoor locations are rising in popularity.

However, there are some nods to tradition in these more modern services, wedding stylist at Ashdown and Bee Melissa Murray told the publication.

“For outside ceremonies, lots of couples will have a custom arch or altar for their ceremony – whether it’s a curved arch, or a square, or something more unusual – to frame that magical moment in the same way,” she stated.

Of course, in the UK you can’t guarantee you’ll have the weather for an outdoor ceremony, so if you want to make sure that you really can tie the knot under the open sky, you might want to look into wedding packages in Cyprus.

The island has many associations with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, and is a beautiful location for a wedding. There are also a range of options when it comes to where you can have your ceremony, from one of the isle’s traditional churches, to a stunning beach or even at one of Cyprus’ forts.

Other more unusual places you can have your wedding service on Cyprus include the Ethnographic Museum, which has a gorgeous private courtyard, and at The Hamam, which has been beautifully restored and even boasts its own small waterfall.

Perfect Colour Schemes For Summer Weddings

If you’ve organised a Cyprus wedding package, you’re almost guaranteed sunshine and warm weather when you head off to the island in the Mediterranean for your nuptials. That means you can treat it like you would a summer wedding in the UK in terms of the style you go for.

Choosing the right colour scheme to suit you and the setting is all part of the fun – and one publication recently offered some tips on how to get the right vibe for your summer wedding.

InStyle picked out some colour combinations to suit a few different types of summer nuptials, including a ceremony hosted at a beach.

Beach weddings, according to Chertoff, trend expert at WeddingWire, give you the chance to opt for bright and bold colours. Navy is a classic and one that goes well with a nautical theme, but consider adding pink for a pop of colour.

“We love bright pinks and corals coupled with yellows, neutrals and, of course, lots of greenery,” she told the website.

In fact, last month we noted that pink is becoming an increasingly popular colour for wedding dresses, which could be the perfect choice if you’re planning to have a beach wedding in Cyprus this year.

While a beach ceremony is the obvious choice if you’ve got your heart set on tying the knot in Cyprus, there are other options. You could go for a vineyard theme – another trend highlighted by InStyle – with a vibrant colour scheme of bright purples alongside green shades.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Shun Tradition With Wedding Cake Plans

The upcoming Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is likely to inspire lots of couples when it comes to planning their own nuptials. So with the latest news that the happy pair is shunning tradition with their wedding cake choice and favouring a sponge cake instead of a fruit one, will this encourage you to do the same?

East London baker Claire Ptak has announced on Twitter that she will be the official maker of the couple’s wedding cake, reported the Daily Mail.

The owner of the trendy Violet Bakery in Hackney who hails from America, much like Markle, was not the obvious choice for the royal couple.

Indeed, when it came to the nuptials between Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, they chose an extravagant eight-tiered fruitcake, decorated with over 900 sugar paste flowers and white and cream icing.

However, it is thought that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will not serve fruitcake on May 19th, and may instead opt for lemon and elderflower sponge, which will suit their spring wedding better.

While Ptak was not the traditional option for the royal wedding, Markle might have favoured her not only because is she a fellow American, but the actress once interviewed the baker for her lifestyle blog

Whatever the reason, it is not easy breaking with tradition – particularly if relatives have strong opinions when it comes to your Big Day.

If you are planning a wedding in Cyprus, you have the choice of opting for a traditional fruitcake or something totally alternative, such as cheesecake. Of course, you could embrace local customs and serve a typical Cypriot wedding cake instead.

Loukoumia tou Gamou is the most common wedding cake found in Cyprus, but instead of being cut in front of all your guests, they are small treats handed out after the ceremony.

Folded in cellophane paper, these are made with semolina, filled with almonds or pistachios, sugar and cinnamon and glazed with citrus or rose blossom water and covered with icing sugar.

Bridesmaid Dress Trends For 2018

There are a lot of things to think about when planning a wedding, and one of the most important is what your bridesmaids will wear on your Big Day.

While this may not seem as high a priority as your own wedding dress, their gowns dictate what flowers they will have and the overall colour and theme of the day.

Here are some of the hottest trends for bridesmaids this year for inspiration:


– Black bridesmaid dresses

Whether you are getting hitched in the UK or arranging a Cyprus beach wedding, you might consider dressing your best girlfriends in black.

This colour is all the rage this year, no matter if you’re arranging a summer or winter wedding. This is because everyone looks good in black, with the shade being flattering for a variety of shapes, sizes and skin tones, so you can please all your bridesmaids with this choice.

What’s more, it is practical and spillages can be easily disguised – so you don’t have to fret if a glass of champagne gets knocked on to the frock!


– Separate skirts and tops

Traditionally, bridesmaids wear dresses. However, you could go for an alternative look by buying separate skirts and tops for your favourite gal pals instead.

This makes it much easier to come across outfits that fit, with many ladies finding it difficult to settle on a dress that is the right size for both their chest and their hips.

What’s more, it allows your bridesmaids o have some individuality – for instance, they could all wear the same skirt but choose different tops.


– Sequins

Don’t save sequinned dresses just for festive weddings, as adorning bridesmaid dresses with glitter and sparkle will look fabulous in the sunshine

Embrace this look by choosing pale pink gowns and watch the sequins glisten as night falls.

More Brides Opting For The Natural Look

When it comes to getting married there’s a lot to think about and one of the things that brides might be worrying about is how to get the perfect makeup. This might be something you’re particularly concerned about if you’re not the kind of person who usually wears much makeup either.

However, the latest Pinterest wedding report shows that an increasing number of brides are opting for the natural look when they walk down the aisle.

Among the makeup items with the biggest increase in searches on the site were lip gloss – up 459 per cent in the last year – and barely-there shine, up 343 per cent in the same period.

Messy updos also seem to be the go-to hairstyle, with searches for this term climbing by 1247 per cent in the last year. All of this is good news if you’re planning a Cyprus beach wedding, as there will be loads of inspiration out there for your big day.

And let’s face it, if you’re getting married with your feet in the sand and the sun shining down, you’re probably not going to want to be wearing tons of makeup.

Pinterest also noted that, when it comes to bridal outfits, comfort appears to be a priority, with searches for jumpsuits, sleeves and flat shoes all up on last year.

For grooms, a more casual approach to wedding attire seems to be taking over as well, with searches for tie-free ensembles up by 459 per cent in the same period.

Meanwhile, Brides magazine recently shared the top wedding trends for 2018 as predicted by the Joy app in the US.

One of the things it said we can expect is a more unplugged approach to weddings – that means asking guests not to take photos during the ceremony or at key moments in the day, instead letting the official photographer get all the best shots and angles.

Will You Incorporate Pink Into Your Paphos Wedding?

Whenever a new list of wedding trends appears, there are some that you can look at and know that they just won’t work if you’re planning your wedding in Paphos. The rising popularity of doughnut walls as highlighted by eBay recently being one.

However, there are some wider trends that could transition perfectly to a wedding on the gorgeous island of Cyprus, like the popularity of the colour pink.

According to the online marketplace, there has been an increase in the number of people searching for pink wedding dresses, almost 600 in the past month in fact. If you’re having a less traditional wedding overseas, then mixing up your outfit and going for something with a bit of colour is likely to suit you down to the ground.

Celebrities Agyness Deyn and Gwen Stefani are credited with inspiring brides to look for gowns in shades of pink. Meanwhile, Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring, which features a pink sapphire, has also been offering inspiration to loved up couples.

In the week that the royal announced her engagement to long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, the number of searches for ‘pink sapphire’ on the website doubled.

Another trend inspired by celebrities that may translate well to an overseas ceremony is that of the wedding arch. According to eBay, celebrities like the Kardashians regularly make use of balloon arches at events, and this could be why more and more couples are looking to include arches in their big day’s decor.

There were almost 1,000 searches for wedding arches on the website between the beginning of January and the beginning of February.

Top Things To Consider If You Choose A Destination Wedding

If you’ve recently got engaged and would prefer to jet off to have a Cyprus wedding rather than staying in your home country there are a few things to think about, however, having a destination wedding will make this day all the more special.

New Now Next recently spoke to destination wedding expert Michael Radolinski to get his advice about what’s involved in planning this kind of ceremony.

He started by explaining why a destination wedding is such a special way to celebrate your marriage, noting that the ceremony and reception “can feel like a highlight to an incredible and memorable multi-day experience, rather than a fleeting moment in time”.

The first thing to consider when choosing your ideal place for your wedding ceremony is that it communicates something about you and your relationship.

Once you’ve sorted that out, you need to think of some of the practicalities, particularly your guests’ experiences. You want to make travelling to and from your chosen location as easy as possible – and affordable.

That’s why Cyprus is such a great option for couples in the UK, because flights aren’t too long and are also affordable.

Another of Mr Radolinski’s top tips is to check that there is accommodation available at a range of price points, to ensure that as many of your friends and family as possible are able to afford the trip.

He added that there can be communication issues if you’re trying to organise your wedding remotely, which is why a wedding planner can be invaluable – especially if you don’t speak the local language.

If you have your heart set on a Cyprus wedding, make sure you think carefully about what time of year you’d like to plan your nuptials for. Winter can be a bit too chilly for an outdoor wedding, but in the height of summer you’ll have to contend with temperatures that could be uncomfortably hot. Spring and autumn are typically better times of year for a beach wedding.

When Is The Best Time For A Cyprus Wedding?

If you’ve got your heart set on tying the knot on a gorgeous stretch of sand, a Cyprus beach wedding could be exactly what you’re looking for.

But if you’re looking at this stunning Mediterranean spot, when is the best time of year to plan your nuptials? The trick is in getting the right balance with the weather – come in the heart of summer and not only do the beaches tend to be packed, but it can also be very hot.

In the winter, meanwhile, it can be much cooler, so although the sands will be largely empty it might be too chilly for an alfresco wedding.

The best time of year for pleasant weather is the spring, according to Rough Guides, when temperatures are warm and balmy without being too hot, and there tend to be fewer crowds.

As you move into the summer, the heat ramps up – average temperatures on the coast are 30 to 35 degrees C, while inland the mercury can hit 40 degrees C. The autumn is still pleasantly warm, but is usually more humid than spring.

Of course, if you’re planning to get married overseas you’ll no doubt have a wedding planner in Cyprus who can help you decide when it’s best to arrange your ceremony.

You may have to stick to school holidays to accommodate friends or family who have children, or if you have kids yourselves, in which case going towards the beginning or end of the summer break is a good option – or fitting your wedding into a half term.

For guys, planning what to wear to their beach wedding can be a challenge, so you may want to take the advice of celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati, who recommends opting for a lightweight suit in cotton or linen, rather than the traditional tux.

Pinterest Wedding Trends For 2018

Cyprus beach weddings are some people’s dream, from childhood until they finally get the chance to make it a reality.

If you are one of the lucky people looking forward to a beach wedding this year, then you may be able to benefit from some of Pinterest’s top wedding trends for 2018.


Boutique balloons (saves for filled balloons have gone up 86 per cent over the past year). Brides everywhere can benefit from this trend which sees balloons filled up with everything


Quizzes (saves for trivia night up 279 per cent) People have struggled to know what to put on the guests’ tables for the wedding, but this year the trend is pretty clear, quizzes! Trivia is incredibly popular and if you pitch it right, you can help your guests get to know each other better. Better yet if you have a pet topic that you and your spouse have in common, make this the subject of the quiz.


Meaningful guest books (saves for guest book keepsake are up 216 per cent) Rather than getting another bound album for your guest book how about mementoes you can keep on the wall, such as trees or thumbprint paintings? You can also ask guests to write out tips and hints, or wishes for you, to dip into throughout your marriage.


DIY food (saves for activities up 114 per cent) Having make your own cocktail bars and dessert bars is still popular. Get one of these or your wedding and your guests will thank you.