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.

Personalisation A Top 2018 Wedding Trend

If this is the year that you tie the knot to the love of your life, congratulations! We’re sure you have everything in hand for your big day, but if you’re still in the planning stages you may want to check out some of the top wedding trends identified for this year.

The Huffington Post recently picked out some of the highlights of the latest International Wedding Trend Report, one of which is the idea of “ultra-personalisation”.

Speaking to the news provider, director of George and Smee Kate Smee explained that weddings “are becoming more intimate and personal with smaller guest numbers”.

If you’re intending to have your wedding in Paphos, this will more than likely be the case as it can be hard to organise for a large group of your friends and family to travel overseas to see you get married.

Getting married in Cyprus may be particularly important for you and your partner, either because you already have happy memories of the island, or because you want to create new memories in this most beautiful of settings.

Ms Smee added that when it comes to wedding themes, these are “catered precisely for the couple involved which makes it totally unique to them”.

In Cyprus you could opt for a gorgeous beach wedding if you’re both laid back and love the seaside, or you may want to have your ceremony in a traditional Cypriot church if you’re religious.

Aside from being able to tie the knot in a beautiful setting, there are other reasons to consider getting married abroad, not least of all the cost. With research last year showing that the average cost of weddings in the UK is on the rise, hosting your nuptials overseas could prove the perfect way to save some money and have an incredibly memorable day.

Wedding Planning Tips: What To Do When

Whether your wedding is set for early next year, or isn’t until December 2018, there are certain things you’ll need to do at various stages during the planning process.

This holds true whether you’re getting married at a local church, or are jetting off for a paradise wedding in Paphos on the beach.

Marie Claire recently shared the ultimate wedding planning checklist, covering all the big milestones you need to hit.

If you’re still a year away then you may well still be looking for venues, and trying to find suppliers for other elements of your wedding. For overseas weddings, it’s best to arrange a package that covers everything from your marriage licence and the service to a meal for you and your guests.

When you’re six months away from the big day, you should be finalising any other suppliers who aren’t included as part of the package – that might be a photographer, entertainment or decorations.

With three months to go, you should make your running order for the day, if you haven’t already, and sort out your seating plan.

In the final week before your wedding, confirming final details with your venue and wedding planner is the priority – then it’s just a case of packing your bags and making sure you don’t forget anything important before you board the plane and head to Cyprus.

If you aren’t already engaged, you never know what could happen in the coming weeks. Last month a survey by Goldsmiths jewellers found that winter is the most romantic season of the year and when proposals are most likely to happen.

‘Lose The Tux, Keep The Shoes’ – Beach Wedding Style Advice For Gents

Bridal magazines and the fashion glossies make it very easy for women to pick and choose what to wear for Cyprus beach weddings – from footwear to how to wear your hair, the ladies are well taken care of. But what about the gentlemen?

Writing for Men’s Journal, celebrity stylist Ilaria Urbinati has a few pointers to help the men who may feel a little lost at sea when considering their attire for a wedding somewhere hot an exotic.

Unless it is black tie, the suit can stay hanging up in the wardrobe, the expert said.

A lightweight suit made with cotton or linen with an unconstructed line is better for a beach wedding as these options are cooler. And when it comes to choosing a colour, pale greys, blues and neutrals are a good option.

Once the suit is sorted, then you can start thinking about what to put on your feet, but do not be tempted to swap a proper shoe for a flip-flop, Urbinati said.

Sandals are too casual, instead a neutral lace-up without socks is a good way to go, but avoid heavy fabrics like suede. Loafers also work well.

Finally, a touch of the formal without risking looked overdressed is to pick either a good tie or a nice pocket square – one or the other, not both.

A beach wedding indicates a more laidback dress code unless specified, but it is still a wedding, so a nod to formality in the form of a chic pocket square or a simple tie, which can be loosened in the evening, is ideal.

Would Prince Harry Prefer A Beach Wedding?

Even the Royals would be interested in Cyprus beach weddings, it has recently been suggested.

While the UK (and the rest of the world) awaits details of Prince Harry’s wedding to Megan Merkel, we suspect that Prince Harry would rather sneak away to a beach than make his vows in front of the world’s press.

So far all we know is that the happy couple are planning on eschewing Royal tradition, and instead of getting married in Westminster Abbey where Harry’s brother and parents married, will be marrying at Windsor Castle.

Windsor Castle is outside of London and St. George’s Chapel, where they will eventually marry, is smaller than Westminster Abbey.

The Abbey is also where Prince Harry’s mother Princes Diana’s funeral was held, so may hold difficult memories for him.

Despite this lower key wedding for the fifth in line to the throne, there are many who think he would rather just escape to a beach somewhere.

“Harry would probably love to go away and do it in secret on a beach, probably in Africa if he was able to, however he knows that that’s one thing that he’s not going to get away with,” said ABC Royal News Contributor Victoria Murphy.

Though we may feel a bit sorry that Harry can’t really have the beach wedding he wants, you still can. Get in touch with us to find out more about how we can help you have the Cyprus beach wedding of your dreams.