On Jan. 18, the BMO Centre at Stampede Park was transformed into a bridal wonderland for the 2015 Wedding Fair produced by the Bridal Group of Companies.
This was the 15th year for the event which played host to more than 5, 500 brides, grooms, and bridesmaids, sharing with them the trends for the upcoming wedding season.
Wedding planner and owner of Creative Weddings Cathy MacRae was one of the 250 exhibitors at the event this year.
With six years of planning experience behind her, she shared her expertise on the design trends that can be expected this year.
According to MacRae, one of the biggest trends for 2015 is vintage décor.
“What is old is new again,” she said.
She explained that this trend offers room for creativity, as ‘vintage’ can mean something different to different couples.
“Some think of [vintage] being more like what you saw in Victorian England while someone else may love the essence of Hollywood glamour in the 1940’s, or the freedom of the 1960’s.”
MacRae shared her take on the vintage trend in her Downton Abbey-inspired vignette that was featured at this year’s event, using palettes and concepts drawn from the Edwardian era, in England.
In her design she also integrated Marsala, the Pantone colour of the year, another trend expected to be popular in 2015.
“This bold, rich earthy hue, similar to the colour of deep red wine, will be incorporated into more and more colour palettes this season,” she said.
Although these are forecast to be a few of the popular trends, MacRae explained that the biggest trend is to “expect the unexpected.”
“Floral walls, suspended centerpieces, cirque performers, food trucks, the list is endless,” she said.
“Today’s couples want a wedding that is unique and will stand out from the rest. They want to push the envelope.”
There were examples of “unexpected” possibilities throughout the event, including vignettes inspired by television shows such as Once Upon a Time and Game of Thrones.
“It’s an exciting time with endless possibilities,” said MacRae.
Attendee and bridesmaid Elisa Plett was pleased with her experience at this year’s Wedding Fair.
“It was attractive, and a lot of fun,” she said.
She was also impressed with how the event was run.
“It made guests feel happy and prevented the feeling of being overwhelmed during what could be a very overwhelming time, especially for a bride.”
Although the details cannot yet be released, the addition of new elements to the event can be expected next year, according to executive producer Kathie James.
“The entire wedding industry is growing, and the show is growing along with it, to provide brides with the newest trends and wedding ideas available,” she said.
For more information about the Wedding Fair, check out their website.