Wedding trends - what's in vogue for your nuptials
From floral headpieces to flat shoes, we lift the veil of secrecy on what's hot and what's not for your nuptials this year.
In China, it's the year of the horse. Back on this side of the world, 2014 is the year of the celebrity wedding. Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke, Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard and Aengus Mac Grianna and Terry Gill are just some of the famous couples set to make it official this year.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are busy making plans of their own after the golfer got down on one knee on New Year's Eve. And that's not forgetting A-listers Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac and Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, all of whom are rumoured to be tying the knot in 2014.
Money will be no object as the celebrity couples become husband and wife in style.
While new figures show that Ireland's real-life lovebirds are counting their pennies a little more carefully these days - the average cost of a wedding is €17,750, €2,250 less than it was two years ago - they're sure to say 'I do' to some of the celeb wedding ideas too. From pink frocks to floral crowns, here we take a look at 2014's top 10 wedding trends for celebrities and civilians alike.
Actress Kaley Cuoco certainly started 2014 off with a big bang when she wed tennis player Ryan Sweeting on New Year's Eve.
Swapping vows in a custom-made pink Vera Wang gown, the 28-year-old star of The Big Bang Theory looked every inch the blushing bride. Celeb designer Wang rocked New York Bridal Fashion Week recently with an all-pink collection.
And with Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and now Cuoco all thinking pink on their big day, the trend is sure to trickle down to main street too.
Bridal floral crowns are set to rule in 2014. Peaches Geldof was ahead of the curve when she donned a daisy chain one on her big day back in 2012.
But she won't be the only grown-up flower girl as the boho-chic trend comes into full bloom this season. For a headpiece that would make Diarmuid Gavin proud, use real flowers such as roses and peonies. If money - or pollen - is a problem, then just go faux with silk or even paper posies.
Just like Mrs-to-be Kim Kardashian, 2014 brides are sure to look picture perfect on their big day. Groomed brows, smoky eyes and bright lips dominated the runway at Bridal Fashion Week. "If you're planning a spring wedding, go for a soft winged black eyeliner with a dash of tangerine lipstick," advises Deborah Leonard, beauty editor of Irish Wedding Diary and bridal make-up expert at Closer2Fabulous.ie.
"Keep the complexion peachy and the cheeks pinched with pink. I predict that Kim will go retro on her wedding day with an elegant cat liner and pop of colour on the lips."
Flat's where it's at
Bridezillas here are coming back down to Earth this year - ditching sky-high stilettos in favour of comfy flats. Keira Knightley put her best foot forward when she wed musician James Righton in pink ballet pumps last May.
They were by Chanel, of course, but now a number of more pocket-friendly footwear brands, including TOMS, have launched their own range of bridal flats too. Meanwhile, a basket of flats - among other emergency supplies - is still mandatory.
Always the bridesmaid
Who says you can't wear white to your best friend's wedding? In fact, one of this year's biggest trends for bridesmaids is doing just that.
Although it was once considered the ultimate taboo, Mnow onsoon, Nordstrom and Dessy are just some of the brands featuring the virginal hue for the bride's besties this season. But don't worry about being mistaken for the new Mrs-Whomever. Just so long as the maid of honour's dress is a different style or length to the bride's, it'll be all white on the night.
Move over, George Clooney. Grooms-to-be are tipped to take their cue from the ultimate silver fox in 2014. Red carpet-ready suits will replace more traditional groomswear, according to the experts, with more men tying the knot in a bow tie.
"We've seen a big uptake in suits as groomswear," says Robert Hutton of Hackett Menswear in Dublin 2. "Most grooms would rather invest in a classic navy or grey tailored suit that can be worn again than something that will sit in the back of the wardrobe. A ready-tied bow tie is the perfect finishing touch."
Barn to be wild
Barns, theatres and galleries are predicted to be among this year's top wedding venues. OneFabDay.com has just launched its guide to the 100 best wedding venues in Ireland, and managing editor Naoise McNally explains: "Couples are increasingly turning their back on generic wedding packages to create a celebration that is truly 'them'."
Blank canvases such as barns are now hugely popular as venues because they can be decorated according to the couple's personal tastes, while the popularity of church weddings is waning in favour of civil and humanist ceremonies, which offer more flexibility.
Less is more as wedding invites shrink in size over the coming 12 months. Dainty invites adorned with floral patterns, lace and pearls are predicted to start dropping through front doors across the land soon.
And smaller than the standard 5x7 wedding summons, the postman surely won't have any problem squeezing them through the letterbox, at least.
Scoffable wedding favours remain on trend for 2014. But guests may well find a tiny box of chocolates on their pillow rather than their place setting. 'Pillow presents' - welcome gifts left for guests at their hotel - look set to overtake traditional wedding reception favours at the hippest nuptials this year.
"Bubbles, homemade candles and flower seeds are just some of the more creative wedding favours you see at weddings now," says Aoife McMorrow, editor of Mrs2Be.ie.
'Kimye' were reportedly furious when an unofficial video of their engagement leaked online in October. So they're likely to impose a ban on smartphones on their big day too.
Increasing numbers of Irish couples are following suit by encouraging guests to leave their gadgets at home, and focus on having fun instead.
Flagging it up on your invites is fine. Just don't go as far as Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams, who supposedly confiscated guests' phones in order to protect a six-figure magazine deal for their wedding snaps.
'We're planning a double celebration'
Bride-to-be Emilee Jennings (27), an English teacher and journalist from Sligo but living in South Korea, is set to wed fiancé Young-Hwi Cho this spring.
"Young-Hwi and I met at a music event in Seoul 16 months ago. We had discussed marriage, so I knew he would propose at some point. When he popped the question in an empty café last month, though, I was still completely shocked!
"Young-Hwi asked me to go in and order him a coffee while he parked the car.
"When I walked in, there was a video about our relationship playing, showing all the reasons I should say 'yes' - which, of course, I did as soon as he came in and asked me to marry him.
"We're planning to get married in a little church in Korea this spring, and have another celebration in Ireland during the summer.
"On paper, planning a wedding sounds overwhelming.
"I'm just trying to remain as chilled as possible. This year's latest wedding trends all sound really interesting. I love the idea of flat shoes and wouldn't rule out wearing a floral crown either. But, while I'm a fan of pink, I can't imagine walking down the aisle in anything other than white."