Marie Sinclair, director of Mayfair-based cake company GC Couture, shares her sweet predictions for 2018 weddings
The trend: Metallic detailing and gold leaf
"I see this as a 'rustic rebellion'. The past few years, we've seen rustic and naked wedding cakes become a huge hit, so it's exciting to see couples going to the opposite end of the scale and looking for designs that are ultra-glam and full of luxury. Whether it’s gold leaf detailing on the edges of flowers or a full metallic tier, creating a metallic wedding cake is always so much fun and I love how glamorous they always look."
The trend: geometric and marble patterns
"Geometric designs are a great new way of paying homage to the hexagonal cakes of past traditions. Marble is anywhere and everywhere, of course - we predict 2018 cakes will see single-coloured marble tiers, perfect for adding extra wow-factor. The great thing about both marble and geometric cakes is they're both playful and fun, as well as classy and elegant. Both styles will continue to evolve throughout 2018."
The trend: handpainted elements
"As with geometric cakes, handpainted cakes have had a modern makeover. As opposed to simply painting flowers and elements on the cakes, designs are now utilising both 2D and 3D - think flat painting with 3D elements incorporated. This allows for a lot of delicate detail and artistic flare to be incorporated."
The trend: cakes as décor
"Couples will increasingly make their wedding cake a real focal point of their reception set-up. They're embracing statement cake tables, adorned with props and decor to match the wedding cake. We're seeing an increase in demand for tall, slim, towering cakes that have a real wow-factor impact."
The trend: creative flavours
"Couples are more adventurous than ever and we predict 2018 will see a rise in bold, delicious cake flavours. We've seen combinations including white chocolate and cranberry, green tea, cherry bakewell, strawberry and champagne, salted caramel... Amongst a lot of others!"
The trend: coffee time
"We're increasingly seeing the wedding cake being paired with after-dinner drinks or coffee and cocktails. Instead of serving the cake later in the evening, newlyweds are making more of an occasion of it, to ensure guests have the time to enjoy it."
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