If you're planning a wedding then you'll no doubt be inundated with conflicting messages about what's hot, and what's not. And while you're perfectly within your right to ignore what everyone else is up to and plunge into preparing your big day, your way, most of us are intrigued by the latest lists of inspiring ideas.

Soooo, with that in mind, here at i-do.com.au we've sifted through the good, the bad and the downright different to come up with our ideas add a little wow to your wedding. Feel free to share your own in the comments.

1. Naked chairs

gorgeous outdoor wedding decor

Hiring beautiful chairs for your wedding guests to dine in on your wedding day or for your wedding ceremony may be all that's needed to add some wow to your room or outdoor area.  

Little decoration is generally required.  Keep them in the style of your wedding, if you are going rustic keep the chairs rustic.

Ask your wedding venue what chair options they have and if you are able to hire your own.

2. Food on wheels

food trucks wedding catering

Justin Lee Photography

Known as food trucks, the idea of driving food up to the door of your reception venue is gaining traction, particularly for those planning to party late into the night when the munchies are bound to take hold.

Relaxed, outdoor affairs are especially suited to this style of catering and more and more couples are eschewing sit-down dining and conventional cuisine for casual choices from gozleme to pork ribs, bacon rolls to burgers, noodle boxes and dumplings to popcorn, donuts, fairy floss and soft serve.

The food truck trend is accelerating at such a rate there are providers to cater for almost any scenario, from a full event service to serving scrummy snacks during pre-dinner drinks or pulling up towards the end of the night to delight your guests with hot dogs, perfect pies or old-fashioned ice cream cones. Whatever the format, this is one trend we think we can get used to.

3. Interactive is in

wedding games

Marianne Taylor Photography

Perhaps because weddings seem to be getting longer, or maybe just because it's a whole lot of fun; either way we're seeing a surge in "interactive" weddings either to entertain guests between the ceremony and the reception, or after a wedding brunch or lunch.

Lawn bowls clubs have snagged some of the best coastal real estate in the country and are staking their claim on cool, while games of bocce, croquet and quoits guarantee a fun-filled afternoon without too many thrills and spills.

wedding cartoonist

Marianne Taylor Photography

Why not put together a treasure or scavenger hunt for your guests (they can compete in teams) to keep them on the go while you are out getting your photos taken, or stage a trivia contest during dinner to see how well your family and friends really know you as a couple?  

Wedding day games are the ultimate ice breaker for even the shyest of guests and if you have kids at your wedding they can come in as handy babysitters.  For more active wedding day games such as cricket keep a basket of thongs on the side for your well and high heeled guests. 

4. A stellar line up

the best stage wedding photos

Forget cheesy and uncomfortable wedding photos, it's the year to glam them up and turn them into a work of art.  Staged wedding photos are making a comeback and we love photographer Justin Lee's take on the staged wedding photo, where a little 'tude' can go a long way.

5. Lace everywhere

lace inspired wedding ideas

Justin Lee Photography

While lace wedding dresses have been a brides best friend, fashion-wise, for years, those that love this iconic fabric will be dying to jump on this trend.  Lace will be turning up all over the place at weddings this year, from table centrepieces and table runners to lace paper decorations, lace wedding invitations, flowergirls' accessories and even lace decorated wedding cakes. Add a tad or go all out and have your guests dress in lace too.

lace wedding decor

6. Prints and patterns on parade

Whether in swathes of fabric used as tablecloths or table runners, wrapped around bouquets, as creative curtains to hang as an entrance to your ceremony, or all-over bridesmaids' dresses - prints and patterns will be everywhere.

gold wedding ideas

We're imagining bridesmaids' dresses featuring striped or dotty tulle, wedding cakes wrapped in prints (particularly multi-tiered varieties with clashing prints on each layer), lacy patterned or floral bunting and eclectic patterned carpets to replace the traditional red for brides keen to make a statement walking down the aisle.

prints and patterned wedding ideaspatterned bunting wedding trends

Florence Broadhurst inspired prints work just as well in wedding décor as they do at home for those with a penchant for retro, while contemporary types won't be able to resist fresh, clashing and cute combinations of candy stripes, zany zig-zags and pretty polka dots......you get the picture.

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