As many of you would know by now, there is nothing I love better than a clever wedding design that draws inspiration from a genre in a tasteful way. I go to these weddings and just spend the whole time grinning from ear to ear at the way that every last detail has been addressed and thought out. There’s nothing more satisfying (from a design point of view) than seeing the colours and chosen design elements just work seamlessly together and this is how you know that a truly GREAT wedding designer has been on the scene. What a buzz!
So you can imagine that there was a considerable amount of flailing excitedly when I started to see the following trend gain traction.
This week – we’re talking Pop Art weddings!
The Knot says it’s going to be a thing. Pinterest tells me that it’s already a thing. Etsy loves a great Pop Art party (although to be fair, they’re still partying with Gatsby – enough of the feathered headbands already! Please?) but this trend is not for the faint hearted. If your idea of a great wedding design doesn’t involve bold patterns, geometric shapes and bright colours – it’s probably time for you to hit the snooze button and check back later.
What Exactly IS Pop Art?
So for those of you who weren’t around in the 50’s or haven’t been exposed to a wide range of art genres (No kids, they’re Instagram filters) – Pop Art is a movement that emerged in the U.K in the mid-50’s (although it hit the U.S later in the decade….trendsetters we are!). It caused a stir because it presented challenges to traditional fine art by introducing popular culture into its graphical imagery by taking elements from their recognized context and put into unrelated scenes (often quite conflicting and controversial). It’s more about the “pop” than the “art” – so to speak.
Many of us associate Pop Art with the incomparable Andy Warhol. Warhol’s work has remained recognizable over the decades – drawn from popular media and products, using extremely bright colours, flat imagery inspired by comics and newspapers and blocky 2D patterns. It’s Warhol’s Pop-Art that we are seeing translate into this trend the most – although there are of course niche wedding designs that draw from lesser known elements (a great way to put your own stamp onto what will undoubtedly be a popular style in 2014).
Without further ado – here are some of my favourite Pop Art wedding pics that I’ve picked up recently.
What do you think of the Pop Art Wedding phenomenon? Hit or miss? Love or loathe? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Drop us a line in the comments below!