In light of the recent Royal Wedding and now, nearly half way through 2011, I thought I would share the latest trends we have seen in Weddings and upcoming ones we will see more of in 2012. (Please note: All works and products in this article are (c) Copyrighted by their respective owners).
We saw this for the 2010 wedding season and in 2011 it really is in full swing, but it’s now a combination of vintage with modern elements combined.
- vintage dresses with cap sleeves
- rich textures
- ornate details
- natural outdoor settings
- vintage photography eg. pretty fields with sunflare, rustic locations.
We continue to see more green, environmentally friendly weddings. Think second-hand vintage dresses, recycled paper invitations and programs (For inspiration here, visit a Typo Store), and fresh food from local farms. In lieu of traditional wedding gifts, more couples will be asking for donations to their favorite charity.
Modern choices for Wedding Gowns
Brides are opting for non-traditional dress choices, such as beautiful hues instead of white or ivory (Vera Wang has demonstrated this with her incredible 2012 collection) shoulders and sleeves are back instead of strapless and short cocktail dresses instead of a long gown. (* see below* for Bridal Dresses). This trend will continue through décor, with Couple’s incorporating bright and bold colours, cool lounge settings and cupcakes are still popular instead of a wedding cake
- Green (below)
- dusk pink (below)
- smoke/white (below)
- powder blue (below)
Hair & Makeup
Deconstructed (slightly messed/undone) hairstyles such as this bun/chignon hybrid from the Vera Wang collection, combined with fresh clean makeup were huge on the catwalk and combined with a classic vintage gown or a pretty hue is sublime. Monique Lhuiller featured very pretty floral adorments for her Spring collection.
After years of pearls, girls will be looking for gemstone jewellery that reflect the soft pastel colour palette – think rose quartz, smoky quartz, pewter pearls and antique gold.
“Do it yourself” is another wedding trend we’ll continue to see. This trend is here to stay as it not only saves money, but also adds a special something to the big day. Personal touches and little details such as guest treat/cookie tables or handmade guest gifts are very important (again, visit a Typo store); couples are incorporating their favorite interests, hobbies and places.
It’s about the drapery, more embellished dresses, the ones full of embroidery and details with decorative items added. Keep it simple with clean lines that are feminine and delicate but enhance with rich detail. Soft and bright colours such as pink, blue, purple or green are very popular and medium length is still on trend.
Here are some of my favourite designs from Vera Wang's 2012 & Alexander McQueen's 2011 collections.........Enjoy