It’s out with the old and in with the new! If there’s bling on your ring finger and wedding day designs on you mind, read on for the skinny on what’s hot in weddings for 2013. Here are some of the top trends for the coming wedding season.
Return to Elegance. We’re seeing a return to elegance this year in wedding trends. Inspiration will be drawn from old world glamour – think The Great Gatsby and the roaring 20s – decadence and romance. Weddings and receptions will return to more sophisticated affairs. Plated dinners and more elaborate place settings will be all the rage. Expect to see rich fabrics, gold flatware, elaborate jewelry, ornate detail and more formal receptions.
Local Yocal. You needn’t look too far past your wedding destination for fresh bounty from area farmers. We’ll see a continued increase of thoughtful, locally sourced menus showcasing the best of what’s to offer in the region. Imagine giving guests an incredibly unique experience using a local apple cider for a fun approach to a toasting beverage, or having your planner to work the chef to prepare root vegetables in an elevated presentation.
Flower Power. This season is all about opulent looks – lush, oversized blooms. Vintage is still popular, the look has moved away from the feel of countryside fields and more toward a just picked from an elegant English garden. Oh, and garlands are back – in a big way.
Tantalizing Textures. Being one who is totally into texture, I’m over the moon that it has hit its stride as a trend. The combination of fabrics, or even the same fabric used different ways to create pleats, ribs, or a confection of ruffles. And then there’s the use of delicate appliqués and beaded embellishments – swoon. There’s just something about seeing a look that at first glance seems ordinary, but upon closer appreciation has so much definition, dimension and detail that the fabrics alone are viewed as works of art.
Let Them Eat Cake. Tall and slender is the look du jour, made modern by using a mix of single and double-height tiers. Two different design styles are sharing the spotlight year – the first cake that dominates right now is clean and modern with just one amazing pop of embellishment such as a bow, monogram or flower; the second looks takes is on the opposite track, using eye-popping color or all-over appliqués or lace design that mimic the bride’s wedding gown. Having different flavors for each tier is still in style, but the cherry on top regarding cake style? Look to see something unexpected nestled among the flowers like fresh fruit or mini sculptures such as butterflies or hummingbirds for a personal touch.
She’ll have Him in Her Pockets. Cue applause all across the globe – finally, the wait is over! Functional fashion is in. Designers are adding well placed pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear. And word is, that we can expect to see some high-profile celeb brides donning dresses with pockets season. A design element that the fellas will appreciate.
Prints Charming. From stripes and chevron to delicate florals and bold graphics, prints reign supreme. Expect to see them used in everything from napkins and table runners to bridesmaid’s dresses and groomsmen’s ties, pocket squares and even shirts.
Music Mashup. If you would like a more customized and unique music experience, this hot new trend is for you. A mashup is a blend of live musicians that play along with the DJ. Totally cool, and all the rage – period.
Picture Perfect. The trend of the photobooth is still going strong and the name of the game here is – be playful. Use fun props and have a customized backdrop, such as one using different patterned fabrics.
Lounge Out. More and more bridal couples are going with the planner’s recommendation to add lounge areas to the wedding layout. Not only will we see more and more of the lounge as an essential element this year but expect to see the incorporation of more inventive furniture. Think tree trunk accent tables, hammocks, swings, grass sofas.
It’s Eclectic. Combining juxtapositional elements to create a truly unique feel – glam elegance paired with organic outdoorsy elements, or modern elements expertly blended with antiques. Think sleek leather lounge furniture set off by the soft glow of simple candlelight in show-stopping vintage chandeliers.
As far as style in trends with taste and serious staying power – the time to be married has never been more in fashion!