Whether or not you have a destination wedding, you can bring the tropics into your embiance. Palms and Monstera leaves can be used as a grounding backdrop to a bouquet, a unique element of a tablescape, or a sculptural take on ceremony florals. The rich warmth of the greens adds a lush look to any room.
Pantone Living Coral
Coral has always been an idyllic spring hue, but Pantone's color of the year is a soft, romantic take instead of a bright and daring. Feminine and pretty, it is versatile enough to work in a beachy seascape or among a meadow of flowers.
There's no need to choose a single color or to rely on solids when you can have it all. A whimsical bride can choose from abstract prints, geometric patterns, or quirky florals for herself or for bridesmaids. Rules don't apply if it makes your heart sing!
Acrylic accents can be used for just about anything, from table numbers, signage, decor, and stationary. Being clear, it can be mixed and matched with any color, and it can be written on, painted on, or printed on. If you want a sleek, modern vibe, lucite is a must.
Lace gowns are a tale as old as time, but oversized, embroidered lace appliques are a new spin on the tried-and-true classic. Especially when the appliques are strategically placed, they can add a sexy touch to an otherwise sweet look.
Wessex Gown by Watters
A barely-there nude top could be risque, but topped with intricate floral beading and a flowing, feminine skirt, this dress is a romantic dream.
Bow Drape Ballgown by Viktor&Rolf
There's nothing better than a well-draped, classic ballgown, and this one keeps things fresh with a 50's style bow and (the best) pockets.
Soleil SS18 by Leanne Marshall
If you're looking for a bit of color, this soft painterly wash fits the bill, and there is a unique juxtaposition between the artistry of the skirt and the sporty racerback top.
Paolo Gown by Rosa Clara Couture
Gowns with sleeves can easily become matronly, but the low back and flash of leg lightens up the look, and the beaded bow detail screams Tiffany's glam.
Glazer Gown by Hayley Paige
This gown proves you can look sexy without showing a lot of skin. The straps on this gown provide great support and coverage, the bandage-style bodice is incredibly flattering, and the soft layers of the skirt keep the silhouette balanced without looking too harsh.
Loretta Gown by Whispers & Echoes for BHLDN
I'm thrilled that 90's simplicity is coming back to bridal, and I love the combination of modern straps with the classic button-back. 20 years from now this gown will still be a stunner.
Appliqued A-Line Dress and Topper by Oleg Cassini for David's Bridal
This dress (also available in plus sizes!) is as traditional as it gets, but the antique color helps the lace details pop. The topper is removable to reveal a chic strapless gown for the reception.
Sia Gown by Amsale
This gown is perfect for a bohemian bride who doesn't want to look too much like a flower child. The shape is effortless and is enhanced by simple details.
3800 Gown and 3814 Gown by Lazaro
These two gowns, while very different in shape and vibe, have the most exquisite beadwork without feeling fussy or overdone. They are both a perfect blend of traditional meeting modern.
When people think "sheer" they usually think "sexy," but sex appeal is only one facet of the sheer skirt trend. The look can feature a see-through layer over a mini dress, a sheer bottom on a mermaid silhouette, or a traditional gown with a sheer overlay. The results are often soft and romantic, and you'll look like you're floating down the aisle.
Just as bridal separates came onto the scene this past fall, separates for bridesmaids is quickly taking over the market. The possibilities are truly endless, from sophisticated tops over gowns to miss-matched tops and bottoms to sweet sweater separates. When your bridal party is made of all shapes and sizes, this is the perfect route to take.
Shake the Cake
Wedding cake is iconic, but today's bride isn't confined to conventions. Whether she creates the shape of a traditional cake with donuts, macarons, or Oreos, or whether she lays out a buffet of assorted sweet treats, cutting the cake is no longer a necessity.
Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity
This is the first year Pantone has released TWO "Colors of the Year," and both of them combined simply scream spring. No matter how you utilize them, from attire to decor to flowers to invitations, they are a perfect pairing that can do no wrong in the wedding scene.
Rose Gold Glory
It's not just for rings anymore! Rose gold details are popping up everywhere, from gowns and accessories to table accents to stationary. Because it's so bold it is usually paired with neutral matte tones, and the result is absolutely glamourous. For the bride who is a little sassy and isn't afraid of a little glitter and shine, this is a great trend!
Spring wedding looks have always included a variation of floral design, but this season is looking much more subdued and vintage. The colors are more muted, the lace is more antique, and the flowers are suitable for high tea.
The "princess bride" has been a common wedding theme for ages, but with the recent live-action revival of Cinderella, a unique twist has been introduced to the classic fairy tale. This trend is all about subtle royalty, with hinds of blue and gold and delicate opulence throughout.
Every year, Pantone's "Color of the Year" takes over the wedding industry, but this one took off a bit sooner than expected. "Marsala" is a color that many would deem suitable for fall, but it's been noticeably incorporated into spring weddings, too. When paired with softer blushes and pastels, the deep wine color doesn't look quite as "cold weather."
If you're part of a fandom, there's no need to not incorporate that into your wedding day. Brides have been introducing their nerdier sides more and more, and it can be done in a variety of ways. From adding in sophisticated touches throughout traditional wedding decor, to going all-out in costumes and comic strips, whatever you're into can shine on your big day.
All About that Lace
Lace used to just be reserved for wedding gowns, but now it's seen in everything from decor, invitations, bridesmaids looks, and centerpieces.
I was a bridesmaid last month and we were lucky enough to wear the BHLDN Ainsley dress. BHLDN bridesmaid dresses are always a hit, and they are one of the few salons that carries a wide array of navy gowns to suit any season or level of formality. As nautical weddings are growing in popularity, navy dresses are a hot commodity.
Here's a look at BHLDN's current selection:
DIY Brides everywhere are going for bouquets they can make themselves, that won't cost much, and will last forever. Because of this, bouquets that look like flowers but are actually made of a lasting material have been at the top of the trend list. Using colored paper, book pages, leaves, or brooches, you can create a unique bouquet that resembles flowers while reflecting your artistic creativity and personality.
Blush wedding gowns have been popular for some time, but this spring everything is blushing. From gowns to bridesmaid dresses to flowers to decor, the whole wedding industry is going soft and serene.
Pantone Radiant Orchid
Project Runway's "Color of the Year" challenge has brought Radiant Orchid to a new level of popularity, and for the bold bride it has been a smash for spring. A vast array of bridesmaids dresses in this purple tone have been hitting the shelves, and brides with whimsy have been sure to accessorize with orchid shoes, belts, and jewelry. For decor, the amount of orchid touches is up to you - whether you hit it up with subtle splashes or "go big or go home," you can't go wrong! Obviously, orchid bouquets and floral arrangements are a must.
Having a garden wedding, floral bridesmaids dresses, and floral decor is all common for spring weddings, but lately wedding gowns have taken a turn to the floral side. Whether it's colored dresses with bright floral pops, floral lace patterns, or skirts resembling flower petals, everything's coming up roses.
This year "naked cakes" (which simply aren't frosted) have expanded from being popular only at rustic barn weddings to being popular EVERYWHERE. Whether you decorate them simply with powdered sugar, add fruit or flowers, or include some personal wedding decor touches, it's sure to be a hit. As an added bonus, it's significantly less expensive than a traditional fondant-covered cake, and it great for a bride on a budget.
The new Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby was finally released today, and ever since its original release date in December, the wedding circuit has been blowing up with 1920s-inspired gowns, accessories, and decor. One must be careful with this trend - it can go cheap, gimmicky, and costume-y VERY quickly, but when done tastefully, it can take your wedding to a high level of glamour and style. Here's a glimpse of what's in:
Beaded details, intricate lace, unique backs, and caplet sleeves are all featured in this year's popular 1920s dresses. Designers such as Jenny Packham, Claire Pettibone, BHDLN, and Lazaro are ones to watch.
Headpieces can be anything from bridal caps, long flowing veils, glitzy headbands, and feathered combs. Art-Deco style jewelry and true-to-the-era shoes are a must.
Stay away from the feathers and flapper fringe! Classic dresses with beaded details or plain frocks that can be jazzed up with accessories will hit the right note.
For the Men
Inspiration is drawn directly from Jay Gatsby's wardrobe. For a formal wedding, a classic black tux is perfect, and for a more casual affair, the Gatsby Standard white linen suit will do. Conveniently, Brooks Brothers has created a Great Gatsby collection made of suits, shirts, ties, shoes, and anything else your man might require. (pictured below)
Invitations and Cakes
Art-Deco designs and metallic accents are everything when it comes to keeping with the theme.
No round-ball bouquets here! Organic-shaped spray bouquets work well here, or, for an extra bit of glamour, go for a vintage brooch bouquet. For the non-traditionalist who wants to pay homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald, book page bouquets are all the rage.
There are so many things that make up a wedding, from your venue, reception, food, and activities. Here are some other ways to incorporate the Jazz Age into your day:
Need more ideas?
Head over to Couture Commitments' Pinterest and check out the "Spring 2013 - 1920s" board.
This trend has been especially popular in my local area and has been blowing up on Pinterest as well. Classic lace dresses are a staple for this theme. For the ceremony and reception, barn venues, burlap and lace decor, mason jars, chalkboard signs, and simple flowers will fit the scene.
Downton Abbey and the upcoming Great Gatsby movie have made 1920s glam weddings very popular. Designers like Jenny Packham and Claire Pettibone are the go-to creators for 20's gowns. Metallic touches in decor and speak-easy parties for receptions are perfect touches. Be careful, though - this theme can go flapper-costume-ey and super cheesy very quickly. Keep it classy!!
Definitely a choice for a non-traditional bride, and one she won't regret. This spring a variety of pastels have been popular, from blush, sherbet, mint, and lavender. For an evening wedding, gold and champagne colored dresses are key.
Who would have thought that birds would be the next big thing? From quaint lovebirds as cake toppers to birdcages as card boxes, feathered friends are showing up everywhere. Dresses are even being made with bird patterns and feathers. For an outdoor spring garden wedding, this motif can be extraordinarily cute.
Grey and Yellow
Another Pinterest favorite, this color scheme is perfect for spring or summer. While yellow dresses can be difficult for bridesmaids, grey dresses with yellow shoes make a great alternative and make a great blank slate for bright yellow flowers; yellow roses, cala lilies, and billy balls accented with dusty miller leaves are perfect. For the men, grey suits and yellow ties are very popular. Grey bowls filled with lemons make great reception centerpieces.
For more on these trends, visit Couture Commitments' Pinterest!