Category Archives: Wedding Trends

Fall Wedding Tips from Colin Cowie

We couldn’t agree more with Colin Cowie’s tips for Fall weddings so we wanted to share them with you.

The end of summer is in the air, and with Labor Day weekend upon us, thoughts of fall weddings have begun to occupy me. With each new season comes a sea of new possibilities to consider. If you’re preparing a fall wedding, here are some of my favorite things to share with the autumn bride.

Color—with fall, colors get naturally darker and warmer. The lime green of summer becomes olive green in fall. Red becomes burgundy and shades of persimmon become pumpkin.

Fabric—as with color, we can start playing with more sumptuous, heavier fabrics. Think brocade and velvet rather than linen and silk as you plan your décor.

Cocktails—cooler nights mean warmer spirits. Think about the smoky flavors of Scotch and bourbon and the deeper tastes that come with full-bodied red wine as opposed to the light spritzes from the summer.

Food—pairing your food to match with darker cocktails means going more towards hearty tastes. Think comfort food served in a chic way. Miniatures, perhaps? Single serving diminutive apple pies, plated pumpkin ravioli or anything with a brown butter sauce. Delicious.

Your Dress—while white will always reign supreme, the darker color palette of fall could entice you to think beyond the norm. Perhaps investigate warm ivories, or for the fashionably bold, the red and black dress collections from Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta. And if you opt for white or ivory for yourself, your bridesmaid dresses could always hearken to an autumnal palette.

Fun Tradition: Leap Year Proposals

It’s Leap Day and today, according to Irish tradition, is the day (only comes once every 4 years) where it is encouraged for gals to get down on one knee and propose to their guys.

According to the legend, St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun, had heard enough complaints from single women whose suitors were too shy to propose. So, she spoke to St. Patrick about the problem, and they agreed to let women propose on Leap Day, once every four years.

According to the HuffingtonPost, 10 percent of women are planning to take the plunge and pop the question.  BBC says the right of every woman to propose on this day goes back to when the leap year day was not recognized by English law. It was believed that if the day had no legal status, it was acceptable to break with tradition.

What do you think of this tradition?

 

Top 2012 Wedding Trends

We love weddings! Recently OneWed.com released their top trends of 2012.  What do you think?  Here’s what they have to say we will be seeing a lot of this year.

We eat, breath and sleep weddings ’round the clock! So with each new year, we look forward to meeting all the new nearlyweds that join the ranks, and of course… the hot new wedding trends that emerge! Our 2011 predictions were pretty spot on (not to toot our horn or anything!) and the time has come to count down what we think will be the top 12 trends for 2012 weddings:

#12—Food trucks  If you’ve ever come face to face with a food truck filled with yummy, greasy grub after a long day (or night) of drinking, you already know that it’s bliss on wheels! 2012 couples are taking note, inviting fun food trucks to their wedding receptions and after parties. From ice cream to burgers to pizza, pretzels, hot dogs, and fried Twinkies (yes, I said it), 2012 wedding guests will be leaving receptions with full & satisfied tummies!

#11—Unique head chic  When it comes to topping off the perfect wedding hairstyle, 2012 brides have endless possibilities! Haute couture headpieces, mini wedding hats, fascinators and headbands have joined the likes of traditional bridal veils and tiaras, which makes shopping for bridal hair accessories a whole lot more fun! Some of our favorite head chic designers? Sara GabrielTwigs & HoneyPortobelloand White by Vera Wang.

#10—Royal wedding inspiration  Millions watched, tweeted and buzzed as Kate Middleton exchanged vows with Prince William on April 29th, 2011. So it should come as no surprise that 2012 brides will incorporate style and decor details inspired by the royal wedding. Brides are trending towards smaller, simpler bridal bouquets of ivory blooms with touches of green, natural, glowy makeup, looser wedding hairstyles, and dainty bridal bling. Wedding dresses with sheer lace sleeves are more popular than ever, cap sleeves and cowl necks are all the rage, and ivory bridesmaids’ dresses are suddenly chic (and totally acceptable). We predict Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dressing more celebrity brides in 2012!

#9—Letterpress with a modern twist  When I think Letterpress, three words always come to mind; classic, luxurious, pricey. But thanks to innovative stationery designers like Bella Figura, classic, traditional brides won’t be the only ones choosing letterpress in 2012! Bold, modern fonts, bright neon hues, geometric patterns, and unexpected color pairings atop classic ivory letterpress will make even the mostoffbeat bride swoon!

#8—Bijou weddings  2012 nearlyweds have cracked the code! The best way to get exactly the type of wedding you want without breaking the budget? One fell swoop to the wedding guest list! When the guest list is small, the wedding can be elegant, complete with gorgeous details that are worth the splurge.

#7—Two wedding dresses  Kate Middleton wore two, Kim Kardashian wore three. And for many brides tying the knot in 2012, one wedding dress just won’t cut it. They want the dress of their dreams to walk down the aisle in, plus comfort, sass, and the ability to cut a rug at their wedding reception. Is that too much to ask? Not for 2012 brides! We expect to see lots more LWDs (little white dresses) sparkling on the dance floor at 2012 wedding receptions.

#6—Scaled back centerpieces  Sky high floral topiaries are sure to make a statement, but you’ll definitely pay for every inch of drama! So budget-conscious couples saying I Do in 2012 are getting creative, adding WOW to their wedding reception tabletops in a different way. One-of-a-kind details will trump identical perfection, clusters of smaller, shorter centerpieces (in varying heights) will adorn each reception table, and unexpected items (like pearls and crystals, antique books and photos, wine corks, mason jars, paper blooms, eco-friendly succulents, etc.) will take the place of expensive fresh blooms. Ready to make magic?

#5—Touches of sheer  If you’re a regular reader of OneWed’s blog, you’ve probably seen a post or two about illusion necklines and transparent touches. After all, bridal designer Reem Acra did say that, for 2012 weddings, “There is no mistaking that transparency is the new white.” Bella’s Breaking Dawn wedding dress featured a sheer, lace back, and almost every designer, from Monique Lhuillier to Rosa Clara, sent at least one gorgeous gown with an alluring illusion neckline down the 2012 bridal catwalk.

#4—Sparkle  Last year was all about metallics and bold color palettes, and in 2012…metallics reign supreme! Gilded gold and sparkly silver will play a major role in 2012 weddings, adding a touch of luxe to white aisles everywhere, from the shoes and dress details to the reception centerpieces, signs and decor.

#3—Mix and match mania  Mix and match bridesmaids‘ styles have been trending for awhile. But 2012 marks the year of the truly comfortable, unique and beautiful bridesmaid. Brides are giving their ‘maids the freedom to choose their own neckline, silhouette, length or hue, plus a lot more leeweigh when it comes to hair & makeup, shoes & accessories. But b-maids aren’t the only ones getting the mix and match treatment! Thanks to BHLDN bridal separates, brides are mixing and matching to create two unique wedding looks with just a few key pieces.

#2—Ditching Tradition  There is a God! Because 2012 brides are finally ready to say goodbye to dated wedding traditions like the bridal bouquet toss and icky garter toss. New & personalized wedding traditions and cultural ceremonies from around the world will replace the antiquated practices that nearlyweds choose to ditch,  and we can’t wait to see what new wedding traditions emerge as a result!

#1—NOT your mom’s white wedding dress  One word to describe 2012 brides? Daring! Brides tying the knot in 2012 will splash the white aisles with color or print in non-traditional wedding dressesBlush is the new ivory, and wedding dresses in shades of ice blue, nude, gold and silver are gaining speed. Following BHLDN’s lead, designers like Badgley Mischka and Claire Pettibone included printed bridal gowns in their Spring 2012 collections. Vera Wang’s dark 2012 bridal collection, completely devoid of wedding white, turned heads but was well-received, proving that 2012 brides are ready to infuse their unique personality and style into their white aisle look.