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While weddings are always unique in their own way, like all things, they have a tendency to fall prey to trends. There are only so many new ideas, so couples tend to fall into a similar pattern depending on the age they are getting married in.

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For example, in the 1980s, your wedding wasn’t a wedding without bridal sleeves so puffy they almost required helium to stand upright. This was also the time of the crown of flowers for the bride, along with the frosted lipstick and bright eye shadow that the decade inflicted on beauty trends. My mom was married in ’88 and had the flower crown (an idea I’m playing with myself), but certainly not the lipstick and eye shadow. And while her dress was stunning shame on her bridesmaids for rejecting her picks for them and going with that dated sleeve-y look.

In the 1990s, things began to change again. Trends are not necessarily all based around the bride; this was the onset of guests being given disposable cameras on the reception tables and chairs being covered in fabric rather than left bare.

The noughties brought the change in how the bride holds her bouquet; no longer prostrate in front of her, but cradled in her arms – calla lilies were particular favorites. It also saw the change in wedding dress length, with shorter styles becoming more popular.

So what does the current decade hold? There are a few trends that are emerging; especially the use of lace in wedding dresses. Once considered old-fashioned, lace has re-entered the sphere for wedding dresses, perhaps due in no small part to the gown Kate Middleton wore when she married Prince William in 2011. (Note: my mom’s dress was almost identical to Kate’s so who’s the real trend-setter?)

Given all of these considerations, you might find yourself wondering… do I need trends? Your wedding is supposed to be unique, but at the same time, you don’t want to do something so unusual that it stands out for all the wrong reasons. So how do you reconcile these two considerations?

Faux semi naked cake

Only Go With Trends You Genuinely Like

If you find yourself sighing over a trend like laser cut wedding invitations or subtle splashes of pink through the decor, then go with it. Trends become popular because people like them, and if you fall into that category, then why not? So what if your wedding photos may eventually look a little dated – it’s almost impossible to create a true “timeless” wedding, anyway. And make sure to include your groom too. I happen to love the look of a naked cake, a relatively new and trendy style. Kendall does not. We won’t have one. Moving on.

Pink Peony Boho Crown

Ignore The Trends You Don’t Like

This might seem obvious, but so many brides fall into a trap of thinking about what they ‘should’ do rather than what they want to do. This is why it’s so useful to have someone to bounce ideas off, be it bespoke wedding planners, your Mom, or even just your bridal party. This kind of feedback will help you decide if you’re making a choice based on your preferences, or if you are being influenced by the idea of being “in with the in crowd”. The only thing worse than having a wedding that might begin to look dated is having one that looks dated… that you never liked in the first place.

Certain trends that I think might be dated come the next generation of weddings:  1) super country looks with burlap and mason jars and 2) making your wedding party look like they’re going to Coachella. But do what you want, girlfrand. It’s your day!

Accept Replication

If you take advantage of current trends out of preference, then try and be reasonable if you see other brides using them. It’s too easy to find yourself offended if you go to another wedding this year and see a feature you used yourself. Just try and remember both you and all other brides are being influenced by the same factors, so it’s not necessarily a case of you being copied if you see the same features appearing! For example, one of my bridesmaids is literally recycling a dress from another wedding for mine. Navy is a great color that works on everyone, and I’m glad I chose a popular color so she doesn’t have to spend the extra money!

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There’s very little about a wedding that’s easy and stress-free. Trying to pick out the right attire for the day is certainly not going to be one example! Most weddings are, to a great extent, about putting on a show and feeling glamorous for a day, so this really puts the pressure on when it comes to choosing the right dresses and accessories.

Fortunately for you, this here is an epic guide to making sure you pick the wedding attire that’s right for you on your big day! It’s something that’s worth reading well in advance to ensure you have the time to follow it and achieve the best results.

Vintage 1950s wedding dress

Begin with the dress

Don’t try to go avant-garde on us. There are a lot of good reasons why most people will pick the actual dress before anything else, and it’s not a trend you should try to buck. After all, the dress is the “main attraction” of your attire, and pretty much everything else has to be picked so as not to clash with it.

With that in mind, you also need to remember that the dress itself shouldn’t clash with you or the venue! A contemporary venue should have a contemporary dress. A more casual or outdoors-y type wedding will call for a different kind of dress. There are people out there who think that choosing the dress first of all turns it into some kind of template, instead of giving it the emotional weight that it deserves. This is nonsense. Pick the dress first, because it’s the best way to choose everything else and avoid some kind of vestiary disaster down the road!

The silhouette

There’s an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to wedding dresses. You’re going to walk into a store and find about a million different dresses you’d love to wear, even after narrowing the range by budgeting beforehand. (Which, yes, is something you definitely need to do! Otherwise, the costs of this process may end up getting a little bit out of hand.) So you need to find more ways of narrowing your desired range so that you don’t get too overwhelmed. One of the best ways to do this is to narrow things down based on the dress silhouette.

The dress silhouette refers to the specific shapes that constitute a given dress. The lines, cuts and curves will determine what kind of shape you would take on if the lights cut out and you were simply a silhouette in that wedding dress. Put very simply, it can help determine how curvy, slender, or ‘poofy’ you look in that dress! It’s worth finding out precisely what kind of dress ‘shape’ you want – the most popular types are A-lines, ball gowns, mermaids, and trumpets. Make sure you know the differences when it comes to dress silhouettes!

Be an early bird

You should take this to mean two things. The first is that you should start looking for a dress fairly early on. Unless you plan on becoming pregnant, the chances of your body shape changing in any significant way from the time you choose the dress to the day of your wedding is fairly minimal, even if you gain or lose a little weight. So it’s best to do this as early as possible. It’s not simply a case of “getting it out of the way” – although there certainly is an element of it to that, considering how stressful choosing a dress can be! – but it’s also about allowing you more freedom when it comes to time and choice.

So what else does “be an early bird” mean? Basically, when you’re going to visit a wedding dress shop, you should go as early as possible. Think about it: the assistants who work in that store have to deal with several budding brides a day. Just like the vast majority of us, they get a little more weary as the day progresses. I’m not saying that you’re going to get some apathetic and insulting assistant if you go in the late afternoon, but you’re certainly more likely to get someone more energetic and attentive if you go in the morning!

The danger of trends

Anyone who follows fashion knows that there are trends in pretty much every type of clothing – and that includes wedding attire. There are trends in gowns, suits, jewelry, hairstyles… everything. And the problem with trends? Many of them don’t tend to look that great when you look back on them in the future. You may think that you want a modern and trendy wedding, but this doesn’t mean you should take this so far that you end up copying and pasting your wedding attire style from whatever magazine you happened to be reading at the time, or whatever celebrities recently got married.

The best kinds of dresses are truly timeless. They’re the kind that look beautiful forever and don’t immediately scream “I got this idea from someone else!”. It is, of course, worth remembering that your choice of wedding dress should reflect your own desires, and make you look and feel great. And maybe that perfect dress for you does happen to be exactly what’s trendy at the moment. Basically, be careful about choosing wedding attire just because it’s trendy – but take care not to shun something you really like just because it’s trendy!

Freshwater pearl bridal jewelry set

Accessorizing

When we talk about accessorizing for a wedding, we’re generally talking about jewelry. Here’s something that’s important to remember: it’s possible to get more than one use of out the jewelry you choose, which is something you probably can’t say about your wedding dress! So this shouldn’t just be a case of making sure you find something that matches with your dress perfectly. You should consider picking out jewelry that you’d actually want to use for other occasions!

To some, this may imply that you should be willing to spend an awful lot of money to ensure you get something that’s beautiful, flexible, and long-lasting. Yes, you should aim for jewelry that is all three of those things, but they needn’t be too expensive. You can, for example, find wholesale diamonds for sale that will do the trick. Otherwise, you may want to consider simply renting jewelry for your wedding day. Heck, even a high-quality replica will probably do! At the end of the day, just ensure that your choice doesn’t clash with your dress and that you’re happy with it.

Avoid audiences

Think about all the wedding movies you’ve seen, and all the television shows that have featured weddings. In most of these there will have been a scene in which the bride-to-be is picking her wedding dress – and has brought approximately a bajillion friends with her. There are a lot of reasons why someone may do this: they don’t want any of their friends being left out, and they also want to get as many opinions as possible.

Here’s the problem with that: you’re just going to end up in the middle of a cross-fire of opinions! The more people you have with you, the more pressure you’re going to feel. It may ultimately be harder to pick out a dress. You should really only have one or two friends with you, at most. Don’t follow the example Hollywood sets – those scenes are there to create dramatic dialogue, which isn’t necessarily helpful in real life!

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When your attire has been decided, it’s worth giving some thought to how you’re going to wear your hair on the day. Fortunately for you, there’s already an in-depth guide to wedding day hairdos on this very blog!

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