Many brides want their wedding day to be a perfect fairytale moment. But each fairytale is unique, and each bride has a different idea of what perfect means for her wedding day. A bride should not be reduced to feeling like a costumed imposter of herself, nor should she accept anything less than a wedding that transcends throwaway trends and captures her individuality and spirit.
From mermaid silhouettes and slinky floor-length sheaths to classic ball gowns, this season’s dress designs offer elegant lace, simple and sweet satin simplicity and even funky 70s-inspired macramé.
The choice in dresses and wedding style, however, is only defined by the bride’s own unique taste and style. Laid-back bohemians can find inspiration in simple or retro details. A macramé detailed dress can be paired with a simple bouquet of white daisies for a sweet but 70s throwback look.
For the bride who wants a Cinderella moment, ball gowns this season are marked by layers of tulle for an elegant, draped and bountiful skirt. Beautiful beadwork and delicate lace also continue to be timeless and popular choices.
Of course, the not-so-blushing bride can opt for a lingerie-inspired gown. Corset tops and short skirts are offered by many bridal fashion lines.
To Theme…or Not to Theme:
Wedding themes often reflect a bride’s and groom’s particular interests or background. A couple might opt for a “country chic” theme that includes bouquets made from beautiful wildflowers, bridesmaid dresses in soft colors that channel nature, and rustic touches at the reception like mason jars to serve drinks. Couples who wish to include their cultural background into their wedding might have a fusion wedding and plan the theme accordingly. Inspiration for wedding themes can be found in the smallest of places—a Gatsby-style wedding might be inspired by a bride’s art-deco engagement ring. And themes can be woven into every detail of a ceremony…some couples even extend their themes right down to their wedding rings!
The Bouquet: Pantone Power
For a subtle nod to the season’s hottest color trends, incorporate Pantone’s latest hues into bouquets. For Spring/Summer 2016, Pantone’s palette includes:
- Rose Quartz: A soft pale pink. Use the color in a bouquet with—what else—pale pink roses.
- Peach Echo: A melon orange hue. Floral choices might include Aqua Melon gerbera daisies.
- Serenity: A sky blue tone. Pale blue delphinium or light blue hydrangeas are flower choices that offer a serene blue touch to create a unique bouquet.
- Snorkel Blue: A vibrant blue that evokes the color of the deep blue depths of the ocean. Lobelia Early Springs Blue Sky is the perfect flower to channel Snorkel Blue.
- Buttercup: A mid-tone yellow that pairs great with Snorkel Blue and Serenity. Choose the flower of the same name to add country chic to a bouquet.
- Limpet Shell: Pantone describes this color as “a shade of aqua that leans toward the green family.” Channeling this color in nature is difficult, but include it in unique touches like colored feathers within the bouquet instead of greenery. Or choose a Limpet Shell ribbon to tie the bouquet.
- Lilac Grey: This color is a little edgier than classic grey. Sterling Roses are the flower that ties this color into a bouquet perfectly.
- Fiesta: A yellowish red, Fiesta is one of the easiest Pantone colors to include in the floral mix this season. Gerbera daisies, High Society roses, and zinnias are among the many floral choices that naturally feature this trendy shade.
- Iced Coffee: A nice neutral that can be used as either a ribbon color choice to tie the bouquet or can be incorporated via natural plant stalks (like wheat) in place of greenery.
- Green Flash: This color is for the bride who wants to go bold. To incorporate this color, choose greenery like Salal or Bells of Ireland.
A Picture is Worth…
Perhaps one of the biggest trends in the past few decades in weddings is the popularity of journalistic photography. A picture is priceless. And a photographer who is trained to capture the spontaneous moments will capture the best memories of the day. Whether it’s snapping a funny side-eye or an emotional moment behind the scenes, a picture sums up the small moments in a way that memories just can’t muster. Research photographers, look at examples of their work and meet with them to find the perfect person to snap the memories of a lifetime.