This summer’s wedding fashions are all about updates on old-fashioned, high romance style. It’s not surprising given the popularity of period dramas on TV these days — think Downton Abbey. Dresses this season will not be short on ruffles, lace, sheers, and sequins. Suits have drifted away from basic black to wonderful grays, seersuckers, and tans. It’s the year of — well, it might as well be the year 1900, with some sass. Here are some of the most exciting trends:
Mixed Bridesmaid Dresses
One of the most exciting trends this season is that of mixed colors and patterns. Bridezillas, don’t have a panic attack just yet. With a little planning, this idea can not only be elegant, it can be downright stunning! The trick to acing this style is to have unifying elements in each dress. You will want to pick a color theme that will unite all of the dresses, and then mix up fabrics, cuts, and accents. The key is unite your wedding through beautiful details, so don’t be afraid to shine! First, you will want to decide what you want to mismatch. Will you be using different colored dresses? A beautiful idea might be tans, golds, creams, and grays, like this wedding featured in Magnolia Rouge magazine. You may want to unite through fabric types and length. Or will you be mixing up fabric types while keeping one color? Polka Dot Bride has a few wonderful examples. The possibilities are endless. Another great aspect of this trend is that with some basic guidelines, your bridesmaids can pick out their own dresses. A great idea might be to ask them each to pick out 2-3 dresses and leave the final coordination up to you. Each dress will suit each individual woman’s shape and budget, so not only will they look beautiful, but they’ll love their dresses!
Short Wedding Dresses
It’s really a thing. A darn right gorgeous thing. If your legs are your favorite asset, this might be the 2014 summer trend for you. The trick to keeping things elegant is, you guessed it, romance romance romance! If you can balance the sassy cut with a sweet, delicate fabric, this idea will leave last year’s brides more than a little jealous. Think tea-length tulle or lace, with delicate knock-out heels. How about a high-low hem with a sheer floral overlay? Pay attention to the detail of the fabric, because it will make all the difference!
NON-WHITE Wedding Dresses
Did you know that the white wedding dress really only came into popularity in the past 150 years or less? Before that, blue was a very popular color, as were many other colors, like light gray, florals, even pink. Because this year is a homage to the old-fashioned, you guessed it, this is on the rise! Again, be sure to pay attention to detail. If your dress looks like a modern white dress that happens to be purple, this is not the look you are going for. You still want it to be bridal, in cut and in fabric. How about a sheer grey dress with ivory embroidered roses? Or blue and white stripes like featured here? There are all kinds of wonderful color combinations, and if you really want to dial up the glam, this may be the way to go.