This summer 2014 wedding season is about tradition with modern touches. You can show this romantic sentiment through your expressive choice of wedding dress and accessories. The style guidelines also apply, in many cases, to summer 2015.
Summer wedding trends take inspiration from bridal gowns of a hundred years ago. The 1920s, the era of Downton Abbey, are the trends of summer 2014. Hot, bold colors are out in favor of subtle and demure. Brides are choosing light shades of peach, cream, soft baby pink, and neutral blush colors. These artistic colors also carry over into the 2015 summer wedding season where blush pink is a trend.
Delicate lace, in keeping with the romantic look, comes in many forms for summer wedding dresses. Dresses fully covered in gauzy Antwerp lace, lace accents at the neck, or Valenciennes lace at the sleeves are modern updates on traditional styles. Guipure laces (a large-patterned lace without a net ground), tulles, and other lace trims are popular. Beading with Swarovski crystals at the neckline, sequins throughout the fabric of the dress, or 3-dimensional flowers add eye-appeal to any dress. Bows, at the neckline, on the back of the waist, and anywhere on the dress can add flair to the outfit.
Wedding Dress Cut
The cut of wedding dresses this season relies on dramatic forms such as open-back keyholes, architectural pleating, and modern wedding trains. However, above-the-knee dresses are also popular for wedding styles. Tulle wraps, cap sleeves, and ¾ length lace sleeves, are notable bridal trends on short and long dresses. Sleeveless dresses are also in style and you can work with your bridal designer to create removable sleeves as an accessory you can discard after the ceremony.
No traditional wedding dress is complete without accessories like hats or gloves. This year, accessories like wearing white gloves are in keeping with romantic wedding traditions. Men will wear white gloves, black ties and, optionally, hats. Bow ties in several shades like striped royal purple or blue are memorable accessories for the daring groom. Brides will be stunning in headdresses of white or delicate pink, or wear white and pink flowers such as dethorned roses in their hair. Boutonnieres for men can use white and pink in the color scheme to compliment the bride’s choice of colors. White caplets and tiaras for brides are trends that carry over to 2015.
The last important element for wedding style is jewelry. Look for “floating necklaces”; wire necklaces with beads that seem to float on the wire, with real or imitation pearls and silver or gold findings. Swarovski crystals, pearls, opals, and moonstones give your necklaces or earrings a romantic 1920s style. Use fish hook earrings instead of lobster backs or other clasping types to give a lighter style to jewelry. Remember to use transparent tube earring backs to secure the earrings.