The New Year is upon us, and that means it is time to take a look at some of the upcoming wedding trends for 2009. If you consider yourself a hip bride and want your wedding to reflect that then you may want to incorporate as many of these suggestions as possible. Even those of you who are a little more traditional may find an idea or two that appeal to you. This year’s trends are all about keeping things fun and affordable. No one can go wrong with that combination!
1. Rustic homespun details – A rustic wedding offers your guests the warm feelings of handmade simplicity and charm. You can achieve this feel by incorporating nature and texture into your wedding. Consider adding touches such as birch and pinecones throughout your décor. Other elements that can add to this look include fruit, vegetables, leaves, baskets, and lanterns.
2. Bright colors – This year’s palate is all about bright colors, especially jewel tones. Soft muted colors are taking a backseat to rich blues, royal purple, fuchsia, and amber.
3. Grey – Grey is the new black. This versatile color, whether it is light grey, steel, gunmetal or brushed silver, is the neutral of choice. And it compliments this year’s bright color palette extremely well. Muted shades of gray can bring a cool, classic feel and offset brighter, more daring accents.
4. Vintage looks – Having a vintage-inspired wedding is a great way to add some style without adding a lot of cost. Look for vintage-inspired wedding gowns with halter necklines, plunging necklines, strapless gowns, antique lace, and satin ribbons for straps. The 1920’s look will be especially hot this year.
5. Two looks – Many brides will be changing out of their wedding gowns and changing their hairstyles at their reception this year. Consider getting a short dress for after the wedding. It’s perfect for those brides who want a gorgeous but mobile second gown to get down and boogie the night away.
6. 2-tiered cakes – Small 2-tiered cakes are taking over cupcake trend of last year. Get creative and order several small cakes and put them on each table as a centerpiece. Or set up a table of tiny wedding cakes mixed with other desserts. Having one simple 2-tiered cake and several back-up sheet cakes is also an easy way to save money.
7. Monogramming – Once very popular, monogramming is coming back into invitations, lighting design, ice sculptures, and dinner plates. Many brides are using their initials to set the tone and design of their day. The look works particularly well in complimenting a vintage-style wedding.
8. Spending within your means – Results from recent surveys by The Wedding Report show that 62% of couples are cutting their wedding budgets by an average 32%. This is reflected in choices that bridal couples are making, such as: smaller weddings with fewer guests; increased reliance on family and friends to help plan, pay, and provide some of the services; simplified decorations, centerpieces and wedding invitations; off-peak weddings (mornings, afternoons, Fridays, Sundays); dessert, hors d’oeuvre, and cocktail receptions.
Do you know of any other trends that will be big this Year? If so, I’d love to hear about them! And remember, from “I will” to “I do” I’m here for you.