Now that Bridal Show season has arrived, I have wondered what will be 2012’s hottest trends. So after doing some research, I have compiled a list (not in any particular order) for all to review. I did come across a few interesting things that I would have never even thought of.
One trend that caught my eye was the “Outdoor Wedding”. It seems as though many couples have chosen to run off to a tropical paradise that best represents their personalities rather than staying close to home. The couples that wanted to stay close and still have their outdoor nuptials outside chose to do things like add a extravagant backdrop, chose venues that offer rooftop receptions, or even beautiful botanical gardens.
“Going Green” was another great trend that I am totally supportive of. Couples are choosing to skip the traditional snail mail for their invitations, and going directly to e-vites. There are also helpful tools on sites such as The Knot, and Wedding Wire that can help you with your organizing.
“Metallic Grey”! Apparently it’s taking over from it’s former friend the color black. Grey sems to be a color in which you can easily match up with almost any other color or shade. Combine it with a soft pink or yellow for a classic look or keep it modern and match it to black, navy or purple for a stylish fresh take.
Who is ready to talk about that oh so awaited late night snack? That’s right people, I have seen many different food ideas for an after dinner bite, such as Mc D’s, hot dogs, and The Castle. Now thanks to the reality circuit on TV we can add “Food Trucks” to that roster. Elaborate, five star meals are being prepared from these gourmet kitchens on wheels! Who would have thought?
One trend that makes me happy is the “Artful Photography”. Couples are adding something more than just the traditional posed photographs. They are choosing off site locations with non-tradtional shoots. Also they are trying to capture more candid photos of themselves as well as their guests. To accomplish these shots, they are adding such things like a photo booth to get their guests involved in their celebrations. Not only will they have these memories, but the guests walk away with a photo memory as well.
A trend in which I have seen creeping in is “The Vintage” wedding. Couples are looking to add an elegant and sophisticated look to their event by selecting such things as vintage patterns and monograms, as well as Hollywood style gowns and decor. Another great addition to the vintage look is a florist that knows what they are doing and can capture the true feel.
The next trend is one that I am thrilled about! “Donations”…..The idea here is rather than excepting wedding gifts themselves, some couples are now requesting that their guests bring a charitable donation. With the way the economy is these days, I can’t think a more selfless act coming form such a wonderful occasion!
“Ethnic” weddings is not something that I feel is all that new, however there seems to be a large upward trend. From the cultural decor and the native foods guests are really enjoying the “outside the box” planning. It is also a great way to keep cultural ceremonies fresh in the way of tradition and religion.
A great budget friendly trend for 2012 is the newly popular “Candy Station”. Brides and Grooms are filling these stations with goodies from their childhood along with some of their present favorites. The beauty of a candy station is that you can do almost anything with is from a design aspect.
Bring your Sexy Back! “Island Style Dresses and Shoes” are becoming increasingly popular for that fresh and tropical look. The open back gown with no straps is an island favorite. Letting the bridesmaids chose their own color dress and shoes will pull it all together to give you that beach look!
I hope I was able to spark your interest in a few ideas for this years wedding season. Thanks for reading 🙂