Each year, trends start to emerge in weddings. They make their way into the events we attend and the photos we see in magazines and blogs. We’ve watched the popularity of mustaches in props and décor come and go, seen the use of photo booths at receptions surge, and witnessed the staying power rustic weddings — they are still a relatively prominent theme. It’s not always easy to predict what will become mainstream, but certain events throughout the year can hint at what might become popular. For example, at this year’s bridal market in New York, there were a lot of blush tones and classically romantic dresses walking the runway. Additionally, each fall Pantone announces its “color of the year,” which tends to make an appearance in weddings throughout the coming year. Below are my predictions for wedding trends in 2014.
Blush tones will dominate: As previous mentioned, light pinks and blush tones were a popular theme at bridal market this year. Designers showed dresses in pale pinks and mints, fashioned into classic silhouettes. Additionally, the Pantone color of the year for 2014 was named “radiant orchid,” which is a shade of purple with pink and blush undertones.
Long sleeve bridal dresses will be in: For several years, bridal gowns with sweetheart necklines have been one of the more popular choices. The 2014 designs are showing a trend toward classic gowns with sleeves, which has a decidedly sophisticated and elegant feel. Sleeves don’t have to mean arms draped in taffeta — there are beautiful, fitted lace options that create a perfectly romantic vibe.
Lace will show its versatility: Not only is lace becoming more popular on bridal dresses, it’s showing up in other places throughout the wedding, such as on bridesmaids’ gowns, table linens and reception décor. Lace can be incorporated into napkins or on subtle tablecloths, in a dramatic veil or even as a hairpiece for the bride.
Floral crowns may top all: A crown of flowers isn’t just reserved for the little ones in the wedding party (although there are few things cuter than a flower girl in blooms). Brides are turning up wearing floral crowns for their trip down the aisle, and they even look adorable when worn by a special pet that is in incorporated into the wedding. Floral crowns can also be used as reception décor for escort cards, table numbers and place cards.
We’ll see more elements of classic and traditional themes: While not necessarily black tie, the style associated with traditional weddings is becoming more popular. Examples include groomsmen wearing classic black and white tuxedos with bow ties, the selection of simple bridesmaids’ dresses, and the use of neutral (or blush) color palettes. Other takes on traditional include candlelight receptions, which can instantly provide a feeling of classical ambiance, as can simple blooms in a unified color scheme (think several different types of flowers all in white).
The overarching trend for the coming year seems to be romance. I think we can expect to see blush tones, lace and a more traditional feel to weddings in 2014. But one thing that will never go out of style? Celebrating your wedding exactly the way you want, with a day that highlights the two of you as a couple.