Wedding Colors, Decorations
The following trends have been compiled from many sources in both North America and Europe to guide your selections and inform you of the vast array of options available.
Wedding dresses with soft tulle layers, large ruffles and beaded embellishments are prominent themes for today's bridal gowns. Brides today choose romantic flowing dresses in floor-length styles with combinations of overlaid detachable skirts made of chiffon, organza or tulle so they can remove them later and show a different look for the reception. Many dresses feature intricate embroidery, beaded or sequined embellishments, three dimensional floral details and delicate lace cutwork. A-line dress shapes and high necklines are very popular styles.
Open-back dresses with sheer, detailed lace designs are trending this year as are dresses with lace sleeves. Many designers have also included full ball gowns and shorter tea-length styles in their lines as well as dresses in soft creams, blush pinks and pastel blues.
Shorter trains and veils (especially bird cage veils) are popular as are pretty boleros and shawls. For colder weather, brides choose wraps of faux-fur, velvet or pashmina. Light weight fabrics, including organza, lace, tulle and chiffon, make perfect wraps for the spring or summer bride and reduce sun exposure on bare arms and shoulders.
Pearls, rhinestones and crystals remain the top jewelry choices for necklaces and earrings. Crystal brooches are also a popular accent for wearing on the dress, in the hair or on the bouquet handle. Many brides are also accenting their shoes with shoe clips made from tulle, feathers, fabric flowers and/or crystals.Hair ornaments such as hairpins, brooches, hair vines, flowers (silk or real) and feather fascinators are also popular choices.
Beautiful combs and headbands made with rhinestones, crystals, feathers or pearls have been the trend for many seasons. Some brides are placing their veils directly on their hair or using a single silk flower for a simple, classic look.
The table below includes popular wedding color choices: