Modern Wedding's stylist and editor of the DIY wedding magazine, Gail MacDiarmid, absolutely must have her finger of the wedding style pulse, and today she is sharing her predictions on what will be hot for this coming year.
Gail: " While vintage inspiration is here to stay, we welcome a much-needed break from the rustic vintage styled wedding decorated with tin cans and jam jars filled with flowers, old books, typewriters and the couple dressed in quirky outfits. In 2012 we will continue to be inspired by all things vintage but with some necessary variation. There is already evidence of a definite regal influence thanks to Will and Kate's royal wedding and the glamorous vintage inspiration from the TVseries Downton Abbey. This more glamorous and sophisticated version of vintage incorporates exquisitely detailed fabrics rich in texture, some sequins for a burst of bling and colour, lavish furnishings and some metallic finishes, all combined with family heirlooms and traditions to make for fabulous weddings in 2012 !
As we look forward to all that is before us in 2012, here is my list of what the hot trends will be:
Oozing femininity and sophistication, the illusion neckline is appearing on all the catwalks. Subtly sexy and made from sheer, delicate or embellished fabric, it extends from the top of the bust to the collar creating the illusion of a strapless gown that looks soft and romantic. Designers have embraced the soft-fitted lace sleeves worn by Kate Middleton and included variations in their designs to create beautifully elegant gowns. Gowns will be quite simple in cut and shape but made of lace and brocade, rich in texture and luxuriantly elegant.
A definite touch of old world glamour and sophistication is the champagne tower, as seen at Kate Moss' wedding. It is a simple but stunning idea that adds suspense and excitement to any event.
From cakes to dresses ombre arouses peoples' curiosity and adds interest to any design element. Ombre is distinguished by the gradual shading and blending of one colour into another to create a gently graded wash of colour.
Being a flower enthusiast I am loving the return of the dahlia. This ever so versitile flower has been overlooked for far too long. Their big, blowsy, lush blooms are sure to rival the peony and cost a lot less. A beautiful summer flower, they come in a range of colours and shapes from the small dainty pom pom to vivid spikey heads like some bizarre sea urchin. Beautiful just on their own, or in a bouquet as a feature flower mixed with other blooms, they are an outstanding flower well deserving their comeback.
The more traditional stacked cake is back but with a modern twist. The trend for vintage/couture cakes reflecting the textures of fabrics and specific colours of the wedding will continue. However, cakes covered in metallic colours with simple adornments will see these glittering wonders grow in popularity in 2012.
More couples are opting for the interactive experience that food stations give their guests. Food stations are a fixed location where guests are served by a specialist who advises guests on what is being served. A number of stations are set up around the venue each serving a specific course or cuisine. Stations are especially good for the slightly timid guests to sample a variety of foods while mixing and mingling with everyone.
The 2012 bride is budget conscious and is prepared to do a few things herself. Couples are looking for less guests and something different to create a wedding that is unique and personalised. Although a totally DIY wedding is possible, it isn't always practical, Taking on a few DIY projects to add your personal touch is a trend that is becoming more popular."
Gown: Maria Chiodo
Ombre Cake: Maggie Austin LaBaugh
Metallic Cake created by Faye Cahill
Have a great Monday!
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