Despite bridal fashion becoming global and trends that come and go, modern brides are still inspired by some of the most glamorous and infamous style icons of past and present, such as Princess Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ivanka Trump, Princess Charlene of Monaco and Catherine Middleton.
Celebrity weddings are also a source of inspiration for today’s brides, with magazines paying mega bucks to publish pics of the extravagant affair. So, what can we expect for 2012 bridal trends?
Royal weddings and royal brides always cause a stir, and maybe it’s because of the fairy tale stories we remember as children. The idea of a prince and princess marrying seems surreal in a modern world, but royal families still prevail in many places. And last year, all eyes were set on two momentous royal weddings between Prince William and Catherine Middleton and Prince Albert and Charlene Wittstock.
Color: Bold is in (think Pantone’s color of the year – tangerine tango). Expect to see vibrant bouquets, decor accents and accessories.
Illusion Neckline: Strapless style wedding gowns with a sheer fabric neckline adds a romantic, elegant flair.
Unique Headpieces: Veils and tiaras gain popularity when a princess-to-be says, “I Do.” But other headpieces, such as bridal hats, feather fascinators and unique hair accessories will continue to be seen down the aisle this year.
Traditional Twist: Wedding dresses in off-white, champagne or pales hues have hit the runway, while Disney has launched a princess inspired bridal gown collection.
Ruffles & Lace: Lace sleeves, embellished veils, layers and ruffles are making a comeback on wedding dresses.
Crystals Galore: Brides are enamored with rhinestone tiaras, crystal accents, dazzling jewelry and sparkles here and there. After all, it’s their day to shine!
Regardless of this year’s wedding trends, brides-to-be will always look to fashion icons of past and present. In essence, following the style of an iconic bride will create a timeless and classic look that’s not trendy at all. Make a statement by combining classic and modern elements.