Wedding trends for 2011
One of the top wedding trends for the upcoming year is vintage and retro-inspired with a modern twist. What's old is new. We'll see:
- vintage wedding dresses with cap sleeves
- beautiful textures
- ornate details
- natural settings, including outdoor and backyard weddings
- photo booths (actual and set areas with draped-cloth backdrops)
- vintage photography
In 2011, we'll continue to see more green, environmentally friendly weddings. Think second-hand and vintage wedding dresses, LED lighting, recycled paper invitations and programs, and food from local farms and providers. Charity donations will continue to be a popular option instead of traditional wedding favors, and more couples will be asking for donations to their favorite charity instead of wedding gifts.
The contemporary, modern wedding will still be big in 2011. Brides are opting for non-traditional dress choices, such as: beautiful hues instead of the usual white or ivory; old shoulder instead of strapless; and short cocktail dresses (the little white dress) instead of a long gown. This trend will continue through décor as well, with couples steering away from the customary 10-person round table and opting to mix table shapes and sizes. They are also incorporating bright and bold colors, cool lounge settings, and after parties; choosing cupcakes instead of a wedding cake; and letting color tie the bridesmaids together as they choose different styles of dresses.
"Do it yourself" is another wedding trend we'll continue to see next year. Originally brought on by the economy, this trend is here to stay because it not only saves money, but also adds a special something to the big day. Personalized touches and little details are very important; couples are incorporating their favorite interests, hobbies, places and even sports.
Social media influence
We'll also continue to see social media play a part in the wedding planning process. Couples will keep guests informed through wedding websites and post updates about their excitement and plans on Facebook and Twitter. Posts such as "We booked the band today!" allow friends and family to feel like they are part of the planning.
What's in and what's out for 2011 weddings
Annie Lee, principal planner at Daughter of Design known for her high style and fresh ideas, offers these tips on what's popular this year and what's best left in wedding history. From the first dance to the photos, she knows what will make a lasting impression on your special day and in years to come.
In: Untraditional event spaces like old foundries or industrial warehouses
Out: Barn weddings
In: "Marry Me" by Train
Out: "YMCA", "Celebration" and "We Are Family"
In: Well choreographed first dance
Out: Fake out first dance
In: Airy, light fabrics like chiffon and tulle that has texture and movement that is more form fitted
Out: Heavy, satin ball gowns
In: Food trucks
Out: Candy buffet bars
(unless it's Amy Atlas, that's art!)
In: Short rib
Out: Filet mignon
In: Rose gold
In: Natural, true to life
Out: Fisheye lenses and special effect photo editing
In: An interior design approach creating more of a finely furnished feel
Out: Turn of the century vintage/flea market
In: Seeing each other before the ceremony and taking your photos before the wedding
Out: Missing your cocktail hour to go take pictures
In: Leaving your hair down, natural with loose waves and body
Out: Updos with hard hairsprayed curls
In: Different colors and styles for bridesmaids to compliment their different body shapes and styles
Out: Same dresses for bridesmaids
In: Elegant shoes that compliment the formality of your suit/tux
Out: Casual shoes with tux/suit (like converse)
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Bride walking down the aisle: Photo by Sarah Neyhart Photography