Wednesday, March 5, 2014

7 Hot Wedding Trends for 2014

Hey there, lucky bride! A new year is nearly here, ushering in a new swoon-worthy wedding season. We went up and down the coasts talking to wedding experts and everyone agrees: 2014 will be the year of true romance. Weddings are going softer, sweeter, lusher and more heartfelt. It’s a return to classic chivalry, to the things that made our mothers cry, and it’s happening just in time for you to melt hearts and make memories.

1. Pink is back! Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme. It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!

 2. The return to romance ushers in a new love for the formality of days gone by. Think white-gloved waiters and big band dancing, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. One major bridal inspiration for the return to tradition comes from Hollywood. It’s the look of ‘The Great Gatsby. Her brides are still falling hard for the bubbly, approachable elegance of the Roaring Twenties.

 3. Pattern is making a new play but throw out the hard-edged looks. Chevron was big last year but now I’m seeing trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.

4. Lush, soft, Exquisitely romantic — the flower of the year is the many-petaled tree peony, says New York’s Ariella Chezar, whose work has been seen at the White House. Amber Gustafson of Los Angeles’s Amber Events picks a similar bloom — the sweet-smelling garden rose. Find out which flowers are in season for your wedding here.

5. The flower garland is back in a big way. Ariella loves citrus garlands for bars and over doorways — lemons, limes, oranges on the stem. “And fern garlands are really beautiful. I love them down the center of a long table.”

6. Adorable little freehand illustrations will adorn invitations everywhere this year.

7. And in the sweetest trend of all, invitations this year are getting small. The most requested look is for an invitation smaller than the standard 5x7 — something little, dainty and infinitely precious.

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