13 Wedding Trends You Should Say "I Do" To In 2013...

October 23, 2012 by Pauline Millard
shefinds | Weddings

1920s: Retro is in this year and the 1920s is the decade brides will be most inspired by. Embrace the trend by indulging your inner flapper in a sleek, beaded gown, then try a Great Gatsby theme -- complete with fringed chandeliers, Art Deco invites and a black-tie dress code (think top hats for the groomsmen!).


Prints: Prints have been creeping onto the scene for a while now, but in 2013 prints will be everywhere. Expect to see lots of pretty patterns on bridesmaid dresses and wedding decor like cakes and table runners. Florals were particularly popular this year--Lian Carlo, Pat Kerr and Rivini all used them in their collections. Chevron will also continue to be big.

Photos: Belle the Magazine Wedding Wire

Gold Gowns: Who says you have to wear white for your walk down the aisle? Gold was a huge fall fashion trend so it's no surprise it showed up in tons of Fall 2013 bridal collections.

THEIA, Badgley Mischka and Leila Hafzi were just a few of the many designers who worked them into their collections.

Photo: Wedding Dresses Magazine Wedding Dresses Magazine

Top Buns: Once upon a time, the french twist was the go-to bridal hairstyle. These days, however, it's all about the super versatile top bun. It's eye-catching enough to stand on its own, but it also lends itself to delicate veils and headpieces. Watch this video for an easy top bun tutorial.

[Southbound Bride]

Laser cut: Love the look lace, but not that it sometimes feels dated? Then this year's laser cut trend is for you. The designs are reminiscent of lace, but the effect is more edgy and modern. Elizabeth Filmore, THEIA and Ivy & Astor all had dresses using laser cut.

Photo: Etsy Green Wedding Shoes Dust Jacket

Peplum bridesmaid dresses: Peplum has been everywhere this year and the trend is spreading to bridesmaid dresses. It's an ultra flattering silhouette, so your bridesmaids will thank you. Donna Morgan and Alfred Angelo featured them in their collections.

Photos: Jim Hjelm Brides Wedding Wire

Intense Color: Red wedding dresses were the talk of Vera Wang's Spring 2013 collection, so expect more and more brides to veer away from white dresses in favor of bolder colors, such as crimson.

Mint Green: You can thank the wildly popular vintage trend for keeping mint green on the forefront. Not only does the hue play nicely with others, but it also looks good on just about everyone.

Need inspiration? Check out this Pinterest board.

Birch and Other Tree Bark: Rustic weddings have been trendy for a few years now and nature will continue to influence decor in 2013. Birch is a popular pick because it works year round for both summer and winter weddings. Check out Etsy to find lots of birch wedding decor items.

Photo: Style Me Pretty

Flower Crowns: Flower crowns were the hair accessory of choice at Claire Pettibone's most recent runway show and with celebrities like Natalie Portman and Pamela Love embracing the trend on their big day. It's safe to say these beauties are here to stay.

Photo: Refinery29 Style Me Pretty

Bustier Gowns: Nothing says bride like a big, full skirt, but in 2013 the classic silhouette gets a sexy update with a fitted bustier bodice. Bustier tops were all all over the bridal runways. Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld, Pnina Tornai and Tulle all featured bustier designs. If you like the look better add some upper body toning to your to-do list.

Photo: J. Crew Green Wedding Shoes Etsy

Campground Weddings: Take a rustic wedding to the next level by turning your big day into a weekend at a campsite. Here's how it works: Everyone stays together in cabins or a lodge and your activities for the weekend include campy faves like Color Wars, boat rides and s'mores by a fire. Amber Tamblyn did it just a few weeks ago and the result was an ethereal, totally original event.

For more inspiration, click here. Photo: Huffington Post

Black Details: Vera Wang started the trend with those gorgeous black wedding dresses at her Fall 2012 runway show and black will continue to be popular in weddings this coming year. Bold brides should take a peek at Jenny Lee's Fall 2013 collection, which had lots of black details. If you'd rather play it safe, try a statement-making black invite or sleek black decor and desserts.

Photo: Minted Brides Style Me Pretty




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