#2016 wedding styles

Colorful Wedding Dresses

Colorful Wedding Gowns

Because Not Everyone Wants To Wear White.

So you’re thinking of straying from the traditional white gown. I love it! I’m all for doing things your own way, so making sure you’re dressed in your own style is a big must.

My guess is you might be struggling a bit with this decision. Even if you are confident in wearing something besides white, you still might be hit with outsiders doubts or opinions, which can make any girl question herself.

Luckily, I got your back. There are so many amazing dresses out there that come in other colors besides white. Like this one, or this one, or my fave – this one!

If you find yourself needing justification to wear something that strays from the norm, consider this; your wedding is a reflection of you, so if a big white dress doesn’t do that, then take that as your green light to think outside the box.

If you have a staple favorite color, then consider finding a gown in that hue. If everyone knows that you live and die for pink, then you should totally be wearing a pick dress for your walk down the aisle. Tried and true New Yorker that’s never worn anything that isn’t at least 50% black, then maybe you get hitched in a LBD. Or consider a gown with black accents or embellishments.

Even if you don’t have some staple fashion wise, or notorious favorite color, you can still get a different colored wedding gown. You don’t need a reason other than wanting to do something different. If you find a blue gown that makes you feel like a knockout, go with that – plus you’ll be covering your something-blue.

Colorful gowns are perfect for second go-arounds too; when a bride feels even a little uncomfortable in white, then I say go big with a brand new color scheme and wedding gown.

If you’re thinking that white might not be your thing, but something bright and vivid isn’t settling well, then you should try on a few different muted shades. Think light pink, peach, grey or taupe. Most dresses come in off-white shades, so make sure you find out all of your color options before deciding against a gown. Some brides are surprised to learn their dress comes in different color options; but most of them do!

Make sure you look at fabric samples, and find a boutique and consultant that you trust to help you find exactly the shade of gown you’re looking for. It might take a little bit more time and energy to find a colorful gown, but it’ll definitely be worth it!

If you’re still on the fence, reach out to me and we can talk through it. Or, if you’re interested in wedding styling help, give me a call to discuss!

Love, Mrs. Newman

The Cutest Wedding Invites on Minted

MintedInvites

My Faves From Their (Massive) Selection!

Sometimes I wish I could get married all over again, solely to be able to pick from all the cute new wedding invitations/programs/miscellaneous printables.  Everything these days is just so darn cute!

Minted.com is one of my favorite sites to peruse when I’m helping couples shop around for invitations.  They have so many adorable templates, and a ton of ways to customize them (hello shiny foil lettering!)  You can also change the colors to match your wedding palette, so even if the template default doesn’t match, make sure you still explore the alternate options.

I know not everyone loves shopping as much as I do, so I went ahead and pulled my favorites for y’all to see here on my site – but Minted.com is really easy to navigate so if none of these fit the bill, just keep shopping around their site, I know you’ll find something.

Alright, so here are my faves, numbered to correspond with the photos up top!

  1. Charming Love (Foil Option!)
  2. Outside Wedding
  3. Twinkling Lights
  4. Elisabeth Floral (Foil Option!)
  5. The Wedding Bouquet
  6. Romanced Wedding
  7. The Union

Sidenote: I know everyone is super tempted to adorn everything from their wedding with pictures of themselves (and Minted has options for that!) but it’s usually much cheaper to not use a photo.  I also think there’s something to be said for the traditional invitation, with all the necessary info as the focal point, and not secondhand to your picture.  Something to consider.. but that’s just my opinion.  Call me old-fashioned if you want (but it’ll probably be the first and last time…)

Love, Mrs. Newman

 

Spring 2016 Style

Bride trying on her dress

So What Will Brides Be Wearing Next Season?

Coming off the heels of fashion week, it’s not hard to tell what the up and coming bridal trends will be next year. For the past few seasons, we’ve seen tons of lace, plenty of open backs, and the rise and fall of birdcage veils. According to new runway trends, we’re all in store for another era of bridal fashion. So what are we all gonna see next year coming down the aisle?

Illusion Dresses

Not only were designers big into illusion necklines, many embraced illusion bodices as well, with carefully placed lace or fabric amidst sheer tulle.   Whether it’s an illusion neckline, back or entire bodice, brides will give a seductive vibe, with enough options out there ranging from subtle to daring.

Removable Skirts

Two-piece dresses have become wildly popular with the help of viral images on Pinterest and Tumblr. Offering two looks, brides can have a big, luscious skirt while they float down the aisle, only to be able to detach it later in the night for a lighter, sexier version of their gown.   One dress, two looks.

Cathedral Veils

Long dramatic veils will rule the aisle in 2016, especially for black tie weddings. Anything on the “upscale” side will most likely include a long, thin, glamorous veil for the walk to the altar.

Flower Crowns

On the opposite end of the style spectrum, for weddings that are more ethereal and relaxed, flower crowns will adorn not only the brides, but also the maids.   If you haven’t been to wedding that’s embraced this new trend yet, it’s only a matter of time now.

Sky-high Slits

Designers are definitely embracing sex appeal right now, and those thigh high slits have finally found their way onto wedding gowns.   This seductive style gives brides looking for a statement a way to amp up their look while still wearing the long white dress they’ve always dreamed about.

The Return Of The Sleeve

Strapless dresses have definitely owned the majority slot for bridal gown necklines since the turn of the century, but their place at the top is over. Off the shoulder, shirt sleeves, and even three-quarters length have all found their way back into the designers eye, and they’re coming back with a vengeance (less the shoulder pads, thank god).

Two Piece Dresses

Tops with separate skirts are on track to grow into one of the biggest trends of 2016 and 2017. With varying ways to execute the style, they’ll appeal to plenty of different tastes. It’s not a secret two piece dresses are a popular look outside of the wedding world, so their entrance into bridal fashion was only a matter of time.

Check out my Pinterest page for some of my favorite bridal styles, including all the recently released styles for the 2016 lines. If you need help with your own bridal style, or want your own bridal stylist, reach out to me and we can talk about it more!

Love,

Mrs. Newman