It’s easy to see 2012’s biggest wedding trends are luxurious Victorian themed weddings and ultra romance with plenty of glitz and glam, elaborate details and faux crystals and rhinestones. Overall, décor will include plenty of minute personal touches, centerpieces with stunning bling and colorful, full wedding gowns.
The rustic chic and vintage themes that dominated 2011 will still be popular this year. Not only are they both classic themes, they’re extremely versatile making them perfect for special, personalized touches on every aspect of the wedding. Basically, brides are looking for more versatility in their themes.
Wedding Trends In Accessories
Brides still want practical elements, but want to make them unique. The main trend seems to be creative alternatives to the basic guest book for a more memorable keepsake when their special day is over.
Accessory Trends For Destination Weddings
More brides are wanting to add a Unity Sand Ceremony to destination weddings. The purpose is to turn what is often a short, impersonal ceremony into something special and personal. The wedding trend is choosing personalizing accessories which fit easily in a suitcase. Some popular items to add a personal flair include favor tags, water bottle labels and tote bags.
The Affect Of Location On Accessories
Most wedding accessories are designed to work perfectly with all venues, no matter whether they are held indoors or outside. Beach weddings do have a few unique popular accessories which include parasols, hand fans, sandals, pashminas and sunglasses. Welcome bags filled with mints, water bottle and sunscreen are also common for beach locations.
Wedding Accessory Trend Changes – Budgets
Many brides are cutting wedding costs with DIY projects. Instead of cute little trinkets as guest favors, brides are looking for useful gifts such as edible favors, herbs, jars and bottle stoppers.
Couples are personalizing their wedding further by placing their names on a variety of items in their weddings. Brides cut costs by going with digitally printed stationery. More neutral themes along with outdoor accessories help create a romantic, intimate look.
Influences On Wedding Accessory Trends
Brides carefully research their theme using a variety of media trends such as blogs, celebrities, TV shows and even their friends’ weddings. This year will likely see plenty of Kate Middleton copycats heading down the aisle. Overall, brides have their dream wedding planned out before they’re even teens. All they have left to do is make a few tweaks based on current fads.
Cake Topper Wedding Trends
Once the tradition was a simple bride and groom cake topper. Now brides want far more personality on their cakes. The wedding trend is something that reflects current hairstyles and fashions that are unconventional and completely different. One popular example is a topper where the bride is actually pinching the groom’s behind.
The Scoop On Headpieces And Tiaras
While tiaras are losing popularity this year with brides, feathers and floral headpieces are on the rise. Brides are also likely to be seen wearing hair jewelry and chic headbands this season.
Photography by Shang Chen Photography
Assisted by Kyle Peng Photography
Venue, catering, and cake: The Signature Room at the Hancock Tower, Chicago, IL
Bride’s dress: Mori Lee Blu, purchased at Kay’s Bridals, Simi Valley, CA
Rings: Bostonian Jewelers, Boston, MA
Makeup and hair: Anita Arsova, VIP Chicago Brides, Chicago, IL
Invitations / paper: Down to Earth Paperworks, St. Louis, MO