As 2017 comes to an end and wedding plans for 2018 are emerging, we are finding more couples are watching every detail and staying within budget. This is not an easy thing to do. It takes planning and it takes paying attention to every detail. Small and unexpected expenses can add up quickly.
The brides of 2018 are taking quality over quantity. They are being selective about where they get married. If they are planning a destination wedding, they keep the guest’s list as low as possible. They have a larger reception when they return to celebrate with all the friends and family that could not attend.
Couples are taking advantage of off-season resort bookings to save money. Some wedding parties are asking for parties of 12-20 people and going via chartered jet. Splitting the expenses and being careful about where you go makes this a luxury trip for everyone.
Being included in someone’s wedding is an honor. However, it is an expensive honor. The bridesmaid has the expense of the dress, hair, makeup, nails, shoes, and travel. Brides may absorb some of these costs, but most try to save by reducing them.
Professional bridal shops have affordable bridesmaids dresses that are beautiful, high-quality, and reasonably priced. Wedding industry leader, Azazie, even has a program where they will send the bridesmaid’s gown to her home for a small deposit.
This saves her the time and costs of going to the shop. If she likes the dress she buys it. If not, she returned it within a reasonable time-frame and requests another
Winter 2017 is embracing deep colors. Burgundy, rust, emerald green, navy, and black are being worn. The colder weather is brining cover-ups like the fuzzy sweater or ostrich feather bolero. Capes and fur trimmed hoods are also big this year.
For the bride who craves the elegant look but is unable to embrace the black or navy dresses that are featured, champagne, beige, and ivory are a popular choice.
Note: Christmas brides are wearing diamond white and carrying a lot bouquets that have bright reds and a lot of greenery.
As winter gives way to spring, the trend will turn to the lighter colors. Very light pastels are the colors of the season. The smoke gray with lavender, very soft pink, and blue that is just a whisper of color are what to look for.
The color choices are abundant, but the trend calls for a shock of color somewhere. It can be in a belt or ribbon, long gloves of black with a dress of soft lavender or pale green. Or, opt for big and bold bouquets. Match the bouquets with a flower halo for the perfect look.
You can omit the shocking color throughout the gown and accessories and instead use brightly colored shoes. Red shoes with black gowns or bright pink or teal with blues and pastels of pink look bold and beautiful without taking away from the integrity of the gowns. This gives the peak of color as bridesmaids are walking down the aisle.
As the bridal gowns are more daring, the bridesmaid’s gowns are more reserved in design. You will see fewer strapless gowns and fewer scooping backs. Cap sleeves or the one shoulder dress is a hot trend for the year. Winter weddings are taking advantage of the long sleeves for the bridal party members.
As stated, 2017 was an exciting year for brides. The new year promises to embrace the trends and take them to the next level.