We eat, breath and sleep weddings 'round the clock! So with each new year, we look forward to meeting all the new nearlyweds that join the ranks, and of course... the hot new wedding trends that emerge! Our 2011 predictions were pretty spot on (not to toot our horn or anything!) and the time has come to count down what we think will be the top 12 trends for 2012 weddings:
#12—Food trucks If you've ever come face to face with a food truck filled with yummy, greasy grub after a long day (or night) of drinking, you already know that it's bliss on wheels! 2012 couples are taking note, inviting fun food trucks to their wedding receptions and after parties. From ice cream to burgers to pizza, pretzels, hot dogs, and fried Twinkies (yes, I said it), 2012 wedding guests will be leaving receptions with full & satisfied tummies!
#11—Unique head chic When it comes to topping off the perfect wedding hairstyle, 2012 brides have endless possibilities! Haute couture headpieces, mini wedding hats, fascinators and headbands have joined the likes of traditional bridal veils and tiaras, which makes shopping for bridal hair accessories a whole lot more fun! Some of our favorite head chic designers? Sara Gabriel, Twigs & Honey, Portobello and White by Vera Wang.
#10—Royal wedding inspiration Millions watched, tweeted and buzzed as Kate Middleton exchanged vows with Prince William on April 29th, 2011. So it should come as no surprise that 2012 brides will incorporate style and decor details inspired by the royal wedding. Brides are trending towards smaller, simpler bridal bouquets of ivory blooms with touches of green, natural, glowy makeup, looser wedding hairstyles, and dainty bridal bling. Wedding dresses with sheer lace sleeves are more popular than ever, cap sleeves and cowl necks are all the rage, and ivory bridesmaids' dresses are suddenly chic (and totally acceptable). We predict Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dressing more celebrity brides in 2012!
#9—Letterpress with a modern twist When I think Letterpress, three words always come to mind; classic, luxurious, pricey. But thanks to innovative stationery designers like Bella Figura, classic, traditional brides won't be the only ones choosing letterpress in 2012! Bold, modern fonts, bright neon hues, geometric patterns, and unexpected color pairings atop classic ivory letterpress will make even the most offbeat bride swoon!
#8—Bijou weddings 2012 nearlyweds have cracked the code! The best way to get exactly the type of wedding you want without breaking the budget? One fell swoop to the wedding guest list! When the guest list is small, the wedding can be elegant, complete with gorgeous details that are worth the splurge.
#7—Two wedding dresses Kate Middleton wore two, Kim Kardashian wore three. And for many brides tying the knot in 2012, one wedding dress just won't cut it. They want the dress of their dreams to walk down the aisle in, plus comfort, sass, and the ability to cut a rug at their wedding reception. Is that too much to ask? Not for 2012 brides! We expect to see lots more LWDs (little white dresses) sparkling on the dance floor at 2012 wedding receptions.
#6—Scaled back centerpieces Sky high floral topiaries are sure to make a statement, but you'll definitely pay for every inch of drama! So budget-conscious couples saying I Do in 2012 are getting creative, adding WOW to their wedding reception tabletops in a different way. One-of-a-kind details will trump identical perfection, clusters of smaller, shorter centerpieces (in varying heights) will adorn each reception table, and unexpected items (like pearls and crystals, antique books and photos, wine corks, mason jars, paper blooms, eco-friendly succulents, etc.) will take the place of expensive fresh blooms. Ready to make magic?
#5—Touches of sheer If you're a regular reader of OneWed's blog, you've probably seen a post or two about illusion necklines and transparent touches. After all, bridal designer Reem Acra did say that, for 2012 weddings, "There is no mistaking that transparency is the new white." Bella's Breaking Dawn wedding dress featured a sheer, lace back, and almost every designer, from Monique Lhuillier to Rosa Clara, sent at least one gorgeous gown with an alluring illusion neckline down the 2012 bridal catwalk.
#4—Sparkle Last year was all about metallics and bold color palettes, and in 2012...metallics reign supreme! Gilded gold and sparkly silver will play a major role in 2012 weddings, adding a touch of luxe to white aisles everywhere, from the shoes and dress details to the reception centerpieces, signs and decor.
#3—Mix and match mania Mix and match bridesmaids' styles have been trending for awhile. But 2012 marks the year of the truly comfortable, unique and beautiful bridesmaid. Brides are giving their 'maids the freedom to choose their own neckline, silhouette, length or hue, plus a lot more leeweigh when it comes to hair & makeup, shoes & accessories. But b-maids aren't the only ones getting the mix and match treatment! Thanks to BHLDN bridal separates, brides are mixing and matching to create two unique wedding looks with just a few key pieces.
#2—Ditching Tradition There is a God! Because 2012 brides are finally ready to say goodbye to dated wedding traditions like the bridal bouquet toss and icky garter toss. New & personalized wedding traditions and cultural ceremonies from around the world will replace the antiquated practices that nearlyweds choose to ditch, and we can't wait to see what new wedding traditions emerge as a result!
#1—NOT your mom's white wedding dress One word to describe 2012 brides? Daring! Brides tying the knot in 2012 will splash the white aisles with color or print in non-traditional wedding dresses. Blush is the new ivory, and wedding dresses in shades of ice blue, nude, gold and silver are gaining speed. Following BHLDN's lead, designers like Badgley Mischka and Claire Pettibone included printed bridal gowns in their Spring 2012 collections. Vera Wang's dark 2012 bridal collection, completely devoid of wedding white, turned heads but was well-received, proving that 2012 brides are ready to infuse their unique personality and style into their white aisle look.
Now that the cat's out of the bag, we want to know... Which trends do you love, and which would you love to leave? Are there other trends you think should've made the list? Post a comment below, send us a tweet or share your thoughts on our Facebook wall! We can't wait to hear from you!
P.S. A gorgeous gallery spotlighting our top 2012 trends is coming soon so stay tuned and check back often!