Wedding Trends for 2012

A much needed new take on “something old” will be seen trending in 2012 weddings. Vintage inspiration is here to stay – however, we are relieved to see vintage used in a much need variation: good-bye rustic vintage, hello sophisticated old-world glamour. Thank you, William and Kate and your Royal Wedding!

Bridal Gown Trends for 2012
We welcome glamorous, romantic and old hollywood-style in bridal gowns in 2012. Designers have embraced and combined flowing elegance with texture and colour to produce show stopping gowns. Hot trends from the runway include:

Top Left: deep V-neck Monique Lhuillier gown featuring an elongated bodice and embroidered illusion overlay. Top Right: vintage embroidered Lazaro slip dress featuring a beaded floral band at the natural waist and a soft A-line skirt. Bottom Left: bias-cut pearl silk-crepe column Badgley Mischka gown featuring a fringed cowl neckline and beaded cap sleeves. Bottom Right: colour remains with champagne tulle Jenny Packham gown, featuring illusion cap sleeves and an embellished bodice.

Theme and Decor Trends for 2012
Bridal couples will continue to incorporate family heirlooms and traditions into their 2012 wedding, just with less mason jars, tin cans and vintage luggage. The “shabby-chic” will be replaced by detailed French lace on dresses, favours, cake detail, bouquet wraps, and invitations.

Think old-world glamour meets modern sophistication with lavish furnishings, rich textures, lots of white, and some metallics in grand traditional settings.

Sweets and Treats Trends for 2012
The cupcake and candy bar trend of previous seasons will shift towards cookies and dessert tables in 2012. Expect to start seeing more cookies, pies, doughnuts, and “hand-made” candy being served to fulfill the sweet tooth cravings of guests at 2012 weddings. We also expect to see a much anticipated return of the traditional groom’s cake.

Feeling very inspired by the old-world and glamours trends for 2012 we are looking very forward to the upcoming wedding season!


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    melanie Rebane photography
    December 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Donuts!! Thank you! And even closer to home…I have attended a recent wedding where they had mini beaver tails Served with a teeny wedge of lemon sweetness..can you imagine how cute and how very Ottawa? xo

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    Jamee Nussbaum
    December 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Absolutely love those invites! Any idea where I can find them?

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