The Best Wedding Fashion Trends of 2011


Every year there are distinctive trends in wedding fashion and beauty, especially for gowns, custom bridal jewelry, and wedding hairstyles. This year, there are some fantastic trends which any bride can easily adapt to her wedding. Take a look at the best wedding fashion trends of 2011.

Simple But Elegant Wedding Gowns. After many seasons of asymmetry, ruching, ruffles, and outrageously bold embellishments, there is a small trend afoot back towards more simple bridal gowns. These new gowns are symmetrical, made from beautiful silk, and feature perhaps one signature detail like a bow at the waist. It is like a breath of fresh air to step back from gowns which have been increasingly busier in their cuts, silhouettes, and details in recent seasons. While the simple gowns are still outnumbered by the busy ones, they are a lovely new direction. Choose a pared down gown and have fun putting your personal stamp on it with your choice of veil and custom bridal jewelry.

The Return of Sequins. If you are not ready to embrace the simple but elegant trend, you might love the gowns which feature tons of sequins. Sequins have been out of style for so long that they actually feel new and exciting. Designers are using them to create all-over shimmer on head to toe sequined gowns, and also as accents on skirts or bodices. This is a trend that looks to have legs well into 2011 and beyond, judging by the popularity of sequined evening gowns on the celebrities on the red carpet recently.

Polished Wedding Hairstyles. There was a definitive shift away from beachy bridal hair late in 2010, and that trend will continue for 2011. The more polished hairstyles are a better match for the ladylike 1950s inspired bridal gowns, as well as for the new simple but elegant dresses. Try a low bun or chignon with an interesting twist to capture this bridal beauty trend perfectly. If your wedding gown is more dramatic or cutting edge, position the bun to one side and adorn it with a spray of white feathers. Brides who prefer classic elegance should opt for a symmetrical hairstyle, adorned with a jeweled headband, hairpins, or even a tiny tiara (yep, tiaras are also coming back!).

Custom Bridal Jewelry. For several years, if you wanted to break up an all-white wedding gown, a colored sash was the answer. As sweet as they were, the look was officially declared “done” in 2010. Now brides who want to add a pop of color to their ensembles are turning to custom bridal jewelry to show their personality. A scattering of blue crystals in a set of crystal wedding jewelry is a great way to get your something blue, or choose the feminine grace of a set of pink pearls. In bridesmaid jewelry, by the way, custom colored sets are as popular as ever. A new approach is to select jewelry which is a shade or two deeper than the color of the bridesmaid dresses.

Ribbon Edge Veils. The ribbon edge veil will be a big trend for 2011 brides. The sweet classic design did not coordinate so well with the sexy asymmetrical trumpet gowns of the last few seasons, but the return of simple elegance has heralded a new popularity for the ribbon edge veil. It is the ideal embellishment for a veil paired with a 1950s style gown or one with classic lines. Choose a wide ribbon for more “pop” or a narrow ribbon just to define the edge of the veil. When wearing a blusher with a ribbon edge veil, the blusher should not have a border, as it makes a line across the front of the bride in pictures. With so many delightful new trends, 2011 is looking like a great year for wedding fashion!

By Laura_Firenze

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