For the fashion-savvy bride who’s buying multiple looks, Macon says the “bridal stylist” is also a trend that’s here to stay. “With the shift in focus from just the dress to the wedding wardrobe, the role of the bridal stylist is becoming a big deal. Which is why we decided to start offering this service at Over the Moon—to help brides put together a wedding weekend wardrobe that feels curated and cohesive, but also organic, and never overly styled.” That extends to the bridal party, too: “Matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses are gone for good,” she adds. “Perhaps this is a result of the rise in bridal styling, but the old school ‘you’ll wear it again,’ one-silhouette-fits-all bridesmaids dress seems to be [disappearing].”
Last year, Rosemary Hattenbach offered a solution: “Stick with a complementary palette, and let members of your bridal party wear different patterns, styles, hues, and designers that express their individual points of view.” Even better, your friends will have a lot more fun if they feel good about what they’re wearing, not resenting the polyester dress you chose for them.
As weddings become more personal, decor is less delineated.
Like ball gowns and excessively-fancy meals, over-the-top flowers and table settings feel like relics of the past. “My favorite part of the last decade was moving on from typical bridal decor to more architectural designs,” wedding planner Stefanie Cove says. “We also saw a shift toward longer, family-style tables, which then led to looser garland florals [instead of classic arrangements]. I’m thankful that brides began to steer clear of tight centerpieces and mercury glass candles!”
Planner Marcy Blum echoed Cove’s sentiments about florals that “snake down a table and hang over the edges,” which look relaxed and don’t obscure your guests’ vision. Lynn Easton of Easton Events added that, in general, brides are more willing to experiment with color, pattern, and customization: “Whether it’s on the plate, napkin, tablecloth, glass or all mixed together, it’s all about pattern play right now.”
Of course, color and pattern look great in photos, too. The shift away from white-and-beige-everything may just be a result of our magpie tendencies: We need bright, eye-catching things to pique our interest—otherwise we keep on scrolling. If some of Vogue’s recent wedding slideshows are any indication, from a Burning Man-inspired weekend in Lake Como to this fashion-forward ceremony at the new TWA terminal, weddings will be even bolder (and more fun!) in the 2020s. And maybe more dazzling, too: How many brides and grooms will toast the ’20s with a Great Gatsby-style bash? If and when that becomes the next trend, you’ll know where to read about it.