Even though traditions such as walking down the aisle to “Canon in D” haven’t changed over the last century–wedding dresses have! Which iconic look inspires YOU in Mode’s 3-minute video? (Secretly, we still adore the ’50s fashion. How could we forget when Audrey Hepburn married Mel Ferrer in a tea-length Givenchy gown!) Be sure to follow WeddingWire on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat because our editors are at New York Bridal Market from Wednesday, October 7 through Monday, October 12 with exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of the latest collections. Plus, they will post photos with the hashtag #WWxBFW!
Here at WeddingWire, our editors encounter our fair share of creative, insanely romantic marriage proposals. Well, we have to say this one takes the cake! After performing a rendition of “Seven Bridges Road” during a blind audition on The Voice, boyfriend-girlfriend singing duo Jubal and Amanda faced the panel of celeb judges for a critique. At the 2:20 mark, Blake Shelton innocently inquires about the duo’s relationship status—and what happens next has Gwen Stefani’s jaw dropping, Pharrell Williams jumping out of his chair, and the audience going crazy! Watch for yourself above. Congratulations and happy wedding planning to Jubal and Amanda!
The editors here at WeddingWire spend most of our time sharing our best wedding-related advice. Once we watched this now-viral video of little JoJo imparting her knowledge of weddings, however, we realized that our attempts have been futile. She pretty much sums up all that you need to know about wedding ceremony etiquette (particularly regarding the “no shouting while someone is walking down the aisle” rule), and we should probably just give up now because she’s got it covered. This is also another prime example of why having kids at your wedding can be pretty great. Watch this video, and you’ll see what we mean.
Today marks eight years since the launch of WeddingWire—and that’s certainly cause for celebration! In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be fun to look back at the some of the wedding trends we’ve seen and loved over the past eight years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…
2007: Marie Antoinette Inspired Details – This trend was influenced, we suspect, by the eponymous movie premiered previous year. Chateaus and historic mansions were the venues of choice in 2007, and brides accessorized with cameo jewelry and layered pearls. Decor was all about shabby chic china, Baroque tabletop accents, neoclassical furniture, opulent feathers, and feminine pastels mixed with lots of gold. For dessert, gilded fondant cakes or French confections like macarons, petits fours, and croquembouche were a must.
2008: Gowns with Pick Up Skirts – The glam ballroom style was huge in 2008, and pick ups were a perfect way to give wedding gowns that full, fairytale look brides were after. Pick up detailing works beautifully with satin and taffeta, two favored fabrics that year.
2009:Eco-Friendly Details – Environmentally conscious weddings certainly haven’t gone out of style (and we hope they never do!), but they were especially hot in 2009. Couples used recycled paper for their stationery, decorated with repurposed objects (think glass bottle vases and newspaper poms), incorporated moss, succulents, herbs, and greenery into their arrangements, and thanked their guests with plantable seed favors.
2010: Birdcage Veils – The vintage wedding trend came into the spotlight in 2010, and brides everywhere seemed to be swapping traditional lengths of tulle and lace for crops of Russian netting. These statement pieces were typically embellished with feather fascinators or beaded appliques for an extra shot of retro glam.
2011: Rosettes – This pretty three-dimensional design adorned everything from bridal gowns, shoes, and sashes to boutonnieres, table linens, and buttercream cakes! The sculptural, floral-inspired swirls added instant romance and texture.
2012:Creative Catering – Mini foods were a huge deal in 2012. Everything from tacos and pizzas to ice cream cones and pies were downsized and to cute, bite-size versions of themselves. Soup shooters, shrunken sliders, grilled cheese finger sandwiches, petite salad cups. Interactive food stations (make your own s’mores, build your own crostinis), food trucks, treat cones, elaborate dessert bars, and candy displays were all the rage. And don’t forget cocktails! The signature beverage trend also hit an all-time high around this time.
2013:Rustic Chic Details – As barns, farms, and ranches became more popular settings for weddings, it only made sense that organic decor and country chic details came into play. Natural materials like burlap, birch bark, barn wood, and grapevine took center stage. We saw lots brides carrying colorful wildflower bouquets, bridesmaids rocking cowboy boots, and guests sipping cocktails from mason jars. Haystacks took the place of traditional ceremony seats and everyone went crazy for chalkboard signs.
2014: Unstructured Bouquets – Big, lush, garden style bouquets took over last year and we don’t see them going anywhere soon. Brides are loving that romantic, unpolished, free-spirited look. Symmetry and perfection is out; texture and creativity is in!
There is a 100 percent chance you saw the worldwide premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey with your fiance on Valentine’s Day this weekend. Maybe even re-read the book too? Now that your dinner- and movie-night out is over, we want to know: are you Anastasia Steele or Christian Grey when it comes to wedding planning? Don’t be shy, we dare you to take our quiz here.