Local Wedding Trends

Region Weddings: Local experts break down the trends of this year's wedding season

2014-04-27T00:00:00Z 2014-04-30T17:51:04Z Region Weddings: Local experts break down the trends of this year's wedding seasonTrish Maley Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 27, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Mixing it up is what’s trending for 2014 weddings - from décor to dresses to new families.

And Dawn Frederick, of Crown Point, is doing just that for her wedding.

“This is my second marriage but my fiance’s first marriage, so I didn’t want a traditional white gown but there were things I wanted to keep traditional for my fiance’s sake,” said Frederick. “I have two sons from my first marriage, my fiance has a son and together we have two young children and they will all be involved in the wedding. I’m excited - I think it’s a great way to celebrate the union of our families.”

For the ceremony, Frederick is wearing a creamy ivory trumpet dress with a cathedral length veil attached to a blusher veil in front. For the reception she is changing into a fun, fit and flare champagne-colored dress.

Frederick is one of 26 brides working with Dani Bryant-Nelson, a wedding planner and owner of Bride and Joy, a bridal boutique in Crown Point.

“Huge, long trains and veils are in right now. Brides are also moving away from strapless and going into keyhole backs and drop backs that go very low,” said Nelson. “Color is also a growing trend. Blushes, mints, champagnes, blacks—very seldom is it just a white gown now. It’s transforming into a lot more fashion-forward styles for various reasons—it’s the bride’s second wedding, she wants to be different or she is just a trendsetter.”

Nelson said to make a statement both up and down the aisle, brides are choosing gowns with dramatic back details such as draping, long trains, illusion lace or see-through panels.

Wedding décor is getting dramatically mixed up, too. For example, combining quirky vintage items with modern elements or rustic farmhouse finds mixed with glamorous tones is trending for 2014.

Brides are also choosing centerpiece items that bring texture and life to the wedding theme such as branches, birdcages, mason jars, burlap, fresh flowers or vintage heirlooms.

Amanda Kukulski, of Dyer, is infusing her wedding this summer with many rustic, DIY elements to match the barn venue at County Line Orchard in Hobart.

“Our centerpieces are three different sized mason jars and the tables will also have a burlap runner. The mason jars will be filled with wild-looking flowers and twigs,” said Kukulski. “We also have a vintage door photo booth background, and we are making our table numbers and card box out of old wood and burlap.”

Crown Point resident Sarah Ellman of Smug Lady Bug, a custom accessory business, and Nelson agree that incorporating burlap is in style this year. Ellman has made various burlap accessories such as ring pillows, garters and bouquets to satisfy her clients.

“I think burlap is so huge this year because it is now available in so many color choices, so it is much more versatile and can be thrown in with natural burlap,” said Ellman. “Traditional burlap can be paired with lace to make it shabby chic or with earth tone colors for that country feel.”

Ellman has created all kinds of jewelry and accessories for the last eight years but has noticed that there is high demand for vintage accessories from her bridal clients this year.

“Vintage jewelry has been trending for two years steady and is roaring into 2014 with movies like the "The Great Gatsby" influencing bridal palettes. It's been great and it is a look that is truly timeless and if you use actual vintage goods—the quality will last and the result is unique,” said Ellman

Stephanie Montez, owner of You Got the Look salon in Schererville, said accessories of all kinds in a bride’s hair is a growing trend.

“A real flower matching their bouquet, headband or hair jewelry can make any bride’s hair stand out. I have also seen the trend of a flower headband with the hair down in loose curls or a low chignon with one single flower,” said Montez. “Updo's are phasing out, but that doesn't mean a bride shouldn't do her hair up if that's how she wants it. I have found the trends for 2014 are braids. There are so many fun and different unique braids you can do with the hair up or down.”

Bride and Joy will host an outdoor fashion show in August by the courthouse in Crown Point. For additional information please visit bride-joyboutique.com.

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