Let’s vow to leave behind the wedding wasteland that 2020 became and get back into the groove of wedding-going this year. Wedding invites are on their way, so it’s time to get wedding-prepped! Whether you’re the bride, in the bridal party, or a guest—I’ve made a notes sheet full of current styles and influences to keep in mind.
Bride and Bridal Party
For starters, look to bridal fashion week for inspiration on all things wedding-related, including the dress, accessories, and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Brides often wear several ensembles including, but not limited to the rehearsal party, reception, after-party, and post-wedding brunch. With all those looks, there’s a shift happening towards a more minimalist style on a budget. Brides are looking for easy-to-wear dresses with customizable accessories like veils and detachable skirts, and capes. For dress styles, they’re reaching for a-line silhouettes, and slip dresses with draping backs.
Some brides have decided to go over the top, embracing more colors than ever before—Like blue, blush, and gray. Brides are moving towards more wearable gowns that have multi-functional pieces. Multiple decades are making their mark on the bridal world. The Netflix show Bridgerton is having an influence on bridal gowns (check out Mood’s Bridgerton Dress for inspo), pushing the Regency-era look with u-necklines, cap sleeves, and an empire waistline in satin fabric. Shorter styles are also having their moment for a bit of roaring 20’s style.
Bridesmaids have fallen behind because they weren’t able to get measurements last year, so a lot are starting from scratch since they can now resume with wedding preparations as restrictions ease up. Brides continue to keep their aesthetic cohesive with their bridesmaids with simple silhouettes and styles complementing the wedding type and location.
Pay attention to any instructions or information included in the wedding invitation about the wedding types. For a wedding dress code regarding each wedding, check out our wedding dress code post here. Dress appropriately, remembering that the focus of the event is the bride and groom, so being respectful to their dress code is important. Wearing a dress with sleeves offers coverage, or go for a halter style dress and pair it with a shawl to better navigate the temperature.
Selecting your look for your big day or someone else’s is crucial, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Observe the venue, season, and location and follow the instructions given on the invite. We’re all navigating through the aftermath that the pandemic created, so remember to focus on the memories and getting picture-perfect shots to help keep the special event alive for years to come.
What are your thoughts on weddings in 2021?