What's Trending

By Kristen Castillo

July 7, 2014 5 min read

Your wedding may be timeless, but it's fun to embrace a few new trends for the big day. Whether you style your hair in a braid, serve spicy foods or ask your friends what music they want to hear at the reception, consider little touches that have big impacts. Check out these 10 Trends that'll impress you -- and your guests.

1) Fewer Guests

Worried your guest list is too big? The trend is for smaller affairs, such as weddings with fewer than 100 attendees.

"Gone are the days of inviting anyone you've ever met; not only is it expensive but it forces the bride and groom to spend a lot of time having very short conversations with their guests," says Nicole R. Matthews, founder of The Henley Company LLC, an event, travel and lifestyle concierge, who believes "couples want quality over quantity."

2) All Dressed Up

Bridal fashion is under a "times gone by" influence. Tea-length gowns are back for brides and bridesmaids, says designer Ellie Wilkins of Unique Vintage, a woman's apparel and accessories e-boutique.

Wilkins is also seeing 1950s-style dresses for bridesmaids, a look she calls "timeless, vintage."

Flapper-style dresses are another vintage option, especially for brides hosting a "Gatsby"-themed party. "These hand-beaded dresses are gorgeous, and it makes for a stunning look that works for all body types," says Wilkins.

3) Looking Lovely

"This year's look is rustic and natural with sophisticated, glam accents," says wedding planner Melisa Imberman of The Event of a Lifetime Inc., who's spotting wedding colors including neutrals, nudes and pinks.

4) Hot Hair Trends

Braids are going to be big this season, says hairstylist Thelma Okoro, who notes braids around the crown will be very stylish.

"It gives a Grecian look and shows off creativity," she says. "It has become one of the hottest ways to add embroidery and glamorous details without spending the big bucks."

Wavy hair is back too for a "fresh, unrefined look," says Okoro, who is also excited about the popularity of floral headwear, which can be worn with "glamorous updo" styles.

5) Play That Song!

Here's a way to get your guests dancing! "Couples add a line on the RSVP card for song requests so they can work with their DJ to create the ultimate playlist," says Matthews.

6) Fashionable Florals

Flower styles are going traditional with hand-tied arrangements, says Bill Pailley, BloomNation florist and head designer of Artistic Surroundings.

He's also seeing grand and elegant floral designs using tall vases and candelabras, as well as the continued popularity of mercury glass.

Radiant orchid is color expert Pantone's color of the year, too. Look for this bright color in floral arrangements and accessories.

7) Lots of Flavor

Spicy foods including chili oil and Sriracha will be on wedding menus in 2015, says Imberman, who's also seeing citrus drinks in summer; comfort foods such as soup in the winter and more snacks and food truck nibbles served late into the party.

8) All Charged Up!

"Guests love a couple that provides a charging station for their phones," says Matthews, who reminds brides and grooms that guests with charged phones can take lots of photos, which they can post to social media.

Many couples are creating wedding hashtags, too, such as #Maggie&Steve to track all the posts and photos from the wedding on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

9) How Low Can You Go?

"The biggest bridal fashion trend that will take over in 2015 is the low, low back," says Lacy Pool, a bridal buyer/stylist and accessories designer who admits a low back isn't an easy look to pull off.

"When styled properly, this once taboo trend can tactfully be tasteful, flirty and feminine," she says. "The key to showcasing this style is minimal jewelry and amazing headpieces."

10) Hip to Be Square

Forget round cake tiers. Square cakes are trendy nowadays, with seasonal flavors, too, such as lemon cake in summer and "chocolate cakes with rich accents of mocha or praline" in winter, says Imberman.

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