Wedding Style Update
Wedding styles for Spring/Summer 2010 are as crisp and fresh as an ocean breeze, with key color inspirations forming from seaside landscapes where a mélange of beach glass, striped umbrellas and Miami lights abound.
Bridal directions are gearing away from the traditional and opting for the unexpected. From casual island-style to formal ‘40s vintage inspirations, the look is dramatic and visually impacting. Striking black and white combinations are elegant and sophisticated, whereas the increasingly popular all-over-white for the bride, bridal party, groom, groomsmen and décor offer endless summer romanticism.
More attention is being paid to jewelry this spring than ever before, with collar and bib necklace designs being important accents to strapless bodices. Oversized earrings and cuff bracelets are key for halter tops and baby-doll sleeves. Also emerging are oversized crystal beaded earrings with matching cocktail rings.
Hair jewelry and tulle scarves fastened with brooches are an alternative to veils. Embellished lace fans are easing into the bridal procession in lieu of bouquets, especially for outdoor weddings in warmer climates. Varying styles of straw hats, from floppy to fedora and accented with ribbon and feathers, are other chic alternatives to traditional veils.
Gowns continue to evolve in directions beyond traditional for both color and style. Butterfly themes, golden accents and splashes of hand-painted color in Georgia O’Keefe blooms lead this season’s new direction for bridal wear, as do birds and bows. Shades of oyster and lavender propose a fresh boost to brides looking for something new, along with colorful trim and trains.
Combinations of black lace and citrus hues highlight the classic white gown in varying goddess styles, with vintage inspiration stemming from the 1920s through the early ‘60s. Polka-dotted chiffons in a mix of shiny and matte materials bring a sense of flirtatious fun to the altar. Feminine touches of texture, with whimsical ruffles and scalloped edges, lend to the romance surrounding the Big Day. Floral blooms and beaded rosettes bring beautiful contrast to gowns of any color.
Also on the rise are wedding suits for brides who are looking for a simpler, more realistic approach to their wedding attire. Sleek and elegant, satiny cream-colored jackets and matching cropped pants bring a classic sixties flare with a hint of retro Hollywood that speaks glamour and sophistication.
Jewelry and Accessory Directions
Stepping in rhythm with the new gown directions, bridal jewelry is taking its cue from the same lively colors, flirtatious styles and sophisticated vintage inspirations. Bold blooms of colorful blossoms in brooch-style statement necklaces and in cuff bracelets fashioned from enamel drops cast a dreamy and magical mood. Butterflies are making their way into jewelry, as well as gowns, offering another option for brides looking to set a poetic mood.
Gold is a key metal for bridal jewelry this season in both shiny and antiqued finishes. Solid gold-colored jewelry with floral focal pieces, and layers of gold chain paired with turquoise and other gemstone beads, particularly birthstones, create unexpectedly stunning accents to heart-shaped bodices and strapless gowns.
Natural pieces featuring faceted gemstone nuggets and wood bring an earthy sense of elegance for the nature-minded bride, as do long, layered necklaces of colorful agate and pearl beads interspersed with segments of mismatched chain.
For the modern vintage bride, jewelry designs span from simple classics to elaborate period pieces. Ultra-long layers of oversized pearls fastened with elaborate focal clasps highlight the classic style brides are opting for in their gown. Faux gems and crystal pearls in bib and collar necklaces, similar to those you’d find in antique shops, paired with bejeweled and feathered hair jewelry complete the look for simple vintage gowns. Also included in the vintage-inspired bridal style are brooch focal pieces and beaded strands of crystal beads and pearls stitched onto tulle for collar necklaces and bold bangles. Swatches of satiny or sheer fabric embellished with thousands of tiny crystals are sewn into choker-style necklaces, adding a modern edge to a timeless classic.
- Turquoise and other birthstones in bib and lariat necklace styles
- Sea "opal" glass beads and components
- Chalcedony gemstone beads in collar necklaces
- Chrysoprase teardrops in large chandelier earring styles
- Black onyx and jet Swarovski® crystal beads
- Shades of green Swarovski® crystal pearls and cultured freshwater pearls
- Brooches in necklaces and hair jewelry
- Brightly colored enamel drops made into flower centerpieces for cuff bracelets and statement necklaces
- Peridot gemstone beads with White Lotus™ cultured freshwater pearls
- Cultured freshwater pearls and Swarovski® crystal pearls in shades of pink and peach
- Light grey opal and violet Swarovski® crystal beads
- Moonstone and amethyst gemstone beads
- Gold-plated and antiqued brass beads and findings
- Sterling silver beads and silver-plated beads and findings
- Antiqued metal beads and components
- White-on-white combinations of cultured freshwater pearls, clear crystal beads, Jablonex® Czech glass beads and quartz crystal beads
- Wood, shell and other natural beads
- Butterfly and bird motifs
- Velvet and sheer organza ribbon embellished with flat back crystals
- Faceted gemstone nuggets in chunky necklace and bracelet designs
- Faceted acrylic beads in pastel or punchy colors
- Oversized crystal beads and costume baubles