We’re now less than a month away from the autumnal equinox, and you know what that means…it’s time to dish on the latest fall wedding trends! If you’re in the midst of planning final details for your fall wedding, the clock is ticking (quite loudly, I might add!). However, I’m always happy to provide a little fashionable inspiration whenever possible. For those of you still deciding bouquet colors, cake flavors or the latest looks for your wedding, opt for the season’s hottest trends.
The best thing about fall weddings is that autumn allows guests and the wedding party to head outdoors without enduring the torturous heat, and the colors of the season make gorgeous outdoor photo opps! But beyond the glorious weather and the perfect colors, here are seven trends that will put a little extra spice into your fall festivities:
Falling for Colors
If you want the most on-trend colors for your bouquets, always look to the color forecast from Pantone. This Fall, colors will be rich and delectable. Many hues are named and inspired by fall staple food and drinks. Think Tawny Port (a deep wine), Grenadine (a bright orange red), Butterum (a light caramel hue), Golden Lime and Autumn Maple (the color of…rich maple syrup). But a few of Pantone’s picks also pull from nature, including Navy Peony, Shaded Spruce and Marina (a crisp blue). Neutral Grey and Ballet Slipper (a pale blush pink) round out the shades that will be popular this fall.
Mix and match hues to create fashionable bouquets. Choose Ballet Slipper hued roses like Sweet Avalanche or Vendela. Add port colored orchids for a contrast and mix in lots of greenery. Or pair up flowers that pull from Grenadine’s hue and mix in deep blue navy-inspired flowers. Mix and match hue to play with contrast, but make sure they pair well with the wedding party’s chosen palette.
The Knot reports that more couples are opting away from lots of frosting on their cakes. The hottest trend is the naked cake, which features exposed layers of cake with frosting in between each layer. Choose pumpkin or spice cakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting between the layers for a taste of the season. Simple decorations like flowers and greenery usually adorn these minimalist edible masterpieces.
Fall is known for rich and hearty foods. Add a taste of fall to your menu with a hearty soup before dinner or savor autumn in dessert form. It’s perfectly acceptable to skip the traditional cake and feature pies—choose in-season favorites like blueberry, pumpkin, apple or pecan. Having a southern wedding? Why not opt for sweet potato?
Kate Middleton’s long lace sleeves are still in favor by fall brides. However, Brides reports that statement accessories also are trendy for autumn. Feathers and ruffles also adorn many dresses as key style accents. As for the silhouette, every woman should choose a look that she loves…don’t bow to trends when it comes to how a dress fits your body! Some women love ballgowns, others love sheaths or a-line. It’s your day, so pick a dress you LOVE.
Your hair, your style! Harper’s Bazaar notes that 2017 brides are embracing their natural hair texture. Got curls? Rock them! As for the groom, it’s perfectly ok to rock a beard too…but if you opt to shave off any major facial hair before the ceremony, make sure you use a lotion to avoid those crazy post-shave bumps!
Say goodbye to the black tux. Harper’s Bazaar also clued us in that blue suits are the wardrobe staple for style savvy grooms! And, no, this is not the same blue suit that Steve Martin wore in “Father of the Bride!”
Traditional photography? So last year! According to Glamour, more couples are embracing portrait studios—as in personalized portraits—at their wedding! To add more personality to the portraits, couples also are choosing to have on-site illustrators for a custom sketch of their wedding day.
Get inspired for your fall wedding by embracing the latest trends this season! Whether you pull in the hottest hues, rock your natural hair or say goodbye to the traditional tux, create personalized touches that are true to you!
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger
On your wedding day, express your unique personality. Sure, the white gown is tried and true tradition. But if white isn’t your choice, go for color. Or even black. More and more brides are eschewing conservative standards for their wedding day and rocking their own looks, complete with stunningly creative accessories.
Diamonds and pearls have nothing on studded chokers, peacock feather earrings or leather boho bracelets. If you like it, wear it…and be the bride that everyone remembers for creative style and modern beauty.
If you aren’t sure what accessories to grab for your big day, look to your personality and daily style. Add touches of goth, bohemian, punk or pin-up. Your wedding day is your day to shine, so walk down that aisle feeling and looking true to you.
Need a little style inspiration? Try these looks that match-up with your own fashion aesthetic.
There are numerous genres of punk. Many would consider grunge to be an off-set of the punk style--Nirvana was influenced by punk bands, and that inspiration is apparent in Nevermind. How you interpret punk is up to your own creativity. However, I’m all for rocking Dr. Marten’s under a wedding dress and using a buffalo plaid shirt for covering up on a chilly wedding night. I’d also recommend shopping Etsy or thrift stores for unique and vintage punk accessories like studded belts.
If your style is more steampunk, choose earrings that pull in gears and mechanical functions. You can also DIY steampunk accessories with old gears and watches. Think original, and try not to head to stores that sell more mass produced accessories. Punk is not mainstream and one-size fits all, and mass produced punk flies in the face of the genre and lifestyle.
I love a good Stevie Nicks inspired look, and I also love to channel my inner flower child. On your wedding day, elements of bohemian simplicity create easy beauty. Choose flower crowns for a hairpiece…or just a single daisy behind the ear. Wear hair down and flowing. Use nature-influenced accessories. Leather corded bracelets, shells, and even carved wood pendants. Wear feathers as hairpieces or earrings. However, when channeling a boho look, it is never ok to appropriate a culture. Don’t ever wear dream catchers as jewelry, and don’t use any culture’s religious symbols or deities as an accessory or to make a fashion statement. Boho can go horribly bad when it veers into appropriation.
Go black and red or go home! If you are in your element while donning black and embrace a goth beauty, don’t be afraid to be a goth bride! Choose jewelry made from black velvet or lace, and incorporate metal studs. Go all out and embrace Victorian goth with a dress that truly glorifies your gorgeous style. Accessorize with ornate jewelry, and mingle your birthstone or your beloved’s birthstone into jewelry for a personalized touch.
For a wedding pinup look, it’s all about the hair and make-up. Opt for vintage-inspired hair styles like Victory Rolls, or pin curls and incorporate bandanas, a knit Snood or a sweet flower. Create a purr-fect cat-eye, wear bold red lipstick. And, of course, you need to rock a sexy pair of heels.
Wedding style doesn’t have to be traditional if you’re not! Wear all black, rock a bold red lip or look to bohemian splendor for inspiration. Create your own unique look for a style that’s true to you…not true to tradition.
-Naomi Shaw, Guest Blogger