We’ve been having a crazy winter storm up here in the Northwest. Never seen anything like it before. So to use our time wisely I’ve been researching, talking with people in west coast wedding industry and asking what they see for wedding trends in 2009. Here’s what people are saying:
1. The Economy Will Drive Wedding Budgets.
Brides are looking for ways to save by creating more intimate weddings and cutting costs on the details like floral settings and overextending invitations.
2. The Cheaper, Reusable Dress.
Nina Callaway at About.com foresees brides and bridesmaids looking to buy cheaper and re-wearable dresses.
“Forget the peach tulle atrocities of yesteryear. 2009 brides are considerate, and mindful of the economy, so they’re looking for bridesmaid dresses that are truly rewearable, and don’t come with a sky-high price tag.”
3. The Fashionable Dress.
The classic ivory dress is still the chosen color for the bride but variations in color and influences by the world of fashion have pushed design in new directions for 2009. Look for Greys, Blush, Champagne and Two-Tone Gowns for 2009. The editors at Brides.com put together a gallery of spring dresses with some great ideas for next year.
As for bridesmaids’ dresses, ourweddingday.com has a nice guide on what colors to blend in with your themes and what colors to avoid.
“The trick is to keep the main areas of your wedding understated and classic, adding then extravagant touches using the colors of your choice. Here is our list of 10 up-and-coming color combinations to make your truly memorable and a stand out…”
4. The Green Wedding.
From conflict-free diamonds to serving free-range local goods and wedding dresses made of 100% cotton, couples, especially here on the West Coast, are looking to minimize their impact on their communities in 2009.
We found this article at Suite101.com which was similar to the opinions of About.com, vintage is in:
“Weddings often evoke a sense of nostalgia, and many brides are choosing to incorporate vintage elements and styles into their modern look. Old-Hollywood glamor and the flirty fashions of the 20s are very popular this season. Chic 50s lines are also experiencing a comeback; a super-short visor veil is a beautiful, bold look that manages to look entirely modern, yet evokes a sense of history and tradition. Try accenting that visor veil with one of Grandma’s beautiful brooches for a truly custom and special wedding accessory.”
6. Wedding Photography Trends.
Wedding Photojournalism. It was a huge trend at the beginning of the millennium and continues to be in high demand. It’s our number one request at Benjamin DiCaprio for 2009 as our chief photographer received his masters degree in photojournalism. Brides want to see black and white photos of emotional moments mixed in with the color images more and more. But a newer trend is also emerging. The fashion world has been influencing wedding photography at a rapid pace since 2004 and will continue into next year. Images like one we took at an Oregon winery are requested more and more:
…but trends are trends. Here one day, gone the next. It’s great to use them as a guide to understand what’s going on in your world. The best wedding is the one you make all your own.