Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means it’s time to give thanks. As an individual I have much to be thankful for, and I am sure that the same is true for all of you, but I’ll spare you my own list in favor of one with a broader appeal. The world of bridal also has much to be thankful for this year. From new trends to old favorites we are feeling pretty lucky.
Thinking Beyond Strapless
Not all brides want to wear a strapless gown, and the designers have finally gotten the message. The landscape of sleeve options for bridal gowns has changed dramatically in the past few years. It’s no longer so difficult to find something beyond a spaghetti strap. Hooray for cap sleeves and long sleeves and T-shirt sleeves. Hooray for variety.
Bridesmaids Look Less Like Bridesmaids
Over the past few years the gowns that bridesmaids have graciously worn down the aisle have gotten more and more stylish. Gone are the days of fitting six different body types into one dress. Gone are the days matching the gowns to the shoes to the tablecloths to the invitations. Who knows if anyone will ever really wear their bridesmaid dress again, but we’re thankful that at least these days they actually could.
The Great Great Gatsby
Probably the only theme more prevalent in bridal than the Mason Jar is Art Deco. Even though the updated version of the Great Gatsby lit up the screen two years ago, brides are still in search of the themes it epitomizes: glamour, Hollywood, drama, glitz. Using one single word brides have been able to channel their entire wedding theme and communicate it to planners, vendors, and dress shops. Thanks Gatsby for keeping us on point.
Running Wild for Table Runners
This year brought us a renewed devotion to the reception table and everything that goes into making it look pretty. Plain white tablecloths became a thing of the past as more and more couples opted for fancy runners in a wide variety of materials and styles. This year tables were decked-out in everything from garlands to grass to paper, and the results were magical and often magically affordable. Thank goodness.