Bridal Style – A 2017 Preview
By Guest Writer Sheryl Davies
Bridal style isn’t about what you’re wearing — it extends to every aspect of your nuptial planning, starting with the announcement of your engagement and ending with the wedding favours your guests take-away with them.
It’s about designing, statement-making and celebrating this most extraordinary day, by putting your own signature style and fingerprint on it, to make it distinctively your own.
This season, couples will again be as creative as ever as they continue to put their distinctive fingerprint on their wedding day. They are willing to pay for what they want and when it’s all said and done, they want to look back on a grand celebration that was filled with love, emotion and sincerity.
2017 weddings will be a lot more of the same, delightful dazzle of this past year, with the addition of finer details and timeless elegance; think vintage weddings with a feel of lace, coupled with old world charm. You can always add even more romance, for an unforgettable atmosphere and experience for both the newly married couple and the honoured guests alike.
The colours of spring 2017 will deliver the promise and punch of a fresh new season, replete with bold, bright, and beautiful hues of rich blue, fresh green, coral, and aqua that speak to the transformation of nature in its very finest.
The Pantone Colour Institute of New Jersey introduced its newest palette in mid-September, and we’re looking at some inviting colours that will tie together a bride’s theme, from her flowers to her reception decor, with style, flair and élan.
Watch for Pink Yarrow, as it’s sure to be a favourite. It’s a vibrant and bold shade, one that is sure to be fun, elegant, and edgy because of its versatility. I’m predicting that it will be seen everywhere, from bridesmaids’ fashion to invitations, and venue colours and may very well be the colour of the year. (Which has yet to be announced at the writing of this article).
Your Fairy Tale Decor Awaits . . .
Reception decor continues to be simply stunning, with textured and sequined table coverings of all colours, pleated elegant draping, sparkling crystal chandeliers and candelabras, in liberal doses of gold, silver or copper, all highlighted by the dramatic additions of colour washes, by a professional lighting specialist.
Decor Designer and Certified Event Planner, Diane Spencler, Owner of Designs by Diane for over two decades, is thrilled that 2017 will bring more sparkle, with bolder and brighter colours.
“The look of love is everywhere — it’s in all colours of the rainbow this upcoming year,” says Spencler. “And I love working with brides, as it gives me an opportunity to design celebrations with different themes and atmospheres, from urban chic to informal and fun — all wrapped up in style and grace.”
This season, candlesticks will grace the tables in varying heights, shapes and, sizes. They add an intimate, moody, and magical feeling to a room, providing a setting for lively conversation and great photo-taking opportunities; truly reminiscent of a time gone by.
Square tables are being interspersed with the more traditional rounds, to give venues a more modern feel, and both chairs and chair covers are available in many styles, textures and colours. This creates a romantic and intimate reception vibe. Couples are splurging on glamorous decor with lots of sparkle, pearls, hanging greenery, vibrant floral arrangements and metallics, embellishing their spaces with a fairytale-like setting that is anything but ordinary.
Say Yes To The Dress
When you think bridal fashion couldn’t be any more spectacular, this season highlights the elegantly sexy: from plunging necklines to off-the-shoulder gowns. Tattoo lace is everywhere, as sleeves continue to be in vogue. Gowns are ruffled, romantic, and frothy, with oversized bows that are feminine and flirty, accenting beautiful back or waist detail.
“It’s definitely the year of the ball gown,” states Sarah Taylor, Owner of It’s Your Day Bridal Boutique, 1661 Front Road in LaSalle. “We saw stunning, textured 3D, lace-on-lace dresses when we shopped the Chicago show in autumn. The heavier lace is on top, with the a finer fabric underneath.”
She continues, “It was impressive and we loved the detailed work. There were dresses with crinolines, sleeves and strapless styles. There’s definitely something for everyone in 2017! We were also delighted to see elegant styles from the fifties in gorgeous tulle and delicate lace. Vintage is still in the limelight.”
Taylor mentions that she stocks the Canadian-made line, Paloma Blanca and feels that this season it will be one of the shop’s sought-after labels because of its style and quality. (Note: see contents photo on page 3 of this issue).
Fabric flowers, feathers and hand-sewn beading appear everywhere; they all add a modern touch to a classic silhouette. This season, edgier brides who don’t want to sport white or ivory, will find an even larger collection of coloured and floral print gowns to choose from. Blush remains a popular alternative choice for both brides and bridesmaids alike.
For the minimalist bride, the A-line ballgown is popular this season, with its soft tulle and no crinoline, making it a perfect choice for garden weddings, smaller reception restaurants, and destination locations. It travels easily and is easy to wear with its no fuss design.
Cathedral veils are back again, after years of shorter styles, hats and fascinators. The floral crown or headband is continuing to emerge as a popular headpiece.
Feature Photo: Today’s bride is always looking for the unique and unusual. This year, she will be adding premium blooms to her bouquet and reception decor, making a simply elegant statement and creating a more creative atmosphere for her day. Photo courtesy of ChaletStudio.ca.