May 2, 2011

Five New Trends From the Royal Wedding

Filed under: Wedding Trends — Tags: , , , , — Anthony Lala @ 11:50 pm

Not since the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles has the world been so enthralled with a wedding, but on April 29, 2011, people all over the world were once again fascinated with the marriage of their son Prince William to Kate Middleton.
While this momentous event was fun to watch for all the drama and to-do, from a wedding planner’s standpoint, it will definitely spark some new trends for future brides and grooms.

As a New Orleans wedding planner, I’m always looking at the newest trends that might interest my clients, so after such a huge event, I’ve decided to compile a list of the 5 trends from the royal wedding that might make waves in the wedding world.

1. The Classic Long-Sleeved Gown

In the run-up to the wedding, Kate’s dress was on lock-down and no one knew what she’d wear. A few weeks ago I posted about the five basic wedding dress styles, and her dress was an A-line style with long lace sleeves and a low neckline. What’s so interesting about this dress is that most American women wear sleeveless and even strapless dresses. Experts are anticipating that to change with Kate’s lacy sleeves, which resembled Grace Kelly’s dress.

2. All-White Bridesmaid Dresses

This possible trend sparked some controversy after many people wondered why Kate’s sister was wearing a white dress. However, having an all-white wedding party may be the new thing. An all-white wedding gives it an elegant, uniform and clean feel. On the other hand, many brides are still uncomfortable with this because they want to be the one to stand out and not be bested by their maids.

3. Going Organic and Staying Local

With the world becoming a more environmentally conscious place, it was only a matter of time that it changed the way weddings are done. The royal wedding pushed the idea of an eco-friendly wedding to the forefront when they decided on having local greenery and flowers. By not requesting exotic flowers from other parts of the country or world, they were not only supporting local businesses but were also lowering their carbon footprint.

4. The All-Day Wedding

Typical weddings start in the late afternoon and have a reception right after. The royal wedding and traditional British weddings have the ceremony in the morning and spend the rest of the day celebrating and partying through the evening. This allows more time to mingle and enables the couple to go at a slower, more relaxed pace.

5. Toning Things Down

For all the excitement and news surrounding the royal wedding, the couple was able to have a personal and toned-down affair. Everything from Kate’s dress to her hair was well done, but not overly flashy or large. She did her own makeup and wore her hair down, so that she was actually comfortable. This may be something we see more brides do.