BRIDAL DRESS FASHION TRENDS
Like all ceremonial garb, wedding gowns are impervious to the whims of fashion and instead lean heavily on cultural, religious and family traditions, right?
For some, particularly in South Florida, bridal fashion is as hip and varied as the brides themselves.
“We are a little more avant garde and risk-taking here,” said Riki Altman, editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & the Caribbean magazine. “Rather than a gold accessory, our brides might get a lot of gold in their dress. There’s definitely more metallic and splashes of color as opposed to Vera Wang doing all red last season.”
Monte Durham is splitting his time between hosting duties on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” and ElevenSpa Delray’s “Marry Me” program where the wedding party is offered a range of beauty services and fashion styling.
“When it comes to gowns, the trends now are soft and very light,” Durham said. “We're seeing a lot of fitted waist and sweetheart necklines. Those are the styles that seem to be ruling the runways. Beading and glitz has become very minimal, adding it only on belts, headbands, cuffs and earrings.”
They both agree that the big ballgown with a cathedral-length train is old-fashioned. “Who wants an 18-foot train anymore,” asks Altman. “Women would rather show the line of crystals on the back of their shoes or some crystals belting their dress. Or maybe they’re pulling in big chunky accessories or a pop of color with the accessory, like maybe a blue shoe. We’re not going over the top, but we’re more into taking chances here.”Both Durham and Altman agree the big ballgown with a cathedral-length train is out.
“Who wants an 18-foot train anymore?” said Altman. “Women would rather show the line of crystals on the back of their shoes or some crystals belting their dress. Or maybe they’re pulling in big chunky accessories or a pop of color with the accessory, like maybe a blue shoe. We’re not going over the top, but we’re more into taking chances here.”
WHAT ABOUT THE DISHES AND DECORATING?
Food and décor are a huge part of a wedding.
Here’s what hot in haute weddings these days:
“Some things about décor might surprise people,” said Riki Altman, editor-in-chief of “Moden Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean” magazine. “A huge trend is shine. I attribute that to ‘The Great Gatsby’.”
As for food, the trend is toward down-home “unplugged” fare.
“The food trend right now is comfort food,” said Monte Durham, creative director of the “Marry Me” program at EleveSpa Delray and host of “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” reality TV show on TLC. “A lot of couples are looking for more of a down home feel to tie their wedding together, which is no surprise that we're seeing more and more barn and country settings on brides' wish lists as well. ‘Country Chic’ seems to be the key phrase coming off brides' lips. But beach weddings still top the list and churches and places of worship are coming back in vogue. And whether it be early morning, later afternoon or evening, a more relaxed event is sweeping the bridal world.
The June issue of “Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean” includes the usual must-know information for tropical destination weddings. “I have to speak to not only national, but international brides because we have such a huge [wedding] industry here,” explained editor-in-chief Riki Altman. “The destination business is huge. They all come here…but they don’t have to do a tropical wedding per se. They can bring their wedding style here. We have gorgeous spring trends for Caribbean weddings ranging from spa weddings to farm-to-table weddings, where there is organic farm produce for their dinner.” For a sneak peek, go to ModernLuxury.com/brides-south-florida.
ElevenSpa Delray has paired up with “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” host Monte Durham for their new “Marry Me” bridal concept. “[It] is an exclusive experience offered only at ElevenSpa Delray and will encompass and anticipate a brides every need,” explained Durham. “With some of the most talented professionals in their chosen field from hair, skin and nails, ‘Marry Me,’ will offer the full range of beauty services from styling to dressing you and your party for the big day.” For more information, call 561-278-1100 or go to ElevenSpaDelray.com.