Though many beautiful weddings take place around the year, summer is the official “wedding season.” During this time, there are more weddings than normal, and people’s schedules are packed with nuptial celebrations. Plus, new trends are emerging that are making this summer unique. This year, we are seeing both subtle and major changes to typical wedding traditions that are keeping us on our toes. So what can you be prepared for beyond new special occasion dresses and cutting-edge décor? Here are four wedding trends that we’re seeing this summer.
Not too long ago, it was unheard of to have a man in the bridal party or a woman in the groom’s party. Things were pretty gender-specific, which meant best friends or relatives of the opposite gender celebrated from the audience or in the gendered wedding party with those they didn’t know well. This year, couples have started to create new roles for those loved ones: bridesman and groomsmaid.
As more people decide to break tradition and include the people that they want in their wedding party, this rising trend will become more commonplace. These new roles create exciting new outfit guidelines since one size no longer fits all of the wedding party’s attire. For example, a bride’s man can wear a suit that matches the color of the other bridesmaids’ dresses. A groomsmaid can wear a women’s version of the other groomsmen’s men’s suits, or she can wear a dress that is the same color as the groomsmen’s tuxedos.
Today’s wedding industry is still managing the backlog of weddings that resulted from accumulated engagements during the pandemic. As countless couples seek to tie the knot in style, the demand for fashionable venues is sky-high. The solution? Weekday weddings. No longer are people restricted to Saturdays, Sundays, or perhaps a lone Monday on a 3-day weekend. Instead, couples are opting for weddings on Thursdays, Wednesdays, or any other day that their desired venues are available.
The benefit of weekday weddings is that couples can take a few days off and use the weekend to have enough time for a real honeymoon. They also reap cheaper rates on catering and venue rentals. Although weekday celebrations can be inconvenient for guests, brides and grooms can make things easier on attendees by keeping things short and sweet. For example, having the exchange of vows in the same place as the reception saves time, space, and money. Also, having the celebration end earlier in the night, such as 9 p.m., will give everybody enough time to go home and rest up for the next day. Not everyone has the ability to take time off for a weekday wedding. Consider including a virtual attendance option for those guests who want to celebrate you any way they can. Livestream your wedding and enable guests to pop in through Zoom to say hi.
Although white is still the undeniable favorite in wedding dress colors, more brides are opting for non-traditional hues like red, pink, blue—or no gown. You’ll see brides breaking the mold, sporting creative outfits that you’d see on the runway. Expect some surprising materials and textures like feathers, leather, and bold color choices.
Brides may even forgo dresses altogether and wear a stylish blouse with dress pants. The bottom line is that everyone is exercising their freedom to choose what they want to wear this year more than ever before. As these trends continue to grow, it’s going to be very exciting to see what people wear this wedding season!
While the mainstay wedding themes such as beach, bohemian, and urban chic remain supreme in wedding culture, we will start to see more pop culture-inspired weddings. This means that if someone has a favorite movie or a TV show, they can integrate the aesthetics and mood of these productions into their wedding. When you do something that hasn’t been done before or infrequently, your guests will be excited, and so will you.
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