10 Years of Bridal Trends

Earlier this week we explored trends within our company over the past 10 years in celebration of our 10 Year Anniversary! Today, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite bridal trends over the past 10 years.

10 years ago, brides didn’t have virtual pin boards where they could plan out every last detail of their wedding from start to finish with the click of a mouse. What brides did have were magazine clippings, vision boards, and shoe boxes full of inspiration from various photos and magazines.

Food

While you don’t typically think of food going in and out of style, some food items were featured more heavily in the late 2000’s than they are now. One of these items is the beloved chocolate fountain, which has now been replaced by dainty cookies, cupcakes, and macarons.

Charlotte Geary Photography
Charlotte Geary Photography
Colin Cowie Weddings
Colin Cowie Weddings

Color Trends
Over the past 10 years, color palettes have evolved quite drastically. While bright, bold contrasting colors, like orange and fuchsia, were a big hit 10 years ago, brides more recently have chosen to use subtler color palettes, pastel colors, or monochromatic hues. Bold colors are still a big trend today, however, the color pairings are a little different than they were 10 years ago.

Swooned Magazine
Swooned Magazine
Burnetts Boards
Burnetts Boards

Favors

One trend that continues to grow are edible, packaged, personalized, somewhat pricey, favors. From favors such as CD’s with a personalized playlist from the bride and groom to homemade cookies with the bride and grooms monogram tied together with ribbon, adding a personal touch to your wedding favors has been an important element for many years.

The Flashdance
The Flashdance
Love is so Much
Love is so Much

Accessories
One wedding ‘accessory’ that was extremely popular around 2004: disposable cameras. Brides would put one or two on each table and collect them at the end of the night. What a fun surprise to look forward to a few weeks after the wedding! This trend of disposable cameras went away for a little while when digital cameras became more accessible, however, it is beginning to make a comeback.

Ginny Marsh Photography
Ginny Marsh Photography

Invitations
Recently, calligraphy-heavy invitation suites have become increasingly more popular. Over the past 10 years, invitations have gone from extremely intricate and ornate to more simplistic and minimalistic. One trend that was very popular around 2008 is the trend of luxe invitations with small intricacies.

CeciStyle Magazine
CeciStyle Magazine

Similarly to the suite below, from Jenna Blazevich and Kyle John Photography, calligraphy has become a must in most recent invitation suites.

Style Me Pretty
Style Me Pretty

While the style of invitation suites has changed over the years, the type of invitations has also changed. For example, one trend that was largely popular a few years ago is ‘magnet’ save-the-dates. Brides are always looking for the ‘next big thing,’ and while magnets may not be as popular today as they were a few years ago, being unique and creative with your invitations and save-the-dates is something that will always be in style.

Intimate Weddings
Intimate Weddings

At some point, everything goes out of style, (though everything comes back in style in one way or another) however, what will never go out of style is a celebration of life, love, and new beginnings with your closest friends and family.

 

 

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