Trends in 2012
From cupcakes and candy buffets to Art Deco dresses, experts weigh in on the latest wedding fashions
Posted: February 15, 2012
It is never too soon to start planning your big day, and no matter how you decide to arrange things - whether on your own or with the help of a planner - there are ample choices to be made. The way to make any wedding chic is to have it conform to your personality to the last detail. If there is any overarching trend in 2012, it may be a relaxation of the old stodgy standards. It is the year of natural looks, combined with playful decorations and laid-back atmosphere. But don't trust us, just ask the experts.
There is no specific time of year that is right or wrong for that special day, as there is as much beauty in pastoral snowy settings as in green flowery gardens. What is clear is locations set the mood for your nuptials.
In summer, gardens remain popular, and in winter, a chateau outside of town is considered ideal. While getting married in January may give you more options for a rental hall, an outside wedding seems unlikely, said Eva Keilwerth, the co-owner of White Prague Wedding Agency.
Autumn weddings with strategically placed space heaters seek to capture the romantic colors of the season without discomforting guests. Destination weddings are also a growing trend, so much so that some couples are choosing to have their "symbolic" ceremony in another country and then complete the legal paperwork with a simple official ceremony at home.
"It can even be that the couple is already married and does it again in a place and in a way they always wished for," Keilwerth said. "You want it to be at midnight? You can have it!"
Weddings in the Czech Republic traditionally start in the morning, with a midday lunch featuring a carefully chosen wedding menu. But Keilwerth said this is changing as couples mix nationalities and a global trend of ceremonies in the afternoon and gala dinner receptions takes over.
"With a ceremony starting around 3 p.m., guests are then seated for either an early dinner at 5 p.m. or later at 7 p.m.," she said. "It is certainly less stressful for the couple and guests, as there is more time for preparations."
The main courses for Czech couples are still trending traditional (beef soup with liver dumplings, svíčková, apple strudel), and mixed-nationality weddings are increasingly featuring fish and duck.
Desserts, meanwhile, are exhibiting a whole new style. The mainstay of a tiered wedding cake is now occasionally accompanied by a candy buffet.
"A candy buffet is made of small colorful treats like cupcakes, muffins, macaroons, caramels and candies in jars," said Veronika Slavická, operations manager at Bakeshop Praha.
The selection of sweets is not only for taste but can also serve as a playful decoration highlighting the wedding colors.
Florist Markéta Motlová from Inspirito flower studio connects flower decorations with more-edible accoutrements.
"We find a special place for the buffet and decorate it with flowers and candles," she said. "Some cupcakes can be personalized with names of guests, and these small details can make the wedding more fun."
While a candy buffet can put a new twist on any decorative floral arrangements, and add a playful mood, there is no replacing freshly cut flowers.
Loose arrangements, either table centerpieces or floor-level tall vases, complete the color tone of the venue.
"What leads is a natural style," Motlová said. "No rigid, tightly bound bouquets. Even the vases on tables are simple and lightweight, with freely placed meadow flowers."
Strong colors are being replaced by pastel and creamy tones. Wedding bouquets for the bride are trending simpler and fluffier, and are now often made of more-fragrant garden flowers.
"The power of the bouquet is in its simplicity," said Sylvie Žampová, owner of Lucernička flowers. "It is meant to underline the personality of the bride."
Among popular choices are larger, round flowers of peony or hydrangea, gently bound.
No matter the dress's shape or style, the bride should feel comfortable. There really are no longer any rules of how a dress should look, and the choice of materials and cuts is wide. Still, fashion designer Helena Mertlová said the hottest look for 2012 is simple Art Deco.
"Dresses hold the look of 1920s and '30s with a cut at the hip made of silk, silky velvet or chiffon," she said.
According to Mertlová, brides that want something different from a classical corset with long skirt are looking for minimalist design with emphasis on material and refined cut.
But the dress, accessories and the bride's overall look cannot be separated from the location of the ceremony. In other words, the moods must match.
"Brides getting married in a church wear a veil and usually maintain a classic look to their dress," Keilwerth said.
Hair and makeup
Where better to turn for beauty than nature? In line with trends emphasizing the natural look of flowers, simplicity of the dress and an overall eased atmosphere, the brides of 2012 are using lighter makeup to complete the moment.
"There is no play on colors, no excessive lipsticks or eye-shadow," said stylist Barbora Krejčíková from Bridal Beauty. "Simple earthy and natural colors with peachy and subtle red tones, glowing complexion, with a fresh look, best show the hidden beauty of the bride."
Hairstyles are being inspired by the Hollywood of the 1980s, with large, naturally light waves carelessly placed on shoulders or in a lightly gathered ponytail.
"Accessories like headbands made of ribbons or small flowers," Krejčíková said. "Feathers are out this year."
It is no longer an anomaly that a single wedding connects people from all corners of the globe. To make it easier for guests, couples are increasingly creating personalized websites and updating them with their wedding preparations.
"Personalized paper wedding invitations remain, and very rarely would a couple choose to only send it through e-mail," Keilwerth said. "On the invitation, guests can find a log-in to the personal website of the couple and read about the dress code, wedding colors, location, schedules or gift lists."
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