With this year’s balmy summer nuptials behind us, it’s time to embrace fall’s moodier vibe for the upcoming wedding circuit. To get the lowdown on trends you’ll likely be seeing this season, we tapped Abby Larson, founder of Style Me Pretty, to share what’s in for bridal fashion, decor and more. Feast your eyes on these looks du jour—and if you’re still in the midst of last-minute planning, consider incorporating these of-the-moment touches into your big day.
"If we had a dollar for every wedding that came across our desks featuring a sexy and sheer lace gown, we'd be very rich. As we head into the cooler fall months, we're loving this look paired with beautiful wraps and freeform wild bouquets.
As far as details go, feathers, velvet and moments of texture are big right now, and we couldn't be happier about it."
Food & Drink
"Surf and turf? Good. Surf and turf with a cultural wow-factor? Yes, please! Culturally inspired menus are popping up everywhere, thanks to couples who want to give their guests a window into their personalities, their lives and their passions.
Craft beer is all the rage (as we're sure you witness every time you walk into a restaurant), which means the trend has been fully embraced by the wedding community. The best part is that craft cocktails are also in high demand, with throwbacks to the good ole days, and the inclusion of locally sourced alcohols (which we love). An even better trend is that craft cocktail stations often come with a hunky mixologist."
Colors & Themes
"On top of soft, neutral tones, we are seeing a ton of metallics in varying shades from rose golds to copper, antiqued silvers to classic golds. We are loving that brides are incorporating metallics in ways that add a whisper of modernity to an otherwise rustic or classic look."
"While structured, precise florals will always have a place in wedding decor, fall is all about wild and freeform stems, as they bring a home-for-dinner quality (a fancy one, of course)."
"Stationery, particularly in weddings, seems to follow the fashion industry. We're seeing that reflected in fall-inspired floral prints and patterns that are being utilized in fun places—the envelope liners, the backs of invitations and on all of the accessory pieces."
"While the mix-and-match trend started as a way to differentiate the maid of honor from the rest of the bunch (or from the idea that maids can wear something they already own), designers are getting totally on board with the trend as a way to give each bridesmaid a personality. It affords the opportunity to wear something that they truly love, and gives depth, dimension and texture to bridal fashions."
"We've seen some pretty spectacular wedding day signage, but right now, the bigger the better—signs (like this) are being turned into an art form. Paired with other fall trends like rustic woods and gorgeous calligraphy, you have a recipe for wow.
While ethereal romance isn't going anywhere, we're seeing a very subtle shift toward more masculine-inspired details, including elements like leather-bound invites and stoneware chargers."