There’s something about a new year that brings a sense of excitement and rejuvenation. This is especially true if your wedding plans were altered last year because of COVID-19. As the new year begins, so does a new round of wedding trends–everything from wedding dresses to florals to color palettes. If you’re including a bridal party in your wedding, bridesmaid dress trends should be at the top of your mind.
This year is going to be all about luxe fabrics, prints, and a wide variety of silhouettes–including jumpsuits! Depending on your wedding style and colors, choosing the right bridesmaid dresses will help tie your special day together for an effortlessly cohesive look.
Bridal jumpsuits have taken the fashion world by storm, so it’s no surprise that bridesmaid dresses are going to follow. Especially now that weddings have shifted into smaller, less formal affairs. Jumpsuits are ideal for everything from courthouse ceremonies, backyard weddings, and micro wedding “I dos.” And don’t worry about limited color options. More and more designers, including BHLDN, Hayley Paige, and Dessy, are adding bridesmaid jumpsuits to their line up.
We’ve seen mismatched colors in bridesmaid outfits for a couple of years now, but in 2021 it’s all about mixing textures, especially velvet and satin. Satin is definitely going to be the star of the show this year, but pair it with velvets and other luxe fabrics for an eclectic and romantic look. To ensure this look is put together flawlessly, aim for dresses within the same color family.
As mentioned earlier, weddings have taken on a more casual appearance and with that comes more laidback bridal party fashion. Midi length dresses, especially in satin fabric, are going to be a hot commodity. Perfect for spring and summer weddings, the midi dress offers a chic, put-together look. Don’t forget the most important accessory with midi length dresses—their shoes that will be showing.
If you’ve been following Junebug for a while, then you may already know that the terracotta color palette is already a hot trend. This earthy palette has replaced blushes and golds for couples looking for a more natural feel. When shopping, think about the colors like dark orange, rust, cinnamon, etc. The best parts? Because of the brown undertones, these colors look good on every skin tone and they’re extremely easy to mix and match.
As we see pastels like blush fade, pastel green is going to become big for those that still want the soft, delicate look. For spring and summer, opt for moss green or sage. If you still like the idea of having blush or pale pink on your special day, using it as an accent with the pastel green will make your wedding a springtime fairytale.
Once we shift into fall and winter, choose darker, richer greens such as emerald or olive. Companies like BHLDN, Jenny Yoo, and Show Me Your Mumu have lovely options in the soft green color range.
Light blue will also be a welcomed change of pace from the pastel pinks and golds. Don’t think baby blue, but rather a dusty blue. You may also see this referred to as slate blue. This shade is beautiful for summer or oceanside weddings. In the fall and winter, if you want to darken the color palette, look for navy or midnight blue. This deep shade looks stunning in velvet fabrics.
While this may not seem like an obvious trend, Pantone has listed vibrant yellow as one of its colors of the year. It’s going to pop up. Whether you’re going to incorporate Pantone’s bright yellow as one of your bridal party colors or you’re going to use it as a smaller accent, yellow is definitely making an appearance this year.
If the idea of having yellow bridesmaid dresses does not sound appealing to you, consider yellow floral printed dresses or opt for a darker, mustard tone.
This is another trend that we have already begun to see pop up, and it’s going to be extremely popular this spring and summer. Bring out your personality and add a bit of whimsy to your wedding with prints. Florals are idyllic for a romantic spring affair, but you can also choose wild prints such as leopard for a more modern approach.
Sharon and Bryan’s intimate forest elopement had us gob-smacked by the scenery, the golden hour, the romantic moments, and the sheer magnitude of the beauty of this couple and this environment. We are still shook.
It took place at Cougal Cascades in Queensland, Australia, and had subtle Twilight wedding vibes with that Pronovias dress and those epic trees. We just need a little of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” and we’ll be ready to sob…
Is your love language gift-giving? Do you want to spoil your friends with lovely gifts? What if we told you that the gifts you choose can actually make your wedding photos better? It’s a win-win situation at this point. Toss out the generic gift ideas you’ve seen on Pinterest, and let us guide you to thoughtful items your ‘maids will surely love.
Minimalistic Overnight Bags for the Getting Ready Room
Why we love them: Clutter in the “getting ready room” is distracting. It’s hard to get ready around and you’ll cringe seeing it all when you get those photos back. We know your ‘maids need their things, so make it a little easier on the eyes with a simple bag. Bonus: They’ll totally use it again.
Why we love them: Hydration is incredibly important on your wedding day. Go the sustainable—and photo-friendly—route by gifting your crew with these awesome water bottles. Slip them a Liquid IV packet to help with those next-day feelings, too.
Why we love them: Your bridal party will love posing with these super cute heart-shaped sunnies. Wear them while you get ready, have your photographer stash them away for bridesmaid photos, and—most importantly—rock them on the dance floor.
Denim Jackets to Wear for a Chilly Reception Forecast
Why we love them: If you’re planning a wedding in Fall or Winter, the chilly weather should be on your mind. Follow this DIY bride’s lead and gift your bridesmaids matching—or thoughtfully mismatched—jackets to wear during the reception. Trust us, they’ll look much better than they would stealing coats from the groomsmen.
PJ’s that are Totally More Comfortable than a Robe
Why we love them: While we do love a cute bridesmaid robe, they really aren’t the most practical option. You don’t want to forever remember the time they accidentally flashed the camera while sitting, bending, or jumping with excitement because their bestie is getting married. Plus, if you’re having bridesmen they’ll appreciate the ability to match with similar PJ styles.
Why we love them: It’s expensive to be a bridesmaid these days—hair, make-up, nails, and all the money spent primping to look lovely for the big day. Help your pals save on expenses by providing them with these awesome press on nails that look totally chic.
90s Inspired Scrunchies for When the Dance Floor Gets Hot
Why we love them: If epic dance parties are your thing, pull your hair back and get into it! Even if your ‘maids choose not to put their hair up, these scrunchies make fun arm candy during the reception. Bonus: If you’re having a micro wedding you can place a bulk order and offer different colors to get your guests in on the fun.
There’s always something special about events put on by The Big Fake Wedding team. This BFW Dallas event is no exception. Their inspiration for this event was Chinoiserie Garden design, which represents European interpretations of Chinese styles. The colorful pastels, velvet, and gold used throughout the event bring the trees, birds, and flowers found in this style to life. It’s as if they bloomed from a garden and walked through the door to be part of this incredible Chinoiserie wedding inspiration shoot!
Want to get in touch with the incredible vendor team that made this all happen? Check them out in the vendor table at the bottom of the post to learn more.
Congratulations to Big Fake Wedding on this Chinoiserie Garden wedding inspiration! Looking for more wedding inspiration? Find upcoming events on their website. Even better—thanks to COVID—you can also attend their events virtually with digital passes. We’ll see you there!
In the meantime, check out the vendors who collaborated to create this beautiful wedding below.
Wedding greenery looks fresh, smells great, and costs a lot less than flowers! From eucalyptus and ivy to elephant ears and succulents, foliage can be just as beautiful as blossoms. Greenery is less likely to trigger allergies, too. We love how herbal and forest themes can support pagan and medieval fantasies, but vines and leaves can also really suit an urban architectural vibe.
Here are eight places greenery can add to your wedding decor and general vibe.
The most obvious way to bring in wedding greenery is in the wedding decor. Just choosing the right venue can be half the battle. We’ve seen weddings in gardens, parks, forests, and farms. Check the natural features when you visit venues, and count the plants and trees as part of your decor. Add potted plants, silk vines, or even branches and slices of tree trunks to carry on the look.
Greenery decor lends itself to the DIY, but if you’re working with a florist, make sure you share your vision before you make your choice. Some florists love the offbeat outside the box nature of looking beyond the blossoms, and some just don’t. Check out the fern wreaths at this Tennessee wedding for an example of creative use of greenery!
A loose, hand-tied bouquet is usually less pricey than a more formal, structured one. Go with a high greenery-to-flower ratio for serious savings. The example here includes some blossoms, but the filler foliage gets a much more important role. The effect is natural and relaxed, but also gorgeous –just like the bride.
Herbs often include small, special flowers along with intriguing greenery. In a boutonniere or corsage, they make a statement. They’ll dry nicely, too, and provide a keepsake. The lavender has a subtle unisex scent of its own.
Send guests home with greenery they can plant. They’ll remember your wedding for years! Choose plantable pots for maximum convenience.
Leaves, seedpods, and the rest of the parts of plants can be as lush and lovely as flowers… but they cost much less. Use the classic formula: thriller, filler, and spiller. That means you start with a few gorgeous blooms, fill in with greenery, and pick some plant materials that will cascade down the front of the arrangement to finish it off.
Greens are always a welcome addition to a meal. When your decor is based on greenery, those pretty leaves reinforce the look. From arugula to kale, there are so many different shapes and colors in greens raw or cooked that this one detail can make guests catch their breath when they see the table.
Natural flowers on cakes are trendy — and can be less pricy than molded sugar paste flowers. Take it a step further and use fresh greenery. This example takes a traditional multi-tiered fondant-covered cake and dresses it up with elegant foliage sprays.
If you DIY your cake, double check to make sure the leaves and other plant material you use are non-toxic.
Okay, this is a stretch. But how sweet is this leafy wedding shawl? Checkout a moss cape for another take on this idea.
We can’t resist including these charming shoes, either. Once you pick a wedding greenery theme, it can inspire many more leafy elements. Check out our entire greenery archive for ideas!