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Something Old, Something New: Bridal + Bridesmaid Fashion

Now that 2012 is well under way, it’s high time for us to say out with the old and in with the new! We asked local vendors–from boutique owners to cake bakers–which emerging wedding trends and ideas they’re welcoming with open arms this year, and which trends they were happy to say goodbye to in 2011. All week we’ll be sharing these “Something Old, Something New” musings.

First up, we’re chatting with the bridal fashion set and getting the skinny on their favorite new dress styles and accessories.

From Hilary Anderson, ALTA MODA BRIDAL:

Something Old Birdcage veils were saturated in 2011.

Illusion-back gown by Marchesa

Something New Illusion necks and backs–they are sophisticated, timeless, and just a little bit sexy.

From the ladies of AVENIA BRIDAL:

Something Old Bold colored sashes and ribbons. We’re all for a bride’s personality being reflected in her wedding and wedding gown, but, artistically, we would love to see bold color embellishments reflected in the wedding decor and flowers, not at the bride’s waist, allowing the bride to be the focal point of her gown.

A-line gowns by Junko Yoshioka and Rivini

Something New We’re loving the emerging trend of a fuller A-line wedding gown, as seen at October’s New York Bridal Market. Not as full as a ballgown, but with more volume than a traditional A-line, this gown flatters a variety of body types, and is a refreshing alternative from the trumpet and mermaid silhouettes.

From Lenni Stratton, LILY & IRIS:

Something Old Frumpy mother of the bride dresses! Today’s MOBs are young, stylish, and super classy. We love a mom who isn’t afraid to (tastefully) show off her fashion sense on the Big Day.

Open-back bridesmaid dress by Alfred Sung

Something New Low and open backs! We love the classy sophistication of an exposed back, and the style gives flair to a simple silhouette.

From the gals at GATEWAY BRIDAL:

Something Old We can all agree that the gathered skirts and pick-ups that we saw make a statement in the first few years of this decade are long since outdated and would best be served in the past…

Bridal belt and Reem Acra gown from Gateway Bridal

Something New Belts that are anything but trendy and the cleaner more structured lines of modern dresses will be fashions to look for in 2012. So, out with your old thoughts of what is trendy and in with a new approach to bridal fashion.

From Janet Larson, DANIELLE’S BRIDAL:

Something Old Trashing the bridal gown! I think it is so sad to see and almost disrespectful to the marriage.

Host a girlfriends tea party and have guests wear their wedding gowns

Something New I heard about this idea from one of my brides and I think it sounds like fun: Girlfriends who are previous brides holding an annual ‘tea party’ where they wear their bridal gown and catch up on what has happened in the past year. If for some reason the gown no longer fits (i.e. due to pregnancy) she can still sit with it draped in her lap.


Thank you Alta Moda Bridal, Avenia Bridal, Lily & Iris, Gateway Bridal, and Danielle’s Bridal for sharing your “Something Old, Something New” thoughts with us!

Brides and bridesmaids, what do you think of these old/new fashion trends?