POSTED ON FEBRUARY 9, 2011:
Something old, something new, something bold, something glued
Courtney and Lynn Wyant wed in a true vintage style, incorporating feathers, lace and a wooded landscape into their nuptials. The couple appears to have stepped out of a page of history with a modern flair.
This year more than 10,000 Oklahoma brides will choose wedding colors, pick out their favorite dress, decide on which cake filling is best and walk down the aisle to say their 'I do's,' according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Wedding fads shift every few years. Color schemes come and go and modern looks are traded for vintage designs, but even if all brides choose similar colors and locations, each incorporate a personal flair to make the day their own, said Meghan Hurley, a wedding planner and owner of Concepts PR, a local event promotion company.
"I don't care how many brides I've had that have used black and white and silver and then threw in some touches of red, it's always different, it's always unique," she said.
But even as couples find ways to give the big day a personal touch, wedding crazes tend to move in waves.
Influenced by the past or the necessity of a budget, some of these trends will move up and out in the next year, while some stay in fashion for quite sometime.
Parents of brides probably never imagined their little girl would want to get married in a 60s wedding gown with a 1965 Ford Mustang waiting in the church parking lot. Sure enough, 'something old' has a whole new meaning to weddings these days.
It isn't unusual to find grandparents' and parents' aged wedding photos mixed in with the 2011 wedding décor, and Hurley said more and more brides walking down the aisle in mom or grandma's gown, covered in lace with birdcage veils atop their heads.
Nostalgia touched with a little modern flair can bring a bit of old-time romance into the 21st century, Hurley said.
To accompany the retro theme, many couples are sending out engagement photos that appear aged, as if they were snapped in another lifetime, and the vintage style is often accompanied by ornate details, beautiful textures and outdoor settings.
The rustic touch has actually taken on a life of its own amidst the vintage décor. Brides are using the outdoors, barns and wild flowers to add some personality to the wedding and not just merely as a backdrop.
"The kind of rustic setting where you can use the mason jars for your flowers and you can go pick wild flowers, having that more rustic feel can change your whole financial obligation to the event," Hurley said. "More recently I've seen people sitting on bales of hay with a runner on top so you don't get splinters. It's very unique and it makes for great fall weddings."
Rustic doesn't mean that a horse needs to carry the bride and groom away to a ceremony in the middle of nowhere. Oklahoma provides some great cabins and barn-type venues. The Barn, 10900 S. Louisville Ave., offers a cabin-style backdrop in a beautifully wooded area of Tulsa.
Whether brides choose vintage, rustic or traditional weddings, the do-it-yourself personal additions are becoming a normal part of wedding planning.
A little imagination and some common supplies available at the local arts and crafts store can bring a lot of style to centerpieces and place settings.
Peacock feathers are all the rage this year and can be incorporated into almost anything, even the wedding cake.
"Hot gluing feathers and jewels onto it (bride's veil), so its more elaborate but its just a little touch, or on your plates when they sit in front of you," Hurley said.
Handmade party favors, such a photographs with a hand-written inscription from the couple, make for great parting gifts.
While straying from that traditional white or champagne-colored wedding dress is rare, mixing in bold colors can make a big statement.
A cursory glance at bridal magazines and websites shows that the hues highlighting wedding venues for 2011 are honeysuckle yellow, blossom pink and charcoal grays. Finding black at every wedding is no longer the norm as grooms and groomsmen are stepping out of the box with charcoal or gray suits adorned with yellow corsages.
With current trends resorting back to classic looks and simple lines, hopefully looking back at wedding photos in 20 years won't be as telling for 2011 brides as it may have been for the hippie brides of the 70s.
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