The new year is here, and TheKnot.com has released their predictions for the top 11 wedding trends of 2011:
1) Prohibition-Era Elegance: Brides can be fashion forward by looking back to the trends of the ’20s for a Boardwalk Empire-inspired I do. Couples can make their Jazz Age walk down the aisle look like the Real McCoy with flapper fashions for the ‘dolls’ in the wedding line-up and wing-tip shoes for the guys. Newlyweds can also drink toasts to their happiness with “moonshine” and “bathtub gin” in a speakeasy bar while guests dance the Charleston.
2) The Redefined Princess: Wedding bells will ring at Westminster Abbey in 2011, and bride’s can mimic Kate Middleton’s majestic mode with the addition of a dainty diadem, a cathedral-length veil, or a bold train.
3) Ballerina Style: Brides may not be en pointe as they walk down the aisle, but they will definitely be on trend if they tie the knot in a Black Swan-inspired silhouette. Feathered hairpieces and air plumes can add delicate detailing to a bride’s “I do” dress.
4) Ivy League Chic: From Fair Isle sweaters to Vineyard Vines ties and Tommy Hilfiger blazers, preppy chic is back in a big way, and weddings aren’t immune. Brides will be channeling their inner Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl or Ali MacGraw from Love Story and incorporating Ivy League-chic details like plaids and stripes for the perfect remix of retro, preppy sensibility.
5) Exotic Indian Inspiration: While brides may not be able to take a page from Nicole Richie’s nuptials and hire a pachyderm or fly family and friends to India for the I do’s like Katy Perry and Russell Brand, couples can still make their special day a foreign-inspired affair by incorporating colors such as purples, reds and golds and choosing lavish decor elements including beading and rich drapery.
6) Wedding Man Caves: Guys can congregate in a “groom’s corner” at the reception, enjoying stogies, PlayStations, brandy bars and blackjack.
7) Pre-wedding PJ Parties: Planning a wedding and planning for the future may go hand in hand, but brides should take time to remember the playfulness of the past before the big day with a JHS-style slumber party– a night of pampering and bonding complete with matching pj’s.
8) Food Truck Fun: Offer guests a taste of the good life with a gourmet sidewalk carts during the cocktail hour or food trucks for the after-party.
9) Haute Desserts: Thanks to the tasty treats served up on reality TV shows Top Chef: Just Desserts, Amazing Cakes and Cake Boss, confection perfection such as chocolate tart with a dash of sea salt is now de rigueur at receptions.
10) Video Guest Books: Guests can post post-wedding well wishes in video booths or iPads. Couples can even share special messages with others online via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Vimeo.
11) Surprise Honeymoon: Couples can take a cue from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding and have the groom plan a surprise honeymoon.