The Hottest New Wedding Trends for 2014

Weddings are becoming ever more enchanting. Just take a look at some of the wildly creative new ideas in flowers, food, décor and more.
By: 
Rachel Griffiths

Hey there, lucky bride! A new year is here, ushering in a new swoon-worthy wedding season. We went up and down the coasts and zig-zagged in between, and wedding experts everywhere agree: 2014 will be the year of true romance. Weddings are going softer, sweeter, lusher and more heartfelt. It’s a return to classic chivalry, to the things that made our mothers cry, and it’s happening just in time for you to melt hearts and make memories. 

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Do you already feel like a blushing bride? Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme, says Tara Guérard, the event designer behind ultra-luxe Soirée in Charleston and New York. "Pink is back!" she announces. "It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!"

blush bridesmaid dresses
Photo Credit: Picotte Photography

The romance of the outdoors inspires West Coast brides. "I’m working in natural colors — creams, ivory, oatmeals," says Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events in Los Angeles. "If we’re going more glamorous, brides love pops of gold right now."

tent wedding
Photo Credit: Mango Studios

"Metallics are huge!" Tara agrees. She’s seeing gold sugar stripes on wedding cakes, linens shot through with gold thread and one of her favorite looks — the subtle luxury of pale gold lampshades.

Think white-gloved waiters and big band dancing, crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. The return to romance ushers in a new love for the formality of days gone by. One major bridal inspiration for the return to tradition comes from Hollywood. "It’s the look of ‘The Great Gatsby,’" says Beth. Her brides are still falling hard for the bubbly, approachable elegance of the Roaring Twenties.

wedding centerpiece
Photo Credit: Samantha Cabrera

Pattern is making a new play, but throw out the hard-edged looks. “Chevron was big last year,” says Tara, “but now I’m seeing trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.”

In a year that marks the return to romance, candles are in the spotlight. "Candelabra are huge," says Beth, "but they’re not allowed in many venues." If you can’t do candelabra, don’t despair. Beth reports that covered lanterns are also big this year, especially in clusters of different sizes.

rose
Photo Credit: Picotte Photography

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