On Sunday, brides-to-be, mothers, vendors, and the occasional reluctant fiancé packed into the St. Paul RiverCentre for the Twin Cities Bridal Show. Among the tablescapes, flower arrangements, and cake samples, Mpls.St.Paul Weddings was there, notebook in hand. So if you weren’t able to make it to the show, read up—we have wedding trends for 2014:
Wedding Gowns: The Princess Kate dress hysteria must have passed since her 2011 wedding to Prince William, because none of the dresses during the 30-minute Aisle of Style fashion show boasted anything longer than a cap sleeve. Models flaunted a variety of designs from Mestads, Angelique’s Bridal Salon, Luxe Bridal Couture, The Wedding Shoppe, and Savvi Formalwear, with lace and sparkle as the dominant themes on the runway.
With a little bling and a little lace, this gown from Mestad's is right on trend.
Flowers: For flower arrangements, it’s all about texture, texture, and more texture, says Bachman’s wedding coordinator Karen Ortiz. This includes bouquets wrapped in burlap and lace, instead of the traditional silk. As for the colors, trends point to deep, rich hues such as purple, blue, and peacock.
Décor: Budget-conscious brides will be happy to hear that DIY elements aren’t going anywhere—now it’s just about finding different ways to reinvent the wheel. Farm tables—for both indoor and outdoor weddings—are wildly popular among brides looking for a most rustic, home look. “It’s all about bare, exposed tables, and a lot less drapery,” says Jaeden Parker of Aprés Party and Tent Rental. This farm-to-table look was reiterated as one of the themes in the show’s Inspiration Station displays, featuring everything from dresses to invitations to food.
This farm-to-table theme featured exposed wood, navy and yellow accents,
and locally made products, such as Joia's all natural soda.
Food: According to CRAVE’s director of catering, Dawnette Meadows, there are a few big food trends brides should keep in mind going into 2014—healthy, kid-friendly, and bite-sized. That means fewer plated meals and sit-down dinners, and more cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. As for desserts, the Twin Cities Bridal Show was all about cupcakes, cake pops, and candy bars, as opposed to the traditional tiered cakes (although Farmington Bakery had a to-die-for salted caramel, chocolate cake with creamy vanilla frosting).
Could these mini pies from Farmington Bakery be any cuter?!
Groom’s Attire: Heimie’s Haberdashery in St. Paul has seen it all when it comes to weddings—from 1920s vintage to modern and ultra formal. But one trend that has remained constant across all themes and budgets is the movement from tux to suit. “Eighty-percent of our business used to be tux sales, while suits only accounted for 20 percent,” says operations manager Michael Toycen. “Now that trend has almost reversed.” Men are also gravitating toward fitted suits, in lieu of the baggy look that was popular in the ’90s. As for what your groom should expect to spend on a custom suit, Toycen says prices start at around $900.