Vintage Wedding Trend



Vintage is the new buzz word for wedding planning. There are so many vintage details and styles popular for next year that I don’t know where to start! Jewelry is more old fashion with a modern twist. Kind of a gothic meets bling. It is not small and understated. It is dark metals, heavy lines, big stones, large earrings, etc. Accent Pieces are vintage “blusher” veil, large fake flowers, feathers in hair and heavier make up. Cars! 2012 we will see more vintage cars for the Bride and Groom! And as we all know…Photo booths are back! Just because vintage is the new fad, don’t feel like you have to go for some outdated look. Most of the jewelry, accent pieces and other items have a contemporary twist to keep them looking good. Not out dated.

Winter Wedding Trends 2012



Between the classic white backdrop and the potentially lower cost, winter weddings continue to rise in popularity this year.

As the winter of 2012 approaches, brides are frantically entering the final phases of their winter wedding planning. What are some of the trends this upcoming season?

According to Sharyn Sheldon, President of Just Weddings: “We’ve seen the do-it-yourself trend increasing even more than last year, presumably due to tighter budgets in these tough economic times. Brides want to put their personal touch on their wedding while saving a few dollars.

Since they are not willing to sacrifice quality, they are looking to economize in other ways as well, such as cutting down the number of guests or favors.” Having DIY wedding favors, such as s’mores kits and homemade cookies, are nothing new.

However, brides are also looking to create more and more elements of their wedding decorations as well. For a winter wedding, these include silver-sprayed branches, pine cone scented ornaments, and white on white bunting.

For winter bridal fashion, the classic style of Princess Kate’s gown has had the expected influence on gown designs. Long sleeves, lace details, and even ruffles are all evident. Of course, the vintage look never seems to go out of style.

At the same time, the timeless white gown is being challenged by more daring colors. Vera Wang’s latest wedding gown collection includes colors such as taupe, pale green, and charcoal gray. While white is the traditional color of any wedding, particularly in the winter, rich bold colors are increasingly popular.

Peacock blues and greens, deep ruby red and ivory, and classic black and white with splashes of red are among some of the trending combinations.

Finally, 2012 weddings seem to be continuing the use of themes to express the personality of the couple. “The most popular themes among our customers this year are country western, music, vintage, golf, and Irish theme weddings”, says Ms. Sheldon.

“Destination weddings are a popular theme also, even if the couple isn’t actually traveling anywhere. The idea is to bring the feel of an exotic destination to the reception, no matter whether you are on the beach or in downtown Manhattan.”

Couples may not be able to afford the trip abroad for a tropical or other destination wedding, but they can still create that feeling near home. If nothing else, tighter purse strings have resulted in greater creativity among both couples and wedding planners.

Just Weddings is an online retailer of quality wedding supplies, including favors, decorations, cake toppers, gifts and invitations. Their mission is to help couples escape from wedding insanity and find the little details they need without the usual stress. Visit them at or check out their latest winter wedding favors and decorations at

Cake Pops: Newest Wedding Cake Craze



Cake Pops are the latest phenomenon to take the wedding industry by storm.

These eye catching chocolate covered cakes on sticks offer brides and grooms the opportunity to give their guests a unique and tasty favour, while at the same time creating a table centre piece with the Wow Factor.

Only a handful of providers in the UK have the expertise to provide this new and exciting wedding feature, but luckily for couples in the West Yorkshire area, wedding decor and theming specialists Affinity Weddings are one of the select few to offer this innovative new product.

The beauty of Cake Pops is that you can tailor your display to compliment your wedding colour scheme and enhance the overall theme of your special day. Choose from milk and dark coloured cake pops, cake pops in pink, greens and pastel blue colours, or even gold, silver, red or black cake pops – whatever your colour scheme, Affinity Weddings can create a cake pop display to your exact specification.

As well as offering these delicious delicacies in a range of colours, Affinity Weddings also offer the chance to further customise your wedding favours as they can make cake pops in any shape you choose.

From cute bride and groom shaped cake pops, to cake pops in the shape of a football for footie mad grooms, or Ferrari shaped cake pops, butterfly, star or flower shaped cake pops, so start dreaming up your unique wedding cake pop display now and Affinity Weddings will make it happen. Affinity Weddings have a wealth of experience in the wedding industry having provided decor hire services for special events for many years.

As well as offering this latest trend fresh from the US, cake pops, Affinity Weddings also offer a range of associated products such as all-inclusive wedding decor packages covering everything from chair cover rental to vase hire, table centre piece design using ostrich feathers and crystal trees, fresh flower displays and cupcake towers.

For more information on the beautifully decorated Cake Pop wedding favours from Affinity Weddings, with prices starting from just £1 a cake, and for a rundown of the wedding decor and styling hire packages available too, get in touch with Affinity Weddings today.

Hair Trends For Summer Weddings 2012



With summer nearly upon us, a new season of bridal beauty and trends are in the air – writes Julia Mathams.

The warmer months herald the dawn of Australia’s wedding season, and with hair a key concern for every bride, in addition to an important source of revenue for many stylists, it’s vital that professionals are up to date with the latest trends.

Yvette van Schie, founding owner of Ethix Makeup Beauty and Styling, is leading the charge in her chosen industry and is recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent stylists and make-up artists. With 24 years of experience in the bridal industry Yvette has an eye for trends, already predicting the hottest bridal hair looks for summer.

You can bet your brush set that the majority of your clients will be hankering for elegant, retro ‘dos for their weddings this season, with loose finger curls pinned to one side that are reminiscent of old world Hollywood glamour.

Big Hair & Accessories
According to Yvette, for brides who want to buck the popular trend, big is back. “Sexy, full, bouncy Victoria Secret hair is in – bring on next season!” she says. Extensions will also continue to play a big part, as well hair accessories.

One of the most popular trends, brides are breaking away from the traditional veil and opting for more ornate hair pieces such as vintage lace or feathers – a hangover from Carrie’s wedding-that-wasn’t in the first movie Sex and the City.

Yvette encourages stylists to be honest with their brides and educate them about what is possible and what is not as well as what looks good and what simply doesn’t.

“Many brides just do not understand that busy hair and big busy dresses just do not work! Before deciding on the dress brides look at hair and makeup first,” she says.

“A vintage dress must have vintage hair and makeup and if your client is wearing a veil their bun needs to be at the back, not to the side.”

Stylists can also expect to field questions from brides who are worried that their chosen ‘do will drop or look dishevelled by the end of the night. But while this is a concern for many brides, it is rarely a problem for Yvette and her trusty team of stylists who have been trained by hair industry heavyweights including the likes of Sharon Blaine.

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