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Personal Style the Hallmark of 2019 Wedding Fashions

Jan 29, 2019 10:53PM ● By Marcie Barlow

Photo courtesy of This Magic Moment Bridal Studio

A new year is upon us, and with that comes a look at what’s new in 2019 wedding trends. Classic, boho, bold and modern are just some of the looks that wedding guests will be seeing this summer.

Since women are waiting longer to get married, sleeves are making a comeback on wedding gowns, according to Jessica Obriot, marketing director at One Enchanted Evening.

“In the past, sleeveless brides’ dresses were always popular, but with the age of the bride increasing as well as engagements increasing in length, brides are opting to go with sleeves on their dresses,” she said. “Sleeveless dresses were often limited to the summer months here in western Pennsylvania, but the sleeves make the dress more appealing if a bride chooses a time early in the spring or later in fall.”

Brides are also opting for dresses in off-white and blush. “In the past, brides were required to wear white, but today’s designers are providing lots of options in other colors that allow a bride to express herself and show her personality to the fullest,” said Obriot. “Pastel embroideries and jewel-toned accents are also gaining popularity with brides-to-be.”

For brides who prefer the more traditional ball gown look, these dresses will have a lighter and more airy feeling in 2019. Wedding designs by Maggie Sottero and Justin Alexander remain among the most popular as they combine the refined style and eye-catching drama that today’s brides are seeking.

A number of brides are also opting for a more modern look that includes crop tops and shorter hemlines. “Brides want to be different and showcase their individuality,” said Lisa Filter, co-owner of This Magic Moment Bridal Studio.

“Full skirts and long trains are great for some people, but many of today’s brides want to enjoy the reception to the fullest, and these styles enable them to do so,” she explained. “Some brides are choosing a more traditional style dress for the ceremony and then selecting a mini dress for the reception because it is easier for them to dance the night away in this style.”

Meghan Markle’s influence can be seen in 2019 bridal fashions as well. Veils have been replaced by tiaras as the popular headpiece, and Markle’s influence can also be seen in the popularity of boat neck and off-the-shoulder necklines that are featured in many of this summer’s wedding collections.

Wedding party attendants will also get to express their individuality in 2019, and many grooms are leaving the tuxedo behind. Mix-and-match groomsmen attire appears to be hot this year.

“Menswear is taking center stage with a bolder look,” according to Melissa Locker of Jack’s Tuxedo of Pittsburgh. “Checkered patterns, floral prints and even polka dots are gaining popularity when it comes to men’s wedding attire.”

Bridesmaid trends are also following in the groomsmen’s footstep as brighter colors are increasing in popularity. In addition, bridesmaids are no longer required to wear the same style dress.

“We’re seeing wedding parties select the same color for bridesmaids’ dresses but choosing different styles to suit each attendant’s body and personal preference,” said Obriot. In addition, today’s brides are seeking colors that both complement and contrast the colors of the floral arrangements, centerpieces and other favors that adorn the venue’s tables.

Sleeves remain popular on dresses for the mothers of both the bride and groom, and jewel tones also remain popular with this age group. Matching the attendants in color and style is no longer required.

Weddings in 2019 will have a more personalized and natural feel as both brides and grooms have opted for clothing that reflects their personal style rather than the “cookie cutter” designs that dominated in the past.