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Romantic belle sleeves are hot in wedding gowns

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Black. Beads. Florals. Feathers: Next season’s hottest trends that look even better in person than they do on Pinterest.

Black is making its way into wedding clothing

Wedding Trends For 2018

The best bridal looks for the 2018 season are tossing away classic styles and pushing traditional boundaries – adding high-contrast details in a way that takes any white dress up a notch. This season you are going to see black embellishments, heavy beading including body jewelry, florals, feathers, and belle sleeves. Not one style but one silhouette style will takeover, dramatically.

Black embellishments on wedding gown

Black embellishments and trimming will add interest to any gown. Combining hints of black may showcase a look for the bride that wants to appear confident, powerful, and in control while at the same time, edgy and feminine.

Form-fitting silhouettes for 2018

Toss the ball gown and make room for the hottest, more form-fitting, silhouette style for this season.  For the bride who is looking to make a statement, the belle sleeve might be for you. The belle sleeve adds a feminine touch to your wedding look and is perfect for the bride who is always cold.

Beading in bridal has added a fresh take for the fashion-forward bride, including body jewelry that will be the new statement piece. Not only gowns, but veils will also be more heavily embroidered than ever before with pearls, crystals, and more.

Detail on wedding gown

New Florals Dominate The Scene

Florals have long been associated with wedding gowns, but the idea of three-dimensional florals will add embellishment, texture, and a fresh alternative to a plain white gown and veil. The new way to veil introduces a nature-based look, not only with florals but leaves and vines as well.

Feathers adore wedding gowns

As for feathers, you will see them everywhere, including; gowns, wedding invitations, men’s boutonnieres, bridal bouquets, arbors, aisle runners, and cakes. Yes, even the cake – No worries, the cake will consist of imitation feathers.

Laser cut wedding invitations

Exciting Wedding Decor

But that’s not all we saw in Las Vegas at the Wedding MBA Convention for wedding pros. Gown aside, what about your wedding look in terms of décor? I mean you only get married once, so why limit yourself?

This season, laser accent cutting will appear on chargers, placemats, cake toppers and table numbers. Also appearing are statuesque centerpieces, which are small on the bottom and large on top – adding volume to your decor. Dramatic dance floors with geometric patterns, stained glass, and 3D mapping will appear. Not only will 3D mapping illuminate your dance floor, but what about the outside of your venue, the interior walls, ceiling, or even the ceremony?  Even acrylic dance floors filled with flowers or other small items will become popular. As will copper and marble, florals, and watercolor themes.

Big wedding cakes are back

Finally, my favorite part: the cake. Gone are the dainty one and two tiers, as cakes are expected to be grand and eye capturing. Cakes will be hand-painted or have a brushstroke look, taking your dessert to the next level.

Next season’s hottest trends have been recently set by some of the leading wedding and fashion professionals in the bridal industry. Wedding Planners Tracey Manailescu and Danielle Andrews, founders of the Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination, were guest speakers at the Wedding MBA convention bringing these seriously stunning trends to our attention. Not only are these trends stunning, they will also bring a breath of fresh air and dramatic flair to wedding events to come. As an internationally certified Wedding and Event Planner myself, I am excited to see these trends and concepts come to life for my own Michigan brides and grooms.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With the changing times, where being untraditional is completely acceptable, there are couples that opt out of having a traditional wedding cake for their wedding.  Some couples are choosing to do dessert bars or even a pie station. However, in the past couple of years, there has been a transition back to a traditional romantic wedding.  With that, the importance of the wedding cake comes back into focus.

Couples do not just want a simple wedding cake, but they want to take the design of the cake to a whole new level. Even for smaller weddings, couples are requesting faux cake layers so that they can have the appearance of a very tall multi layered cake. So, how much does a wedding cake cost?

What Influences the Cost of Wedding Cakes?

There are several factors that go into play. Wedding cakes are not created equal, and there are even bakeries that will use boxed mixes. The couple needs to determine what is important to them. First, consider the ingredients. Bakeries that bake from scratch and uses local organic ingredients will be more expensive. Just factoring the ingredients alone, the prices will range from $12-$15 per person for a cake that has organic ingredients. For cakes that are not organic, prices can range as low as $4 to $8 a person. Usually, that pricing is for buttercream frosting and a more basic style cake that has piping.

New Trends in Wedding Cakes

The complexity of design also affects prices. With the popularity of shows like Cake Boss, couples are pushing for more, but couples that opt for a more elaborate cake can expect to pay more. There is no such thing as being off limits as far as cake designs go; some have watercolor designs, elaborate sugar flowers, and extensive amount of décor.

In the past, a lot of the designs were being done with fondant, which is a thick paste made of sugar and water and does not taste very good. Now, dessertiers are opting to be more creative using chocolate molds and buttercream. For a more decorated cake, couples can expect to pay $18 per person and up, depending on what has to go into the design.

Wynn Austin Bio:Wynn Austin Events is an award-winning, highly sought after Southern California’s full-service wedding & events consulting & design firm. Professionally trained through the prestigious Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants, owner Wynn Austin has been recognized as an industry leader and expert in the wedding planning industry. Wynn and her staff realize that their clients regard their wedding day is the most important day of their lives, Wynn Austin Events carefully plans and designs every event to incorporate the unique and unexpected details that will create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their clients. You can see more of their work here: or on Instagram.

Photo credit for top photo: Cake by Michele Coulon Dessertier; Photo by Wynn Austin Events

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