Ines Di Santo

For this Fall 2012 wedding season, more and more brides are looking to incorporate their individual style within their wedding plans and break from typical tradition. Romantic layers, slender sheaths, changing necklines and hemlines, and echos of past elegance revisited, are being showcased on the fashion runways. Color continues to have a presence in the bridal gown. Below are some of the strongest trends noticed for this fall as well as suggestions for floral and bouquets for those trends to get you started in your planning with your florist.

High Front Slits: Taking a page from the Hollywood playbook of Angelina Jolie and others, this season’s latest and sexiest trend is a thigh-high slit! Seen in the fall lines by Ines Di Santo, Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and others, it’s flattering for most body types, perfect for dancing and adds a dramatic sexiness sure to draw attention. With such a daring look, the bouquet should also have a bit of edginess. A cascade would probably not be the best choice as it would compete with the slit for the same space, but a more contemporary bouquet with a dash of dramatic line would be perfect.

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Color: For the last couple of seasons, bridal designers have been showing more and more colors on the bridal runway. This season is no exception. Gowns in various shades of nude, slate, lilac and even black (Vera Wang) cascaded down the runway. Modern brides are learning that a pure white bridal gown may not be the most flattering shade for their skin tone. Shades of white, ivory, pink and blush are more complementary on most skin tones. Also seen, the palest of blues, greens and taupes to round out the palette. Bouquets that have flowers with a hint of the dress color accented with a darker shade of the same color as the handle treatment would make for a beautiful accent.

Illusion Necklines: Moving beyond a sweetheart strapless gown, illusion necklines are offering brides the option of a strapless look but with a stylish and sophisticated edge. Lending more support than strapless, the illusion neckline is still sheer enough that it virtually disappears from view. A bridal bouquet featuring a controlled and understated use of tulle or organza as a wrap, or backing to the bouquet and handle treatment, would bring some of the sexiness of the see-through nature of the fabric.

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V-Neckline: This is not your mother’s sweetheart neckline … but a deep plunging V. Seen in Clair Pettibones lines and others, it is dramatic and daring. The V neck draws attention. A monofloral bouquet of exquisite blooms featuring a slight cascade would repeat the v-shape of the neckline.

Sexy Backs: Look gorgeous coming and going! Designers are showing one of the more erogenous parts of a woman’s body and it works. This trend is perfect for a destination wedding where the temperatures are hot and steamy! Backs can be bared by a dipping cowl or sheer with appliques and buttons. Either way, baby’s got back! Incorporating flowers at the shoulders and cascading and framing the back would be lovely. Keep it tailored so as not to become floral shoulder pads.

Feather accents on dresses: Feathers are making an appearance on wedding gowns in a couple of the lines. From the frothy fluffy marabou fringe and skirt to layered feather enhanced bodices, the use of feathers is adding a fanciful texture to the more traditional satin, lace, and beaded surfaces. Feather accents are easily added to bouquets. The options range from simple inserts of feathers to more elaborate collaring and handle treatments. Consider the feather’s shape, coloring and texture as well as how it was used on the gown when making the decision as to how to use it effectively in the bouquet.

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High-low hemlines: Monique Lhuillier, Claire Pettibone, and Oscar de la Renta among others feature gowns with this asymmetrical line. It’s fluid and uneven, full of movement and perfect for showcasing those “to-die-for” stiletto heels! A bouquet for this bridal gown would need to have some personality in order to complement and yet stand out against the asymmetrical line and exposed shoes. Think edgy, fun, and playful.

Use these trends and suggestions as a guide when selecting your wedding gown and accompanying floral bouquet and you will be fashionably forward on your wedding day. Your florist can help to create your dream wedding look that will live on in the pictures for years to come.

What Fall 2012 bridal trend do you like best?