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Bridal Trends

Bridal trends vary
with the season, experts say

A bridal planner can
help define a person's style

By Helen McKinney
Contributing Writer

(February 2013) – Diane Lock has had a hand in planning weddings for the last nine years. Her job as a professional wedding planner centers around her goal of making that special day stress-free for all parties involved.
Along with her sister, Deb Pietrykowski, Lock runs Just Breathe Weddings & Events in Madison, Ind. They strive to provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere so that the bride-to-be can concentrate on creating the wedding of her dreams.
“Using a wedding planner is one of the best gifts a bride can give herself,” said Lock. Many brides-to-be need a planner because “they have a hard time defining their style. A planner can help define what they really want.”

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Bridal trends change
each year with new styles
coming into fashion.

Lock likes to personalize a wedding and keep it unique. In addition to consulting with couples, the other part of her business involves renting tuxes, table linens and centerpieces, just to name a few items. She uses a network of vendors to save couples’ money, trying to point out early in her service where the budget lies.
She also keeps up to date on all of the latest trends. In terms of color, muted colors will be popular this year, she believes. “Blush is a color that never goes out of style for a wedding,” said Lock. Emerald and mint green will also be popular color choices for weddings in 2013.
“Vintage is still hot,” she said. But it now contains a more glamorous, old Hollywood look.
Photo booths, champagne bars and food trucks are all modern amenities that can make a reception unique. The idea of using food trucks “started last year and will be trendy again,” she said. Trucks can provide novelty foods such as popcorn, candy apples, ice cream and gourmet burgers.
A good range of brews are also available now, especially microbrews, said Lock. “Couples are getting away from the groom’s cocktail and bride’s cocktail and gearing more toward brews.”
Lock’s business is in the same building as Ivy Vine Florist. The two businesses have worked together many times on weddings, said Ivy Vine Florist owner Barry Hebner. Together they are sort of a “one-stop wedding shop,” he said.
In terms of colors for 2013 weddings, Hebner is already seeing “a lot of monochromatic schemes using one color palette.” Pale pinks, peach, white and ivory tops the color choice list, with preferred flowers being hydrangeas, peonies and California cabbage roses.
“The traditional bridal bouquet cascade is coming back in fashion, instead of the hand-tied bouquet,” said Hebner. “The Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate really influenced that.”
When learning his floral techniques, Hebner studied with a floral designer from England who assisted with Sarah Ferguson’s wedding to Prince Andrew. In terms of style or theme, Hebner said the “English Garden is my favorite look.”
Hebner said a popular centerpiece or table favor idea is to use potted plants that contain blooming bulbs. “Guests can take these plants home with them,” as a reminder of the day.
The conscientious bride will make sure she looks impeccable to her guests from the top of her head to the tips of her toes. Hair Essentials in Madison, Ind., is a favorite for many brides-to-be and their bridal parties, a place they can have their hair and makeup done just the way they want.
Manager Janet Jones said hair styles this year involve “a lot of up-dos with intricate braids.” It’s a looks she calls “beautiful and classy. It can be fancy, but also casual, soft and free.”
Veils still seem to be popular, she said, with many brides creating their own. “We can incorporate veils into their hairstyles, adding netting and jewels,” to complete the desired look.
She encourages brides to come in a week or two before the actual wedding date “to do a trial run before the wedding. This will help them know what they want to change.”
Jones said another helpful tip for her and her stylists is when future brides bring in their iPads and smart phones to show her pictures of what they like from the many websites available on the Internet. The bride may want to bring in a photographer to take pictures of herself and the bridal party getting ready for the big day.
Many times, “families come in for pedicures, manicures and massages the day before,” she said. Advance notice and a 50 percent deposit is required for these services.

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