By Kristin King
2020 took all of us for an unexpected rollercoaster ride. Many weddings had to be postponed or slimmed down to accommodate social distancing. Overall, it seems that casual is king for weddings going into 2021. With restrictions still in place due to COVID-19, we’ll be seeing a lot more relaxed, backyard affairs rather than large parties and conventional ceremonies. With that in mind, brides and grooms are looking to shake it up and have a bit of fun with fashion for their big day. We spoke with Tori Morris, Salon Manager at Blush Bridal Boutique, who says that her clients are seeking unique accessories and versatility for their wedding day looks.
For the bride:
Brides are interested in key pieces they can wear for the ceremony and pictures but maybe discard at the reception to free up their movement and create a second, more comfortable look.
Tori notes, “We’re seeing quite a bit of shoulder capes, removable bows for the waistline, as well as removable skirts. Think a full skirt for the ceremony and then a shorter or more fitted dress for the reception.”
Blush is also seeing a rise in removable sleeves for the bride’s dress to allow her more accessibility once the eating, mingling and dancing begins. For dress styles in particular, square necklines, which emphasize the neck and bring about a slimmer appearance, are in. This neckline is popular with both ball gowns and sheath dresses.
For the bridesmaids:
Traditional, unflattering bridesmaids’ dresses are a thing of the past. Many brides are interested in earthy and complementary colors for their entire party so no one feels left out or stuck with a dress they don’t like. Terra cotta or rust-colored dresses are quite popular and fit perfectly into the boho theme that many brides are going with.
“The majority of brides want their bridal party in different dresses, colors and styles,” Tori says. Most wedding parties that she works with end up in individual colors and styles to make everyone feel comfortable. There are really no rules when it comes to fashion for the big day.
A bold new trend Tori is seeing for 2021 is jumpsuits. Jumpsuits can feel more informal but also have a unique and elegant look to them.
For the groom:
2021 has grooms also playing with color and design for their wedding attire.
“Many grooms are opting for a fun sport coat and chinos rather than a full tailored tuxedo,” Tori says.
A more leaned back look gives the opportunity for bold colors and patterns to play into their jackets and ties versus a traditional black or navy suit. Grooms are looking to bring more creativity and individuality to their wedding looks. It’s all about bending the rules and shirking formality to maximize comfort.
Blush Bridal Boutique, www.goaheadandblush.com
Photography by Sam Phen, We Are The Travelers, www.wearethetravelers.com