Yesterday I made a short visit to the National Wedding Show. Luella's Boudoir have taken a last minute stand there for the weekend so I went to show some support before meeting with florist Mathew Dickinson later in the day.
Luella's have a fantastic sale of their bridesmaids dresses and designer shoes there-make sure you pop to Olympia and back yourself a bargain before they all go!
I like to get to a show in Spring and Autumn to seek out the latest trends in bridal fashion and there are some very popular styles emerging for 2009...
Trend No.1: Statement Headpieces.
I saw a distinct lack of veils on the catwalk with accessories leaning towards gorgeous cocktail hats in soft vintage shades, headbands, floral wreaths and ribbons (worn across the forehead in 1920s style). With the amount of choice available for brides now, there is no need to feel obliged to wear a veil if it's just not your style.
Trend No.2: Gowns with Sleeves.
Sleeves are no longer outdated and they've been given a make-over. Loose fitting and airy, designers such as Alice Temperley and Ellie&Charlotte create a mixture of Edwardian and Deco glamour and are ideal for brides wanting to wear a less structured gown still formal enough to wear in church. And the best news is you needn't spend extra on a bolero!
Trend No.3: Gowns with Colour.
Coloured gowns were all over the catwalk, harking back to the 1950s when pastels were all the rage for first, not just second time brides. From metallic golds and silvers to blush pink and baby blue, designers such as Ian Stuart are making tints and tones desirable again.
Trend No.4: Blue/Grey is the Shade.
I couldn't count the number of bridesmaids dresses coming down the catwalk in this beautiful shade of blue/grey. I'm not even sure what you would call this colour-gun metal blue? slate blue? It's such a gorgeous, subtle shade which works beautifully with any type of fabric and suits any pastel accessories.
Trend No.5: No Fuss Hair.
Structured, coiffured hair has taken a back seat in preference for much softer looks. Effortless curls and waves create real vintage glamour along with chignons worn at the nape of the neck.
Floral wreath: Brides
Cocktail hat: Janie Lawson
Sleeved gown no.1: Ellie&Charlotte
Sleeved gown no.2 & 3: Temperley London
Belle Epoque pastel gowns: Ian Stuart
Bridesmaids dress: from a collection at Luella's Boudoir
Amanda Seyfried & Naomi Watts: Instyle Magazine