Trending 2016: The Bride and Her Bridesmaids

April 1, 2016


For a special day we’re excited to take on your zeal for new and emerging bridal trends. Your collective aesthetic could well grow from a single element or idea, and so, we are keen to share our favourite picks for 2016 to inspire, excite and perhaps plant the seed. Following trends keeps us on our toes. Acknowledging the return of classic shapes and styles alongside supposed ‘unconventional’ breakthrough elements broadens creative scope, in turn broadening potential for every bride and her ensemble. Here are our prominent favourites:  


Bohemian Bridal

Think sophisticated, relaxed and effortlessly ethereal. Not convinced that effortless and wedding go hand in hand? Understand that creamy other-than-white palettes and rosy, flush tones convey a confidently calculated look, guaranteed to turn heads whilst ‘overgrown’, cascading bouquets whisper to a dreamy Wuthering Heights-esque innocence. Adorn tousled, half up, half down hair with fragrant fresh flowers or nestle neatly within loose plait work. Why not go all out and commission a glamorous floral headpiece with us in store. Crochet and heavy duty lace is a great way to incorporate a classic ‘blushing bride’ element within a beautiful flower child look. The thicker texture of these ornate creations adds a dynamic twist on your run of the mill design. Perhaps harbouring dreams for an outdoor ceremony: a bohemian bride may worry for the durability of delicate dress components. Worry not when opting for an ornate, looping lacework, crochet sleeve, midriff or decorative neckline. These durable designs maintain an elegance and intricacy whilst holding up beautifully throughout the most free spirited of celebrations.



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Printed Floral Gowns

For any true originals, the floral print gown is a show stopping piece with infinite potential. The faint hearted needn’t avert their eyes as this trend can take on many guises. Whether muted, barely-there prints are your calling or bold block prints take your fancy, colour choice and variation of pattern mean this trend can be tuned to mirror your personality.




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Very V-Neck

The perfecting potential of a deep v-neckline include the exhibition and enhancement of the collarbone, the narrowing of a broader shoulder as well as being a waist-glorifying cut allowing the emphasis of a sculpted line. Seemingly ‘wide-open’ drop v-necklines were paraded on the runways in 2016, but that doesn’t mean the adoption of this trend need be as dramatic. Even the most modest shaping in this case will accent the body beautifully. Light ruching and gathers will give the illusion of a fuller bustline whilst delicate lace panels can give a softer, graduating twist on this look. This cut is a classic, constantly reimagined and never fails.  


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New Twists: Bridesmaids

Recently the notion of the conventional matching, uniform bridesmaid dress is being challenged. Brides are embracing the shapes and personalities of their bridesmaids and selecting ‘mismatched’ dresses which in turn compliment each female individually; eradicating the customary qualms of that one unsatisfied bridesmaid. This trend could be guided by the attribution of a colour scheme, dress style, length or matching belt/accessory. How better to celebrate your favourite colour than by presenting a spectrum of differing shades. How do separates sound for an unexpected take on bridesmaid chic? The nature of this trend allows for a playful marrying of coloured pieces to create a polished aesthetic. Mismatching tops and skirts creates a fresh and contemporary edge. This look lends itself to full vibrant skirts and delicate camisoles but can also work well with pencil skirts and cap sleeved tops. The possibility of future outings is an added advantage with this look.    


 MultiWay Bridesmaids dresses handmade in store The Bridal Emporium



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