2013 Trend #2: A Return to Elegance

The overriding event theme for 2013 is the return to formality and elegance.  With literary and television influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina and Downton Abbey at the forefront of cultural consciousness, couples will draw inspiration from old world Hollywood glamour like never before.  They will shift away from the “shabby chic” vintage approach that has been popular the past few years, trading in burlap, mason jars and homespun DIY details for more refined styling.  (Phew!  Admittedly, we are ready for the change and can’t wait!)

2013 will experience a transition to more formal wedding receptions and an emphasis on plated dinners.  We expect to see lush floral arrangements, decadent fabrics, gold paired with neutral shades or jewel tones (like Pantone’s color of the year Emerald that we spotlighted in our last post), and lots of art deco embellishments. Wedding stationery will be luxurious, with a surge in foil stamping, double thick papers with painted edges, laser cutting and the use of bold geometric designs and artistic text.  Plus, there will be plenty of room for artisan cocktails and mint juleps in vintage silver cups.  Are you excited yet?

Newport venues like Rosecliff Mansion, where the 1974 version of The Great Gatsby was filmed with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, will provide the perfect backdrop.  There will be chic outdoor receptions as well, but this year they will more likely take place within elegant draped spaces featuring crystal chandeliers and with gold accented stemware and flatware on the table.

And of course, some of the most glamorous aspects of this trend will play out in wedding attire.  Brides will rock 1920s inspired “glamour gowns” made from rich fabrics like silk chiffon that move beautifully with the body.  Imagine dropped waists, soft ivory colors, lace and strategically placed beading and embellishments. More bridesmaids will wear full-length silhouette gowns, even in outdoor settings.  Luckily, there will be plenty of options that work without feeling like they only belong in a ballroom!  And, accessories like long strands of pearls, headpieces in lieu of veils, feathers and corsets may even make an appearance.


Cheers to 2013!  May we all be inspired by the legendary parties of J. Gatsby, where “In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.”

xo, Ann + Margaret

Credits (from Top L-R):  Stationery from the Wedding Chicks, Jolie Jolie Design and  Bella Figura.  Gold stemware from 3BP.Blogspot, http://www.stylemepretty.com/gallery/picture/559103, Lavender and Ash, Revel, Lover.ly, Roost, and Lavender and Ash.   Kate Moss,  Vintage clutch found on Pinterest (origin unknown), Gatsby inspired gown by Anna Sui for BHLDN, feather headband found on Google.co.uk (origin unknown), Ralph Lauren, Frosted Petticoat, IMGEND original source unknown.


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