What’s In for Weddings with Sharon McGukin

Sharon McGukin delighted a capacity audience on Sunday of the July Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market with wedding trend information. The economic downtown encouraged many couples to return to basics when planning weddings but that doesn’t mean the event can’t make a bold, personal statement. Regardless of budget, it simply takes creativity.

Here are highlights of her presentation:

Going Green – Both a concept and a color scheme, green works as a backdrop with ivory, buttery yellow, medium pinks and soft blues to repurpose and reuse keepsake greenbqutpieces. Heirlooms or fun, funky estate sale items can be incorporated into wedding flowers and used as keepsakes. Add elements such as jewels and wire embellishment to decorate bouquet handles and holders. Rev up simple bridesmaids dresses with signature jewelry pieces for extra oomph with little cost. The green concept also means buying from local vendors, asking for organic when possible and often selecting a site close to home.

Hot & Spicy – Look for a return of the short dress for brides as well as formal gowns in soft colors or multi-tones to add a more casual flair to the ceremony. Splashes of bright color combinations such as orange & peach, pinks, and yellow & blue add pop and interest. Whimsical, eye-catching, hand-tied, asymmetrical bouquets accessorize the look perfectly.

Classic Black & White – For both drama and class, nothing beats black and white either alone or with red or coral. Look for birdcage veils and skirts, layers of chiffon and organza and feathers. It’s traditional with added flair. This setting is perfect for a full-length ceremony bouquet and a shorter reception bouquet.

’70s Chic – Timeless monochromatics including soft burnished yellows, copper, golden butter and delicate creme create a retro chic. From halter dresses to full-skirted formal ruffles, look back for style. Traditional crescent and cascade bouquets along with monogrammed ribbons, homemade favors, detailed dressmaking and personalized stationery all play into the concept.

Modern Tropics – Tropical style isn’t new but this season’s look features deep purples, smoky grays, lush plums and tantalizing chocolate tones. Outdoor weddings pnkbqutrequire dramatic florals for balance with the natural setting. Casual tea-length dresses, sleek silhouettes and trumpet styles all create contrast with the setting. Less structured bouquets with a delicate backdrop and bursts of color work well.

Sea-sational – For summer, look for trend “Tiffany” blue and aqua shades paired with crisp white. Go for soft khaki and navy as the neutrals as well as soft grays and chocolate browns. Add bursts of tangerine, coral or sunny yellow for visual interest. Tea-length dresses and bare feet are still in along with seashell accents in bouquets and favors. Hand-tied smaller bouquets and baskets or collections of loose stems fit the overall feel of the event.