Before I asked a professional, I thought surely February would be second only to June for wedding months. After all, it is Valentine’s, a month of love. Little did I know that January and February are not even in the race here in the South, according to Shelly Hill of The Bridal Shop in Monroe. As a matter of fact, I was surprised at several things I learned about winter weddings.
The largest season for weddings is fall, with December, in winter, being the climactic month. Often, couples are fitting in a wedding before a school semester or during a break. The colors selected are rich and bold, such as navy, chocolate and purple. Of course, champagne and gold colors are still quite the rage for winter weddings.
Other surprises were trends in the bride’s dress color, style of dress and the continued use of the old adage: “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” White is still in for bridal gowns, but not bright white. Ivory and off white are now the trend. I’m told that the softer whites look better in wedding photographs. In our immodest world, modest wedding dresses are making a comeback. High necklines are now trending as are lace and/or embellishments.
Couples are now getting married in their mid-twenties after completing their education. Some are just about to complete their education when the nuptials occur. This average age is a few years older than couples of ten to twenty years ago.
In our area, about 70 percent of weddings are still performed in a church. The reception may follow outside or at another location. Veils are still worn. Some are blusher veils that just cover the face, some are long, and a few brides choose to not wear a veil. Tuxedos are still worn by the groom and groomsmen. Groomsmen’s vests or cummerbunds are selected to match the bridesmaids’ dress color.
Wedding dresses in our area range from $199 to $2,000. This may be anything from last season’s dress to a new designer dress that is just now trending.
Hill did offer some tips for a new bride who is shopping for that special dress:
- Make an appointment and plan to be there at least an hour. This allows The Bridal Shop to offer you their personal service. They suggest having no more than three other ladies with you.
- Be open-minded at the appointment. Sometimes a bride has a specific style in mind only to find that the style she originally wanted is not flattering on her. Having an open mind allows you choose the dress that looks the very best on you for your wedding day.
- Don’t bring small children to the appointment. An hour can be a bit much for them to sit and wait.
The Bridal Shop and the King of Hearts Tuxedos are counterparts that can take care of the bride and the groom. The King of Hearts Tuxedos has tuxedos in stock which allows a groom to select a tux, be fitted and leave with the tux same day, if needed.
My sweet, young friends were married this past December, so I asked Mrs. Lana Brock a few questions.
Poe: Why did you choose December?
Brock: I had five weeks between college and grad school. I originally wanted an April wedding, but Jimmy didn’t want to wait! Besides, it would have been way too crazy to plan a wedding while in grad school.
Poe: What were your wedding colors and why did you choose them?
Brock: Our colors were purple and gray with a mix of silver. We chose those colors because I wanted a classy and elegant wedding, not a Christmas wedding.
Poe: Tell me about your dress.
Brock: My dress was a simple design. Not overly expensive. It was white, very modest with a lacey back and shoulders. I’m a very traditional bride. You know, using bird seed and having ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.’
Poe: Besides gaining your fabulous husband, what was the most special part of your wedding?
Brock: The overwhelming feeling of love we felt. The preacher told us at the beginning of the ceremony to turn around and see our guests. It was so awesome to be surrounded with the people we love and who love us. The wedding was perfect!
Hill was spot on with the trends – church wedding, modest dress with lace, bold colors, and “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”
By Wendy Poe