Airdrie’s Courtney and JD Cadegan eloped on Dec. 8, 2016, one of the coldest days of the year in Banff. They braved the -41 C wind chill to capture their day on the frozen Vermilion Lakes. Photo by Selenia Teresa Photography. Hair and makeup by Sarika Mehta Makeup.
2017 is all about being bold and expressive. Whether that be through your dress, colour scheme or decor, this year’s trends celebrate you and your partner.
This year’s popular wedding gown styles range from big and bold to sleek and elegant. Nadine Dagher with Embrace Bridal says one of the main trends right now is horsehair trim around the bottom of the skirt to create large ruffles and obvious layers. Big, oversized bows are also making a comeback on either the front or the back of the gown. Dresses with plunging necklines are also very popular with long Vs extending below the bust. For a more fitted style, trumpet dresses are back with a snug fit on top that gradually flares out around mid-thigh. As for the fabric, Dagher says lace is still very popular for full gowns, veils or even detailing on the skirt or bodice. For a less traditional look, opt for a dress with some glitter and sparkle.
Dagher recommends shopping for your wedding gown at least six months before your big day to make sure everything is perfect and ready in time.
Amy Leonard, fashion supervisor at The Store Upstairs, says the boutique is seeing a lot of new trends in jewelry this year. While it is traditional to have a statement necklace, she says brides are moving more toward statement earrings. Shoulder-duster earrings and hoops are perfect statement pieces, working well with a variety of hairstyles and dress necklines. Forehead bands are also popular, with many different styles to match different dresses and tastes. Light copper chains with pearls or flowers create more of a boho look while simple studs radiate elegance. Leonard adds that chokers are also making a comeback and work really well with V-neck, sweetheart or strapless necklines to create a timeless look.
Hair and Makeup
Local makeup artist Sarika Mehta says brides will be opting for less makeup this year. One of the top looks she’s seeing is a subtle smoky eye, rosy cheeks and lots of shimmer. Pink lips with geometric eyeliner and bronzer is also popular. Mehta says hiring a professional to do makeup on your wedding day will reduce stress and help you look your best. “From foundation to your lips to the perfect eyeliner, makeup artists know how to choose the colours that match your unique character and features. Proper technique and high-quality products will keep your makeup perfect all day and keep you camera ready.”
For hairstyles, Mehta adds that braiding is back for brides. Long, loose braids can be elegant by themselves or can be used in an up-do. According to Calgary Bride, natural and untamed hair is also trending for those wanting a more effortless look.
Mehta recommends following a strict beauty ritual in the months leading up to your wedding day to make sure your skin is bright, healthy and beautiful. Be sure to cleanse your skin every day and remember to moisturize, moisturize and moisturize. Drinking lots of water and eating a balanced diet with lots of vitamin C will also do wonders for your skin and overall health.
Back again for another year, “naked cakes” are going to be popular in 2017, according to Calgary Bride. These cakes have more of a rustic look with a very light layer of icing to partially cover the cake underneath. To add colour, top them off with fresh fruit or flowers.
Very structured cakes with geometric designs are also popular. These cakes are often decorated with bright colour combinations and patterns.
While 2016 weddings featured many pastel tones such as blush and taupe, 2017 is introducing bright, bold and playful colours into the mix. According to The Knot, brides are moving further away from traditional and opting for more vibrant colours that pop.
Black is also back, according to Calgary Bride, and is no longer just an accent colour. Bring black to the forefront of your wedding by pairing it with different textures and finishes for a more sophisticated feel. However, if bright or bold colours aren’t your style, Leonard suggests pairing neutral tones with metallics such as copper, rose gold or silver for that wow factor.
As for wedding themes, Leonard says many brides are going for the vintage glamour feel, contrasting stark spaces with delicate or ornate decorations. These “warehouse venues” can be decked out with elaborate centrepieces, candles and strands of lights. According to The Knot, many brides are also “going green” by trying to bring the outside in. Place oversized potted trees or large bouquets in your venue to add natural elements to the setting.