Guest Blog // Prints, Lace and the Roaring 20s

I’m so happy to share this insightful guest post by Alison Howard, wedding planner extraordinaire. Here’s Alison’s take on the top 5 wedding trends of 2013.


A wedding trend for 2013 that you may be noticing everywhere is PRINTS!  This trend debuted in the spring of 2012 and it is finally starting to catch on with brides in regards to wedding décor and attire.  I love this trend of adding prints to your wedding design pallet because it contributes an unexpected pop of color and fun to the overall aesthetic of the wedding. The photos below showcase how best to incorporate this trend, but the options are endless.

#4. LACE
Ever since Kate Middleton’s lace wedding dress captivated the world, we have seen a definite increase in lace when it comes to styling weddings.  Brides with a preference for traditional and vintage flairs are requesting lace embellishments everywhere, from their reception table décor to their own wedding dresses.


As the economical climate in our country is recovering we are seeing a return to elegance in the wedding industry.  Where mason jars, burlap, shabby chic décor, and all things DIY dominated the wedding scene over the past few years due to extra financially-conscious couples, we now find that couples are starting to embrace the idea of prosperity once again.  This means more emphasis (and budget) will be spent on creating an elegant event with a focus on the guest experience.


One glance at the runways of wedding designers and you will see that many are thinking outside the box where bridal attire is concerned.  The white wedding dress will always be a classic staple in the wedding world but for the trend-setting and adventurous bride, you need to look no further than the 2013 collections of designers like Vera Wang, Amsale, or Claire Pettibone.  In addition to wedding gowns with color, gowns with pockets are all the rage right now!

During the 1920′s, economic prosperity was at a high, patriotism soared following World War I, jazz music thrived, and lets not forget the flappers – a fresh breed of self-sufficient and outspoken women who emerged with their shorter skirts, bobbed hair, and new-found independence after winning the right to vote in 1920.  With much of the world currently obsessed with Downton Abbey (I’m a self-proclaimed addict myself) and with The Great Gatsby hitting the big screen in May, my prediction is that the trends and styles of the 1920′s will greatly influence the wedding world this year.

To learn more about Alison Howard and to see her work, visit Alison Howard Events.