Tradition Meets Trendy

Posted by on Sep 28, 2011 in Brides Guide | 7 Comments

[Photo Credit: Gia Canali Photography via People Magazine]

Over the weekend, supermodel/actress Molly Sims tied the knot with movie producer, Scott Stuber, in a ceremony that was dressed perfectly for the autumn season. Molly looked radiant in a white, mermaid-style gown, with flowing lace sleeves, and lace detail on the bodice.

Like her dress, her wedding day was a lovely mix of traditional and unique. Every bridesmaid wore a different style dress, each in a different shade ranging from ivory to taupe, with black accents tying the looks together. One of Molly’s bridesmaids even wore a geometric patterned dress. Despite the differences, the styles meshed perfectly.

This eclectic yet elegant approach inspired us to discuss ways to achieve that ideal blend of the traditional and the unexpected. One of our favorites is classic engagement ring styles set with a colored gemstone instead of a diamond – a meaningful and incredibly personal way to express “forever.” We also love the idea of traditional wedding lace worn in modern, fashion-forward ways. Even more daring? How about a bridal gown in a color? Blush pink, or lavender gowns are subtle enough to say “bridal,” but are certain to stand out. Then while you’re shining in color, you can take a hint from Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian, who both had their bridesmaids wear white.

[Photo Credit: BHLDN]

If wearing a colored gown just isn’t you, yet you still crave a creative touch, Anthropologie’s bridal line, BHLDN (pronounced “Beholden”), is a collection of wedding gowns, party dresses, shoes, and accessories that are anything but ordinary. From long and luxurious, to short and sweet, BHLDN has us swooning. What’s also great about wearing a unique dress is that you may wear it more than once. Your bridal glow should last a lifetime, right?

What are some of your favorite ways to mix tradition with trendy? Would you choose a non-traditional dress or engagement ring?