Wedding Trends and Tips for 2012

As we begin a new year of Wedding Planning, it’s interesting to see what the “trends” are for 2012  – here are a few tips by Estate Weddings & Events, Mike Steffens, and The Knot:

Playful Themes

Playful wedding themes started picking up steam in 2011, and the trend will intensify in 2012. These types of weddings have whimsical ambiances, so they are perfect for couples who prefer less formal affairs. From pirate-themed weddings to ceremonies in offbeat locations, playful themes will be all the rage this year.

DIY: Personalized Weddings

By default, every wedding is personal. In the past, however, the majority of the decorations and party favors were purchased from wedding supply companies. Due in part to the economy, many couples are creating their own wedding favors and decorations. This helps to keep costs down, and it has the added bonus of producing a more personalized look and feel. If you are crafty by nature, this is one wedding trend that you’ll want to explore.

Mismatched Dresses and Decor

In an effort to create more organic and natural ceremonies, many brides and grooms are opting for dresses and decor that encompass different aesthetics and textures. To keep things from looking too disjointed, a single color palate is used to unite the decor elements. The end result is a purposefully mismatched look that puts a chic, modern edge on any wedding day. This trend is easy to incorporate and can help keep costs low too.

Green Weddings

Eco-friendly weddings are more popular than ever. People opt for green weddings to help protect the environment and to save money. There are many ways to go about planning a green wedding. You can incorporate as many green touches into your big day as you’d like, so this theme is easy to customize.

Musical Trends per Mike Steffens:

Per Mike Steffens, Owner/Executive Talent Manager of Essence Entertainment, he sees the trend for 2012 towards simplification – for example, a Musical Solo or Duo rather than a larger ensemble.  He sees ‘glamor’ and ‘elegance’ replacing ‘flashy’ and ‘showy’.  He’s also seeing a trend towards still using traditional wedding ceremony ensembles (i.e., Harp Trio, String Quartet…), but playing mostly contemporary repertoire rather than the traditional classical pieces.  For more tips on choosing music for your event,  View Ask Mike! videos on Youtube!

Here’s a video about 2012 Trends for Wedding Dresses:

What new trends are you seeing or using for your upcoming affair?  Please comment and let us know!

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2 Comments on “Wedding Trends and Tips for 2012”


  1. Great information Robin. i particularly liked the playful themes comments and I’m sure our bloggers will enjoy all of the information.


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