1. Make sure you have enough time to shop.

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Say­ing yes to your fu­ture spouse is a pretty easy de­ci­sion. Say­ing yes to the per­fect dress or suit to wear for the oc­ca­sion, how­ever, is less so. Ge­or­gia Voice sat down with both an up-and-com­ing wed­ding de­signer and a bridal cou­ture ex­pert to pre­view what’s hot for the up­com­ing wed­ding sea­son.

“Dresses that aren’t white are su­per-in this year on run­way,” said Josiah Lo­yarr, co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive de­signer of At­lanta and Nashville-based Ninth & Everett: A De­sign Firm. “Peo­ple are get­ting mar­ried in navy dresses … or also om­bre dresses that start white at the top and fade into gray or fade into blue.”

Un­usual el­e­ments like feath­ers and col­ored lace are also grac­ing dresses, as are de­sign el­e­ments like low-cut fronts, deep sheer pan­els and low backs. Mara Ur­shel, co-owner of Kle­in­feld Bridal in New York, said capes, de­tach­able trains, sleeves and bling are also must-haves for brides.

Ur­shel said for les­bian cou­ples, both brides will work with con­sul­tants to en­sure their dresses are com­pli­men­tary, but re­flect the wearer’s per­son­al­ity.

“Pantsuits are a re­ally big trendy thing re­gard­less of sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion,” Lo­yarr said. “For­tu­nately, be­cause gay mar­riage has been le­gal­ized for two years now, I feel like sev­eral wed­ding dress de­sign­ers that are higher-end are catch­ing on to the po­ten­tial that there’s a mar­ket for women who are get­ting mar­ried to other women.”

These suits are not so much a blazer

2. Know your bud­get and be hon­est.

Many cou­ples for­get they have to pay for al­ter­ations, head­pieces, etc. Ac­ces­sories can add up quickly.


3. Keep an open mind.

and tie like a men’s suit, but rather a trendy trouser with a vest — el­e­ments of menswear, but not 100 per­cent menswear, Lo­yarr said. For some­thing more along the lines of a tra­di­tional men’s suit, he rec­om­mends edgy brides look into com­pa­nies such as Al­ton Lane, which cus­tom-cre­ate a suit to the bride’s body type and style, in­stead of pur­chas­ing a men’s suit and tai­lor­ing it.

Ur­shel said de­sign­ers in­clud­ing Lakum, Chris­tian Siri­ano and Roland Mouret also de­signed both two-piece pantsuits and jump­suits for brides-to-be.

Cus­tom suits are also a hot com­mod­ity for grooms. Co­or­di­na­tion is in — match­ing blaz­ers, but per­haps one groom has a tie and cum­mer­bund and his hus­band a bow tie and sus­penders — and com­plete match­ing is out. Lo­yarr said an­other trend for men is col­ored and pat­terned socks, giv­ing out­fits a

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hint of per­son­al­ity.

Vests are in for grooms­men, as are match­ing el­e­ments that co­or­di­nate with those of the grooms they’re stand­ing with. For ex­am­ple, only the grooms may be wear­ing bou­ton­nières, or the grooms may have ties of one color and grooms­men an­other color in the wed­ding pal­ette. “It’s def­i­nitely in this year for brides­maids to get to choose their dress, when they’re given a color,” Lo­yarr said. “That way girls with dif­fer­ent body types can wear the same color, but they don’t have to be match­ing, ex­actly.”

For trendy wed­ding par­ties, Pan­tone’s color of the year, “green­ery,” is ex­pected to be pop­u­lar in both fashion and dé­cor. Lo­yarr said that if a cou­ple wanted a green-heavy wed­ding, brides­maids could wear co­or­di­nat­ing col­ors like cream or gold, and ac­ces­sorize with mixed met­als.

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