The Bridal Circle's 2012 Wedding Trend Forecast

If you’re planning a 2012 wedding, then you are embarking on the most fabulous, wonderful and exciting time of your life … and the team at The Bridal Circle is ringing in the new year with the hautest trends for your opulent, elegant, couture wedding.

1. GOWNS :: Designers debuted more than the average fabulous, frilly white frocks on the runway for 2012 proving that color, pattern, print and texture will reign supreme for this year’s fashion-forward bride. From delicate, barely-there details like floral appliqué, to all-out, fearless features like polka dots and stripes, will you take the plunge with a nontraditional, ultra-glam gown? {Gowns from Badgley Mischka & Carolina Herrera}

Carolina Herrera, Badgley Mischka, Marchesa, Giuseppe Zanotti

2. HANDPAINTED PAPERGOODS :: Any bride knows, customization is key. But how much more custom can you get than a hand-painted, carefully, colorfully crafted wedding invitation suite (complete with save-the-dates, invitation, RSVP card, map, envelope, thank you cards and postage) and table markers, place settings, menu cards and reception signage? That’s exactly what the talented team of artisans at Momental Designs does – turn your wedding’s papergoods into couture, custom works of art for the bespoke bride.

Kristy Rice, Momental Designs

A message in a bottle…

3.  HUES OF PINK :: 2012 Brides are seeing the world (or at least their wedding) through rose colored glasses. Soft and alluring shades of pink, rose, blush, peach and coral (accented with white, ivory, cream, taupe and metallics) add a perfect pop of color, whimsy and romance to this year’s glamorous color palettes.

Lisa Lefkowitz, Monique Lhuillier, Alexander McQueen, Charlotte Olympia, Two Birds, Christian Louboutin

4. BRAIDED HAIRSTYLES ::Carrying over from 2011, braids are rocking the runway with just the right amount of playful exuberance and chic sophistication. Not too tight, the perfect braids are a little loose and haphazard, messy and marvelous.

5.  MULTI-STYLED BRIDESMAID GOWNS :: Each of your beautiful bridesmaids is different and unique in her own fabulous way … so why shouldn’t her gown reflect that! This year, brides are letting go of the uniform bridesmaid idea and asking her wedding party to select a gown in a shade of color, cut or style that they love. Because, let’s be honest, one dress does not fit all! By allowing your maids to choose their own style of gown, everyone will feel gorgeous and comfortable – and it will show!

The Dessy Group, Rosa Clara, Amsale