Covid weddings around the world & the new wedding fashion trends
Rewind to early 2020 where thousands of weddings were postponed until further notice, or even worse, they were cancelled. The world was put on pause, and to this day, the wedding industry had suffered an incredible amount. After multiple Lockdowns and millions of vaccinations, weddings are finally taking place, but it seems very different from what we were used to.
Couples have been determined to adapt at the best of their ability, despite the new rules and regulations surrounding the world, Whether that is cutting down their wedding guests list to one-fourth of what they initially were expecting to receive or having to match their wedding outfits to fit with their masks or making sure to find an open-spaced location regardless if it’s raining or boiling.
Some couples decided to have their wedding ceremony virtually with their guests to join the ceremony via Zoom or other apps to watch the couple exchange their vows online. There have even been couples that decided to elope and mailed souvenirs from their private union back to their family and friends.
There has been a huge impact on nuptials since the past year. Now that more people are getting vaccinated, the list of wedding guests is multiplying, the excitement is building up, and weddings fill up the reservation slots, making them have a major come back. Although we see many weddings take place, there has been a significant difference in the fashion that is taking place at each ceremony.
After recent research and emerging sartorial trends seem to have taken the market to reveal how the pandemic may have altered and influenced the wedding dress codes. According to Google data, social media tags, and the global fashion search engine, Lyst, there has been a huge demand for certain styles amongst consumers. In their 2021 wedding report, the website found that many brides-to-be have been searching for 19th century inspired gowns for their big day.
The style is similar to the outfits and fashion that resemble a particular Netflix show about the royals. Maybe it is influenced by the style of that era, or just many people decided to watch Netflix during the lockdowns. Either way, the elegant yet simplistic type is back and ready to be worn by all brides.
The Bridal trends consist of empire line wedding dresses with frocks and a bust-level waistline which can also be sorted with a corset, giving it a classy look that showcases the bride’s silhouette. The demand for corsetry spiked across the globe, with an increase of 291%.
Along with the stunning gowns, one cannot forget what type of headpiece the bride may choose for her special day. Of course, the 1800s style trend goes along with a sparkling-diamond tiara or likewise embellished headpieces that will shine throughout the ceremony. Also, period-inspired flourishes such as capped sleeves and rich ruffles are in demand.
According to Lyst, there was also a high demand for mini bridal dresses, which were suited for more intimate ceremonies. Also, due to the ‘smaller scale’ celebrations, there have been much fewer formal looks, and most customers prefer simple but chic looks.
In the menswear area, the stereotypical ‘masculine attire’s have been modernized, and the majority of grooms go for a more colourful, multi-patterned and gender-fluid style. It’s easy to see how Harry Styles has made such an impact on menswear today.
As the world comes to a new norm and wedding organisers are trying to stay up with the new trends, it’s easy to see how we have all been inspired during the past year and prefer a more classic and elegant fashion choice for their big day.
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