15 Pop Culture Wedding Trends You’ll Want to Steal for Your Own Big Day
You’re engaged — congrats! You’ve been racking up the touble-taps on your creative Instagram engagement announcement and you’ve taken the time to savor the moment and just enjoy being future Mr. or Mrs. Now, it’s time to start planning the big event in earnest — not least of all your own wedding-day look. If you’re quite sure where to begin, look to your favorite bridal styles from the big and small screen alike for inspo. Whether you’re looking to riff on an iconic silver-screen look or want to channel an unexpected trend and run with it, scroll on for 15 of the best wedding beauty trends from pop culture to get inspired for your moment in the spotlight.
1. Non-White Gowns:Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf was always slaying the fashion game, and you’d better believe her wedding day was no different. Rather than the traditional white, Blair went for an unconventional but gorgeous baby blue beaded Elie Saab dress paired with her trademark headband. These days, non-traditional brides can take a page from Blair’s book and take choose from a wide variety of gorgeous colorful wedding dresses. (Photo via The CW)
2. Tiaras: That’s right, crowns are no longer just for royalty! Look as princessy, feminine and fantastic on your wedding day as Mia Thermopolis looked on hers in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. It’s just the right accessory to keep your veil in place while feeling your most regal. (Photo via Walt Disney Pictures)
3. Flower Appliques: Toula of My Big Fat Greek Wedding might have thought she looked like a “snow beast” in all her nuptial regalia, but dial it back just a bit and it’s a total win. As it turns out, 3D flower appliques were totally hot on the Fall 2016 bridal runways. (Photo via IFC Films)
4. Opera Gloves: The way Ugly Betty‘s Wilhelmina Slater rocks the simple silhouette of her wedding dress with long, elegant opera gloves has us totally wowed. The gown is sleek and pretty on its own, but that extra addition lends an Old Hollywood glam feel that makes the whole look. (Photo via ABC)
5. Dramatic One-Shoulder Dresses: Lillian in Bridesmaids enjoys this pretty style as much as we do. This style pairs well with an equally romantic updo and a birdcage veil. (Photo via Universal Pictures)
6. Veil Bun + Hair Jewels: Okay, so we know J.Lo was the real star of 2001’s The Wedding Planner, but rival Fran’s bridal look was just too good to ignore. Her chic chignon and simple attached veil and rhinestone hair pins (hey, the ’90s are BACK) take her ‘do from 0 to 100 with elegant ease. (Photo via Columbia Pictures)
7. Jeweled Headbands: Over its five-year run, Downton Abbey showcased tons of show-stopping period piece costumes and accessories. When Lady Mary Crawley was set to get hitched, she was exquisitely dressed in this ensemble, including jewel encrusted filigree headband. Paired with a traditional long sweeping veil, the look is completely ethereal, an ideal choice for the traditional bride. (Photo via Carnival Film & Television Ltd)
8. Handmade Memento Skirt: Leslie Knope’s handmade wedding dress skirt is just further proof she should be every lady’s role model. In this long-awaited episode of Parks & Recreation, Leslie showed off her DIY dress made to highlight her favorite memories and successes. This is an awesome idea for brides who love getting creative and want to include a unique and special touch to their big day.
9. Renaissance Style: Buttercup, the eponymous Princess Bride herself, wears a stunning, blue-hued gown in an intricate Renaissance style. The jeweled top, dramatic sleeves and empire waist all make for wedding day beauty straight out of a fairytale. Don’t forget a princess crown of your own to anchor your veil in place! (Photo via MGM)
10. Updos With Fresh Flowers: In 27 Dresses, romcom queen Katherine Heigl plays Jane — a girl who is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. Spoiler alert: She finds the man of her dreams and lives happily ever after. On her big day, Jane opts to accessorize her low bun with fresh, in-season flowers instead of blinged-out hair pins or jewelry. Try the trend for a tropical destination wedding, or wow ’em with a winter flower crown.
11. Chokers: We told you the ’90s were back. Choker necklaces came back into fashion in a real way this past year, and their momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Donna Martin in Beverly Hills, 90210 proves you can incorporate them into your wedding look for some major ’90s throwback chicness. (Photo via Fox)
12. Feather Hairpieces: As we all know, our girl Carrie Bradshaw knows how to put together a killer look. In Sex and the City: The Movie, for tying the knot with Mr. Big, she incorporates a teal feather hairpiece into her updo that gives it instant edge and drama. (Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)
13. Glitzy Belts: This is a great option for emphasizing your hourglass shape on your wedding day, like Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother. Her form-fitting dress is tasteful yet sexy, with shoulder and arm coverage and a sparkly belt to highlight the waist and provide just the right amount of bling. (Photo via CBS)
14. Wild Curls: We can’t get enough of the partially pulled-back mane of wild, natural curls Julianne Potter rocks in My Best Friend’s Wedding. This effortless ‘do would look fab draped in a veil and loose around your shoulders at your beachside reception. (Photo via TriStar Pictures)
15. Fringed Headwear:Friends‘ Monica Geller absolutely owns this look. Amp up your ’20s bridal style by stealing Monica’s sartorial win: Sport a fringed and beaded headpiece or hat with your veil attached. It’s unexpected, a little bit vintage and 100% amazing.