TIPS & TRENDS: Local brides are showcasing their personality

By Gwen Sisson

One of the hottest trends for local brides in recent years is injecting a lot of personality in their weddings, receptions and registries.

Stores throughout the area have repeated said brides are looking for something completely unique to them. They are loving bright colors and anything that can be personalized.

The Ring
Mary Snow of The Jewel Shoppe in Louisville said couples want rings unique to them.

“They want something that is made just for them,” Snow said. “Many times they like to participate in the actual design of the piece.

Snow said in Mississippi, couples are still loving the vintage and halo looks of engagement rings as well as the classic looks of the solitaire, mostly in the white metals of 10-, 14-, and 18-karat and platinum.

“However, designers from Europe, New York and California are moving back into yellow metals, two-tone mixed metals, as well as rose-colored metals.

“What we do is try to find out what metal looks best on a person’s skin tone,” Snow said.

Snow said men’s wedding bands have taken “a giant leap” in design and materials. A few examples include mixed white and yellow gold metals, stainless metal, cobalt, tungsten, and wood inlay.

 Other bridal jewelry
Snow said The Jewel Shoppe is selling a lot of the “halo look” on rings, pendants and earrings.

They are also selling a lot of pearl jewelry. Snow said custom designed pearl earrings and necklaces for the bridal party is “hot” right now. Pearls from the South Sea, Tahiti, Akoya and Fresh Water pearls – many with unusual forms – are popular choices for the bride and bridesmaids.
Bridal Hair
This year, Stephanie Contreras at Swank on Main in Maben is seeing a lot of brides using braiding and a variety of curls for their big day.

Regardless of the best hairstyle, Contreras says to make sure to do a “trial run” of the hairstyle that you choose.

“You want to make sure that it works for you and the theme or type of wedding you are having,” Contreras said.

She also suggests having all of the bridesmaids getting ready at the same time in the same area, including having their hair styled.

“This can be a fun time of laughter and making memories as well as talking about old memories,” Contreras said. “Other than that, RELAX during the time you are having your hair styled! It may be the only time that day that you get to sit and relax your thoughts and get ready to enjoy seeing your groom for the first time that day.”

 Wedding flowers and decor
Mallory McCain of Teacups and Tulips of Eupora said the biggest trends lately have been the use of mason jars as centerpiece containers, burlap and lace, and babies breath.

“Metallics — silvers and gold — are something I’m also starting to see with brides,” McCain said.
McCain also loves hydrangeas with their variety of color options. Hand-tied bridal bouquets are also still a popular choice for local brides.

Wanda Thomas at The Old Stone Station in Eupora said several recent local weddings have gone beyond the typical locations for the wedding ceremony and/or wedding reception.

“Instead of holding the ceremony in a church or chapel, many couples have leaned toward a more natural and/or rustic setting such as barn weddings, back yard weddings, or even beach weddings,” Thomas said. “Even creating an outside appearance using natural props such as trees, pine needles, twigs, and/ or cuttings of holly, Nandina, etc. have replaced arrangements of roses and calla lilies.”

Thomas said replacing satin and silk with burlap fabric and lace have been a huge vintage-style trend for a few seasons now.

“Burlap is an inexpensive, natural fabric that fits well with a rustic theme such as with a barn wedding or outside wedding,” Thomas said. “It is primarily used for table runners and centerpiece decorations.”

 Bridal Gifts
Bridal registries in every community provides brides with options that best fit their personalities.
As far as bridal gift selections, Thomas at The Stone Station in Eupora said local brides seem to favor more down to earth gift selections over fine china, crystal, sterling silver, and such gifts that their mothers or grandmothers may have selected.

“There is a definite trend toward pottery and more everyday china and glassware,” Thomas said. “And as the current decorating trends lean toward items along the rustic and distressed look, so goes the selection of home décor gifts for today’s brides.”

At Childs in downtown Eupora,  Jacqueline Meek is also seeing pottery as a hot item for local brides. Meek said the Vietri pottery has been very popular with brides. The store also features a new pottery selection that has been very popular with local brides called Skyros.

At Murphy Drugs powered by Walgreens in Eupora, brides love anything turquoise. Marianne Adams said local brides are loving bright colored pottery – particularly the Mudpie and Tag lines – that can be mixed and matched. Pomeroy is another popular brand among local brides for glassware, serving pieces. Adams said burlap and wooden picture frames are also very popular in their bridal registries.

Brides have many hairstyle choices.

Brides have many hairstyle choices.