What's hot and what's not when it comes to weddings? You'll find out at the Oklahoma Wedding Show presented by Oklahoma Magazine 10 am-4 pm Saturday Jan. 5 at the Expo Square Central Park Hall. Editor of Oklahoma Magazine Thom Golden gives us a few of the trends that will be featured at the event. "Televisions shows such as “Cake Boss” and “Food Network Challenge” have educated the general public about all the amazing things that can be done with cake, and the response has been an increased demand for custom cakes with elaborate decorations," he said. "For this year’s Oklahoma Wedding edition, we asked some of the state’s top bakers to create cakes inspired by flowers, demonstrating the artistic ability and the options that are available for wedding cakes. Additionally, there is a huge trend toward flavored cakes and fillings – practically any flavor combination you can imagine is possible."
As far as what the bride will be holding down the aisle? Bold is in for bouquets.
"The casual, more rustic bouquets in soft colors that have been hugely popular in recent years are giving way to more composed bouquets packed with blooms in more vibrant colors. That dozen’t mean pastels are out by any means, but more brides are opting for a brighter and richer color palette. Other trends include large blooms, such as garden roses and peonies and bouquets featuring unusual materials," Golden said.
Wedding gowns are changing often and reverting to former trends. "The mermaid and trumpet silhouette is still a huge trend as well as vintage inspired gowns with lots of lace," he said. "We’re also seeing a move back to the full skirt and more voluminous gowns. Other trends include gowns with an Old Hollywood feel, gowns in colors other than shades of white and gowns that show a bit of leg – either cocktail length or with a high, Angelina Jolie slit."
Remember Pippa Middleton's dress at the royal wedding in 2011? Of course you did. Her physique and Alexander McQueen dress made her almost outshine her sister. "This is actually a trend that’s been developing for several years," Golden said. "More and more brides are dropping the traditional pastel taffeta dress that will never be worn again in favor of sleeker, sexier designs or a variety of styles chosen to suit their bridesmaids’ body types. Brides are also choosing dresses that play up the theme of the wedding," he said. "The rule is there are no rules. Well, just one: you can’t upstage the bride."
"The Oklahoma Wedding Show offers brides-to-be the chance to see a wide variety of wedding vendors at one time, under one roof. Other highlights include bridal fashion shows, baker and caterer sampling and Champagne with the Experts, where guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres during Q&A sessions with top wedding experts. We’ll also be giving away more than $12,000 in prizes in the Prize Machine and during the Grand Prize Cake Dive. You can even buy your wedding gown at the show. Bridal Palace and Alyssa’s Bridal will be offering gowns at 75% off during the show," Golden said.
For more information on The Oklahoma Wedding Show, visit www.okmag.com
and call 918-744-6205. The event takes place 10 am to 4 pm January 5 at Expo Square Central Park Hall.