Expert Tips + Trends for Bridal Fashion & Wedding Décor

Read expert advice and the latest wedding trends from top photographers and planners in the wedding industry.

Some of the nation's most talented wedding photographers and planners are sharing their expert tips and trends to look out for in the wedding world from fashion and beauty to ceremony and reception designs.

roey yohai studios wedding reception ceci new york watercolor flower design on dark black and pink dance floor
Photo: Roey Yohai Studios

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Whether you're just starting to plan or you had to postpone your 2020 wedding to next year, we're excited to provide ideas and inspiration for your big day. With so many decisions to make leading up to the celebration, many couples choose to hire a wedding planner and designer to help organize the details and orchestrate the entire day. Regardless of whether or not you'll be hiring a professional coordinator, we always strive to share the advice of our esteemed Editors Circle members to assist you throughout the wedding-planning process. 

To help get your design juices flowing, we've gathered some expert advice and a few of the latest trends from top wedding planners, wedding photographers, and a bridal salon owner to share their insider tips for all things weddings. Read on for ideas to spark your wedding vision – you'll see advice on everything from the latest wedding dress styles and embellishments, helpful hints to ensure your hair and makeup stays picture-perfect, and of course some of the latest décor trends for both your ceremony and reception. Happy planning!

"Bows and polka dots are lovely trending embellishments in bridal style. Bows can tie a bride's look together as a noteworthy design accent, while dots can add a whimsical touch with textured patterns." - Belle Manjong of The Boutique by B.Belle Events (See more of Belle's fashion tips here!)

Bridal Gown with Dots by Costarellos

Photo courtesy of Costarellos

"Most wedding days last at least eight to 10 hours. Consider hiring a hair and makeup artist who will stay for the duration of the celebration. Having someone on hand for touch-ups throughout the day will ensure you look amazing in your photos from start to finish." - Amy of Amy Anaiz Photography

"Transform your wedding space with an intricately designed ceremony stage or an alternative wedding aisle. You can truly build your dream moment in any outdoor area with a little out-of-the-box planning." - Nahid Farhoud of Nahid's Global Events

Pathway to Outdoor Ceremony

Photo by Katie Beverley Photo; Planning & Design by Nahid's Global Events

"Mix and match décor for a unique wedding look. For example, use round, square, and rectangular table shapes for an eye-catching seating pattern at the reception. Rather than identical tables across the room, customized tables also add a special touch so guests feel the arrangement was personalized for them." - Kim Ahonoukoun of KA Mariage

Glamorous Reception with Rectangular Table

Photo courtesy of Kim Ahonoukoun; Planning & Design by KA Mariage

Round Table at Opulent Wedding Reception

Photo courtesy of Kim Ahonoukoun; Planning & Design by KA Mariage

"I love how creative wedding designers have been getting with graphics on dance floors! The floor really becomes an extension of the décor, utilizing a usually overlooked but large part of the reception space to great effect, whether amplifying the general theme or adding an elegant feel with a bold pattern. Ceci New York and Mark Rose Events both made amazing things happen with their designs at these weddings." - Roey Yohai of Roey Yohai Studios