The Best and Worst Wedding Trends of 2012

We have something very special for you all today, our good friend Stephanie Herbst from Wedding Party has been generous enough to write a guest blog for Apple Brides! Wedding Party created a way to help you share your wedding with your family and friends via an app full of stories and photos by you and your guests. Ready for the best part? It’s free! Today, Stephanie reveals the wedding trends of 2012 that we should hold onto and the ones that we can all shed with those extra ten pounds of holiday weight. 

Well 2012 has come and gone – but with it came some wedding styles that we’ll never forget! We’ll admit, while there were some great trends of 2012 that we hope will stick around next year, there are also a few that we hope to leave behind. A new year means new ideas and fresh starts anyway, right? Here are the best (and worst) wedding trends of 2012. Who knows what amazing styles 2013 will bring?

Loved it:

1. Wedding dresses with sleeves
Trendy yet tasteful, sexy yet subtle, we loved the return of delicate, pretty sleeves to wedding dresses.

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2. Tasteful glitter and gold
I’ll be the first to say that too much glitter anywhere looks like an over-enthusiastic toddler’s craft project. However, 2012 was the year that weddings proved glitter and glimmering gold accents could be a welcome accent to any sophisticated fête.

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3. Bridesmaids dresses in neutral hues
Bridesmaids everywhere rejoiced in 2012 as brides shied away from choosing bright and unflattering colors for their bridal party. Instead, we ooh-ed and ahh-ed over the pretty neutral dresses worn by bridal parties – and noticed how much happier the bridesmaids looked!

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4. Jack and Jill Showers
Forget girly bridal showers bathed in pink – Jack and Jill showers are the new must-do!
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5. Intimate, down to earth weddings
While a wedding is still a massive, crazy affair, in 2012 we saw couples forgo the DJ and 10-course meals for smaller, rustic weddings with intimate ceremonies and inviting receptions.

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Leave it:

1. High-low wedding dresses
Maybe this is a personal preference, but I can’t say I was too impressed with the high-low dress trend this year. Choose either a long or short dress – you can’t have both!

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2. Mustaches on EVERYTHING
I love a good mustache in a photo booth or on a hipster mug every now and then, but am I the only one who’s a little sick of mustaches after Movember? Let’s all take a moment to tone down the facial hair frenzy in 2013, shall we?

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3. Really long, overdrawn will-you-be-my-bridesmaid cards
Just cut to the chase and ask your friend to be your bridesmaid. Why would anyone want to be your bridesmaid when your card goes on and on about how you’re going to go bridezilla-crazy on her?
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4. Disposable cameras
The 1980s called. They’re wondering why on earth you’re STILL using disposable cameras.

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Stephanie Herbst works in marketing at Wedding Party, a company that makes awesome apps to share your engagement and wedding with your closest friends and family. Learn more about them at, and follow them on Facebook.




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