A Century of Weddings: The 2010s

A Century Of Weddings: The 2010s

The rise of social media in the 2010s changed weddings forever as brides turned to new apps like Pinterest and Instagram for wedding day inspiration! Modern designs grew in popularity thanks to two iconic royal weddings and a series of high-profile celebrity I do’s. Photo booths and signature cocktails gave receptions a personal feel as couples found fresh ways to make their weddings one-of-a-kind. Let’s take a closer look at the wedding trends of the decade!

Wedding Trends

Party on:

The traditional reception routine of “drinks, dinner, and dancing” got an update as couples added more activities post-ceremony. From photo booths and donut walls to food trucks and signature cocktails, weddings were planned to celebrate every facet of the couple! (Looking to create your own signature wedding cocktail? Try our recipes!)

Mix & match:

Brides moved away from matching maids in favor of multi-colored palettes that reflected their wedding themes! Mixing and matching colors allowed each bridesmaid to show some personality while wearing complementary shades. (Find your perfect mix and match maids palette here!)

Hashtag bride:

As Instagram and Pinterest took over the social media world, brides embraced DIY decor and wedding hashtags to personalize their events. Guests could use a couple’s hashtag when posting photos, creating a virtual collection that offered a more casual, intimate look at the day!

Bridal Style

Double trouble:

Blush-toned gowns and more colorful twists on classic bridal white trended throughout the 2010s. Brides made a splash in shades of pink, champagne, and (for the uber-dramatic) raven black. Another major trend? Donning a more laid-back second look for the reception! (Flashback to Meghan Markle’s iconic second look, a sleek halter-neck gown.)

The little details:

Royal weddings (thank you Kate and Meghan!) inspired brides to don cathedral-length veils and minimalist jewelry. Back necklaces and flower crowns were perfect for nailing a boho aesthetic, while stacking rings and chandelier earrings offered modern romance. Grooms often added a personalized touch, too. (One of our favorite #BHLDNBride stories? A groom who wore cufflinks featuring the flag of the mother of the bride’s home country!)

Hair & Makeup

Beach babe:

Tousled hair with lots of texture became a new bridal favorite—a slightly glammed-up version of your everyday style made getting ready a breeze! Loose buns and beachy waves gave off an effortlessly cool vibe, while classic brides continued to sport perfectly polished updos. Another quintessentially 2010s look? A streak of brightly colored hair, courtesy of hair chalk!

Know your contour:

Thanks to the rise of beauty bloggers and social media, finding makeup inspiration was easier than ever. Contouring and highlighting (and its cousin, strobing!) became trendy tricks of the trade, while Kylie Jenner inspired a new generation of liquid lip lovers. Thick, defined eyebrows and fluttery lashes were also beauty staples. Shows like Euphoria (2019) brought embellished brows and glittery eyeliner into the mainstream, inspiring myriad makeup tutorials.


Thank U, next:

Indie pop and trap music became go-to genres alongside viral hits including “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” and “Harlem Shake.” Teeny-boppers Justin Bieber and One Direction captured hearts across the globe, while Rihanna and Lady Gaga topped the charts. Rap and hip-hop continued to grow with artists like Drake and Nicki Minaj, as EDM music and film soundtracks flourished. We listened to it all on streaming services like Pandora and Spotify, which grew in popularity throughout the decade.

Love is an open door:

It was a decade of fantasy on big and small screens alike, with movies and series inspired by classic comic books and epic novels (looking at you, Jon Snow!). As superhero blockbusters took over the box office, streaming services like Netflix and Hulu made binge-watching the buzzword of the era. One of our favorite TV weddings of the decade? Cece and Schmidt finally tying the knot on New Girl (2011) in a ceremony that reflected both of their cultures!

Famous Couples

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend:

After meeting while filming a music video, the hilarious model and Grammy-winning singer tied the knot in 2013 with a stunning destination ceremony in Lake Como, Italy. The bride wore three (yes, THREE!) dresses, including a fairytale ballgown for the ceremony, a classic mermaid for the reception, and a scarlet gown for the after party! The final touch? A sweet serenade courtesy of the velvety-voiced groom.

Meghan Markle & Prince Harry:

After a whirlwind courtship that started with a blind date(!), the red-haired royal married the American actress in 2018 with an audience of 1.9 billion viewers. The bride donned a minimalist, bateau-neck gown for the ceremony (with a piece of the dress she wore on their first date stitched inside!) and a modern, halter-neck dress for the reception.

Samira Wiley & Lauren Morelli:

After meeting on the set of Orange is the New Black (2013), this talented pair married during a weekend-long celebration in Palm Springs! The colorful ceremony included champagne Jell-O shots, confetti cannons, and a family-style dinner. Samira donned a classic off-the-shoulder ballgown as Lauren slipped into a crisp pantsuit with a lacy cape!

And that's been the 2010s! Brides of the 2020s it's your turn now...

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