Walking down the aisle is more personal than ever before for brides and grooms.

That’s because they’re using their big day to not just celebrate their love, but their personal style too.

While the big white gowns and custom black tuxes may never go away, brides and grooms are doing more to stand out, says Lori Conley, divisional merchandise manager for Designer Bridal at David’s Bridal – and inspiration can come from anywhere.

“We are beginning to see how much a bride’s street style is infusing into her bridal style,” Conley says.

“From a crop top wedding gown to a ‘little white dress,’ brides are incorporating what they see in everyday fashion – from the red carpets to the runways – into their bridal look.”

Gone are the days of matching bridal parties in head-to-toe looks. Instead, brides and grooms are mixing it up.

“Instead of choosing one dress colour or style, brides are picking a colour family and/or style selection and having their party choose from different hues and silhouettes. This has a customizable feel for each member of the party, Conley says.

Grooms won’t be left out either, in fact, they are more involved than ever on what they, and their groomsmen wear too, says Rikky Khanna founder and creative director of Spier & Mackay, a Canadian family-owned, bespoke retailer.

“Convention has gone out the window now pretty much, and men are so well-attuned, they come in with very specific ideas and that’s the best way to work,” he says.

“With warmer-weather weddings, people are going for lighter shades of blue, really light shades of grey and suits with lots of texture…The groom will really accent his colour, or he’ll customize his suit just a bit a differently so he stands out more.”

The biggest style inspiration for the grooms right now? James Bond, Khanna said.

Imagination can help customize anyone’s look when it comes to separating your wedding fashion from someone else’s, Conley adds. You can get as creative as you want. Do your research, and yes, go on Pinterest.

“It can be as simple as a unique headpiece or veil, to adding a pop of colour with a sash or your shoes, to incorporating a personal touch with a memento or borrowed family heirloom.”

Here are some other ways to make your wedding style your own.


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