8 '80s Wedding Trends That Have Made a Serious Comeback

Wedding Style & Decor
80s Inspired Bridal Trends

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They're baackkkk! And by this, we mean the 1980's have returned to the wedding trend scene in full form, not just the obligatory Michael Jackson mix you're going to rock out to during the wedding reception. Make fun of that decade all you like, the reality is that brides today want much of same that brides were choosing 35 years ago. Here's proof:

1. Baby's breath is back in all its glory.
Brides are using the inexpensive bloom to make lovely bouquets and to spruce up décor.

2. Cascading bouquets with long trailing ribbons are trying hard to make a comeback.
The only thing keeping them from being the norm is the cost of these monstrous floral creations.

3. Floral accessories are the new style must-have.
Floral crowns, wreaths, and circlets are all making a comeback, especially at garden or "vintage" themed weddings. Big flowers or small blooms, we're seeing these on more than just the flower girls. Brides and all their bridesmaids are wearing them too. And don't forget the streaming ribbons.

4. Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are nothing new.
A variety of differently colored bridesmaid dresses was popular 35 years ago, then it went to monochrome, then it was all one color in different styles. Full circle and now we're seeing rainbows of bridesmaids up on the altar again. Some brides want colorful weddings.

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5. Balloons are back.
Fortunately, brides are more "green" than they were in the '80s so we're not seeing big balloon releases as much, but they've returned to the décor plan with alarming regularity.

6. Don't play — '80s music never went out of style.
You've been dancing to it your whole life even if you're snarky about it. Some of the best wedding dance numbers are older than the bride and groom.

7. Long veils are a do.
Cathedral-length trains are back, after years of shorter veils and hats.

8. The color purple has never been more popular than it was in the 1980s — until now.
Pantone Orchid (a shade of purple) was 2014's color of the year. Dresses, ties, napkins, and cake décor — a whole lot of purple going on!

Owner of Weddings in Vieques, a destination-wedding planning company off the coast of Puerto Rico, Sandy Malone has helped countless couples plan their big day since 2007.

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