From updated bridesmaid gowns to dapper grooms in burgundy and braces, these are the freshest looks lighting up the catwalks and social media. Get set to be the best-dressed bridal party in Cayman.

The Bride

It seems the blushing bride is nowhere to be found: plunging necklines graced nearly every 2017 bridal collection, including Reem Acra, Anne Barge and Naeem Khan. Off-the-shoulder styles were also ubiquitous. Get ready to bare some skin, ladies.

Oversize bows make for fun, feminine details allowing brides to show their irreverent side – consider a large bow on your train or a bow sash to accentuate your waist. The key to this look is keeping the rest super minimal, so steer clear of pattern and embroidery to let the bow do the talking.

Thanks to a certain English duchess, long lace sleeves continue to trend, although fresh slants on the theme come in the shape of bell, bishop or streamer sleeves (long tulle sleeves splitting off into ribbons).

You’ll also notice more brides are eschewing the traditional white for subtle pastels, especially powder blue or blush pink.


The Groom

Though destined to be overshadowed by their bride, grooms still have plenty to consider trends-wise when it comes to picking their ensembles. Tweed and velvet are very much in vogue, but aren’t exactly climate-friendly for Cayman. The big trend for jewel tones, however, does work for any season, so long as the fabric is right, and deep burgundy suits are giving classic black or gray a run for their money.

Tailors are also predicting a move away from super skinny cuts in favor of a roomier, though still slim, silhouette, which is more flattering for athletic builds.

Accessories are perhaps the best way for grooms to introduce a little character and trendiness without going into overkill. Luckily, there’s plenty of inspiration out there. Jaunty braces add a pop of color under a more formal suit. Bow ties, in all manner of quirky patterns and colors, are going to have an even greater resurgence in 2017, and Western-style bolo or shoestring ties are swooping out of the southern states to a wedding near you.


The Bridesmaids

Many brides will know the difficulty of trying to find a style and shade of dress to suit all their bridesmaids. Well, fret no more! “Mix and Match” has become the coolest option for bridal parties, allowing each woman to pick a variation that suits her best. The idea is to set a color palette so the dresses have a unifying feature, complementing rather than clashing. You could pick ocean shades for a beautiful beach wedding, for instance, or metallic sequins to be bang on-trend. This same-but-different approach also carries across to ushers, who are each sporting the same suit style in individualized colors.

Separates are hot property in bridesmaid apparel too, whether it’s tulle tea skirts with crop tops or sparkly minis with silk camisoles. A fresh and current look that’s a million miles from the poufy satin frocks of 1980s wedding nightmares.


Mother of the Bride

Mums can still look a million dollars while letting their daughters shine. Whether it’s a floaty dress or cinched-in skirt suit, your outfit should feel both comfortable and like you. In other words, don’t do a Carol Middleton if you’re an ageing hippy or Annie Hall tomboy.

Whatever your style, it’s wise to complement the event’s overall color scheme (flowers, bridesmaid dresses) without being too matchy-matchy – perhaps a caramel-colored frock if the bridal party is in duck-egg blue, for instance.

If in doubt, Champagne is hands down the most on-trend hue for 2017 – subtly glamorous and flattering for most complexions. It also looks beautiful beside a white bridal gown.

For a romantic, feminine look without flashing the flesh, choose soft lightweight fabrics such as lace, chiffon or micro-crepe. Look for designers who cannily add built-in corsetry to their clothing for the best silhouette, and try sheer three-quarter or cap sleeves as a smart way to keep upper arms concealed when dressing for warm weather.