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2013 Wedding Trends: Pleats!

Hello, loves! Happy Tuesday! Today we’re talking about one of our favorite hot new 2013 wedding trends: pleats! A pleat (also known as a plait) is a double or multiple fold, typically in garments. There are various of pleat styles used (like accordion, box, and knife) and pleats were originally used to provide movement of freedom in clothing. Today, pleats are often used for style, one we that seems to be popping up everywhere lately! Read on to see five hand-picked handmade items using pleats to inspire your upcoming wedding. Then, tell us… do you love pleats? Or is this a trend you’d on which you’d like to pass? Enjoy!

2013 Wedding Trend: Pleats!

1. Flower Girls in Pleated Dresses

My #1 essential rule of flower girl dresses? Twirlabiity. This particular style offers just that AND in an exceptional color palette with a flowing style she’ll love. By Nastershum Wedding.

pleated flower girl dresses

by nastershum wedding

2. The Pleated Bag

Gorgeous accessory shop, Lolos specializes in pleated bags… in fact, Lolo offers an incredible collection of pleated bags with romantic handmade rosettes. Plus, there are TONS of colors from which to choose.

pleated bridesmaid bag
pleated bridesmaid clutch

3. Pleated Gowns (+ Bridesmaid Dresses)

Ah… I know I’m not alone when I say that designer Claire La Faye can do no wrong. This stunning ‘Love Me Do’ bohemian wedding gown features silk chiffon and a diagonal row of organza and chiffon flowers with swoon-worthy silk pleating detail.

pleated wedding gown

dress by claire la faye, photo by jeff shanes

And… this pink pleated dress for bridesmaids? Incredible. By Wonderxue.

pleated wedding dress

by wonderxue

4. Pretty in Pearls + Pleats

Pleats aren’t limited to ensemble alone: incorporate this feminine style into your accessories, too, like your garter. This particular pleated garter (with pearls) is by Atelier Rousseau and I love it oh-so-much.

pleated pink garter by atelier rousseau

pleated garter by atelier rousseau

5. Pleated Ruffle Necklace

And, last but not least, take a peek at this pretty pleated necklace with ruffles by Femme Petal, a perfect gift for bridesmaids.

pleated necklace with ruffles

by femme petal

Discuss: Do you like pleats?

P.S. Crave creative handmade wedding ideas? Take a look here!

Wedding Gown with Ruffles

Hold on to your veils, lovelies – this is one awe-inspiring gown! We have featured a few of Claire LeFaye‘s gorgeous gowns in the past, but the floor length version of “Pocket Full of Posies” is our new favorite from her collection. This wedding gown with ruffles is a silk chiffon dream with a drapey, fabulously flattering fit. It features a soft silk chiffon corset with two layers of romantic ruffles at the top right bust. Hand-sewn roses (the posies, if you will) cascade in an arc from the top left to the bottom of the right side waist and is my absolute favorite detail. I’m not sure you’d want to take this gown off at the end of the night… it looks fabulous AND comfortable to wear, too. But, enough about the details… you’ve gotta see it for yourself!

wedding gown with ruffles

wedding gown with ruffles

wedding gown with ruffles

wedding gown with ruffles

wedding gown with ruffles / handmade by Claire LaFaye // photographed by Benjamin Edwards Photography

Happy Planning!


Bridesmaid Dress: Lovely in Lilac



This dress is so beautiful! The contrasting colors, ruffles, and sweetheart neckline.  Stunning! Would be perfect for your bridesmaids … and this is definitely one they will happily wear again!  Designer: Claire LaFaye.