Watercolor is a trend that has been percolating for a couple of years: Could there be a more perfect match? This vintage medium, whether printed on dresses or hand-painted on cakes, gives traditional wedding elements a fresh, lively feel.

Dresses: Wash and Wear

While couture designs often feature hand-painted details, brides on a more modest budget can get in on the color-wash craze by wearing a dress fabricated with a silk-screened print.

For whom is a watercolor-inspired gown intended?

“The look works for a bride who has an edge and isn’t afraid to use color,” says stylist and bridal consultant Lisa Fuhrman. “She’s confident and wants to make a statement but in a soft, romantic way.”

While many of the dresses are fitting for a garden or afternoon affair, like Lazaro’s sherbet-colored floral print ball gown and Elizabeth Fillmore’s long-sleeved lace top and A-line skirt, others are black-tie ready, says Fuhrman. Dress in point: Mark Zunino for Kleinfeld’s dramatic sheath with hand-painted black abstract shapes.

Cakes: Picture This

From fabric to fondant, the watercolor is giving an artful edge to wedding cakes, too.

Bakers are treating each frosted tier of a cake to a different watercolor hue, or painting pretty wildflowers or stained glass panes on fondant. Brides’ favorite shades? Pink and green with a pop of gold.

The theme works with different wedding vibes. People associate watercolor cakes with the boho-chic trend that is going strong right now, but you could create a romantic look, as well, with watercolor flowers.

To stay on budget, artwork should be kept simple: Order a cake painted in a watercolor wash and add fresh flowers or metallic accents. Once you get into hand-painted designs and flowers, the cost goes up, since that requires more skill and time.

Invitations: A Colorful Way With Words

Watercolor is naturally a very romantic art form, with its loose feel and blended colors, making it a perfect fit for wedding invitations Graphics can be anything from lush florals to washes of color to detailed illustrations.

This versatility means it can work for different wedding styles – formal occasions to casual backyard weddings.

Pastels – soft pinks, peaches, sky blues and minty greens – are favorites, but brighter tones like saturated hot pinks and deeper indigo blues are edging their way in.

Predesigned styles are more affordable than custom designs, and many stationers offer a variety of graphics, colors and prices.

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