Everything Was Bigger: Top Wedding Trends from the Eighties
By Jane Duncan, freelance writer
May 17 2022
The Dresses Were Dramatic
Venues Were Traditional in Nature
Big Bouquets and Bigger Cakes
Wedding gowns weren’t the only thing that was big during the eighties. Bridal bouquets were bigger than ever before with cascading bouquets becoming one of the hottest trends of the decade. Large floral arrangements could also be found in the church as well as the reception venue with elaborate centerpieces often giving the bridal bouquet a run for its money.
The typical eighties wedding cake was every bit as dramatic as the bouquets and floral arrangements were. Cakes were typically between four and eight tiers high and made from the same dark fruit mixture Christmas cakes are traditionally made from. Most cakes were covered in fondant and decorated with inedible ornaments. Although there are still couples who are keeping these traditions alive, wedding cakes have undergone a sensational transformation over the past three decades.
The typical eighties wedding was a fanciful affair with dramatic dresses, over-the-top cakes, and imposing floral arrangements. Although it is more than thirty years later, many of these trends are once again becoming popular among couples from across the world.