We’ve detected a pattern among style-savvy brides and that is, well, patterns! From retro-inspired polka dots to unabashedly modern black and white stripes, patterns have been popping up everywhere: cocktail napkins, drink flags, table runners, even bouquet wrappers and dresses with bold geometric prints. Gone are the days when weddings were stamped with a run-of-the-mill monogram; with weddings embracing an entirely new level of personalization, brides have looked far beyond their married names for inspiration. Wardrobe favourites — such as beloved pair of striped wedges — or that bright chevron couch sitting in the couple’s apartment can now be just as influential in determining wedding decor as the actual colours or locale. In addition to providing an alternative twist on typical wedding motifs (flowers and lovebirds) patterns also allow brides to express a particular style without going overboard. Poodle skirts, mini cheeseburgers and root beer floats might make your celebration feel like a sock hop, but bridesmaids in cute polka dot party dresses will reinforce the retro vibe without subtracting from the elegance of your wedding day. Likewise, navy stripes would make a charming addition to a lakeside celebration but aren’t in-your-face “nautical”. In spirit of style that can carry its own weight, we’ve rounded up our favourite pattern-inspired wedding details.