He asked, and you said yes! The date is set, and you’re now ready to start planning for your big day. Although you may have been taking mental notes and making preliminary wedding plans for months or even years, some of those ideas may be old hat by now. Wedding trends change from season to season and year to year. What was hot last year may be completely out of fashion now. Consider incorporating some of these latest trends for a wedding that will wow your guests, be uniquely yours, and provide happy memories for years to come.
The Dress The wedding dress is the focal point of your ceremony. Elegance and glamour are in. Metallics are big this year. Think gold threading or silver beading combined with a breezy silhouette for a truly elegant and magical look. Off the shoulder styles, high necks, and floral embellishments with touches of tulle and organza are also in fashion this season.
The Cake Corresponding with the metallics in bridalwear, cakes are taking on a whole new look this year, as well. Everything from geodes embedded in the cake to crystal monograms on top, the cakes are meant to sparkle and be a centerpiece of your reception. Pairing this with another popular trend, translucent or drip cakes, your cake will be a masterpiece as unique and lovely as the bride!
The Food Perhaps you want to offer another sweet in addition to your cake. Ice cream is all the rage this wedding season. Consider taking the donut trend of seasons past and combining it with ice cream for a new take on an ice cream sandwich! Or, stay in fashion with the popular food station trend, and have a sundae bar. Either way, ice cream is always cool!
Carry the station trend over into your dinner, as well. The idea of a formal, sit down dinner is out. Moveable feasts are in, from a variety of food stations with fun presentations to food trucks with a variety of interesting offerings. Your guests will have a more personal experience, and everyone can find something for their pallette.
The Decor Going green is big this year. Consider bringing natural elements into your theme, whether this includes an outdoor ceremony, or bringing the outside indoors. Think potted trees, hanging flowers, and rock and stone accents with pops of color. Or consider a moveable flower wall that can be the backdrop for your ceremony, as well as a decorative accent at the reception. Add a swing with live flowers adorning the ropes, and you’ve provided a great setting for photo ops.
Brides are also into using locally sourced food and flowers, using recycled paper for everything from the invitations to place cards, and donating the flowers to nursing home or hospitals after the wedding.
The Entertainment Think interactive. Entertainment no longer refers to a wedding singer or a DJ. Couples are using everything from choirs and aerialists to acrobats or ballerinas as accompaniment. If this is a bit much for you, consider using more traditional music options, but pair it with another interesting choice. For example, have a silent DJ. The guests don headphones and get their groove on while the rest of the crowd can enjoy conversation in a quiet setting.
Other ideas include having a portrait studio with a photographer, illustrator, or sketch artist. Instead of the overdone photo booth, guests interact with live artists for a hipper take on traditional photos.
Offer games to get non-dancing or shy guests involved. Croquet and mad libs are fun options to get them mingling and break the ice when meeting new people. They also can get to know each other while preparing their personalized goody bags at your gift lounge. This could be at the reception, but many brides and grooms are locating them at the hotel where guests are staying. Set up a gift station and fill it with snacks, drinks, and local treats. Guests can mingle while filling their bags with their preferred treats. As an added bonus, if you do it at the hotel, you and your partner can be there to greet them!
Make It Yours Regardless of what trends you choose and how you intertwine them with classic traditions, make your wedding day uniquely yours. As a symbol of the start of your married life together, fill it with special touches to create wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
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