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Top 10 Exciting Wedding Trends

 

Image Mapping on cakes is only one of the elements trending in wedding events right now.

Weddings have long been a day to celebrate the couple. Ceremonies involving family and friends are as important today as they were fifty years ago. But, don’t think that the same wedding styles, venues and traditions apply to the modern nuptials of today. Couples are more focused on incorporating their own special touches into the big day; including their childhood memories and family traditions; and also another important element is providing each guest with an “experience.”

Regardless of budget, couples are more conscious of their guest’s comforts and needs, providing options in meals, parting gifts and comfortable spaces / atmosphere. Still there are trends guiding the industry sure to influence wedding trends for the next year.

  1. Vintage glamour

    There is some debate as to what makes a wedding truly vintage, but suffice it to say that many couples are incorporating items and elements from bygone eras. Add antique or vintage tableware, accessories and even wedding dresses, paired with glamorous detail and elegant touches. This combo classifies it as “vintage glamour” a hot new trend in 2017.

  2. Neutral color palette

    Wedding planners in 2017 have made great use of the neutral earth-tones, and palettes marked with beige, taupe, ivory and muted greens, blues and yellows. Calming and comfortable, these colors and tones provide the perfect backdrop for other surprise elements. Best of all, they do not compete with the sprinkling of brilliant color bursts becoming popular again this season.

  3. Surprise Settings (venue)

    From art galleries and rooftop patios, to historic buildings and local breweries, couples are opting for the non-traditional space. Modern couples seem to be moving away from the conventional hotels and function halls and selecting sites that are better representations of their personality and interests.

  4. Unique Invitations

    According to Wedding Wire and The Knot, the hottest trends for invites are deep dark colors, metallics, both paper and imprint, watercolors and geometric shapes. Regardless of your preference, the theme seems to be attention grabbing and fun.

  5. Interactive food stations

    Make your food memorable without breaking the bank. Offer guests an experience they will remember through food stations that allow for each person to customize their selections. Whether a mashed potato bar where hand-selected toppings are available or fondue station offering several items for dipping, and a variety of “dips.” For other ideas…

  6. Image mapping

    A new method of decorating your venue, this image projecting technology allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Ever wanted a destination wedding? Maybe budget prohibits it, but with this technology you could literally bring the “destination” to you. This is also a very popular technique for blinging out your wedding cake. Check it out.

  7. Metallic dresses

    From shimmering highlights, sheer overlays or full-bodied metallics, this season’s dresses are including the glamour of precious metals. A great way to incorporate eye-catching elements to a bride’s gown and – and you can even carry it over the bridal party’s dresses and suit ties and vests.

  8. Gift lounges

    It’s not often that popular trends in weddings equals less work for the couple and her planner, but here is one. The Guest Gift Lounge provides a variety of favors that your guests can choose for themselves. This concept can also be used for welcome bags at destination wedding or for out of town guests. Simply provide an assortment of snacks, beverages and local goodies and let each person fill a customized bag of their own choosing.

  9. Pet Friendly Ceremonies

    If you are a pet lover, or have been considering including your furry family member in your ceremony you are not alone! Many couples want their cherished critters to be present for the big day. There are many logistical items to consider, but more and more venues are making accommodations.

  10. Unusual Entertainment

    Couples are trying to be creative when it comes to keeping guests entertained during the cocktail hour  between the ceremony and reception, and even during the lulls throughout the evening. Many have taken to hiring unusual live entertainment, including magicians, acrobats, and even actors and impersonators.

If you love tradition, there is nothing wrong with a beautifully decorated hall, and classically elegant attire, but if you are feeling adventurous or creative, today’s couple are proving that the sky’s the limit. Go ahead and add your personal touch!

5 Creative Ways To Put More “YOU” Into Your Wedding

Happy Tuesday!

There’s more snow on the way for New England today and I’m a rare one since I’m loving it all! I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day weekend with your sweetie! Did you get engaged?! Woo Hoo…Congrats!

Let the planning begin and here are a few tips to put a little “YOU” into your wedding.

1. Table Names
A great way to make your tables stand out from the rest is to change the traditional table numbers to something that is uniquely yours. For example, are you a fan of reading, use your favorite book titles and/or authors. Or, if you both like to travel, how about the different places you’ve been too? Are you a wine lover, use the many different types of wines. 
Check out this image from The Mountain Millers Dream Wedding that shows a special place this couple visited.

Or, how about these for the book lover…

2. Shoes
Nowadays, it’s all about the shoes! And, what a fabulous way to change it up. Your shoes could be you’re wedding colors instead of matching the white/ivory of your dress. For example, if your favorite color is purple & you’re wedding colors happen to be plum or eggplant, than picture a pair of gorgeous purple shoes peaking out from under your pretty dress!  

Thanks to my friends over at Black Thumb Studio for the picture of my pretty shoes.

Inked Events

Need your ‘something blue’ that everyone can see. Check out this stunning image from Milton Gil Photography. {FYI…there is music on this website, so turn your volume down if your at work.}

I couldn’t resist this one from Niki Rossi Photography. I LOVE the different colored shoes and the flowers matching them!

If heels aren’t your thing, wear sneakers, flip flops or even cowboy boots! The sky is the limit!

Image courtesy of Simply Southern Photography.



Image courtesy of  Daniel Doke Photography.


3. Centerpieces

Flowers are definitely the most popular centerpieces, but if you don’t want flowers to be the main focus of the table, add something that you both love. Going back to the suggestion of book titles/authors being your table names, you could have old books as your centerpiece with candles/tea lights surrounding them. To add a little more flair, you could add a couple of bud vases {tall or short} in between the candles/tea lights.  

Check out this stunner from Erin McFarland Photography.

If you’re a sports fan, especially a Boston one, use some memorabilia from any of the 4 Boston teams! Check out this one from Marrero Events for our Boston Red Sox!

4. Music
Music is certainly a great way to personalize your wedding and not just with your ceremony or first dance. When you’re being introduced into your reception for the first time, have something that represents you both. For example, one of my clients’ families both came from New York, the bride’s grandmother was a huge Sinatra fan, so to pay tribute to both their backgrounds and her grandmother, they entered into the reception with “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. Are you huge Patriots fan? “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff would be right up your alley!
5. Signature Cocktail or Coffee Blend
Last, and definitely not the least, is to have a signature cocktail or coffee blend designed specifically for you’re wedding day. For your signature cocktail, take you’re wedding colors, a favorite or seasonal drink that flows or resembles your overall theme.

Thanks to Daisies & Pearls Merry Making for this great idea.

If you’re not a cocktail kind of person, but love coffee or tea, create a coffee or tea blend {yes, there is a place that does just that…The Cozy Tea Cart!} that is uniquely yours.

I hope these tips gave you some inspiration on how to add a little more “YOU” into you’re wedding.

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Cheers!
~Tracy