Are chocolate brown and blue back, or is it so last year? Are cupcakes cute, or just cutesy? Local event specialist, Kimberly McDowell of The Event Essentials, shares some wedding trends that are unique enough to be memorable and tasteful enough to be timeless.
Make it Personal
From invitations to wedding favors, meaningful details trump glitz. “It's important to give your celebration a home-spun feel with personalized touches, instead over-the top drama,” McDowell says. “Spend your time and money on the lasting memories, such as quality photography, meaningful speeches, and handmade favors. After quite a recession, going back to basics is a good thing.”
Eco-Friendly is In
“Saving the planet one recycled product at a time by going green for an event is always in style,” McDowell says, and by all indications this is one trend that’s here to stay.
Using environment-friendly stationery, locally grown or organic flowers, and donating leftover food are just a few easy options for socially conscious couples. Set up a carpool page on your wedding website where guests can coordinate shared rides, and consider choosing a venue that comes with its own ‘décor’, like an art gallery, historic home, botanical garden, or arboretum.
It’s All In the Details
Beautiful and unexpected details add polish to invitations and décor. “Embellish your stationery pieces with rich elements, such as feathers, crystals, or something unique to wow your guests when they open the mail,” McDowell says. Place jeweled stickpins in the centers of your flowers for a sparkling surprise, or dangle crystals from your centerpieces.
“Miniature elements, such as beautiful brooches, can be used in place settings and also allow your guests to leave with a personalized piece from your special day.” McDowell says, “Smaller guest lists will allow you to focus more on details, like table linens and décor with beautiful tone on tone textures.”
Colors and Patterns that Pop
“Chocolate brown is making its way out and deep charcoal grey and black are definitely back,” McDowell says. “Don't be scared of color, as vibrant hues and pastels are going to be a hit, including rich purples, deep reds, and aqua. Chandeliers are all the rage, along with bold black and white damask prints.”
A color tip? Look to the experts for color pallates at Pantone, which predicts color trends for fashion and décor.
Food for Thought
Couples with champagne taste and a beer budget need not resort to serving rubbery chicken breasts: wedding food is getting more creative – not more expensive.
“More food styling stations and less sit-down service dinners allow your guests to have great mingle time and make for a fabulous conversation piece,” McDowell says. “Let guests build their own ‘pasta-tinis’ [pastas and sauces in martini glasses] or lay your tables with large, family style meals.”
For a larger reception, consider a smaller, decorative wedding cake for your showpiece, and serve guests from sheet cake cut in the kitchen. Or, try a cupcake tower instead – and yes, cupcakes are still in; they are the smallest big trend to carry over from years past.
From the Runway to the Aisle
“If you follow the fashion trends in Europe and New York, you will slowly see them evolve in the wedding and event décor world,” McDowell says. “If you want to be ahead of the game, don't be scared to do your research and see what ‘hot’ styles, prints, and colors are being showcased now on the runways.”
Asymmetrical shoulders, structural bows, metallic details, and whimsical pleating are just some of the trends that have filtered off of the runways and down the aisle, and more than ever brides are trading traditional all-white for a splash of color with shoes and accessories.
But more than any one fad in fashion, food, or décor, the ultimate trend is originality. For a truly one-of-a-kind wedding, McDowell urges brides to follow their hearts. “Throw out the cookie cutter ‘rules’,” she says. “Bring the unimaginable to life, and make the evening uniquely yours.”