Wedding trends come and go, but there’s one goal all wedding professionals suggest you strive for: Leave your guests with a lasting and positive impression.
When it comes to décor, Kate Miller of Kate Miller Events is seeing whimsy—bright colors and fun chevrons, stripes and geometric patterns—tying the wedding “brand” together, whether it be in dinner napkins or all of the table linens.
of the table linens. Specific themes include the vintage look. “Lounge furniture, vintage dressers used as a ceremony altar, and whimsical details to decorate your guestbook and dessert tables are all fantastic options,” Miller says. With trends taking a Roaring ’20s turn, “both art deco and art nouveau will be huge inspirations.”
On the flip side, a nod to the rustic outdoors remains a favorite. “Touches of raw wood, gardenesque arrangements, rustic farm tables, tree stumps, succulents and moss are all well-loved,” she says. “We’ll continue to see this trend throughout 2013.”
Miller’s favorite twist? Mixing glamour with rustic, such as taking a hearty succulent arrangement and adding crystals and metallic spray paint.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
If there’s open space near the reception area, put it to use. “You can have some fun lawn games,” says Heidi Robinson, private events director at Granite Bay Golf Club in Granite Bay. Bocce, croquet and bean bag toss (with bean bags sporting the wedding colors) are being added to the activities, Miller adds. It’s a great time-filler for attendees of all ages, especially after the ceremony but before the dancing starts.
TAKE YOUR STATIONS
Few ways customize a wedding better than catering to people’s taste buds—whether it’s early in the evening or much later, when nobody wants the party to stop. “There’s been a spike of what to serve after the reception is over,” says Amber Novey of Platinum Planning. Some tempting treats to try:
SPEAKING OF DRINKING
Think outside the beverage box:
ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE
Any variety of untraditional accents—balloons, vegetables, succulents, herbs, antique brooches, even books, figurines, or mismatched silver or china pieces—can spruce up tables and corners. “Greenery like ferns, dried botanicals and feathers—which are going to be huge again, thanks to the 1920s influence—can add texture to your centerpieces,” says Miller.
THE TIES THAT BIND
No matter what your religious denomination, belief system or culture, you can incorporate old traditions, adapting them to fit your own style. Miller has seen a proliferation of unique customizations, from wine and chocolate ceremonies that signify the bitter and sweet moments in marriage, to the Celtic tradition of handfasting, to creating time capsules that are hammered shut during the ceremony.
But perhaps the newest trend, Novey says, is for the couple to stop for a moment, absorb the amazing celebration they have thrown for their guests and revel in their successful day.
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