Hello Mid-South brides! If you are planning a wedding in 2014 you might want to be aware of some of the emerging wedding trends for the year.
Color It Up!
Radiant orchid is the pantone color of the year and it’s time for more vibrant colors to make an appearance in weddings. Add a pop of color in your wedding pallete to star on trend. Take a traditional white, neutral, or muted pallette and add a bold color like the radiant orchid or a poppy red, tangerine, or ocean blue. Infusing that color into all the details guests will see from invitations to flowers will make a huge impact.
Shades of Pink
Pink is back! Shades of pink have come back into style to create sweet, darling wedding color schemes full of romance. Carry that sweet love over to your color scheme, says Tara Guérard, the event designer behind ultra-luxe Soirée in Charleston and New York. “It’s the nudes, the blushes, the peaches — not Pepto Bismol pink!” she announces.
This return to romance for weddings is to return to the old Hollywood and 1920s style elegance. The throwback to a bygone era elicits an idea of forgotten romance and chilvary. “It’s the look of ‘The Great Gatsby,’” says Beth Helmsetter of Beth Helmsetter Events in Los Angeles. Her brides are still falling hard for the bubbly, approachable elegance of the Roaring Twenties.
Pattern is making a new play but throw out the hard-edged looks as that trend has passed. “Chevron was big last year,” says Tara, “but now I’m seeing trellis-patterns, bold stripes and florals.” If you’re aiming for an unique look play with a mix of patterns, mixing in one bold pattern with softer muted patterns for texture.
Custom Illustrated Invitations
Adorable little freehand illustrations will show up on more invitations this year. Melinda Morris of Lion In the Sun, a paperie boutique in Brooklyn, New York, tells us that these invites are completely custom, so if you can dream it, an artist can help you bring your vision to life. You can get the same effect without the cost of an unique illustration with Minted’s Wedding Invitations.
Small Wedding Invitations
Invitations this year are getting small. The most requested look is for an invitation smaller than the standard 5×7 — something little, dainty and infinitely precious that is memorable.
In 2014, your cake will shine! Cheryl Kleinman of Betty Bakery says the look ranges from a fairy dusting of very fine glitter on the top tiers, to wild disco ball sparkle. “Right now flavor is very driven by season,” explains Cheryl. In the summer, choose a lighter, citrusy cake like a lemon cake with lemon flavor. In the winter, choose a richer, heavier cake like a chocolate cake with rich accents of mocha or praline.
Family Style Dinners
Family style eating is on trend for 2014 weddings. It gives you a chance to offer more variety, especially with sides. Sharing food is also a way to get guests talking without it being awkward. It’s more interactive and helps break the ice when people are helping themselves to the food rather than being served.
Themed Wedding Music
Music that fits your theme is in style for the year. New York society bandleader Alex Donner says his clients are requesting music to go along with wedding themes ranging from films (The Great Gatsby) to locales (like France — all songs were performed in French!).
The big wedding theme this year looks rustic and natural with sophisticated, glam accents, like the weddings of Sean Parker and Kate Bosworth. The centerpieces are branchy and green with lots of lush flowers and a pop of sparkle. For fashion, brides will don long wedding veils and dresses with ethereal lace and floral embellishments. A fun animal motif printed on everything from the invites to the ceremony programs, escort cards and more pulls the look together.
Please Don’t Instagram My Wedding
Many couples don’t like the idea of guests attached to their phones throughout the ceremony and reception and are opting for unplugged weddings, a la Michael Jordan’s recent wedding in Palm Beach, Florida. From providing a phone check at the door to adding a note in their wedding websites or ceremony programs asking guests to refrain from taking photos or video, couples are stepping away from social media at their weddings.
This is literally the opposite of the unplugged wedding. If brides want their guests capturing the entire wedding day via a custom hashtag, they’ll ensure their phones stay charged all night with charging stations at the reception. These chic charging stations don’t have to look like an airport kiosk; brides are dressing up tall cocktail tables with pretty linens and having florists create small flatbeds of roses or wheatgrass with little flowers and cords popping up.
Couples these days like to party more than ever, and want their weddings to last as long as possible. Enter the all-nighter wedding. Once the reception ends, the party continues. Couples keep the fun going by changing up the style and vibe and moving the party into another room or even an alternate venue. The after-party even has a completely different décor look with couture late-night comfort food bites and custom drink pairings. One big important to-do for those taking this route: arrange for transportation home or back to the hotel so that none of the guests drive home afterwards.
The bridal fashion runways were full of simple, classic wedding dresses with added sparkle along the neckline — from sheer illusion necklines with small beading to larger embroidered rhinestones and crystals. Picture the gorgeous looks of Lake Bell and Christina Ricci’s wedding dresses. And since most wedding photos are taken from the waist up, sparkly or unique details are best captured on the neckline or around the waist of the wedding dress.
Long Live the Photo Booth
Photo booths are nothing new for weddings. We’ve seen them evolve from vintage photo booths with monogrammed photo strips as favors to point-and-shoot booths that project guests’ photos in real time over the dance floor. Enter the slow-motion video booth. Using a special infrared camera, a videographer creates an amazing keepsake.
Adding personal touches to your wedding (from monograms to table names) makes your wedding unique and shows off your personality as a couple. Plus, guests really notice and enjoy the extra attention to detail. You don’t need a big budget to get personal. For an affordable option, customize paper cocktail napkins with the name of your first date spot or the recipe to your signature cocktail.
The Year of the Flower
While flowers tend to show up in 99 percent of weddings, this year, floral arrangements are getting a serious upgrade. Think oversized cascade bridal bouquets and elaborate flower installations that hang over the dance floor. Flowers are being woven into the décor more than ever by draping elaborate displays over tables, having fresh flower ceremony arches, decking out cake canopies with flowers and displaying escort cards and seating arrangements on a fresh flower wall. Don’t be surprised if you even see a confetti cannon shooting rose petals during the couple’s grand exit.
All that Glitters is Rose Gold
Rose gold is a popular style for fashion jewelry and watches and it is now making its way to engagement rings and wedding bands. If you decide to go with the metal of the moment, selecting a more traditional setting for your engagement ring or wedding band will ensure your ring stays timeless.