When it comes to planning the wedding of your dreams, you want to do it right. Knowing the latest wedding trends can help you navigate through all the joys (and stress) of planning your special day. Here’s a guide to finding the hottest trends on the wedding scene this year. A few of them may be just what you’re looking for.
Take a Selfie
Selfie stations are popping up at weddings these days, complete with plenty of props and great lighting. Taking the place of the traditional photo booths, couples are opting for DIY stations where guest can take their own wedding selfies to remember their time on your special day. And with a shared hashtag, these selfies can all be kept in one place for the happy couple to enjoy after the wedding. Consider a giant chalkboard as a backdrop , props that incorporate your personalities or the wedding theme, and colors from your wedding. Don’t forget to include a selfie stick and posting instructions at the station!
A Dip Dyed Dress
Whether you buy your wedding dress at an upscale shop or at the corner thrift store, you can add some beautiful color and your own personal touch by dipping the bottom edges in colored dye or by airbrushing. You will find that this DIY is currently all the rage amongst brides to be, not to mention a beautiful way to express yourself on your special day.
Brides are ditching the idea of an all-white traditional wedding dress in favor of getting creative with color by following some simple “Do it yourself” instructions. From bold, vibrant colors, to floral designs, soft touches and ombre effects, brides are changing the look of their dresses before it’s time to walk down the aisle. It not only adds beautiful color to the dress, but is also practical since gowns often end up dirty after a few hours of touching the ground. You’ll find there are plenty of step-by-step instructions on the internet that walk you through the process of transforming your traditional dress into one that reflects you.
Cotton Candy and Cracker Jacks
Fun, familiar and festive, carnival food is showing up often these days at wedding receptions. Whether your wedding is a formal affair or a casual one, couples are eating up that carnival feel and serving everything from Cracker Jacks and popcorn to cotton candy and funnel cakes. Think popcorn bars, mouthwatering hot funnel cake carts and for guests with a sweet tooth, offer carnival treats like gumballs, caramel apples, lollipops and other candies. Go with a carnival theme and bring out the cotton candy machine to celebrate. Guests at your wedding reception are sure to have some fun the old-fashioned way.
Flickering Candles Spark Romance
Nothing says romance more than lighting up your wedding day with the soft flicker of a candle. Couples are scattering dozens of tea lights around the room or placing elegant candlesticks and lanterns around their venues to hold the flame. You can be sure that romance will be in the air when you light your wedding and reception with the soft glow of candles. With so many variations when it comes to candleholders and candles, choosing décor to suit your wedding day is easy. Use your imagination and let your romantic spirit lead you as you add warmth to your venue with candles. Use them for centerpieces, hang them, line the aisles and alter with them, float them and place them on tables. You are certain to create an intimate and magical atmosphere.
Cheers from the Happy Couple
His and her crafted cocktails concocted by the happy couple are showing up more and more at reception venues. On your special day, consider crafting and featuring two mixed drinks that show off each of your personal tastes. While it may seem overwhelming to decide on ingredients, a good place to start is with a classic cocktail and then add your own personal touch. You could even serve these thoughtful drinks at a personalized “do it yourself” bar so guests can take charge of their own cocktails while celebrating.
Phones at the Door, Please
Many couples are asking guests to disconnect. And by that they mean leave all mobile phones and devices at the door (or in the car). This special day comes around once in a lifetime, so this growing trend ensures that guests can be present during the ceremony and reception rather than have their faces buried in their phones. Decide whether you’d like your guests to unplug and if the answer is yes, simply ask guests to check their devices at the door. They’ll thank you later when they realize how much more they were actually “in the moment” amongst family and friends as you celebrated your special day. Not to mention, an unplugged wedding gives photographers an unobstructed view when shooting those special moments of the day. Your guests will have plenty of time to plug back in after the celebration is over.
Say goodbye to flowers and usher in simple greenery, lush florals and stunning garlands. Happy couples are using leaves, pine cones, branches and palms to accent their weddings. All of these are trending in the wedding world this year and will undoubtedly give your wedding day a wonderful lush look. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating. Brides are even using greenery as crowns this year. Whether you use these garlands as table runners, canopies, centerpieces, cake decorations or wreaths, you are sure to be stunned by their elegant beauty.
Care for a Cigar?
Don’t be surprised to see cigar bars growing in popularity lately. The men at your reception will certainly thank you if you decide on one. There are a number of options to choose from when it comes to these bars as well as options for every budget. Some couples are opting for “do it yourself” cigar bars, buying a variety of cigars by the box and offering them to guests. If your budget allows, you could consider hiring a cigar bar service that sets up the bar for you, leaving you with less work and less stress. Having a bar that offers hand-rolled cigars are yet another pricier option. Consider creating custom matchbooks – that include your name and wedding date – which guests can bring home to remember your special day.
Let Your Cake Do the Talking
Couples today want a lot more than a wedding cake that just looks pretty and tastes good. Some cakes, using detailed designs and decorations, are even telling the story of the couple’s relationship, the proposal or how they met. Elaborate tales of love are being told tier by tier on today’s wedding cakes. And when it comes to taste, buttercream is in. Its rustic appeal and delicious flavor is popular in today’s wedding cake industry. Couples are also falling in love with the look of iced buttercream layers and piping.
Say it With Chalk
A chalkboard wedding is a popular theme among couples this year. So simple but so useful and hip, these old-school message boards add a perfect accent to your wedding day. Whether you decide to use them at your wedding ceremony, reception, or both, chalkboards are a wonderful way to share information with your guests. From providing much-needed directions to posting the reception menu, chalkboards help you communicate with your guests in a fun and stylish way. And don’t worry! They go with any type of wedding, from the casual and rustic to the elegant and formal.
Copper is In, Silver is Out
Metallics have always been popular when it comes to decorating for your wedding and reception. They help to set the tone of the occasion, whether your mood is elegant, rustic, romantic or whimsical. The hottest metallic that is taking over this year is copper. Charming copper is being incorporated into weddings at every turn, from candlesticks to hanging lanterns. Copper foil invitations and menus are even a big hit this year. This metallic is wonderfully versatile, too. Polished, it can give that elegant touch. Looking for a rustic look? Use matte or aged copper.
Couples are making the best of every inch of space within their venues by incorporating vertical space more and more. From hanging lights to adorning walls with flowers, couples are getting creative by crafting eye-catching backdrops at every turn. So as you plan your special day, be sure you look up when considering decorating options.
Use Nature to Decorate
Wood is back in when it comes to decorating. If you want to give your venue that rustic but elegant feel, consider going all natural. From stoic wooden farm tables and coasters to centerpieces, candleholders and signs, wood is popular among couples in love with the great outdoors. Birch, because it is light in color, is a big hit among couples this year. It’s easy to work with, solid and versatile. Birch is being used for everything from wedding invitations to cake stands, so if you’re inspired, head out into the woods and let your imagination run wild. ♥