Sheryl Davies, Guest Author
Every couple envisions their wedding day as being the stuff dreams are made of. And this season is no different as we find them immersed in dazzling details, wrapped in fabulous fabrics and sparkling accents.
From chic and elegant to informal and fun, today’s couples are willing to invest to get the wedding of their dreams and many of them are covering the cost themselves.
Rustic weddings are increasingly popular, but the age of elegance and luxury is definitely in. Think Great Gatsby, champagne toasts and art deco. Downtown formality with crystal chandeliers, textured, shimmery, gorgeous linen, candlesticks, sparkle and pearls are now in the spotlight as the look of this upcoming season. Elements of gold, silver and copper are sentimental and add a rich feel to the decor.
Decorator Diane Spencler, owner of Designs by Diane loves this look. “Rose gold is hot, but hard to find and I have it,” she says. She’s ordered new candelabras, vases and fabulous linens to complement what brides are seeking. She says, “There’s a lot coming in, but I’ll be ordering more elegant and amazing accents to heighten that ‘glam’ feel.”
Accessories such as bird cages, lanterns and big flowers will also dominate receptions. Professional lighting is also a big consideration; it has a dramatic impact of the look, feel and mood, while creating an original experience for the guests.
Look for the palette of blue this season, from aqua to royal navy, its presence will be seen everywhere signifying serenity, peace and loyalty. Toasted Almond, Custard, Tangerine, Strawberry Ice and Glacier Gray will round out the fashion colours as reported by The Pantone Color Institute.
Innovative signs will be everywhere as couples communicate memorable, unique and distinctive messages at ceremonies and receptions.
Couples continue to choose unique statements for their venues which range from beach to yacht, museum to mansion and mountain top to garden weddings. Outdoor settings are still popular, as well as the traditional settings of clubs, wineries and hotels.
When it comes to seating options, many brides and grooms are eliminating head tables completely and going to either a sweetheart table for the two of them, or sitting with their parents and friends.
The club atmosphere is still a popular feature with receptions featuring a swanky lounge area with sleek leather banquettes and seductive mood lighting, dotted with many nooks and crannies for guests to carry on conversations.
Today’s brides are delighting in delicious wedding gowns in all colours of the rainbow from soft blush to mint, icy blue, mocha or even black. Luxurious fabrics of lace, silk, satin, taffeta and tulle are all favoured options; some embellished with sequins, glitter and crystals.
Nelly Semaan, owner of His & Hers Wear and Bridal says, “This season it’s all about romance, femininity and elegance and we’re seeing tulle ball gowns making a huge comeback. There’s something special for every bride to choose from… Look for a lot of back details, which are delightful.”
From long and elegant to short and sassy, bridal gowns are sporting unique and detailed open backs with styles to suit any figure. Frothy ruffles, sleeves, belts and pockets add to the design features. Long cathedral veils and romantic mantillas silhouette the bride’s face, but expect to also see fascinators, jewel-encrusted headpieces and stunning garlands of flowers in her hair.
Flowers are always a signature statement at receptions and this year will be no different. Bridal bouquets will be larger than in past seasons, with generous arrangements of flowers. One colour may dominate, or the bouquet may sport but one single magnificent flower. You’ll see simple, but towering, bright green centrepieces and pomanders for the flower girl. Brooch bouquets are still garnering a lot of attention and evolving from last season.
Farm-to-table is an important consideration in creating both innovative and organic menus. Caterers are working with couples to create meals where the local bounty is a prime consideration in menu planning, particularly during summer receptions.
Recently elected City Councillor and proprietor of Rino’s Kitchen & Ale House, Chef Rino Bortolin, believes “there is no better way to ensure a creative, fresh, seasonal menu for your guests than by considering the taste of place and sourcing the best local ingredients. From big table country dinners to small quaint local restaurants, let your chef create an experience that will elevate your celebration, while supporting the local economy.”
Fun food bars are still hot too: donuts, snow cones, biscuits, pasta, coffee, waffles, and more inventive items will be served to delighted guests as part of a culinary adventure.
Wedding cakes are stunning for 2015 with metallic influences of gold and silver. Embellished with flowers and decorated with ribbon, pearls, sparkles and unique cake toppers are often a focal point for picture taking. Once the traditional cake-cutting is done, it signals the end of the wedding meal. Stephanie Bouttette, owner of The Cake Lady sees “the rustic look gaining momentum, with cakes decorated with both burlap and lace! Larger cakes are back and the more tiers the cake has, the more the glitter I will be decorating with!” She loves to create and deliver unique personalized designs each season.
Gift cards have taken on a new status as a wedding present. Once considered impersonal, today they make a perfect gift. They are easy to wrap and the bride and groom can shop anytime; a perfect pastime after months of wedding planning.
Although no two weddings are identical, at the end of the day, one thing is certain: two people totally in love with one another are legally married. Whether it’s a small intimate affair or a large ballroom reception, they will have stood before others to sanctify their vows and celebrate with their family and friends.
The 2015 wedding season will be a WoW from the vows to the end of the reception. It will be detail driven, emotional and filled with joy as it reflects the signature style and personality of the couple marrying.
Copyright © 2015 – Sheryl Davies. Sheryl Davies is the Publisher of The Wedding Guide Windsor/Essex County, and President of DMS Communications. Sheryl is also the Canadian representative of EWEDNewz.com, New York City. She also serves as a Social Media Commentator for businesses locally as well throughout the U.S. As a proud supporter and advocate for the Arts, she is a founding member of the Canada South Festival Network and a past president of the Arts Council Windsor Region. Sheryl spent 18 years as one of the original organizers of Bluesfest International.
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