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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Top 2017 Wedding Trends Unveiled by The Knot

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Larry Davis, Guest Author

The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace, today released its annual Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2017. Inspired by the Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery, which symbolizes a reconnection with nature, one another and a larger purpose, we’re seeing a rise in décor going au naturel and couples giving back with their weddings in more ways than one.

“Weddings continue to be the ultimate personal statement for couples, completely customized to feature their favorite foods, florals and traditions. But today’s couples want to give back on their wedding day too,” said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot. “In addition to registering for cookware and cutlery they’re also registering for their favorite charity. Furthermore, today’s couples are concerned with the impact their celebrations are having on the environment, opting for greener alternatives for food, flowers, invitations, party favors and more.”

Read the rest of the article at:  http://www.weddingmarketnews.com/top-2017-wedding-trends-unveiled-by-the-knot/

Copyright © 2017 –  Larry Davis

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Unexpected Wedding Trends 2016

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The State of Matrimony 2015

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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.

transmit 12214616Rustic 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.

BONUS Article: Sneak Peek: The Hottest 2015 Wedding Trends
10 Top Wedding Trends for 2015!
7 Wedding Trends for Couples to Watch Out For in 2015

SherylDaviesCopyright © 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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Sunday, October 12, 2014

How to Personalize Your Wedding Style

Kristi Charter, Guest Author

Each and every wedding is unique and should reflect the personalities of the bridal couple. It can however be tricky for some couples to know exactly how to stamp their individual style onto their wedding. Here we discuss tips for ensuring your big day epitomises both you and your fiancés tastes.

WEDstyleWhere to Start ~ Starting with the basics, monograms are a fabulous way to create a unique logo for your wedding that sets it apart. The beauty of creating a personalised monogram is that it can be imprinted pretty much anywhere. In particular your wedding stationery is an ideal spot to put your wedding stamp. From your wedding invitation down to your ceremony program and table number cards, your wedding stationery can be used to create a flow on styling effect throughout the day.

Design a monogram or motif that suits you and your fiancé. Perhaps it’s just your initials entwined or maybe it’s your initials paired with a symbol that is significant to you both. Whatever the case, put this logo everywhere! Gift tags attached to your wedding favours, tags attached to straws or even serviettes the options truly are endless!

Another simple way to tailor your wedding décor is to include photos as decorative elements throughout your reception. They can be photos that retell the story of your relationship or simply pay tribute to your family heritage. Some couples have got really creative and created table runners or mats for the aisle that is adorned with photos of them. Others have kept it simpler by framing the photos and using them for table décor.

You could have a collection of photos at the guest book table that feature the wedding photos of significant family members that have tied the knot before you for example parents, grandparents or siblings. Then have a note which highlights these relationships as being inspiration for your future marriage. The pictured family members will be touched by the recognition and the rest of your guests will find it to be a sweet inclusion to your big day.

SweetToothTheming Your Day ~ Picking a theme for your wedding will help you to make all of your styling decisions. To keep things personalised some couples in the past have themed their wedding on their favourite movies, hobbies, sports even the decade they are particularly fond of. Cultures are also a clever way to style a wedding perhaps a bright and colourful Mexican theme or a traditional Scottish wedding with a kilt and all would be ideal. If you love to travel and lead a jet setting lifestyle why not incorporate that into your styling. Consider naming each table after a destination you and your fiancé have visited.

Each table could then be decorated with images of you at that particular location or if you really want to put in the effort decorate the table scape to match that location with motifs and flowers all native to that particular culture. Finding a location that suits your theme so that you can then decorate it accordingly is important. If there is a particular location or type of wedding you have always dreamed about – make it happen! Don’t sacrifice your wedding style in anyway. These days there are many methods to navigating a limited wedding budget. So keep this in mind and do your research.

Navigating Bridal Style ~ As a bride, sticking to your personal style is essential to looking and feeling your best. If a white ball gown isn’t your dream look then don’t feel you have to conform to how you think a bride should look. More brides are now opting for non-white dresses or simple, sleek gowns that they feel most comfortable in. If you don’t like the idea of a veil… ditch it! Crystal headpieces are floral crowns chic alternatives for the modern bride. However opting for no head wear at all is just as stylish.

Not a fan of flowers, skip the bouquet altogether or opt for an alternative. Some brides have walked down the aisle holding their favourite book or even a bouquet made cleverly out of broaches. Family jewellery or heirlooms can be incorporated into your personal style. Brides might wear a piece of jewellery that was their mother’s or grandmothers or choose to add jewellery to their bouquet. For example brides can wrap lockets around the handle of the bouquet or clip in a broach.

archwayDIY Ideas ~ If you’re having an outdoor wedding ceremony having a unique archway made especially for the occasion will really wow your guests. Perhaps your husband to be or father are quite handy, if so suggest they take on this fun DIY project. A handmade arch will add a truly personalised touch to your wedding ceremony style. If an archway is a bit beyond your budget or friends expertise all you simply need to create is a focal point to ensure your guests attention remains focused on where the bride and groom stand. Draping fabric, streamers, having potted plants or a table for the couple to stand at or even simply hanging lanterns from a tree might be all you need to do the trick.

DIY projects are the ultimate way to add a personalised touch to any wedding décor. Couples can make a range of unique decorative elements to add their own sparkle to the day. Creating a one of a kind seating chart is a great way to really add interest to your reception décor.
Chalkboard or wooden signs are the ultimate way to personalise your wedding ceremony and reception. Sharing unique messages with your guests, they can give an insight into your relationship and your personalities or simply depict meaningful quotes and song lyrics to set the stage for your marriage.

Personalizing Your Catering ~ The food you serve at your wedding only adds to the style you wish to create. For refined luxury stick with a classic set menu but if you want something more relaxed why not consider serving food family style or hiring food trucks. Couples can also have the best of both worlds by having a traditional sit down dinner followed by late night snacks that are offered to guests towards the end of the evening. Snacks can include mini hotdogs, burgers, fish and chips or even toasted sandwiches.

appetizersBridal couples with big sweet tooths can set up a dessert or candy bar filled with their favourite indulgences. Guests can then enjoy sampling an array of treats loved by both the bride and groom. Dessert tables also make for an impressive styling feature to any wedding reception.

Bride and grooms passionate about their hobbies or careers can cleverly incorporate them into the styling of their big day. For instance teachers could have pencils, apples and chalkboards used to set the scene. While lovers of tennis could have tennis racquet motifs and cute sayings that play up the theme scattered throughout the decor such as ‘Grant scored his ace’.

Signature cocktails will add to the flair of your wedding. Chic cocktails designed specifically for your big day are a clever way to ensure your wedding remains unique to you and your partner. Speak to your caterers or venue bar staff prior to the big day to come up with a cocktail reflective of your tastes, perhaps a ‘his’ and ‘her’ cocktail set up featuring the bride and grooms favourite flavours would be best. Don’t forget to give the cocktail a memorable name – that’s the best part!

A traditional multi-tiered white wedding cake is definitely not the only way to go. As with the other aspects of your wedding some bridal couples are instead requesting cakes that embrace their wedding theme perhaps a cake covered in pink and gold polka dots. Some couples don’t even opt for cakes at all with cupcakes, pies, crepe stacks and even waffles all fun and tasty alternatives. Cake toppers are also a great way for couples to add a touch of personality to their cake. Quote cake toppers and custom made figurines can all be used to highlight a couple’s individuality.

Copyright © 2014 Kristi Charter. Kristi Charter is an experienced freelance writer with a breadth of knowledge across an array of subjects. Captivated by the wedding industry, Kristi is currently the Content and Social Media Coordinator at http://GiantInvitations.com.au/

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

On the Way to Your Wedding Day

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Sheryl Davies, Guest Author

Planning that once-in-a-lifetime celebration is all about attention to detail with couples showing their individuality and signature-style. Through the years, while some things about weddings change, others remain exactly the same. While the past is fondly remembered, this year, the present is important too! Save the date cards, self-written vows, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and eco-friendly touches are all new additions to this upcoming wedding season.

something-blueVeils, cakes, the first dance, champagne, lace, tulle, something old, new, borrowed, blue, and wedding photographs have all remained constant, in an ever-evolving wedding day. New social media such as Facebook and Twitter and the online personalized bridal widgets and web casting of the ceremony in real time, highlight all the couple’s news and the wedding day festivities. But this season’s focus is on retro chic and the Hollywood days of glamour.

The vintage glamour look continues this year, and is continuing strong as the Great Gatsby opens. There’s a breath-taking ambiance to today’s weddings. The “something new” could be hair extensions, while “something blue” can be the sky over a Jamaican destination wedding. Honeymoons are all-inclusive and brides and grooms are gravitating to luxury resorts with their amazing meal packages and opportunities for many different adventures..

The traditional black tuxedo is back for the gents and for the bride, it’s all about accessories; gloves and pearls. The bird cage veil and the emergence of bridal hats and the bouffant or French twist hair styles, make for an elegant look. The inspiration comes from the sophistication of the 50’s and 60’s. Strapless wedding gowns are as dominant as they have been in the past, and, they will quite likely continue to be in the future, but expect to see sashes of all colour tones,high waistlines, detailed backs and ribbons and bows. Gold is back for engagement and wedding bands after an absence of a few years, where silver was prominent as the metal of choice.

Invitations range from fun to fancy formal, and some even have illustrations of the bride and groom illustrated in pencil sketched artwork. Look for vibrant colours that match the wedding’s theme such as regal purple, turquoise/raspberry, as well as the traditional and elegant colour scheme of black and white.

firstdanceBrides and grooms are revamping their first dance with a routine that is a medley of songs, replacing the traditional first dance of the reception, which in 2013, is just called the “party”.

Weddings are elegant with a lot of character. For comfort you’ll find wedding venues with comfy couches and living room settings, set up for the ceremony and reception; adding increased comfort and cosiness for the guests. Sit down dinners are still in style, but look for cocktail receptions with a supper club feel- cocktails- think, martinis, Manhattans, old fashioned cocktails and big band sounds.

Wedding cakes continue to be tiered, but the trend is to more white cakes with butter cream or fondant icing, topped with an heirloom antique cake topper of a bride and groom. Colourful macaroons are replacing cupcakes. Dance floors are adorned with custom vinyl monograms of the bride and groom’s initials. And look for special lighting, which amps up the décor of the reception site, adding warmth and atmosphere.

On this special day, couples want their signature style shining through. The possibilities are endless! From sheer whimsy to the outrageously breath-taking, today’s couples are style-makers and it shows!

daviesCopyright © 2013 – Sheryl Davies. Sheryl Davies is a long-time wedding industry veteran who has seen the changes but also knows why they came about. She has published “The Wedding Guide Windsor|Essex County” since 1990. She hosts radio shows for her clients on http://www.am800cklw.com. Visit Sheryl’s Blog and Facebook page and http://www.Facebook.com/sheryldavies.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Biggest Wedding Trend in 2013 is to Buck the Trend

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Sheryl Davies, Guest Author

Every bride envisions her wedding day as being the stuff that dreams are made of. And this season is no different, as we find weddings steeped in beautiful details, wrapped in fabulous fabrics, sparkling gem accents and featuring stunning bouquets and centerpieces. There will be delectable and creative cakes and unique locations to round out the day.

dessertTABLEToday, it is more important to couples than ever, to be true to who they are; rather than follow the traditions of the past. No longer do you have to be pushed into a scenario that isn’t totally you!

The biggest trend in 2013 is to buck the trend; each couple can do what makes them happy and what reflects their personalities. Most nuptials today are a reflection of the bride and groom, their lifestyle and what makes them comfortable.

Wedding gowns have definitely shifted from white and ivory to popular pink this season and the pinks are simply stunning! You can literally get married in any colour dress you choose.

It is evident in such practices as “First Look”, when the couple and their wedding party meet for a photo session, prior to the ceremony.

Alternate bridal registries and dessert bars, pizzazz lighting and cart service add to this list. Today’s gorgeous bridal fashion, over – the- top decorated theme receptions, delicious food, stunning photography and musical and lighting wows are all part and parcel of what makes wedding receptions the event of a lifetime for marrying couples and their guests.

Bridal fashions have come a long way and are bedazzling with gowns in many colour palettes from red to black, blush pink, vibrant blue to mint green. This year, sleeves are in, lace, chiffon, satin and silk are favourite fabrics. A huge trend in gowns has them encrusted with beautiful trim that catches the light with a high shine and a lot of bling.

For the first time, the details in the back neckline of the gown are stunning. The biggest trend this year is the bridal gown. As predicted last season, Bridesmaid gowns continue to be different colours, and styles, which make them flattering to wear again, after the wedding is over. The new Pantone colours for 2013 highlight the dusk and inky blues, poppy red, shades of greens in jade, emerald and lime tones and a carry forward from last season, palettes in the orange and purple family with Nectarine and African violet. Neutrals like white and cream continue to be strong with gray as a contender, too.

bridalshoesHeadwear continues to look big for next season’s brides; lace caps, birdcage fascinators, veils (short and long), and flowers in the hair. Hats and gloves are also on the horizon and set to make a big comeback.

One of the most important accessories to come on the scene in the past few years has been the bridal shoe. They are adorned with jewels, bows, lace as they peek out from under her bridal gown. Bridal bouquets are real or silk and full of jeweled accents and, they can be rhinestone bling or ribbon handled as they create a classic and timeless feeling. Backdrops are becoming huge and will continue to grow in popularity.

Backgrounds behind the head table can be comprised of ribbon in multi-colors, yards of lace or garlands of flowers to add a sense of style and glamour to the reception. Always a compromise, wedding planning for this upcoming season offers so much choice that it will be easier to find exactly what the bride is looking for. Nostalgia continues with vintage, rustic and retro themes that are beautiful and full of elegance.

After hours and hours of planning, a couple needs to remember to enjoy their day with their eyes fixed on their future life. Their individual wedding style will be the foundation of the life they build together.

Larry’s NOTE: Different is good! I’m finding that many brides and grooms are tossing traditional protocol in favor of elements that display their own individualities.

BONUS Article: Wedding Inspiration 2013

daviesCopyright © 2013 – Sheryl Davies. Sheryl Davies is a long-time wedding industry veteran who has seen the changes but also knows why they came about. She has published “The Wedding Guide Windsor|Essex County” since 1990. She hosts radio shows for her clients on http://www.am800cklw.com. Visit Sheryl’s Blog and Facebook page and http://www.Facebook.com/sheryldavies.

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Bridal Brokerage Recycles Weddings So Someone Else Can Buy Your “Special” Day

Filed under: Wedding Tips,Wedding Trends — Larry James @ 8:30 am
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People fall in and out of love all the time. Unfortunately, some couples decide to break up after making all sorts of wedding plans and preparations. Not only is that exceptionally heartbreaking, it also results in a whole lot of wasted time and money.

bridal-brokerageSo many weddings are getting canceled every year (over 250,000!) that it has caused services like Bridal Brokerage to emerge.

Bridal Brokerage basically buys cancelled weddings and sells them to interested buyers who are hoping to put together a wedding within a short period of time. It’s a win-win-win situation, at least according to the wedding brokers: sellers get their deposits back, suppliers enjoy uninterrupted business, and the buyers can purchase pre-planned weddings at lower prices. They provide personal concierges to help coordinate your wedding and graphic designers to quickly distribute save-the-dates, invitations, and programs.

Sellers recover deposits and upfront costs hassle-free.
Venues and vendors enjoy uninterrupted business as usual.
Buyers find beautiful, pre-planned weddings at a fraction of the price.

It’s an interesting business but the whole thing is pretty sad at the same time. One good thing (if there’s any to be found) regarding the sheer number of cancelled weddings is that at least the couples who broke up before tying the knot won’t end up getting a divorce a couple of weeks or months later.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Want Reception FUN? Add a Photo Booth!

Filed under: Photo Booths,Receptions,Wedding Trends,Wedding Video — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Photo booths are a trendy new one-of-a-kind feature at wedding receptions. They bring style, flair and lots of fun with absolute spontaneity. It will add a dash of real human interaction to create lasting memories. Photo booths are designed to blend in and compliment your event while adding another level of entertainment for your guests.

photoboothphotoFormerly an American tradition at five and dime stores, malls, arcades and amusement parks, photo booths add a lot of excitement for your guests and give you a terrific replacement of the traditional guest book. It not only provides a fun activity for your guests to do, but it provides memorabilia for the bride and groom.

All of your guests will be amazed with the incredible picture quality and quick development of the photos. The best part is that the photo booth is great for all ages. Every guest gets a personal photo strip and you get a duplicate the booth operator puts into a photo album that has space for the guests to write a personal greeting or note. Scrapbook, scissors, glue sticks, and pens are included.

Photo strips make the ultimate wedding favors. No need for the disposable cameras anymore. (Kids use them up; people don’t turn on the flashes; people take them thinking they’re favors; the whole roll is full of photos of the floor.)

Your guests can have a blast with unlimited photo ops. Guests can get creative with their photos by using props such as hats, glasses, flowers and more. Guests rarely need any guidance once they see how fun and easy it is to make custom pages. But just in case vendors always provides a trained photo booth attendant to help any guests who may need assistance.

The photo booth is interactive FUN to entertain your wedding guests for several hours. Photo booths are fun, exciting and a novel way to spice up a reception!

Here is a video from my friend, Mike Fazio, owner of Snap Booth Entertainment AZ. Enjoy!

Larry’s NOTE: I’ve worked with Mike Fazio and his excellent crew and have found them to be reliable and really FUN to work with. They tell you what they they will do and they keep their word. They have been in Arizona nearly 4 years and have hosted over 400 successful events in the Greater Phoenix area. Visit their Website and Facebook page.

BONUS Article: Do It Yourself “Funny” Photo Booth

Video Copyright © 2012 – Mike Fazio.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

OneWed.com’s Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2011

Filed under: Guest Authors,Wedding Trends — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Azure, Guest Author (OneWed.com)

Photo: Wedding flower centerpiece by FloralArt

1. Sophisticated Elegance Returns
It’s back to basics with elegant, sophisticated style in 2011. Wedding decor will be simple and understated, with modern design elements trumping DIY touches. Scripted calligraphy, custom monograms, and classic wedding cakes embody this trend. Brides will wear pearls, and grooms will ditch the Converse in favor of more tasteful wedding day kicks.

2. Outdoor Venues- Where It’s At
Couples tying the knot in 2011 will gravitate toward outdoor ceremony and reception venues. The raw, minimal backdrop of an outdoor setting leaves room for personalization and customization, a major perk for creative, hands-on nearlyweds. Lakeside venues, vineyard locations and spaces situated alongside sprawling mountains will dominate, and they’ll be spruced up with personalized touches that represent the bride and groom. You’ll find some serious outdoor weddings inspiration in our real weddings blog category!

3. Grey is the New Black, Crazy for Navy
Gloomy no more, grey is the neutral IT color for 2011 weddings. Organic and natural, shades of charcoal, dove, stone, oyster and shell will be incorporated liberally into wedding color palettes and paired with vibrant hues to make the colors pop! And while grey remains the talk of the town for 2011, navy blue (and other deep blues) are definitely on-trend for the coming year. Wonder if Prince Will’s royal wedding has anything to do with the crazy for navy trend… what do you think?

4. Mad for Metallics & Bold Color Palettes
Whether it’s two bright hues with a metallic accent, or several metallic shades used together, brights and metallics will be popular choices for wedding color palettes in 2011. Gilded gold, shimmery silver, and sparkling champagne will used alone or with accents of yellow, purple or teal. And since metallics make such a bold statement on their own, couples will scale back over-the-top decor in favor of a more restrained style aesthetic.

5. Big Ball Gowns are Back
Dramatic ball gown wedding dresses floated down 2011 bridal catwalks in droves. Wedding dress designers draped, ruched, and layered clouds of tulle, power netting, and chiffon to fashion wedding dresses with limitless volume. The outcome? Fairytale-inspired bridal style and whimsical wedding dresses for 2011 I Dos.

6. Grooms Take a Walk on the Stylish Side
Grooms are taking a stand in the name of fashion. Their tux choices will no longer be dictated by some “rent 5, get 1 free” deal. Instead, they’ll chose formal looks that represent their unique style. Bow ties will replace classic long neck ties, and embroidered dress shirts, engraved cufflinks, stylish lapel pins and the color of the season- grey- will grace the white aisles.

7. Wedding Invitations Go Green
The green weddings movement continues full speed ahead in 2011. From totally paperless wedding invitations and save-the-dates, to stationery printed on 100% recycled paper, invitations have truly gone green. Couples can find all they need with sites like WeddingPreParty (enabling online RSVP and party planning) and Nearlyweds.com (offering coordinating stationery and wedding websites).

8. Luxurious Textures– from the Dress to the Tablescape
Luxe textured fabrics will bring a sumptuous, opulent vibe to 2011 weddings. Wedding dresses will feature 3D applique, layered light fabrics (tulle, lace, chiffon), romantic ruffles, oversized florals, and illusion fabric with eye-catching beading. Textured linens will be layered to dress up reception tables, chair covers may be embroidered or beaded, and branchy centerpieces and floral arrangements will captivate wedding guests.

9. Ethnic Influences, Cultural Wedding Details
At long last, brides and grooms are embracing and showcasing their unique cultural traditions and ethnicity. Whether it’s a religious wedding ceremony ritual, traditional wedding day garb, cultural cuisine infused throughout the reception dinner, or wedding decor with bold, ethnic prints, you can’t help but embrace the unique cultures and ethnicities of couples in 2011.

10. Revved-Up Wedding Receptions
Who wants the best day of their lives to end? Not couples and guests in 2011, that’s for sure! Couples will plan a post-reception after party lasting into the wee hours of the night with drinks, entertainment, dancing, and snacks so that wedding guests can party all night long!

Now that you’ve read our predictions for the top 10 trends for 2011 weddings, share your thoughts! What do you love, what would you leave, and what did we miss? Post a comment below, tweet @OneWed or post on our Facebook page!

BONUS Article:11 Wedding Trends for 2011” by TheKnot.com

Copyright © 2011 – Asure, OneWed.com. Reprinted with permission. Visit OneWed.com’s Website and Wedding BLOG.

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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

American Wedding Trends for 2010 – 2011

Filed under: Guest Authors,Wedding Trends — Larry James @ 7:00 am

Tiffany Hurd, Guest Author

Would you consider 2010 the decade of the woman or possibly the decade of the financial rise of women? Approximately 80% of financial decisions are made by women. There are more woman millionaires in this country than ever before. Take note, this trend will effect more than weddings.

Wedding Planners

Brides ages 35-50 are on the rise, whether first or second marriages. Women age 35-55 are ready to spend on luxury items and will pay more to have someone handle all the details for them. They prefer service & expect quality. Brides are more knowledgeable & informed than ever before, with WE tv & wedding specific DIY programming, it is a wonder the wedding planners are needed at all. However, the brides want help & expect to leave the work to others. After making personal selections, previewed by the planner, they are able to focus on career & personal development.

moonbeamVaried Seating

From Royal Tables to an assortment of square and round tables almost anything goes. There is a distinct trend toward maximize the venue space as well as creating a dynamic look for the space. Chiavari chairs have become a normal visual, while still very much THE choice for a chair upgrade many brides are seeking the next HOT look. Many are using benches for the ceremony or at a royal table. Others have selected the Chameleon Chair for their unique a la carte design.

Colors

If you want to be in the know for next wedding season’s color, just watch all the bridal magazines right now. Brides are planning the wedding 6-18 months out. So naturally, what’s in the magazines now will start to materialize 6-12 months down the road.

DavidTuteraPosterHighly Themed

The most notable trend is theme weddings. While color has been the dictator of “theme” in the past; now the couple expresses themselves through strong themes over color. A great example of this was revealed in the premier episode of “My Fair Wedding” with David Tutera. Who has ever heard of a Swamp theme prior to June 6, 2010?

Simply create a memory to reflect on through the times of celebration and be a support during times of trials. This is one day, the cornerstone for a lifetime together, “you and me against the world”, let the little things blend into the background and bind together the important ones. Let’s start a new trend toward forever.

abclogoCopyright © 2010 – Tiffany Hurd. Tiffany Hurd is the Marketing Coordinator for Tri-Rentals, a Classic Party Rental Company.

Larry James is a non-denominational minister and performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere! Every wedding ceremony is customized to your complete satisfaction. Call to check availability: 480-998-9411 or 800-725-9223. You will find more than 445 pages of Wedding ideas, tips (90 tips and growing), ceremonies, and more at: http://www.celebrateintimateweddings.com. Something NEW about weddings is posted every 4th day on this Wedding BLOG. Check Larry’s availability.

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