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A perfect Harvest Wedding!

 

 

September and October have now become one of the most popular times to get married .  The weather is absolutely beautiful in  fall and here in New England the foliage can not be beat.

Here are some trends to look for this year

The Wedding setting continues to be a more rustic  BOHO vibe. Barn weddings are still trending, family style seating and natural decorations are popular  reception themes.

Fall bridal bouquets and centerpieces are often adorned with autumnal foliage and decorations such as branches, oak leaves, acorns and crab apples. It is often the colors, as much as the actual flowers that are important. Rich reds, fiery oranges and beautiful yellows mixed with brown, gold, green, amber and russet colors.

Who says pie can’t be as elegant as  cake. Smaller portions mean guests can try as many flavors as their hearts desire. We love the combination of the mismatched tiered dessert tray.

And one last trend I simply adore is the white pumpkin also called the Ghost pumpkin Snowballs, Luminas or Caspers .So beautiful as a decoration or carved with your names and wedding date

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TOP 10 WEDDING COLORS FOR SPRING 2016 TRENDS FROM PANTONE

Pantone just released 10 colors for spring 2016 few days ago and those are just perfect for spring weddings as well. As one of the most important events in our lives, our weddings surely deserve second consideration on every part, especially the wedding color schemes. “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves”, said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This spring we’ll see some breathtaking wedding color ideas with these colors. Check out the following trending wedding color palettes in spring 2016.

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Pink is a classic color used in wedding decorations and the first trending wedding color in 2016 is Rose Quartz, which is a shade of pink color. “The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure”, by Pantone.

elegant rose pink wedding color ideas for spring 2016 trends

Groom-The Perfect Palette/Rose Cocktail-Erin McGinn via SMP/Bouquet- Mirelle Carmichael 

Photography via SMP/Rose Pink Dress & Rings-Blaine Siesser Photography via SMP

As a shade of orange, Peach Echo is another trending wedding color in the year 2016, which  emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. Matched with pink and gold will successfully add a touch of romance to it.

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Centerpiece, Bridesmaids & Cakes-Sandra Marusic Photography via Mod Wedding/

Table Settings-Katelyn James Photography/Bouquet-Amanda Crean Photographers via SMP

This shade of light blue color will make every part of the wedding day so comfortable, just like the blue sky above us, making it a pastel color palette with peach.

light blue and peach spring wedding colors 2016 trends

Centerpiece-Aaron Delesie Photographer via Fab Mood/Bridesmaid-Sylvie

Gil Photography via SMP/Cake-Anneli Marinovich via B Loved Blog/

“A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context”, by Pantone. Adding some chocolate brown or other neutral colors if you’re planning a chic rustic wedding theme.

modern rustic snorkel blue wedding color ideas for spring 2016 trends

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“While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place”, said by Pantone. I added some purple to make them a perfect match.

yellow and purple wedding color ideas for spring and summer 2016

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As a shade of aqua, this Limpet Shell can tell us what’s it like in spring.”Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility”, by Pantone.

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Who doesn’t like grays? We need a gray shade in every season and here’s the Lilac Gray.

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If you’re planning a passionate related wedding in 2016, here’s the one-Fiesta. I love it so much when combined with navy blue.

fiesta red and navy blue 2016 pantone wedding color ideas

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Here’s another neutral color scheme for the year 2016 and Iced Coffee can work well with almost every color. Combine this color with green to make it oh-so-natural.

pantone iced coffee inspired neutral wedding colors for spring 2016

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This Green Flash hue is infrequent as a main wedding color but really brilliant with navy blue, isn’t it?

pantone 2016 spring color green flash and navy blue wedding color ideas

Bridesmaids&Groom-L Hewitt Photography via SMP/Bouquet- Will Hartl via Brides Magazine/Table Settings-Mod Wedding/

DIY Romantic Wedding

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Of course your nuptials will be romantic for you and your partner no matter what, a stolen moment alone after dinner, your time with the photographer, and of course that whole ‘getting married’ part!

But how do you take your guests along for the ride, and let them feel as wrapped up in your wedding as you?

Check out our tips for upping the romance factor on your wedding day, and creating the kind of ambiance your guests will never forget…

1. All The Lights

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Photo by Studio Impressions Photography via Style Me Pretty

Lighting is perhaps the one element that can transform the feel of your wedding instantly.

Whether you have a budget for lighting production, you speak to your venue about what they can offer or you simply reuse your fairy lights from Christmas, carefully considering how to best light your space, will work wonders on romancing your guests.

2. Valentine Vows

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Your wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the day, and is one of the parts where you can really guide the atmosphere.

Opting for really romantic ceremony readings, personal vows, and unique ideas like a family blessing of the rings, a hand-tying ceremony, planting a tree or lighting a unity candle, all add to the loving vibes. And get your guests involved from the start.

3. Scentscape Your Day

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Scentscaping (yes, it’s a thing!) is a huge buzzword in luxury weddings, but can also be adapted on a budget for any big day. Smell is perhaps the most powerful sense for evoking emotion, but it’s often overlooked for weddings (understandably) in favour of food, music, and the look of the day.

Companies like Gemma Hopkins’, Design In Scent can create a gorgeous bespoke scent that will become the fragrance backdrop to your day. For a DIY version, think verbena candles, lavender centrepieces or freesia bouquets. A wedding that smells as good as it looks is steeped in romance!

4. Ambient Music

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Photo by Benj Haisch via Style Me Pretty

Of course at some point your guests are going to want to hit the dancefloor and Shake It Off to Taylor Swift. But before that, your wedding music can go a long way to setting the feel for your day.

Choose personal, un-cliched songs, with a dreamy feel for your ceremony, cocktail hour, over dinner, and for your first dance. You can even include some slow sets throughout the evening for the couples! (Check out our Valentine’s playlist for inspiration!)

5. A Romantic Feast

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Photo by Britt Chudleigh via Once Wed

Your choice of food and how you serve it can be a big help in creating a romantic atmosphere at your wedding. We’re not saying you need to woo your guests with oysters and dark chocolate – though I’m sure they wouldn’t mind!

Avoid buffets, BBQs, sliders or street food, instead try elegant shared table dishes to get conversation flowing and guests dining in a more intimate fashion.

6. Love Seats

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Photo by CJ Williams Photography via Bridal Musings

As with the catering, planning your tables to create an intimate, chatty atmosphere will absolutely amp up the romance at your wedding.

There’s something really special about long dining tables, that creates a closer, familiar feel over the more formal round variety or top table set-up. Choosing a sweetheart table will also give you and your other have a chance to have your own romantic dinner for two at your wedding.

7. A Wow Venue

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Photo by Cristiano Brizzi, Facibeni Fotografia via Bridal Musings

Choose a romantic wedding venue, and all the hard work is done for you!

A medieval castle, a beautiful glasshouse, a pretty garden, or an atmospheric old church; take a stunning venue, add some candles (see below) and et voila, you’ve got yourself a seriously romantic setting.

8. A Touch of Whimsy

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Photo by Ashley Ludaescher Photography

Sometimes your guests might feel more like they’re witnessing your romance than feeling it for themselves. But adding an element that’s fun and sweet, will soon get them involved in your day.

We love the idea of this balloon march from one venue to the next, (with a release at the end!), you could also have a waltz lesson, an open mic for toasts or some fun games to bring your guests together and feeling the love.

9. Copious Candles

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Photo by Noah Hawthorne Photography via Brides

Candles work magic in any room, even more so at a wedding. This is perhaps the most affordable way to add instant romance to your soiree.

Tealights can add the ambiance, and pillar candles in hurricanes or lanterns will look really stylish, but for full on romance, it has to be tall candelabras for a dramatic, gothic, feel.

Fireworks or Lanterns

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Did you feel fireworks in your belly when you first met your other half? Why not share that feeling with your guests?

Launching sky lanterns, putting on a fireworks display, or having a sparkler sendoff adds serious sparkle to your wedding and ensures you finish your night on the most romantic note possible.

25 Ways To Make Your Wedding Funnier

1. Make a silly save the date card.

Make a silly save the date card.

2. Go movie poster-inspired.

Go movie poster-inspired.

3. Or just write on your faces.

Or just write on your faces.

4. If you’ve got a beard to work with…

If you've got a beard to work with...

5. And if you don’t want to put your faces on the card, just be straightforward.

And if you don't want to put your faces on the card, just be straightforward.

(Not humble.)

6. Use RSVP cards that will allow guests to respond forthrightly.

Use RSVP cards that will allow guests to respond forthrightly.

7. Keep your ceremony program brief.

Keep your ceremony program brief.

8. Don’t beat around the bush.

Don't beat around the bush.

9. Do something unconventional with your rings.

Do something unconventional with your rings.

10. Between the two of you, you’ll have three rings to work with, after all.

11. Take cheesy (but fun) photos.

Take cheesy (but fun) photos.

13. Employ an unconventional cake topper.

Employ an unconventional cake topper.

15. Give your guests fun favors.

Give your guests fun favors.

16. Give the wedding party socks that specify their role.

Give the wedding party socks that specify their role.

17. Remember that you can do endless pun-y things with matches.

Remember that you can do endless pun-y things with matches.

18. Invite your guests to pimp something.

Invite your guests to pimp something.

Everyone likes cupcakes.

19. Say something cute about each of your guests on their name cards.

Say something cute about each of your guests on their name cards.

You know, show that you know everyone attending.

20. Put customized “do not disturb” signs in welcome baskets for guests.

Put customized "do not disturb" signs in welcome baskets for guests.

21. Ask your guests to fill out mad libs.

Ask your guests to fill out mad libs.

You can buy them from Etsy.

22. Serve your favorite booze like this.

Serve your favorite booze like this.

You will, however, bear every responsibility for your guests getting grossly drunk.

23. And of course, one of the BEST ways to make people laugh at your wedding is to incorporate your pets.

And of course, one of the BEST ways to make people laugh at your wedding is to incorporate your pets.

24. You can buy signs like this online for your pets to wear in save the date cards.

You can buy signs like this online for your pets to wear in save the date cards.

25. Or just get a few chalkboards and give your pet “the.”

Or just get a few chalkboards and give your pet "the."

Pantone Reveals Color of the Year for 2014: PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid

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“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

“An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”

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31 Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day

1. Wake up refreshed.

 
31 Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day

Get to bed at a decent hour the night before so you can be your best. For this reason it’s wise to plan bachelor and bachelorette parties at least a week ahead of time.

2. Eat a breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbs.

 

Eat a breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbs.

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This food will take a while to break down in your body and keep you going, which is important since brides and grooms can go long periods without eating.

3. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.

 

Give yourself plenty of time to get ready.

You want to be able to relax and have a good time with your bridesmaids, not stress over whether you’ll finish in time.

4. Wear a dress shirt when getting your hair styled.

 

Wear a dress shirt when getting your hair styled.

Brides often wear T-shirts that have to be pulled over their freshly coiffed hair at the end. Dress shirts, however, can be unbuttoned without doing any damage to your beautifully done hair.

5. Grooms should make a list of all the things they need to do on the morning of the wedding.

 
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Bridesmaids are great at helping a bride remember everything. Groomsmen are less helpful in this regard, though they are more likely to bring beer.

6. Speaking of groomsmen, it’s a good idea for the groom to discuss expectations for behavior.

 

Speaking of groomsmen, it's a good idea for the groom to discuss expectations for behavior.

Guys can get pretty crazy at a reception. If you want a level of decorum it’s best to spell that out before someone tries to do a body shot off your grandma.

7. If you bought new shoes for the big day, be sure to break them in ahead of time.

 
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Otherwise you’re liable to feel awkward in them and have sore feet.

8. Don’t overdo the perfume.

 
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Heavy perfume can make you feel nauseous and even attract bugs.

9. This goes for you too, grooms.

 
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Remember, a little cologne goes a long way.

10. Hire a wedding coordinator if possible.

 

Hire a wedding coordinator if possible.

Couples often decide to cut this expense, but coordinators let you enjoy your day by keeping drama at bay.

11. If you can’t hire a wedding coordinator, let your bridesmaids handle some of the day-of logistics.

 
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They’re literally falling over themselves to help.

12. Don’t forget a wedding day survival kit.

 

Don't forget a wedding day survival kit.

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A typical one includes a first aid kit, tampons, a Tide To Go stain remover pen, and anything else that might fix a minor emergency.

13. Take a few selfies.

 

Take a few selfies.

These candid shots make a fun counterpoint to your photographer’s stylized professional shots.

14. But other than that, put your phone away.

 
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Nothing is happening that’s more important than your wedding, OK?

15. Get loose before you walk down the aisle.

 
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Do some light stretching to release tension and get your blood flowing so that you don’t — gasp — pass out. Hey, it happens. Check YouTube.

16. Stop to take it all in during the ceremony.

 

Stop to take it all in during the ceremony.

Ask your officiant to include a “deep breath” moment so you can look over the audience, gaze at your spouse, and burn the memory into your brain.

17. Make a five-minute dinner date.

 

Make a five-minute dinner date.

Taking the time to enjoy a full meal is almost impossible with so many guests clamoring for your attention, but a five-minute dinner date — where you grab a few bites and enjoy your new spouse’s company — is more manageable.

18. If five minutes is too much, get your food to go.

 

If five minutes is too much, get your food to go.

Arrange with the caterers to send a couple to-go boxes of food with you when you leave the venue. They’ll be glad to do it.

19. Be magnanimous.

 
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Greet everyone with a smile even if it’s your second cousin whom you haven’t spoken to in a couple years because she said that thing (you know what I’m talking about). No one likes an angry bride, and you won’t like being one either.

20. Similarly, stay poised during the best man and bridesmaid’s speeches.

 
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If something inappropriate is said it’s best to let it pass without having a big reaction. Many people will have missed it, but they won’t miss you screaming at the best man.

21. Give a thank you speech with your spouse.

 

Give a thank you speech with your spouse.

It’ll feel good to thank your parents, grandparents, and guests (especially those who traveled great distances) for making such a momentous occasion in your life possible.

22. Arrange for group photos at the reception.

 

Arrange for group photos at the reception.

Have the DJ call over college friends, co-workers, and teammates for a few quick group photos. Your photographer may suggest doing these before the reception, but save the more formal, time-consuming shots for the wedding party and family only.

23. Be careful with alcohol.

 
31 Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day

This is a day you’ll want to remember clearly for the rest of your life, so make sure you don’t drink too much (that’s for doing at your friends’ weddings). One tip is to drink a full glass of water between each alcoholic drink.

24. Pack flats for the reception.

 

Pack flats for the reception.

Sophisticated ballet-style slippers look great with a wedding dress, so bring a pair to put on when you want to cut loose.

25. Appoint someone to save you from chatty guests.

 
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Inevitably someone, whether it’s your great aunt from Poughkeepsie or the dad of your old college roommate, will talk your ear off seemingly unaware it’s your wedding day. That’s why having someone to politely pull you away is a must.

26. Have a moment with each of your parents.

 

Have a moment with each of your parents.

Brides dance with their fathers and grooms dance with their mothers, but there’s no moment on the schedule for your other parent. Make one.

27. Don’t do the cake smash.

 
31 Tips To Make Sure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day

Brides, you still have people to see and photos to take, so you don’t want to get cake in your hair and on your dress (nor do you want to reapply makeup). Grooms, this is not how you want to start married life. Trust me on this one.

28. Give the DJ a list of songs you want to hear.

 

Give the DJ a list of songs you want to hear.

This way you’re more likely to hear your jam than “Y.M.C.A.”

29. Make sure you dance.

 
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Your favorite tunes are playing, the dance floor is packed with people you love, and you have reason to celebrate! With conditions like that even grooms who “don’t dance” will regret it if they don’t let their inner Bacon loose.

30. Have a relaxed attitude about the wedding night.

 
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If fireworks explode, awesome. But after a long day many brides and grooms collapse in exhaustion. Don’t worry… there’ll be plenty of time for fireworks later.

31. Remember why you’re there.

 

Remember why you're there.

Amid all of the fun and celebration be sure to take a moment to look over at the person you’re pledging your life to and reflect on the incredible journey that lies ahead of you both.

 

source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/31-tips-to-make-sure-you-enjoy-your-wedding-day?sub=2858590_2204183

20 Wedding Trend for 2013

20 influential wedding bloggers  share their thoughts with on wedding trends they personally feel will emerge in 2013.  Below are their opinions and predictions.  How many do you agree with?

20.  Patterns  will  be  hot

The Perfect Palette

For 2013, I think that incorporating patterns into wedding day decor is going to be HOT! I think we’ll surely continue to see chevron and stripes used on everything from table runners to bowties. However, I think we’ll also start to see more and more gingham, paisley and even polka dots. Because what’s not to love? They truly do add a bit of fun and a touch of whimsy. I’m imaging bridesmaids in striped skirts, and groomsmen with paisley ties. There really are so many possibilities when it comes to patterns and we’re so excited to see where they’ll turn up for weddings in 2013! – [Chrissy, The Perfect Palette]

19.  The  Reception  Lounge

The Man Registry

The reception “lounge” is a wedding trend we’ve seen begin to take off in 2012 and expect to see back even stronger in 2013. It offers an away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. From a groom’s perspective, the lounge is a perfect spot to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or finger food. If you’re planning to include a photo booth, any yard or table games or a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the place to do it. As always guys, be sure to talk ideas over with your fiancé before you commit.- [Chris, The Man Registry]

18.   Prints  charming

Southbound Bride

In my book, prints will be a key trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but next year I think this will really catch on– everything from the stripes and chevron of 2012 to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabrics used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping, or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. Just don’t go overboard or too matchy matchy – depending on the print itself, less is often more! [Gaby, SouthBound Bride]

17.  Lace,  lace,  lace

Borrowed and Bleu

In my opinion, we’re going to see a lot of lace in 2013! Lace has been a mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be making a comeback right now. From full-on lace dresses to just a touch here and there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear on the runway. Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gowns with lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklaces, contrasting color lace and more in their spring 2013 collections. My favorite thing about lace is that it’s not just for the gown – lace details in the wedding décor is becoming a hot trend, too. Lace can make an elegant statement anywhere from the invitation to the wedding cake. Lace details can be chic and sophisticated, or when paired with rustic or vintage elements, lace can become a bit more whimsical! – [Erika, Borrowed & Bleu]

16.  Less  Is  More

Boho Wedding Blog

I believe that weddings will become more stripped back and minimalistic. We have seen so much styling going on that I think in 2013 couples will want to get back to basics and let the wedding be more about them. So the old phrase ‘Less is More’ will come into play. Less details, less fuss. So simple minimalistic décor and more relaxed styling. Couples have become swamped with over stylistic wedding ideas so think minimalistic venues,  simple flowers with stripped back table decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, un fussy ideas for a couple that want the wedding to be about them NOT the details and styling.- [Kelly, Boho Wedding Blog]

15.  Virtual  Guests

Austin Weddings

In 2013, technology will play in huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and next year will be a defining year for this type of service. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples will opt to “broadcast” their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.  It’s real-time streaming of a real life event.  It’s a great idea for couples who want to include more and more people in the wedding. I often ask planning brides if this is something that they would consider, and most are not even aware that this is an option!  Look for more live-stream weddings to emerge in 2013. – [Rachel, Austin Wedding Blog]

14.   The  Fun  Factor

Intimate Weddings

In 2013, couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on fun! And that means, lots of creative food stations (i.e. mashed potato bars), snack stations (i.e. DIY Smores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be ever-popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Late night barbecue will also be sizzlin’. Along with emphasising the fun factor with food, couples will continue to create make their cocktail hour and reception interactive with games such as corn hole, bocce ball & horseshoes.  Entertainment will also get interactive, with couples hiring everything from live event artists, on-site poets and dance instructors to magicians & tarot card readers. To make the fun last even longer, the post-wedding after party where couples hire a bus or van to take guests to a local night club after the reception, will be big for 2013. – [Christina, Intimate Weddings]

13.  Extended  Wedding   Receptions

Gig Masters

One of the biggest trends of 2012 was the “After Party,” a party after the reception was officially over. The After Party came with its own music, food, and sometimes even wardrobe for friends of the bride and groom. Although many couples will be continuing that trend in 2013 others will be looking for ways to bring the younger vibe and fun to the wedding itself, without the expense of throwing a completely different second party. Look for receptions that last a tad bit longer so that couples can fit in a change in entertainment and the ever-popular food trucks. For some couples, receptions will be divided in to three distinct sections, the cocktail hour with low-key music and food, the dinner “hour” (actually two or three hours) with all the expected wedding traditions (except for the bouquet toss, which is on its way out and fast), and two to three hours of fun where it’s completely acceptable for Grandma and Grandpa to head on home. DJs and bands will be mixing together in new and interesting ways as couples use these longer receptions to try and please everyone.
– [Marta, GigMasters]

12.  Wedding  Dresses…  With  Pockets

Bridal Snob

Finally, the wait is over!  Pocket wedding dresses will break out in 2013 and brides everywhere will rejoice. Functional fashion is in and fashion designers are coming around to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  I recently spoke to a Very popular gown designer who dished that some very high-profile celebrities will be debuting pocket dresses in 2013. Honestly, I’m stunned it’s taken so long for this trend to go pseudo-mainstream. If your wedding is more than 6 months away, you might want to entertain the idea of a wedding dress… with pockets. – [Bridal Snob]

11.   The  Roaring  Twenties

The Giving Bride

I think the biggest wedding trend for 2013 will be a 1920’s vintage look.  The decadence and gayety of the era make it a perfect inspiration for a celebration like a wedding. Plus, with the popularity of shows such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of The Great Gatsby coming out, the 20’s will be roaring back into popular culture. The style of 20’s fashion is very romantic.  Hallmarks of this look include dropped waist dresses and lace in soft colors of ivory.  To channel this look through your accessories, try long strands of pearl necklaces or gold toned jewelry.  Instead of a traditional veil you could wear a cloche style headpiece or a beaded headband with art deco details. – [Maggie, The Giving Bride]

10.  Localized  Weddings

Valley and Co

As one year of wedding trends comes to a close another will emerge with vibrant ideas, new methods of entertaining guests and bits of eye candy that will set weddings apart as truly spectacular. These are the trends that will live on and become classic. As we are knee-deep in planning and prepping for marvelous 2013 weddings we look ahead to the localized wedding. You needn’t look too far past your hometown for preeminent wines, sea foods or fresh bounty from farmers or bakers. Caterers will see an increase of delectable menus that are thoughtful and sourced locally, showcasing the best of what’s to offer where their creativity can truly shine.

To truly give guests an incredibly unique experience {at often a fraction of the price for shipping foods cross-country or wine across The Pond}, couples can look to nearby family-run apple cideries for a fun approach to bubbly, to a regional winery to select a scrumptious blend to pair with dinner, or work with a farmer or chef to personalize favorite food elements in an elevated light. The focus will be on quality, not quantity, and a remarkable experience will ensue! – [Aleah + Nick, Valley & Co.]


9.  grooms   start  spending

Wedding Statistics

In 2013, we expect the average cost of a wedding to increase slightly, partly due to spending by the groom.  As more grooms begin playing an active role in the planning details of their wedding (a growing trend we’ve seen over the past 2 years), certain items such as groom cakes, groom rings, accessories, intricate honeymoon plans and unique groom gifts could significantly impact most wedding budgets, causing engaged couples to ultimately spend more.  Most of the grooms that we’ve spoken to state that their bride-to-be is totally on board for this increase in spending since it is as much his wedding as it is hers. – [Mason, WeddingStats.org]

8.  A  return  to  elegance

Burnetts Boards

In 2013 we are going to see a return to elegance. 2012 weddings reflected the world economy with a shabby chic, ‘do it yourself’ kind of attitude but 2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina,  Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again! – [Sara, Burnett’s Boards]

7.   Custom   Wedding  Details

Polka Dot Bride

The hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly personal wedding day. We’re seeing more weddings at the one venue- not reception/ceremony  ‘all in one’ function centres, mind you, but farms and large garden spaces, backyards and inner city, multi level venues. This extends to more unusual venues – art galleries, favourite upmarket cafe/gallery spaces, warehouses. I’m predicting more and more couples opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and vision. This can be through asking a wedding stylist to create a bespoke occasion, or making and creating everything themselves right down to the wedding dress and bouquets. This extends further to bridal gowns and accessories- instead of leaving an off the rack gown as they bought it, Australian brides are adding sleeves, coloured belts, crystal brooches. For some weddings, the bridesmaids are being given a colour and asked to choose their own dresses. Grooms are adding fun bow ties and pocket squares and even the ceremonies are involving less traditional moments and more words that tell a story of who they are as a couple. For Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them to tell the wider world that ‘as a couple, this is who we are’. – [Ms. PolkaDot – Polka Dot Bride]

6.    Fabulous  Florals

The Brides Cafe

Of course for the 2013 wedding trend, I have to speak on the wedding flowers.  For Spring 2013, I think we’ll see soft shades of yellows mixed with grays and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel.  Come summer, get ready for over-sized and brightly colored blooms.  Picture lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons.  Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand tied bouquet and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite.  And, let’s not forget to use lots of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents.  I hope we’ll also see more of the monochromatic bouquets.  We can achieve this look with a lush bouquet of pretty tulips, ranunculus and garden roses.  These pretty blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colors and would be the perfect on your wedding day.  And for the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant color summer blooms at the farmer’s market.  To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.                                                          –  [Janie, The Bride’s Cafe]

5.  Economy & Technology  Drive  Choices

Tweet My Wedding

The economy will continue to play a large part in how brides and grooms approach planning and vendors. Couples are becoming increasingly selective in a world of more and more options. Online tools and apps like Pinterest propel the availability of creative ideas while social media continues to bring the bride and vendor closer advancing trust and educating both. I sense that we are seeing the trade off of super trendy, bling drenched wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations that are personal to their families, lives, values and pocketbook. – [Mindy, TweetMyWedding]

4.  Birds  of  a  feather

Emmaline Bride

I predict the hot wedding trend for 2013 goes to the birds! We’ve seen bird themed weddings grow in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an increase in bird-themed everything throughout 2013, particularly in the spring.  Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders,  bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).  Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.  We’re also seeing an increase in feather-inspired hair accessories (like veils and fascinators) to subtly tie in the theme.  Fans of Portlandia will revel in this wedding theme, as couples everywhere will find a way to “put a bird on it”.  (I couldn’t resist.) – [Emma, EmmalineBride]

3.  DIY  attire

DIY Bride

On the do-it-yourself front, I predict couples will choose projects that are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time commitments than they have in recent years. Much of DIY for the last few seasons has been focused on quick and inexpensive but we’re really seeing a swing towards more challenging and sophisticated projects. On the top of the list, I think we’ll see a lot of DIY attire: handmade bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, revamped and upcycled clothing.  Shows like Project Runway have certainly fueled an interest in clothing construction and, therefore, sewing. Jewelry-making, especially the advanced techniques like metalsmithing, intricate beading, and metal clays, has been trending in the mainstream craft world for well over a year now and I think we’ll definitely see DIYers embrace these new trends and skill sets wedding world in 2013. – [Khris, DIY Bride]

2.   Low  Key  soirees

Rock n Roll Bride

2012 was the year of the detail-heavy ‘blogworthy’ wedding. Bunting, cupcakes, tents, tipis, mason jars, bicycles covered in flowers… it was the year of weddings with lots of ‘stuff’. With so much wedding inspiration around on wedding blogs, I think that engaged couples are starting to feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure they have the right ‘stuff’ for their day – to make it look a certain way, or have certain things. So my prediction for 2013 would be that couples will start to rebel and we’ll see a lot more low key weddings – elopements, small family gatherings, less pressure and less ‘stuff’. Weddings taking inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra ‘things’.
– [Kat, Rock n Roll Bride]

1.  Food  Truck  Frenzy

The Budget Savvy Bride

In the last year or so I’ve seen a great increase in new and interesting gourmet Food Truck companies popping up and I think these kitchens on wheels are going to have a big presence in weddings in 2013. Not only is it cool and different but it’s also convenient! Imagine a gourmet hot dog or grilled cheese truck providing your guests with good eats at your laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food trucks for every type of food you could imagine, you could even hire a few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It’s sure to be a fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years to come. – [Jessica, The Budget Savvy Bride]

2013 Wedding Trends