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What's hot this year? Wedding trends focuses on 4 crazes from the growing list of up and coming ideas for weddings. Let's look at the following en vogue ideas:
Making your wedding stand out from the crowd can be a task in itself. But you can use popular ideas as a base and the build on them, adding your own unique twists and turns that makes your wedding truly yours and not a cookie cutter event.
Choose your theme, color scheme or direction and then introduce some of the ideas below in a new and different way. Create an event that guests will remember with a fond smile and enthusiasm.
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
This book will come in handy for holiday decorating your home, weddings or parties. You'll use it over and over again for inspiration.
Brides are moving away from the tired stand-by of just a floral arrangement. They want to be different, stand out and create something memorable for their guests. In centerpieces, this means stepping away from the crowd and finding a new direction.
Below are some things to keep in mind when choosing unusual centerpieces:
Matchy-Matchy is OUT! -- Mix things up, use more than one item (but keep it to odd numbers). For instance, if you want to have a white centerpiece, use a collection of milk glass vases in different heights running down a rectangular table. Place one flower in each vase and add votives for lighting.
Green Weddings are IN! -- Scour eBay, thrift stores, antique malls and garage or tag sales for items to use on your tables. Candle holders, themed items, framed mirrors, old books (stacked and used as risers under a vase or candle), think outside the box! This also makes your wedding eco-friendly in this environmentally conscious world.
Basis -- Use your linens or colors as the basis instead of your centerpieces. Using the same centerpieces on all tables is boring. The linens can be your cohesion.
Think like a Decorator -- When you decorate a table or shelf or mantle in your home, you group items with different textures and sizes together to make it interesting. Use this same concept when deciding on centerpieces. For example: if you are having a Travel Theme for your wedding, use a globe, map and camera grouped together for a centerpiece.
Image Credit: Snooker in Berlin at Flickr
Example: I had a bride that was having a small, close family and friends reception following the intimate ceremony. Her chosen colors were chocolate and pink. One day we were talking about what to use for centerpieces. She said she wanted something different, unusual. So, I got her talking about her style, her likes, and the people that were special to her. She kept going back to her grandmother and mother.
Then, all at once, her eyes lit up. she said her grandmother and mother both had an extensive collections of pink Depression glass. Whaaalaaa! She had her centerpieces.
We covered the round tables in floor length chocolate round table cloths and placed a square organza copper overlay on top -- which gave a subtle pink cast. In the center of the tables we placed a ivory colored square napkin and then set a series of 3 pink Depression glass pieces on top of the napkin.
Each table had one candle holder, a water pitcher and then one other piece of Depression glass. We placed a single daisy in bud vases, gold foil wrapped candy in candy dishes, candles in the candle holders and water in the pitches. Useful and gorgeous -- what could be better?
It was unique, beautiful and, best of all, personal. Her mother and grandmother were thrilled to have their collections as part of her special day.
Image Credit: Le Petit Poulailler at Flickr
Use a collection, a passion
or a theme and highlight it
in your centerpieces.
Try something different for a
unique and unusual centerpiece
your guests will talk about!
Themed Elements to Include - in your Centerpieces
Crystal works for most any occasion. This set includes a frame, vase and dish.
These apothecary style jars and serving board are perfect centerpieces for a French Country Theme. They even have chalkboard labels.
This top hat bucket is the perfect place for a bottle of wine or champagne as well as a Hollywood, New York or black tie theme.
Perfect for an Asian or Far East themed event. Mix and match the vases on tables along with fans, chop sticks and Saki cups.
More Themed Centerpiece Ideas
Globes for a travel theme
Manzanita Branches to hang crystals on for a bling theme
Palm Tree Candle holders for a Tropical or Beach theme
Cuban Cigar Box for a Vintage Cuban or Travel theme...
you get the idea...
Table Shapes - Wedding Trends
Mix it up! It is becoming more and more popular for brides to mix up the shapes and sizes of their guest tables. No longer are they all round or rectangle. Some may seat 6, while other seat the traditional 10. It can look more casual or formal depending on your linen choices and colors.
What size tables does your venue have? 60" round? 72" round? 36" x 36" square? 6ft rectangle? 8ft rectangle?
Try mixing them up and making new shapes and sizes like the illustrations below.
Images: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
Mix round and rectangle or rectangle and square tables. Or mix small round with large round tables. It makes for an interesting and unique look.
While candy buffets will always have a special place in our hearts, more and more brides are choosing to end their special evening with a fabulous dessert buffet.
Consider having individual desserts served in mini martini or cordial glasses. Baskets filled with cookies and bite sized muffins and brownies are always a big hit. Mini cheesecakes, mousses and chiffons are just the right touch of sweet.
Or, if you prefer the grandness of whole cakes and pies, set your buffet with cake plates, risers and tiered stands loaded with grandmas' famous strawberry pie, hummingbird cake or Georgia peach cobbler. Accent the table with fabrics in your color scheme or place items that represent your theme in and around the table. Different heights, textures, colors and dishes will add interest to your dessert display and make the food seem even more irresistible.
Dessert buffets are gaining ground in the wedding trends this year. Make one for your special day!
Image Credit: Shauna Younge Dessert Tables at Flickr/p
Resources for Candy Buffets - Ideas for Candy Buffets and Sweets Tables at Wedding
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Organization is Key!
Presentation Boards are a Growing Trend
You need to be organized when planning a wedding. Getting your ideas across to key people and staying on track is very important to the bottom line of hosting an event. Brides are organized and getting more so everyday.
Interior designers use presentation boards when making a pitch to a potential client. A presentation board allows you to get the feel of a theme or overall concept by combining the colors, textures, table placement, centerpieces and room decor all on one board. It is a great way to translate an idea from your head to a visual feature you can share with friends, family, wedding planners, bakers, florists and more.
They are not hard to make and you can update them as you go along with any changes, additions or deletions you decide upon. Buy a project board from the office supply section at a box chain or craft store and start adding things you want to incorporate for your wedding -- photos, fabric swatches, floor plans, centerpiece photos, flowers, etc... The one pictured right is an example for a Las Vegas themed event.
Image: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee
What do you say?
Which is your favorite wedding trend?
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