This past month has been a whirlwind of weddings. Over the past 10 months, I’ve witnessed four friends (four couples) get married, and of that four, three were in the past month! Which, of course, made me think about my wedding and how I really enjoyed planning the entire thing. For a brief while, I even considered starting my own business as a wedding planner! It’s still a dream of mine, but one that probably won’t come to fruition for another 5-10 years. So, with that, I thought I’d do a Friday Favorites post on my favorite wedding trends!
1. Earthy, Neutral Wedding Color Palettes
I am in love with the latest trend of incorporating earthy, neutral tones into the wedding color scheme. Creams and greens, paired with taupe and light browns are the sweet and simple colors that dreams are made of. Earthy inspirations also add a touch of whimsy to the day, by bringing a bit of the outdoors indoors. Hints of gold or copper can go even further to create a night-time elegance that is perfect for any style wedding, no matter how casual or opulent you want your day to be. These colors can’t help but suggest understated elegance, plus they’re going to be a classic color pairing that won’t leave you cringing when you look back at your wedding photos 20 years from now.
2. Family Style Reception Dinner Service
There’s nothing that inspires the feeling of love and closeness like family style dining. Brides and grooms are now choosing to forgo the traditional plated service in favor of serving food “family style” at the tables. This style allows for large plates of food to be served at the table, and individual guests serve themselves, never requiring anyone to leave. This style really encourages guests to get to know one another, especially if you have some out-of-town guests that aren’t familiar with everyone sitting next to them. Combine this with long tables that seat several (instead of smaller tables seating 6-8) and you’ve recreated the dining set-up from your favorite old-world restaurant!
3. Typography Invitations
New trends in wedding invitations are all about reminding the readers what is most important, the actual words! Typography is the art of arranging type in the most appealing way possible, and invitations are a perfect place to use this style. What’s more important than the “Who, What, Where, and When” of the wedding? Making sure that the message gets through to your guests is key, and what better way that letting the message really shine than with typography. For added elegance, using letterpress and luxurious paper to make your invites is a trick that will really give your guests something to remember!
4. Textured Cakes
I enjoy fondant as much as the next person, but I can honestly say that nothing gets my tummy rumbling like ultra rich buttercream frosting. Before, brides shied away from buttercream because it wasn’t as sleek and smooth as fondant, but now that textured wedding cakes are making a comeback, buttercream can reclaim the throne. Another trend that textured buttercream really lends itself well to is the ombre effect that is so gorgeous. While it’s true that wedding cakes aren’t around for long, many brides find it more economical to have a small tier or two to show for the cake cutting, and then have sheet cakes in the back that can be cut to serve guests. Bottom line, as long as it tastes amazing, people won’t care if it’s from the cake at the front of the room or from the cake at the back.
5. Making it Personal, a Timeless Trend
This is a trend that really shouldn’t be a trend at all. Above all, a wedding should be a reflection of the bridge and groom, and their life and love together. Weddings are for the happy couple to share their excitement and new beginnings with their closest loved ones, and is a time for celebration and well wishing. Focus on those aspects that really mean the most to you and your significant other, and let those bits shine throughout the ceremony and reception. One of my favorite weddings (as a guest) was one where the wedding and reception just looked like the bride and groom. It was set in Seattle, a location very dear to the bride (and also became a favorite destination for the groom), and incorporated their love of tartan plaids and Wellies (her Welsh heritage) and Slivovitz – a clear liquor (his Slovenian heritage). Their wedding was understated and simple, and it really focused on their love of each other and the simple things in life, which exemplifies their everyday personalities. Those weddings are the type that really stick with the guests, the weddings where the focus is on the love of the couple, rather than on the material “things” used during the day. That is a wedding “Trend” that really shouldn’t be a trend at all, but is one I’d consider of utmost importance, so I had to include it.
And there you have it, my favorite wedding trends! Hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it, and please feel free to add a few favorite of your own in the comments!