by Joyce Scardina Becker, CMP, Events of Distinction
Here are seven hip tips for couples and their wedding professionals, as well as sneak peeks on coming trends:
1. Choosing the Perfect Place and Time
Just like people who are now choosing to go on “staycations” with their time off, brides and grooms are carefully considering the pocketbooks of their guests, and are selecting sites in their neck of the woods in lieu of distant destination weddings. The newest urban hotspots are rooftop gardens offering al fresco event space.
Although Saturday evenings will always be a preferred time for brides and grooms to host their weddings, Fridays and Thursdays are becoming popular as well.
Couples will continue to consult the calendar for auspicious days to tie the knot. Remember the bridal bonanzas back on 7-7-07 and 8-8-08? For this year, couples are betting on 10-10-10 as a favorable day for wedded bliss! Couples also choose lucky dates based on personal circumstances, such as getting married on the date they were engaged or getting married on a parent’s anniversary.
2. Getting a Grip on the Guest List
Brides still want their weddings to be lovely and lavish, and one way to ensure an elegant experience is to make the guest list more intimate in size. These days, 80 to 150 guests is the norm.
But beware: the headcount that brides and grooms initially guesstimate often significantly differs from the more precise result that comes from preparing a list of each and every guest they wish to invite. Click here for more help with your guest count.
3. Transforming Dreams into Designs
The trade secret to finding a “trendy” wedding design does not come from following the latest fads, but from conveying the bride and groom’s unique personalities. Wedding planners and designers will continue to convert the couple’s dreams into a workable plan by finding inspiration points, shaping their visions and using all five senses to reveal the wedding day experience. Couples aren’t revealing details of their wedding plans to their family and friends, in order to keep guests on the edge of their seats throughout the planning process and on the wedding day.
4. Embracing Color
“Escapism,” “Saturated” and “Bold” are words that come to mind as color lifts the spirit for weddings in 2010. It’s a new decade, after all! Put together extraordinary and unexpected color combinations…be daring. Here are some palettes to ponder:
- Turquoise with Amparo Blue (bright, energetic blue) and a shot of Orange
- Turquoise with Copper and a splash of Seafoam Mint and Spray Whites
- Coral paired with an Aurora Yellow and Dover Silver
- Tomato Puree (this spring’s new red) with fuchsia and purples
- A pale, cool palette of Violet, Lavender, Deeper Hues of Purple and Opulent Gold Accessories
Approach designing a wedding like an interior decorator designs rooms in a home. From ceremony to cocktails to dinner and the after-party, each room represents a transition of space, having its own personal identity, so no two rooms need to be all the same colors, same linens and same flowers. Glam up tabletop designs with color glass stones and brooches.
5. Sensational Ceremonies
Create ceremony seating in the “round” or “square” with the wedding couple and officiant in the center. Explore the many options available today in various colors and sizes of chairs, cushions, chair caps and liners. For a beach theme wedding, consider benches with cushions. Or on a large, lush lawn, try a spiral circle of ottomans…oh so Zen!
6. Station Creations
Don’t just throw on any old linen for your hors d’oeuvres and beverage stations. Often overlooked during the design process, clearly crafted food and beverage stations provide a high-profile opportunity to artistically express the wedding design concept.
7. Sweet Dreams
Cutting the wedding cake will always remain a wedding tradition, but other imaginative ways abound for giving guests their just desserts. Create a fabulous “All Things Chocolate Station” which includes every imaginable form of chocolate—ice cream, truffles, mousse parfait, hot chocolate shots and macaroons paired with dark chocolate martinis—even the tabletop surface can be made of chocolate!
Cupcakes have been over-exposed, and petit fours will be the next trend because they are precious to look at and delicious to eat.
How about butler-passed “Good Night Treats”—farewell fare for guests to munch on while they waited for their valet-parked cars, such as gourmet mini-burgers or waffle ice cream cones filled with gelato. Couples can have the valet parking attendants place bottled waters in each car.
While 2010 wedding celebrations may not be as extravagant as in times past, there will be no decline in creativity!
Joyce Scardina Becker is a Certified by the Guide Wedding Planner, a Certified Wedding Consultant (CWC) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with over 25 years of industry experience. She is the author of Countdown to Your Perfect Wedding.