Top Wedding Trends
The current wedding trends are ritzy details and elaborate eight-hour affairs. With smaller guest lists, weddings are taking on a more A-list status.
Saying thanks has become just as elaborate as the wedding affair itself. Couples are now adding to their wedding sensation factor with both welcome and farewell gifts. Wedding favors will never go out of style and robust welcome bags are gaining attention. These monogrammed gift bags are especially welcome at weekend weddings with out-of-town guests. The trend for welcome wedding favors is to fill anything from a personalized tote to a rustic handmade paper bag with carefully-chosen snacks, local sweets, and weekend itinerary. Leave these goody bags in your guests’ hotel rooms. Welcome gifts at the actual wedding are simple place card holder gifts or menu cards on sandalwood fan favors. Farewell wedding favors are edible favors, such as personalized candy bar favors, or delectable monogrammed truffles and cakes.
In addition to a delicious wedding cake, caterers are introducing passed desserts. Hors d’oevres-sized confections such as mini ice cream cones and bite-sized tarts that guest can grab without have to leave the dance floor. Chocolate Cakes are back in a big way and it’s no longer just for the groom’s cake. Dark chocolate fondant and butter cream, as well as fondants in bright colors, are most popular. Personalized cake toppers, such as silver monograms are definitely a charming new detail. It makes a longer lasting keepsake than a year old tier of your cake.
For entertainment, hand over the spotlight to your talented guests. Include friends or love ones with a knack for music, a flair for public speaking, or even a talent for dancing. A truly first rate act from a family member or friend is the hot new way to personalize your wedding. Couples are going classic with a distinctly modern twist for the first dance songs this year. Couples are dancing to the classic song versions by the more contemporary artists. Some favorite wedding songs are “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” by Lauren Hill, “Sea of Love” by Cat Power, and “Take My Breath Away” by Jessica Simpson. With the elaboration of the lengthy weddings couples are opting for the sweetheart table. The sweetheart table, where the bride and groom can grab a quiet moment is now in big demand. Reception venues also opt for the sweetheart table rather that a bridal party table, as it requires less space and leaves more room for the elaborate weddings and its grand floral displays.
The hottest twist to the champagne toast is pink champagne. To coordinate with that, think purple. This year purple, in every tone is in style. Making your wedding affair glamorous with this royal shade is easy. Patterns are also in vogue for this years wedding style. Think starbursts, swirls, and playful dots in anything form the wedding invitations to the bridesmaid dresses, wedding cake, and cocktail napkins. Trend on colorful weddings has transferred on the wedding gowns also. Accents of subtle color on gorgeous gowns are popular. Pale blue, blush pink, and light lavender are beautiful on the wedding gowns. The style on the wedding gowns is all glamour and plunging necklines. The new neckline is definitely a plunging halter, and the hottest gowns go as low as you dare. For men there is a new twist and attire is not dependent on morning or evening wedding affairs. Morning coats, also called cutaway coats, featuring long rounded off jackets with no satin detailing are back after a hiatus. Traditionally worn at morning or daytime weddings in lieu of a more formal tuxedo, the morning coat is showing up at all times of the day or night. The morning coat is being worn by the groom at weddings in both black and gray.
The addition to these elaborate weddings is aided by the rise in interfaith and intercultural marriages. As interfaith and intercultural marriages become the new norm, having two ceremonies (one Chinese ceremony and one traditional ceremony, or one Hindu ceremony and one traditional ceremony) is becoming the new norm also. Guests are invited to attend two ceremonies and the programs explain the meanings and significance of all the cultural and religious aspects for those less familiar. Both ceremonies tend to be elaborate and neither event is neglected. This is also leading to a fashion trend. Brides are wearing tow gowns and changing between the ceremonies. Often, the couple will wear traditional attire according to the cultures and religion and then western attire. DIY vows are also a trend. Whether you’re have a religious or civil ceremony, reciting personally-penned vows is becoming as standard as kissing the bride. It is important to check with your officiant first and ask if it is okay to write your own vows.
The last but not lease, there is a new trend to the honeymoon also. The road trip has gone five star as honeymooners are using their postnuptial trips to rent a sleek convertible and drive through the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Road trips have also gone international. Couples are taking honeymoon drives through Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Burgundy in France, and Germany’s Black Forest. Honeymoon drives allow couples to talk and interact more, rather than busy and time constrained tours and trips.
The latest in wedding trend is to think big extravagance and lots of personal touches. All couples want to do something new and add a twist to their wedding. The current trend is to go all out with no hesitation.
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