2012 Wedding Trends: A Year in Review

We are looking back at 2012 Wedding Trends: A Year in Review

Hey Beautiful People!

As we approach the end of 2012, it’s time to reflect and revisit some of the beautiful designs we’ve experienced this past year. From wedding gowns,  to eclectic table design, we’re looking back at some pretty amazing weddings.  Join us on this journey and let these terrific visuals stimulate you for YOUR next event!!!

A beautiful, sexy shoe in your favorite color under your gown? We saw that in 2012 and we definitely want to see it again in 2013. That trend is a keeper!

Couples found some unique ways to set up their wedding ceremonies and their guests loved it!!

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Chair design played an important role in the overall decor for the recetio.Source: stylemepretty.com via Land and Sea Event Planning on Pinterest

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Who knew that blush pink would be the breakout color for wedding gowns in 2012? If you missed it, check out Jessica Biel’s wedding dress!

 

Some brides left the traditional veils behind and opted for a simple, yet beautiful headpiece accessory.

 

Barnyard weddings made a big splash for 2012–we expect to see more of these in 2013!

Mason jars were at almost every outdoor wedding…have we seen the last of them? Only time will tell!

 

We’ve seen a HUGE push for suspended centerpieces. Check out these hanging branches flanked by table numbers. And whatever you do, don’t forget to include candles….everywhere. We believe there can never be too many….LOVE!

 

Clean, modern, minimal…our city brides LOVE this!

Lounge furniture showed up at a bunch of weddings – and we never saw the same design twice! Grab some custom pillows with your monogram and don’t forget to use LEDs to light up the furniture! POW!

 

Brides want different, so they are considering necklines other than strapless…we are definitely going to see some lovely necklines in lace, off-the-shoulder, spaghetti straps, one-shoulder, and much more! And the back of the dress will become more of a focal point for the more daring brides…we can’t wait to see it all in 2013!

The sweetheart table may be replaced by take a back seat to the old-school head table or dais, which is making  a comeback. We’ll be designing a few, but with a modern twist. For those that do have the sweetheart table, make sure it’s a show-stopper like this one! 

 

Burlap was big in 2012…and will continue to be present in 2013.

Custom signs for the outdoor wedding is one of the fun elements we love! 

 

Buffet vs. Sit Down vs. Stations vs. Cocktail Reception….couples pushed the envelope to entice their guests with eclectic food service at their weddings. Whatever you decide, make it an engaging, yet delicious experience. Food trucks anyone?

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Not Engaged Yet? Plan Your Wedding Anyway!!!

Hello Lovely Brides-To-Be!!!

You’re probably wondering  about that crazy title…let me explain.

So, we are knee-deep in “Engagement Season” right now. So many guys are planning on popping the question between Christmas and New Year’s, right?  And you’re probably wondering if your wonderful beau is one of those guys. Sometimes he’ll give you a hint; but you can’t be too sure until it happens. Well, don’t spoil your holidays stressing and worrying about when it’s going to happen. While you’re waiting for that special moment, you can get busy and be productive by starting your preliminary wedding planning.

 

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Start researching and saving ideas now so that you have a jump start on your planning. The best place to start is with Pinterest.com. Pinterest is a great place to find inspirational pictures of any wedding-related (or non-wedding related) idea. Use the search bar to find great pictures – then pin them to your own inspiration board. Before you know it, you’ll have your own wedding story illustrated in one compact place.

Ceremony and Reception – one of the biggest price tags for your wedding will be your venue and menu. If you’ve been eyeing that gorgeous mansion or castle, find out how much it will cost to get married there. Remember, pricing is usually dependent on a variety of things, including the month you choose.

Don’t get too bogged down with the details…have fun with it! Just think…once you get that rock, you’ll already have a head start!

Name Your Tables with Style!

We believe in bringing unique elements to your wedding to show your individual taste and style–and give your guests a “different” experience. You don’t always need to spend a ton of money or be over-the-top if that’s not your style. One way to do that is with table numbers or names. You can tie in your wedding theme or color…or you can name the tables after your favorite restaurants, cities, or recording artists. There are so many ways you can go with this….the sky’s the limit! And..it’s a wonderful conversation piece for your guests when they are seated at their table. Your stationer can do these for you — or if you’ve got a really great planner, he/she can take care of that for you! Here are some pics that will get your creative juices going!


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Bridal Hair Jewelry!

Hey Everyone!

Hope your Tuesday is fabulous so far! Our minds are very deeply entrenched in “what to wear” right now, being obsessed with bridal fashion. Everyone’s been thinking about the gown, but let’s spend some time considering the bridal headpiece. Yes – veils are still in fashion – there are so many types to choose from. But, in 2012, we’re seeing a trend toward a simpler, more unique headdress. Have a look at this lovely piece. It’s very beautiful and compliments any hair style. We are inspired by the designer, Mercedes Crescimbeni (Mercedes is also known for her exemplary work as a bridal makeup/hair stylist) – check out her custom headpiece designs at: http://couturebymc.com/

Headpiece designed by CouturebyMC: http://couturebymc.com/

Today we are dreaming of…..Dessert Bars!

Today is Tuesday – and we are immersed in thoughts of Sweets!

This is because we’re working on a dessert bar for this weekend’s Surprise 40th Birthday Bash! Instead of having a Candy Buffet, we’ve decided to do a Dessert Bar, rich with not only candy, but a wealth of other treats too. We will have a cake/cupcake display and use this as the centerpiece for the table. Then we will add the candy, cookies, moonpies and other wonderful treats!  Whenever you’re building your dessert bar, remember that it’s important to add decorative accents to your table like a table runner, candles, flowers….anything that will enhance the theme. Stay tuned for our blog post next week as we’ll be sure to share the pics of this weekend’s creation! Below..we’re gathering inspiration from some great ideas we found online for dessert bars!

Beach-themed dessert buffet!


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S’mores, graham crackers, chocolate…yumm!!

Yellow, Black and White buffet – very pretty color combination!

Are you working on a dessert bar or candy buffet for your wedding or event? Have you done any in the past? Tell us your theme and colors  – share your vision with us! We’d love to hear from you!

A Different Wedding Gown!

We've all seen the normal strapless, ballroom gown on so many brides. While strapless tends to be the most flattering, why not spice up your look and show off those gorgeous legs with something unexpected like bright red shoes and a short hemline?

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Flowy gowns are a beautiful statement and what better way to show it off than with an adornment of flowers from the waist down….

This gown is a true show-stopper with a beautiful blue lining. Absolutely gorgeous -- we suggest pairing it with a blue designer shoe...hey - if you're gonna do it...go all the way!!

Happy International Womens’ Day!!!

Wow! We are excited about today being International Womens Day! I’ve always celebrated being a woman on a daily basis. There are just so many cool things about being a woman, one of them being that we are multi-faceted creatures.

That being said, we’d like to pay tribute to some amazing women in our favorite arena: The Wedding Industry. Here are some phenomenal ladies that found their passion and ran with it! They inspire us each day and make us work harder to improve in our business and in our overall lives! Today we salute each of you!!!

Stacie Ivers Francombe – Founder, Inspire Smart Success – Stacie’s smart tips and advice provided daily on her facebook page (www.facebook.com/inspiresmartsuccess) is a true must-read for me every day. I’ve learned so much from the dialogue and blog excerpts that Stacie provides every day. As a planner, it’s so helpful to interact with an industry leader like Stacie, and I’m so glad she’s provided this awesome platform where our colleagues can ask questions, help each other and gain valuable information to drive our business forward. “Stacie is committed to changing how the wedding industry learns and networks, both one-on-one through her mentoring program, as a group with fun, educational seminars and networking events, and individually, providing wedding industry professionals with a magazine they can learn from at their leisure. Stacie loves nothing more than being able to use her talents and knowledge to help the wedding industry grow and thrive and to see wedding vendors find success through using smart business practices.” Check out Stacie’s INSPIRING brand at: http://www.inspiresmartsuccess.com

Diann ValentineWedding and Event Designer, Interior Designer, Author of Weddings Valentine Style, and WeTV Wedding Expert – Diann has been in the business for some time and has always stayed ahead of the designing curve.  When you visit Diann’s website, you’ll see that her events are all over-the-top designs that are never repeated. When you visit Diann’s website, you’ll see that her events are all over-the-top designs that are never repeated. This lady has an uncanny flair for the extravagant and it shows in her weddings and events. Her drive is clearly unparalleled as we can see with her list of credits ranging from Interior Designer to TV personality. We applaud Diann on her outstanding achievements and we can’t wait to see what mountain she’ll be climbing next! Check out Diann’s DESIGNING brand at http://www.diannvalentine.com

Stacey WelchOwner, LiVay Sweet Shop – Stacey is a very dear friend and highly respected colleague in the event industry. Stacey has an extensive background including the beauty industry, stationary industry, and most recently, the baked goods industry. One step into LiVay Sweet Shop and you are entered into a world of delectable sweets. Her repertoire of yummy treats includes chocolates, cake pops, wedding cakes, cupcake towers, and much more…..but don’t forget to stop in for a quick bite of ice cream, which is available daily! LiVay Sweet Shop is THE place to visit for your edible wedding favors. Stacey’s packaging is impeccable and custom designed for any wedding or event. This busy mom of two takes great pride and care with every item she bakes for her clients. Check out Stacey’s DELICIOUS brand at http://www.livaysweetshop.com