Happy New Year and Hello Wedding Trends!Another year of weddings has gone by and we are ringing in the new year with this list of wedding trends for 2019. We are so excited to see the romance, design, and wow-elements that this year will bring in the world of wedding trends!
Extended EngagementsTake the pressure off yourselves and set your wedding date far in the future and just enjoy each step of the process. Put on all the fun little events that happen while you are engaged, like the engagement party or dinner. This is also a good time to take care of your body so that you are feeling and looking your absolute best on your big day. Having a longer engagement will help you finance your wedding, but it also gives you time for financial talks as a couple. Set goals to prioritize and start your married life on the same page.
Backyard WeddingsOne of Pinterest’s highest searched keywords by brides-to-be last year was “Backyard Weddings”! This has always been a popular choice for couples and families looking for a budget friendly venue option that is comfortable for everyone. We love the backyard wedding because helps set your guests at ease and puts everyone in the mood to party! It’s nice being able to save a little money to put towards a future home, your honeymoon, or maybe beef up the design budget. Photo from Minnow Park Photography.
Violet Florals2019 Florals will be wild, bold, and free! We will see violet colored flowers making a splash in many bouquets and floral designs. Pantone’s color of the year was purple! Think bright orchids and vervain, or pretty pansies that will pack a purple punch.
Alternate Reception EntertainmentWe are really looking forward to seeing are all the unique entertainment ideas for 2019 weddings. Having a DJ or band for music is surely a must to get everyone moving during the reception. However, having other types of entertainment for your guests to be involved with throughout the evening will put everyone in party mode! For example think, tarot readings, a classic photo booth, ice cream bar, horse shoes, archery or acrobatic performers! Don’t forget to hire a photographer to capture all the candid instagrammable moments! Photo from Style Me Pretty. The Best Fall Bridal Looks from 2018. Pass these four trends along to your brides as a perfect option to try: Off-the shoulder, detailed backs, royal inspired, and minimalist. Photos by Lucky Bridals.
Let’s start with the invitations!Your initial party starter is the invitation! We promise your guests will love an invitation as glamorous as your special event intends to be. Have fun designing a chic and shining look like this one: Photo by: Apryl Ann
What’s the best theme for a New Year’s Eve wedding?Our two “go-to” themes when it comes to a New Year's Eve wedding: a chic black tie event or a festive roaring twenties party! Or better yet, find a way to blend the two themes in a chic modern way! That means sequins, geometric elements, gold, satin fabric, fringe, and art-deco designs! Just think of all the table centerpiece possibilities! This wedding shoot designed by Birds of a Feather is exactly what we are talking about. Photo by: Apryl Ann
Party the night away!The countdown to midnight will be the highlight of the your New Year's Eve wedding. Second to your “I dos” of course. To play into the magic, you’ll want to do these five things to ensure you are ready to party the night away!
- Have a DJ or band ready to get the dance floor raging as the evening progresses and the New Year gets closer
- Have a change of comfortable shoes for the dance floor
- Consider having a party dress to change into for the reception and dancing so you can really let loose on the dance floor
- Have lots of champagne and easy to eat foods available for your partying guests to recharge with throughout the evening
- Have a photo booth with fun props to make some really fun memories with your friends and family
Bring on the bubbly for Your New Year's Eve Wedding!Ringing in the New Year isn’t complete without the sound of clinking glasses and a shared kiss with a loved one! A glittering tower of champagne glasses is always a huge hit at New Year’s Eve wedding! Also, don’t forget to offer a non-alcoholic option like, sparkling cider for your guests as well.Photo by: Jennifer Domenick - Love Life Images
Happy New Year!!We love a good New Year’s Eve wedding and adding some or all of these elements to your event will make sure you and your guests have a memorable night. Each year you’ll probably get calls asking if you are hosting another NYE bash!Photo by: Apryl Ann
“There is definitely a 'red carpet moment' to a bride's wedding day, but when designing for bridal, it is important to focus on the details that will captivate and capture the imagination of the bride - she has to fall in love with the gown.” - Jenny Packham, UK bridal gown designer
Top trends for winter wedding dressesBig Ball Gowns Each year we see the timeless ball gown in a few collections. This year we saw them in nearly everyone’s collections and it looks like “the bigger the better”! Let’s just say if you can fit through a doorway in your gown, it isn’t big enough. Full-Length Shimmer Sequins, pearls, and iridescent fabrics from head to toe are your key to magical winter wedding dresses! Brides with Bows A gown with a subtle or statement bow accent is perhaps the cutest trend for winter wedding gowns this year. Metallics Metallics look effortlessly cool. If you are having a wedding closer to New Year’s then rocking this look is perfect! You’ll be a showstopper in silver, gold, or a shimmering rose! Dresses with High Neck Practical for wedding and sensibly sweet, the gowns with high necks are totally trending for 2019. It’s a beautiful modest look perfect for church weddings too! Foliage Appliqué Foliage is becoming embedded in wedding designs from the floristry to the decor and now on wedding gowns. We adore this gown by Berta. It reminds of an icy winter wonderland!
When it comes time to “set the table” the key to remember when designing a centerpiece is balance.
The 4 best design tips for wedding centerpieces
How many tables do I need and what shape are they?The first consideration when designing centerpieces is to determine how many you need and what types of tables they will be on. Long rectangular tables typically have a runner with several centerpieces placed down the length of the table. Small, usually round, tables for smaller groups of guests will have one main centerpiece.
What’s my budget?While some brides enjoy the creative DIY process, it can also get pricey if you don’t know where to buy bulk supplies. Working with a vendor will take away the stress of building centerpieces on your own and you’ll know the cost upfront. A typical budget is $30-$60 per each professionally made wedding centerpiece.
How tall should the centerpiece be?The overall size of the room will help to determine the height of the centerpiece. Small round centerpieces will get lost in a reception hall with tall ceilings. Large full centerpieces will overpower the space in a small venue. Finding the right balance for your reception tables is important. Here’s a tip: Choosing centerpieces that are “chin height” elevates your guests’ conversations to just the right volume signaling to the room that you are all having a great time! The opposite effect will occur with a tall overhanging centerpiece. It brings a little more intimacy and signals your guests to keep their voices at a lower volume.
What color should I pick for my wedding centerpiece?By the time you are designing the centerpiece for your reception you should already have a strong sense of the color palette. Your color choices should be consistent with your overall theme. Already have your theme in mind? Check out these centerpiece ideas from the Wedding Wire for a variety of themed centerpieces.
Final touchesWhen you have your overall wedding theme and concept for the table setting the next step is to determine how to arrange the elements on the table. To keep position on the table anchor the centerpiece with a base like stacked books, a tray, or a piece of wood. From here you can add just about anything to create your arrangement unique; consider candles, vases, greenery, shells, stones, photos, lanterns, or seasonal fruit and vegetables.Finally, delicate accents can easily bring the look together without over doing it. Use fuller bouquets to bring weight to a massive venue. Or go light with a few thin stems in a clear vase. Remember the key is balance.
“Of all heroic pursuits large or small, we believe there may be none greater than a life well loved.” – Magnolia ManifestoWe think it's also the perfect manifesto for a simple barn wedding and the start of your life as a new couple! Using this manifesto and Joanna Gaines' aesthetic as our guide we are sharing 6 design tips to create a wedding reception that exudes life and love in a modern farm aesthetic.
The key to creating a wedding reception fit for any Joanna Gaines fan is to create a space that feels lived in and personal.
6 design tips for a simple barn wedding reception:
- The color palette should include neutral colors like: gray, white, pale pink, tan, or soft yellow.
- Use greenery as your accent color and accessorize the space with wooden decor, like these wooden heart confetti.
- Your dinnerware and glasses should be traditional and again go for a clean neutral color here. For another pop of color on your neutral table you can consider using copper and bronze utensils and decor.
- Mason jars. Mason Jars everywhere. You can use them everywhere from the dinner table, to centerpieces, to the guestbook table and more. They are cheap and handy in a lot of ways.
- Borrow or purchase mix-n-match wood furniture for the chairs and reception tables. As we mentioned above, the key to this aesthetic is making it feel "lived in".
- Have fun personalizing your reception tables with chalkboard elements.
Shop Wedding Collectibles online for the perfect table accessories!Just a few simple wedding elements can come together to create a stunning chic set-up and many can be found in our online shop. Checkout the products below and let us know which ones are your favorite for a barn wedding!
Bright Blue & Fuchsia
Marigold & Poppy Red
Navy & SageOne of the airier color combos we are loving this summer, navy and sage make for a wonderfully romantic wedding.
Evergreen and GoldLucille Photo Gold seems to be a shining star this year and is showing up everywhere. It may have something to do with it's easy elegance and warmth that can make any wedding feel formal and inviting at the same time. Pair it with greenery and you've got yourself a pretty magical wedding color palette!
RainbowRainbow doesn't have to mean Care Bears and an 8 year old's birthday party. In fact, in the wedding world it 100% shouldn't mean that. Instead it can be a warm, vibrant, and fun wedding style that takes your breath away. We've been seeing rainbow weddings popping up all over and we LOVE it! Colored glass and candlesticks are some of our favorite wedding accessories to help pull this look off!
Tip One: Pair the bold with something taming.If you want to use fuchsia as you main wedding color, we so GO FOR IT. A lot of people say that the bold color should only be the accent. Like wearing bright shoes with a neutral outfit. However, we think that the bold color can be center stage, you just need to frame it with something neutral and soft. Taupe, Grey, Greiges, are all colors that can pretty quickly create a feel of sophistication. So let your fuchsia be bold and beautiful with a neutral backdrop to tame it down a tad.
Tip Two: Let Nature Build Your BoldFlowers are a perfect way to implement your bold colors and still look classy. This doesn't mean dying flowers the colors you want, but using flowers that naturally have your bold color of choice. Along with flowers, you can look at gemstones too! Nature is full of fun, vibrant colors. Use it to your advantage.
Tip Three: Look at the Little DetailsRemember to take advantage of all the ways color can come into play with your wedding accessories. Everything from your wedding invitations to your bouquet to your table numbers can really establish your color scheme, showing off your bold color choices.
The biggest thing you need to do as you work with your wedding planner, is to be sure to think about the big picture and color on purpose!
Wedding Theme: Alice in Wonderland WeddingPhoto Credit: Shoot It Photography styled by From the Wilde Products A great way to infuse your wedding with playfulness is to let your design be inspired by a theme. Of course, you want to avoid your wedding theme causing a look of an 8 year old's birthday party, but done right, a wedding theme can lead to some of the most spectacular wedding styles. Today we are looking at the classic and whimsical tale of Alice in Wonderland. This story may not be a romantic story, but it's magical whimsy really captures the feeling that is falling in love! For this wedding theme, we encourage brides to be INSPIRED versus directly pulling exact images from the classic tale.
What do we mean by this?
- Dress your bridesmaids in pretty light blue dresses, but not an Alice costume with headband and all.
- Your flower girl could wear a light pink striped dress to infer to the Cheshire cat, but no need to have Cheshire grins floating in the trees.
- Have the groom's wardrobe include a classic pocket-watch (bonus points if it's a family heirloom), but nothing over-sized and goofy.
- Playing cards would be great place cards, but there is no need to make them look like they can walk off the table on their own.
- Splattered red white roses can be fun, but perhaps not as the centerpiece of every table and definitely NOT over-sized.
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For more ideas on how to achieve your dream Alice in Wonderland Wedding, check out our theme board on Pinterest!
An Embroidery WeddingEmbroidery. It can be something done over the top and artsy or can be really delicate and just lovely. Either way, we at wedding collectibles are kind of falling in love with embroidery on your wedding day. If your like what? That stuff on my grandmother's pillow? That can't be pretty at a wedding. Let's just say - and we mean this in the nicest way possible - you are just dead wrong. Take a look. You won't be disappointed!
The Wedding DressEven with the embroidery on this dress being more traditional in style and patch worked ,it looks like it is exactly the way it was meant to be. You could actually probably do something similar with your bridal handkerchief. With this style, it would be easy to include a little something old, borrowed, new and even blue! One thing we love, is while the embroidery definitely makes this dress different, it doesn't overpower the dress and it is still very bridal. For example, this dress was posted in the Jadadreaming etsy shop, whose designer Jada, makes custom pieces. If you like this dress, her work might just be the perfect fit for you! Next, the embroidery in this gown flows so perfectly, the dress just wouldn't exist without it. Again, a gown with embroidery like this really just adds a little personality and beauty. It is like the cherry on top to a gown that says, "I am getting married. I am in love." This gown was the jewel of a western-inspired wedding featured on bride.com and is a Needle and Thread gown from Net-A-Porter.
The Wedding CakeA lace and embroidery styled wedding cake isn't a brand new idea, but it is a pretty one. What's great is it opens the door to having a very traditional wedding cake without it being the traditional all white. Another great opportunity embroidery offers is bringing in a touch of culture - like this Mexican inspired embroidery cake from Sweet Art Cakes.
The GroomThe bride isn't the only one that can create an embroidery wedding look! Ayumi Embroidery Works makes this particular bow tie.
The DecorA lot of blogs suggest an embroidery wedding as part of a boho wedding theme, which we are sure works great, but it isn't the only style it works for. In fact, with the large variety of styles open, embroidery really can be infused into any wedding! Whether its a backdrop or table numbers, a touch of embroidery can really add some whimsy.
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What to do when your Dream Wedding Ends up on a Wedding Trend Don't ListWho the EFF cares what "they" think?! Whether it is friends or a blogger on GQ, what matters most when it comes to planning your wedding is what you like and what you want your wedding to look like. For example, if you want to use mason jars as part of your centerpieces or have a photo booth with props for your guests to take pictures, then go for it! Don't let your best friend tell you she thinks mason jars are sooooo over and definitely don't let a blogger talk you out of it. (Though, Jessie Mooney does bring up a good point in her blog 9 Trends Wedding Planners Hate as Much as You Do that photo booths can create a bottle neck. Instead of nixing them completely, maybe make a plan on how to avoid the problem!).
Ask yourself these three questions:
- What do you want your wedding to be like? Pin the pins, create your vision boards, read the bridal magazines and determine what your want.
- Why do you want it to be that way? Then decide where your motivation comes from. Is it because you think it is beautiful or fun? Or is it because you are determined to be in style and on trend? If it is the latter, than having your wedding plans touted as being out dated matters. If it is because it is what you love, then others not liking it doesn't really matter.
- Will it work? Is it functional? If yes, roll with it. If not, then maybe rethink the idea!
Bridesmaid Dresses: To Match or Not to Match, That is Every Bride's Question
One of the many wedding cliches that everyone likes at and every bride's potential bridesmaid fears is the ugly bridesmaid dress. There have been years of wedding and generation of bridesmaids that have endured ballooned sleeves, satin, velvet, lace worthy of a doily, and prints that can be found in your grandmother's left over quilting scraps. It is like a train of "What was she thinking" and five minute trends.Now, we realize that some of what we call ugly today, may have truly been the style ten years ago, but the thing we are hoping to help you avoid is being in that list of ugly dresses ten years from now five years from now, next years and the day those horridly wonderful curtains walk down the aisle.
What your bridesmaids wear is going to be a direct reflection of your (the bride's) taste and since having ugly dresses is such a cliches, it is going to be something everyone will look for. So, what are the danger zone and how can you avoid fitting the cliche? Let's take a look at the options. 1) You pick everything head to toe and everyone wears the same dress. Let's go on a little journey. Think about the families you see at Disneyland or tourist attractions that are all matching. If the kids are all under five it might be cute, but any older and it could tip on the tacky side. Depends on how it is done? Okay. Now remember your family photos. Is anyone a little too matchy? Is it over bearing? A little? Still sometimes cute? Okay, now think about your bridesmaids. Do they all have the same hair color, skin tone and body type? No. Then they are not going to look good in the exact same thing. (ie. don't put a red head in bright orange, hot pink, or red and don't put someone with really pale skin in pale peach. It just won't translate very well. We don't say this to bash on matching bridesmaid dresses, as you can see the very first picture in this post has bridesmaid in matching dresses and it looks great, but we just want you to be careful because this is the highest danger zone for falling into the cliche. If you really want to have all your girls matching, then take them with you shopping. This doesn't mean you need their opinion per se, but so you can see how everyone looks in the dress options. Or, take a look at option two. 2) Pick one element, they pick the rest (perhaps with some guidelines).
This really is the best middle ground option. It works best if you pick out a skirt for all the girls to wear and then have them find and pick out their tops, accessories, or shoes. Other things you could do is pick out a cardigan, statement necklace, or matching shoes. Once you have sent out the piece you are require them to wear, they can then fill in the rest. It is, of course, usually best to give them a color palette to work from so that everyone coordinates with each other and your overall wedding look, but, other than that, let them decide. This gives you flexibility, but also allows you some more control. 3)Pick a color and they pick the rest. This option is for the bride that doesn't have her heart set one everyone matching or would like one less thing they need to fully decide on. The idea here is that each bridesmaid would be told what color scheme you want and then would be given the freedom on deciding what to wear. By doing this, you allow your bridesmaids to find things that they will feel beautiful in and will want to wear again. If you are worried, you can have everyone send you pictures if you want to keep tabs on how everyone will coordinate, or if everyone is local, you can have a girl's day shopping trip so that everyone can work off of each other and find what they want.