12 Hot Wedding Trends – What’s Hot For Weddings Now?

2015 Wedding Trends

DRESSES

1. Gray is the “it” color for wedding apparel this year, with fabrics ranging from silver-gray
to lavender-tinged gray to deep, dark steel gray. Gray looks great with yellow or pink,
and it’s striking with a deep purple.

2. Pink continues its comeback, with shades of it showing up on details within the bride’s
dress, in large splashes on bridesmaids’ gowns and in bouquets.

3. Chocolate brown, so popular last year, remains high on the color wheel of choices for
brides.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of gray, pink or chocolate, but not sure about accent colors, take a
tried-and-true hint from interior designers. Visit the paint department of your favorite home
improvement store and collect strips of paint chips. Take them home, arrange them, and rearrange
them. You’ll soon find your favorites emerging as you ponder the possibilities.

CAKES
4. Influenced by elaborate cake decorating challenges on cable TV shows, we’re seeing
more and more asymmetrical wedding cakes. These askew masterpieces are often quite
colorful, which is another trend we’re seeing plenty of – fewer white-on-white wedding
cakes.

5. For a trendy reception, brides are taking a cue from the recent return of the cupcake fad.
Cupcakes situated on a tower continues to be a popular option, but the new trick is to
order cupcakes in geometric shapes instead of the expected round.

6. If you desire a more traditional wedding cake rather than cupcakes, the geometric-shaped
trend carries over into larger layers, as well. Square-shaped or hexagonal-shaped layers are
popular this year, and stacking the layers can create a unique, eye-catching look.

7. Monochrome cakes still have their place, especially when the bride opts for the ever-
popular black-and-white wedding theme. While black icing in moderation can be quite
striking against a stark white cake, some brides step it up a few notches with intricate
lacey details and splashes of black on their cakes.

FOOD
8. Sample stations have emerged as a popular alternative to a sit-down dinner or buffet.

9. Wine and cheese pairings, champagne bars, coffee, and dessert stations are popping up at
receptions from coast to coast. Other options include potato bars with plenty of toppings,
sushi, seafood, and Tex-Mex stations.

Sample stations can be a very considerate way to pamper your guests who may have special
dietary needs. How about a selection for diabetics, vegetarians, or those with specific food
allergies?

Multi-cultural couples also use food stations as a way to introduce their unique cultures to each
other and to their guests.

LIGHTING
10. On the wall or on the dance floor, projecting your names or initials in light against a
surface can be a striking addition to your reception decor.

Choose a traditional-looking monogram with the bride’s initial on the left, the groom’s initial on
the right, and the initial for the groom’s last name in the center. Or, if the bride is keeping her
own name, go with your first names or initials. Another option is to have a graphic designer
create your own custom logo, incorporating something sentimental from your courtship with your
names or initials. Whether you realized you were meant for each other while high at the Eiffel
Tower or on a Ferris wheel, little details like this can be fabulous touches for your ceremony and
reception.

Check with your DJ to see if they have the equipment needed to reflect your initials or logo at
the reception.

GREEN WEDDINGS
With concern for our earth growing, it’s easy to make subtle changes to make sure your wedding
has less of an impact on the environment.

11. Minimize the amount of driving for your guests by holding the ceremony and reception in
one spot. Sometimes this just isn’t possible. For example, your church won’t allow you to
have a champagne toast or an open bar at your reception. In that case, choose a reception
site that doesn’t require guests to drive to another town.

12. Recycled paper for wedding invitations is another easy way to go green. Or, take that a
step farther and use one of the many beautiful papers with seeds embedded, and ask
recipients to plant them and enjoy the flowers in their yards.

Other ways to go green include wearing a vintage gown, choosing organic or homegrown
flowers, beeswax or soy-based candles, and tossing biodegradable confetti as the couple makes
their getaway.

EMBELLISHED WEDDING INVITATION IN A BOX
Another top trend this year are invitation boxes, covered with silk or velvet and embellished with real rhinestone crystal brooches.
The largest selection of such products can be found online and the cheapest are sold directly by the manufacturer.
Handbag-Asia.com is offering an amazing collection, allowing clients to customize color, material and style.
Click here to have a look at their latest trend designs

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Your Wedding Personality: Four Tips for the Future CEO Bride

Bride with flowers

Do you:

Live and die by your planner and smartphone?
Constantly find yourself short on time thanks to a crazy busy work schedule?
Strive for perfection?
Then it sounds like you’re a future CEO bride. If you’re short on time (and possibly dough), here are some ways to keep it classy enough to impress your co-worker attendees and fun and fabulous for your family.

1. Pinstripe Your Cake.
The pinstripe gives a nod to your favorite power suit while looking oh-so-delicious. These thin, delicate lines add a touch of glamour and class to your wedding cake. Colors can be in business-approved navy or black or you can branch out with a surprisingly bold color. Pinstripes don’t have to be just on your cake. Try it with invites, wedding programs and menus.

2. There’s an App for That
Yep, that’s right. You can make your own app for your wedding. Whatever your smartphone, browse your app store for customized wedding apps. From there, you can create an app that also publishes a wedding website for your friends and guests (who probably use their phones just as much as you do). Many wedding apps are on the market, and creating takes three easy steps: choose a design, make it your own and invite your guests. This is especially helpful if you are having a destination wedding and need to coordinate lots of details, such as travel arrangements, for your guests. The app can be an efficient, effective way to get a single message out to lots of people at one time, and you can even use it post-wedding to display pictures and thank guests.

3. Get Caffeinated
There are few things that go together better than business and coffee. If you’re getting married and want to share a favor that you love and that your guests will use, consider gifts related to your favorite brews, including blends from your favorite coffee house to customized mugs.

4. Create a Wedding Brand
In companies, name recognition is achieved through branding. Who can forget the Nike swoosh or the golden arches? To make your wedding just as unforgettable as these icons, why not create your own wedding brand? This means picking a logo and theme colors and carrying it through to your fab invites, ceremony décor, wedding programs and favor bags.
The key for branding is consistency and inspiration. Examples include choosing a motif. From a sun to a decorative heart to a Greek key, symbols can call to mind you and your honey’s relationship and look pretty darn good on your invites. Another way to brand is through initials. If you’re taking his name, you’re creating a new monogram. If it’s a strong initial like a Q or Z, let the single letter make a statement.

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