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Thank you to Brandi Hamerstone, an amazing wedding planner and owner of All Events Planned, for sharing with us her thorough list of 2010 wedding trends!
I know I might end up sounding biased on this one, but wedding planners seem to be a hit in 2010. Not just full planning packages, people of all budgets and all service levels are seeking out planners to fit their needs. I don’t know many weddings being planned without SOME level of assistance from a planner.
I’m happy to report that fondant is going away and buttercream is back and better than ever. After too many appointments with brides trying to explain that fondant does not taste even half as good as it looks, they are all heading back to the ever-popular buttercream, phew!
Matching color, but not matching style bridesmaid dresses. Brides are now just giving a few specifications to their bridal party (blues, nothing above the knee or backless) and letting them make the choice of the dress. This always seems to end in a huge success. Your bridal party tends to be friends that think JUST like you so you end up with different, fun styles of dresses that still fit with your perfect wedding day style.
Dessert at the Reception
Dessert Buffets. Finally, the bride and groom “get it” and their traditional parents have accepted that the cake isn’t usually a big hit at the wedding. Candy bars have gone away (phew) and now dessert bars with wonderful, colorful and elegant varieties of miniature desserts are making their entrance. Yummy!
Favors Are So Last Season
Favors are no longer favorite. So many couples are using the money that would be spent on favors to donate to their favorite cause or to a different cause based on the passion of each of their guest. While choosing a foundation that best represents every individual takes lots of time, the bride and groom feel good about doing something special for their guest while helping out those in need.
Memories are made in pictures. Finally, finally the bride and groom are understanding the importance of good pictures. Good pictures, not staged, not poorly lit, not portraits, just GOOD pictures. The skill level of some photographers is well beyond that of even the greatest hobbyist that the money you spend will always be worth it. Uncle Jim might love taking pictures, but he can’t convey the elegance, emotion, love and celebration through photos like a good wedding photographer can.
The Guest Book
Guest book changes are coming in 2010. I am not seeing the generic white book with the “classic” white pen in stand at the sign in table. Now there are memory stones, photo journals, photo booth books and even the engagement book as the signing book. They are all great changes and fun ideas from the bland and basic book of past generations.
Our good friend Tricia Dever of “Always Eventful” Wedding and Event Planning sent us this small sample of many of her qualified tips to think about when you begin planning your wedding.
Flower Girls/Ring Bearers:
Kids are adorable as flower girls and ring bearers but they are also unpredictable. To alleviate the stress of, “will they go down the aisle,” have them go down the aisle AFTER the bridesmaids so they can watch others go first, but BEFORE the Maid of Honor – she can then sweep them down the aisle if they stall halfway down. The worst thing is for the brides walk to begin and all the guests are still looking at the Flower girl who is now sitting in the middle of the aisle!
Many brides get engaged and decide that they must do a thousand things immediately. While it is true, that wedding planning can be stressful, it should be exciting too. First thing I recommend is to put together a tentative guest list so you know how many guests you can expect and a preliminary budget so that you know about how much money you have to spend for each area of the wedding. Then start booking your major vendors first – that is the reception facility, ceremony location, photographer, videographer, musicians, florist…and wedding coordinator!
Making a WOW event:
It’s the details that people will remember – the personal guestbook, the menu cards, the toast given by the groom to his lovely bride. Another way to make a WOW event is in lighting – candles and colored lighting really make a reception facility pop!