2013 Wedding Trends – Trend #5

January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.

2013 Trend #5

“Pantone Color of the year – EMERALD”

Pantone Color 2013

This years color is a bold choice especially where weddings are concerned. It’s been all over the runway and celebs have embraced it.

However your bridesmaids might not be the biggest fans.

So there are many ways to add this Royal color into your design without your bridesmaids wearing it from head to toe.

You could use it as a jewelry accent.

Angelina in bold emerald earrings – accent to a black dress not seen in this image.

Emerald earrings accentuating a white dress.

Introducing green into the flowers is a good way to include a variety of greens.

Green and Ivory Flowers

succulents and leaves

If all green is too much and you aren’t crazy about green dresses, green can be the perfect accent color along with pinks and blues or my favorite purple!

Purple and green bouquet

Purple and green modern bouquet

purple and green whimsical bouquet

Or mix it up with purple dresses and green flowers!

purple dresses with green flowers

If all else fails turn the ballroom into a forest!

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2013 Wedding Trends – Trend #4

January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.

2013 Trend #4

“Neutral or Natural Color Palates”

Another trend that has been on the rise for the last few years is a neutral or natural color palate. It’s rise in popularity can be tied to the rustic weddings that have been popular in the last few years and even the celebs are getting in on the trend.

Molly Sims was ahead of the trend when she got married.

Molly Sims Bridesmaids (Gia Canali Photography)

She had all of her bridesmaids in tones of beige with hints of black. Each of her girls has a different dress.

Photo by The McCartneys from Wisconsin

This bride went into the grey/peach realm for her bridesmaids. They have a slightly more cohesive look then those of Molly Sims but still show the personality of each girl. The one below is all in matching Jenny Yoo dresses.

Jenny Yoo dresses photo by Matt Morgan

This neutral palate can be carried over into the decor as well with natural/neutral colored linens and place settings and hints of natural wood in the chairs. Ivory or white flowers with hints of a leafy green are the perfect accessory.

Photo by Matt Morgan

2013 Wedding Trends – Trend #3

January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.

2013 Trend #3

“DIFFERENT VENUES”

A lot of brides come to us asking for a “different” venue.

In NY/NJ there are many ballrooms that are in towns or on main roads without much character in the area, and that is a major complaint from many brides. The ugly carpet, chairs, chair covers, and curtains are the other major complaints most people have about the traditional venue. The “Wedding Factory” is a name that so many of my clients give them.  That may be true of a few of them but the ones with the best employees make you feel like yours is the only wedding!

A nontraditional venue is a great option and one that is really gaining in popularity. However there are a few key things to note if you are looking into it.

1. You (may) have to bring in everything yourself. If you find a cool loft in NYC you need to bring in the caterer and the furniture and the plates, cups, silverware and everything else you could possibly need. This can be VERY expensive and hard for many brides/grooms/families to deal with. Many people walk into a big empty space and can’t picture out how to fill it. Below is a photo of just some of the choices to be made!

Party Rental Ltd. Showroom in NYC

2. A venue that is not set up for special events may also require some larger and more expensive things that not everyone considers. Tents and bathrooms are just one more thing to consider. There is never a guarantee on the weather its one of the few things a planner can’t control so if you plan on having a wedding outside a tent is a good idea, and if bathrooms aren’t accessible you need to rent them in as well. You also have to decide if you want to heat or cool your tents depending on the season.

3. Many places are not zoned for special events at so certain things are required like permits. A wedding on a farm or in a vineyard or park may be romantic but the permit required can be very costly and varies widely by city.

The good news is, even if you are using a traditional venue you can do some things to make it a little different without breaking the budget.

1. Bring in lighting. A DJ can usually provide a package so you can place lights along the walls in the color of your choice (just please don’t use green) which will help give the room a nice atmosphere.

2. Bring in chairs, linens, charger plats or other decor that will change up the room and give it a little personality. The choices are endless!

Linens from the Greenwich Party Rental Ltd location

3. If your budget is a little larger you can add in some bigger ticket items like drape for the walls, lounge furniture or a custom dance floor.

Whatever you do if you make the day about you and your partner it will be special and people won’t walk away complaining about the ugly carpet. They will remember how happy you both looked, and how much fun they had!

2013 Wedding Trends – Trend #2

January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.

2013 Trend #2

LACE!
One of the trends sticking around is lace, but not just lace on dresses, brides are expanding this trend to all of the other details of their wedding!

– One of my favorite spots that I’ve see lace appear is on cakes. It’s so elegant and if it can mirror the lace on the brides dress even better!

A stunning cake from cakecentral.com

– Lace can also make a great first impression when included on your wedding invitations.

Wedding invite with lace

– Queen Anne’s Lace is one of the loveliest and most delicate wedding flowers and is a nice way to include the look of lace.

Queen Anne’s Lace

– Lace on the bridesmaid dresses or on the mom’s dress can also be very elegant when done correctly. These tone on tone dresses are just two examples.

Teal Lace Bridesmaid Dresses

Blue Lace Mother Dress

– Lace can easily added into the wedding decor but it doesn’t have to be limited to table cloths or chair bows. These mason jars are done two ways one is spray painted to look like lace (using lace) and another has actual lace glued on.

Lace decor

 

Any way you incorporate this wedding classic adds a special and elegant touch to any wedding.

2013 Wedding Trends – Trend #1

January and February are when many of the brides engaged over the holidays begin their wedding planning process so over the next month or so we want to highlight a few of our favorite wedding trends for 2013.

#1 Custom Catering

Many of the best caterers these days are tossing the “chicken, steak, or fish” rules out the window and creating imaginative menus based on the likes and cultures of the brides and grooms.

This can be done a variety of ways:

– Serve passed delacicies to reflect the heritage of your family. Marrying into a polish family? Serve perogies, a good 2 bite size makes a perfect finger food.

Perogies

– Have a fantastic family recipe? Share it with your caterer and let them serve it as one course of your plated dinner. A perfect example would be your nonnas pesto recipe.

Spaghetti with Pesto

Spaghetti with Pesto
Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

– Famous Family Cookie Recipe? Give them out as favors or serve with milk at the end of the night.

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos

 

Adding in these personal touches can make the wedding even more special and most caterers will be glad to work with you to achieve that.

Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year, and Happy Engagement Season!

Engagement season: Thanksgiving – Valentines Day.

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It’s the time of year for wedding vendors where wedding vendors have fewer weekends booked with weddings and events, and many more booked full of first time meetings with brand new brides and grooms. We already know more then 5 couples who are newly engaged and starting the exciting process of wedding planning, not to mention all of the people.com articles showing off the engagement rings of your favorite celebs.

According to a variety of wedding websites somewhere between 30%-40% an of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. And it makes sense, visits with family give the newly engaged couple a perfect platform to announce their good news and to meet the extended family of their betrothed.

Its a busy time of year and an exciting time of year and the team at Elegant Events by Laura would like to extend our best wishes to all those newly engaged, and to everyone else for a wonderful 2013!

Picking your Bridal Party

First, do NOT ask anyone the week you get engaged. Pick a wedding date then start thinking about it. If you picked a wedding date thats two years away, don’t start asking girls to be your bridesmaid right away. Two years is a LONG time. Think about who you were really close to a year or two ago. It’s not often who you are closest to now. At about a year or so out its a good time to start asking your friends to be in your bridal party.

Putting together hotel welcome bags

A few quick tips:

– You do NOT have to ask your BFF from way back when if you haven’t spoken to her in years

– You CAN just ask one sorority sister or you don’t have to ask any of them!

– You do NOT have to have your sister as your MOH but it will help family relations to have her as a bridesmaid!

– You do not HAVE to ask your soon to be SIL to be a bridesmaid…but it is always nice to do and will help with the family blending.

– There is no magic number but the fewer you have the easier it is to agree on things like dresses and dates.

– You do NOT have to have an even number of guys and girls. Maybe one lucky guy will have a girl on each arm!

Whatever you do pick the girls who you love and who you know you will have fun with during the planning process. Try and minimize the drama in any way possible.

Helpful bridesmaids on the way to the ceremony.
Photo by John Arcara