Wedding Wednesday- Flower Edition

It’s Wednesday already!

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Last week, we talked about popping the question and we had a lot of great responses to that post! Thank you all for reading and getting involved in our posts. We want to post ideas and articles that are relevant to you, so we encourage you to leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section below!

Today we are talking about Floral Trends, so this is kind of a joint Wedding Wednesday and Wedding Trend post in one.

While there are an unlimited number of options for decorating venues, floral arrangements can really set the tone for the entire event. The trending color in 2013 was green and many couples incorporated various shades of green through their floral arrangements. We have discussed that 2014 will be the year of blue, so here are a few examples of ways to incorporate blue flowers during the different seasons:

1) Spring

Some great choices: Anemone, Delphinium, Hyacinth, Iris, Lilac, Peony, Allium, Hydrangea, Gerbera Daisy, and Pansies (to name a few)

Photo From: Pinterest (Blue and White Anemone)

2) Summer

Hydrangea, Bachelor’s Button, Blue Lilac, Gerbera Daisies, Delphinium, Blue Pimpernel, Willow Blue-Star, and Blue-tined roses

Photo From: Annie’s Annuals (Blue Pimpernel)

3) Fall

Salvias, Blue Throatwort, Cornflower, Blue Thistle, Morning Glory, Sea Holly, Veronica, Plumbago, Monkshood, and Lupine

Photo From: Pinterest (Blue Sea Holly)

4) Winter

Forget-me-nots, Winter Iris, Violas, Pansies, Larkspur, William, Dusty Miller, Candytuft, Cornflower, Hydrangea, and Amaryllis

Photo From: Flower Info (Candytuft)

 Other trends that are very hot for 2014 are:

1) Textured Arrangements

Photo From: Pinterest

2) Baby’s Breath

Photo From: Belle the Magazine

3) Succulents

Photo From: It’s a Bride’s Life

4) Single Flower Boutonnière

Photo From: Pinterest

5) Carnations in Muted Colors*

Photo From: Real Simple

* Carnations are making a huge comeback as an inexpensive substitute for peonies

What do you think about the floral trends for 2014? Let us know! Make sure you Contact Us today to schedule a complimentary consultation for your big day!

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Wedding Trends- Bridesmaid Edition

We wanted to add to our posts on wedding trends today. We have already discussed color trends and bridal gown trends for 2014, so today we wanted to focus on Bridesmaid trends.

There is so much to love about the 2014 Bridesmaid trends, we will let the pictures do the talking!

1) Lace Dresses

Lace BridesmaidPhoto From: Pinterest

2) Blush Dresses

Blush BridesmaidPhoto From: Etsy

3) Purple Dresses

Purple BridesmaidPhoto From: Discount Dress Shop

4) Ombre Dresses

Ombre DressPhoto From: After Six

5) Asymmetric Neckline and Hemline Dresses

Asymmetric BridesmaidPhoto From: Dress For Me

6) Illusion neckline dresses

Illusion BridesmaidPhoto From: She Finds

7) A little bit of sparkle dresses

SparklePhoto From: Pinterest

8) Peplum dresses

Peplum BridesmaidPhoto From: Jim Hjelm

9) Pretty-Back Dresses

Pretty Back bridesmaidPhoto From: alice+olivia

10) Black and White Dresses

Black and White BridesmaidPhoto From: Bridesmaid Look

We have one more dress style we would like to share with you that isn’t being called a “trend” yet, but we really think by the 2014 winter wedding season you will see a lot of weddings featuring them:

Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

Velvet BridesmaidPhoto From: Donna Morgan

What do you think of the 2014 Bridesmaid trends? Which one is your favorite?

Don’t forget to Contact Us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, dates are booking fast for 2014!

 

Weekly Feature- August 12th-19th- Ceremony Ideas

This week on “Weekly Feature” :

Unique Ceremony Ideas!

Last week, we featured some amazing venues, so this week we wanted to share some unique ceremony ideas you could use at any of those (or other!) venues.

1) Unique seating arrangements.

Many of our clients have expressed an interest in wanting to change up the traditional seating arrangement of straight pews or straight chairs. Here are just a few of the ideas we have found:

  • Spiral pattern. Instead of the traditional straight rows, we love the idea of setting up the chairs in a spiral pattern. This set-up allows each guest to feel close to the person walking down the aisle. It also allows the person walking down the aisle to have a moment with each guest, even if it’s just making eye contact and smiling. The walk down the aisle is such a special moment and this set-up helps it last just a little bit longer.

serpentine chairs

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Half Circle on each side of the altar. We absolutely adore everything about this ceremony site, but we are particularly fond of the chair set-up. Your friends and family have surrounded you with their love and support for your whole life, so it only makes sense to have them all around you on one of the most important days of your life!

circle ceremony

Photo From: Weddings in Iowa

  • Unique Chairs. If you want to have the traditional aisle, you can still change up the seating to make it unique. We love the strong presence of the wrought iron chairs, made more feminine with pillows in the wedding colors. The use of iron and the various colored pillows makes for beautiful photos and comfortable guests.

iron chair seatin

Photo From: Sincerity Bridal

2) New Traditions.

Over the last few wedding seasons, we have become more familiar with the wine box ceremony, the sand ceremony, and the hand-fasting ceremony. Couples are always seeking new ways to showcase their one-of-a-kind love with a unique unity ceremony. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Irish Stone Blessing. In Ireland, it is traditional for couples to marry by the water as it is considered a sacred place. Guests are given stones, asked to make a wish for the couple, and toss the stones into the water to bless the couple. As a little twist, have the guests write their names on one side of a stone and a blessing on the other and keep them with them during the ceremony.  The couple should also write their own wishes on stones and have the officiant say a unity prayer or blessing over them. Towards the end of the ceremony, have the officiant perform a special prayer or blessing for the wishes the guests have made and as the guests exit the ceremony, have them drop the stone into a decorated hurricane vase filled with water. This can be used in place of or in addition to a guest book at the reception.

Irish Stone Blessing

Photo From: Pinterest

  • Salt Covenant. In the old days, agreements were sealed with a salt covenant; each party in the agreement would have a bag of salt and place a pinch of their salt in the other party(ies) bag(s). The agreement was considered binding, unless one party could retrieve their own grains of salt from another party’s bag. This is a perfect unity ceremony, because just as you could not remove your own grains of salt, you will not be able to remove the love in your heart and the bonds of marriage. For this ceremony, the couple would each have their own bag of salt and combine it into a special container to be displayed (or even used) in their home.

Salt Covenant

Photo From: Etsy

  • Plant Ceremony. For this ceremony, a young plant is symbolic of your love and relationship. During the ceremony, the couple adds a cup of soil from their hometown and then waters the plant together. You could also add a cup of soil from your new home to it as well. The plant will be a lasting reminder of your wedding day and you can watch it grow as you both grow together.

Plant Ceremony

Photo From: Brett & Emily Photographers

3) Non-Floral Displays.

Perhaps floral arrangements aren’t in your budget, or one of you is allergic, or maybe you just want something different. We have several great ideas for ceremony decor that does not include flowers!

  • Picture Frames. You can paint picture frames of various sizes and shapes in one or multiple wedding colors and hang them as a backdrop for the altar, put pictures in them to hang on the chairs along the aisle, or place glitter frames on the ground on top of tulle and candles for a romantic effect.

Frame Decor

Photo From: Wedding Gawker

  • Books. Using books in place of florals is a great way to bring color to your ceremony! We love everything about this arch made of books.

Book Decor

Photo From: Done Brilliantly

                 And how about having the bridal party carry books instead of flowers and have boutonnieres and corsages made

out of pages from your favorite books?

bridesmaid books

Photo From: Emmaline Bride

  • Lantern Decor. Paper lanterns make beautiful decorations. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and designs. From solid colors to doily patterns, you can find exactly what you need to match your ceremony. Not only are the stunning and reusable for the reception and at home, but they are inexpensive, too!

Lantern

Photo From: Lover.ly

We have so many unique ideas for making your wedding ceremony special! Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!

2014 Wedding Trends- Colors

There are so many exciting trends headed to the wedding world in 2014 and we can’t wait to share them all with you! Today, however, we want to focus on the cornerstone of trends, which are the colors.

This season, we have seen blue growing in popularity. Blue is the “color of trust”, so it is no surprise couples love to work blue into their color palettes. In 2013, the shades of blue we have seen have been very light and airy to compliment the ever so popular vintage theme. Next season, however, deeper blues will be taking over in the form of midnight blue and royal blue.  A monochromatic deep blue theme will also be topping the trends list.

midnightblue1Photo From: I Wedding World

Blue is so trendy for next season, it is considered the new black of the menswear world. Many attribute the soaring popularity of blue menswear to the James Bond movie Skyfall that featured Bond himself in blue suits and tuxedos.

JCrewNavyTux-600Photo From: GQ– Tuxedo from J. Crew

Warm-toned fall colors, such as yellow-undertoned reds, sunflower yellows, and tangerine, will be huge in 2014. Because of their warm undertones, the colors will easily be adapted for use during any season. Using any of these sunbaked colors will add warmth and depth to any color palette.

stellar-events-pic-sunbaked-colors

Photo From: Pinterest

2014 will be the year of clashing colors and patterns, and simplest way to bring it all together is to utilize grey as an anchor color. Grey allows you to use bright pinks, warm reds, rusty yellows, carrot oranges, and deep greens, all together without it looking mismatched.

greyPhoto From: Pinterest

2013 showed some serious love for the avocado shade of green, and it will continue to maintain popularity going into the 2014 wedding season. What we love about avocado green is it’s rich and earthy tones- lending itself perfectly to the vintage theme that continue to gain in popularity in 2014. Mix avocado green with goldenrod and you have a very ethereal and rich color palette.

Avacado

Photo From: Elizabeth Anne Designs

2014 is going to be a year of rich warm colors and amazing patterns, which we will feature a preview of later this week. What do you think of the 2014 color trends?

Interested in finding out more about the upcoming trends? Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation!