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One of the things I love about the holiday season is that it’s so popular for engagements. In amongst the festivities, happy announcements pop up here and there, especially on New Year’s Eve! It’s so romantic and gives everyone something to look forward to after the decorations come down. As the New Year begins, sneak peeks to this year’s wedding trends are already coming out and here are some of my favourites.
I’ve always been a huge fan of shabby-chic style weddings and I absolutely adore this new twist. Industrial chic takes the unfinished yet luxurious style of its predecessor and adds a sultry edge. Think moody low-lit warehouses made magnificent with over-the-top candelabras, oodles of flowers and lots of metallic (metallics are very ‘in’ this year too).
All in one
There has been a recent trend towards hosting a wedding and after party in the same venue. I love this idea because everyone is so happy at weddings and the general mood is buzzing. By moving to another venue for the after party you risk losing some of this excitement. Keeping everything in one place maintains the wedding atmosphere, allowing everyone to relax and enjoy the drinks and dancing. There is also the bonus of extra time to party and less stress getting everyone to the new location.
I find the new trend for interactive food stations really appealing. They provide the opportunity for the happy couple to mingle and meanwhile their guests have a fun talking point and lots of yummy snacks to keep them entertained. The best part is that most luxury wedding caterers will be able to tailor these to suit any wedding style. Going all out? Try a mini oyster bar with ceviche and champagne. Feeling a French theme? How about a Marie Antoinette spread with mini sandwiches and lots of cake!
Bridal dresses with removable skirts took the wedding market by storm last year and look set to be a hit in 2017 as well. I was so excited to see this new style because it is a way for brides to have their dream princess dress for the ceremony complete with a gorgeous train. Later, when there’s dancing to be done they can simply remove the skirt and still enjoy their special dress a little longer!
This is only the start of the year and there are plenty more trends out there to come. I hope you enjoyed these and have a fabulous time planning your wedding.
Let me know if any other great 2017 wedding trends have caught your eye and if you need any other help check out the wedding planning section of my blog or leave me a comment!
Winter may not be the most popular season to get married, but a Winter wedding can be a fantastic occasion. Planning the big day in accordance with the season gives you thematic options for the decor, the attire and the venue itself.
Obviously the colder weather and potential for snowfall can make planning weddings at this time of year a challenging task but as the trend towards Winter weddings grows the options open to couples improve with every passing month.
A warm and enclosed space is generally recommended for weddings in the Winter months so when you’re picking the perfect winter wedding venue you may wish to consider a big, historic building with open fireplaces. Offering a rustic charm and genuine warmth, the roar of an open fire is hard to beat and will give your guests some fantastic memories along with some excellent photo opportunities.
Weather Proof Venues
At any time of year arrangements need to be made to ensure you’re prepared for extreme weather but in Winter particularly you’ll want to triple check your contingency plans just in case you’re hit by a blizzard on the big day!
You’ll no doubt want some outside space even if it’s exceptionally chilly, for the smokers and anyone who just fancies a little fresh air if the occasion all gets a bit much! With this in mind be sure to prep your deck space in case of freezing and look at patio heaters if appropriate. Many venues will already have the gear you want but if you don’t check first you won’t know!
As much as you want to be prepared for the worst, you also don’t want to be depending on the weather and whilst your magical wedding dream may have featured crisp snowfall, you certainly can’t guarantee it, unless you arrange it yourself!
The good news is you can arrange it yourself so don’t leave it to chance, get yourself some artificial snowfall to complete the picture perfect wedding you’ve always wanted.
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