Personalizaton - Brides and grooms will incorporate many personal touches into their Big Day. From generational pictures of the family to sentimental items inherited from others, the rule is that there are no rules when it comes to incorporating things that your guests look at and automatically think of you as a couple. Did your fiance take you to a swanky restaurant for your first date where you enjoyed the most amazing dinner of your life? How about recreating the same meal and serving it as a plated dinner option (or family style version…see below)? Did you tour France together recently? How about a cappuccino bar with an assortment of authentic pastries flown in fresh from France? The sky is the limit on this trend, as every couple is unique in their own way.
Start a heirloom chair to sit at during dinner and have it monogrammed with the bride and groom’s name each time it’s used for a wedding! Love this idea (as long as you can keep it clean)!
Table numbers double as guest book. Mark each table with a certain year anniversary and instruct guests seated at that table to write a message inside the card. You’ll be reminiscing and reading new notes every year!
Family Style Dinner - What do you get when you take the social setting of dinner stations and the tradition of the plated dinner? A Family Style Meal! Guest will be forced to interact with one another over something they all have in common – FOOD! Each course is served on platters that are to be passed around the table (to your left of course). A great way to incorporate the personalization trend mentioned above is to incorporate pieces of heirloom china that have been in the family for years!
Metallics - Shades of gold and silver will be everywhere in 2012 and for good reason! Metallics are romantic and chic at the same time and can be incorporated in an infinite number of ways! I recently planned a wedding where we spray painted starfish gold and tied them with a beautiful bow and name tag for each guest to use as their place card! It was a unique twist on the seaside theme where the natural white starfish are everywhere. It created a little surprise and delight to the guests as they sat at their table.
Unique Juxtaposition - Weddings will have an interesting combination of styles that will surprise and please guests. David noted some examples as being a garden themed wedding at a beach front venue or filling a sparse venue with lush florals.
You hear it time and again that the bride must have something old, something new, something borrowed and something new, but do you know why this is so? The saying comes from the Old English rhyme, ”Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, A Sixpence in your Shoe” and simply means they are carried as good luck charms.
Each item represents the following:
Something Old – Continuity
Something New- Optimism for the Future
Something Borrowed – Borrowed Happiness
Something Blue – Purity, Love and Fidelity
A Sixpence in your Shoe – A wish for Good Fortune and Prosperity
Usually, it’s quite easy to find something old (i.e. heirloom jewelry), new (i.e. the dress!) and borrowed (i.e. a broach in your hair), but blue can be a tricky one! Here are a few ways you can incorporate that “Something Blue” into your wedding attire:
This past weekend we had the honor of sharing in Vamsi and Jason’s beautiful wedding day. Mother Nature blessed them with the picture-perfect day: mid-70′s temps, bright blue skies in the day and a full moon that night. The bride wanted to celebrate her family’s heritage with a traditional Hindu ceremony in the morning. The groom wanted to treat his bride and their families to a traditional American reception in the evening, which would also incorporate various elements of Indian culture throughout. As you can see in the images below, Vamsi and Jason share a special bond of love that will continue to bless them for the rest of their lives.
Here are a few frames from their Big Day! We are so excited to see the rest of the images captured by Photography by Anne and share with you many more of the intricate details that went into creating their picture perfect day!
It was a joy working with such a fabulous team of vendors this weekend who all contributed to a successful and memorable wedding day for Vamsi and Jason: