Tim and I recently had the pleasure of attending an event hosted by ILEA, NACE and WPC to learn about some current wedding trends as discussed by leaders in the industry. Of course we took our cameras so we could report back to you! Here's a little about what we learned:

Ceremony Celebrations & Instrumentals:
Couples are really taking the ceremony from traditional to contemporary by stepping out of the church. The reverend said she has very few church weddings this year, most of her brides and grooms are choosing parks, golf courses and green spaces for their nuptial backdrop. Ailsa from Class Acts Entertainment explained that brides often come in only knowing 'Canon in D' as the option for their processional but, she says there are so many options that can be bautiful as an instrumental version including Taylor Swift, the Beatles, or Ed Sheeran. She also said their musicians can even arrange a custom piece [for an additional fee, understandably] for your walk down the aisle.

Stationery & Invitations:
Christy from The Paper Vow said that metallics are really in right now, as well as geometric shapes. She said that a really fun way to personalize your invitation suite is to feature an aspect of your wedding your invitation, envelope, and reply card. In this particular case it was a lace design that matched the brides gown. Another idea she had was to stray away from the typical rectangular or square cards- get creative!

   

Florals:                                                                                                                                         Liz spoke to us about bouquets and she told me something that I didn't want to hear...she said blush is out. Noooo. But I love blush. haha Anyhow, She said some of the trends Bloomtastic is seeing are the cascading bouquets. They're making a rebound. If you don't know what this is- it's where greenery trails down from the florals. She also said the bridesmaids bouquets are beginning to be smaller replicas of the brides bouquet as opposed to a different flower or color and design.

Cake:
Jan Kish from La Petit Fleur wowed us all by sabering a champagne bottle- that was impressive! Someone please have that done at their wedding? It would be a challenge to photograph it, but we're up for it! She also made a really great point about cupcakes being on the way out and being used more as a take-home-favor, because you can have cupcakes anytime but you can only have wedding cake for your wedding. This cake in particular was designed to match a bridal gown. Jan said that Columbus brides are coming in wanting to make their cakes personal rather than pointing to a pinterest image or a picture in a                                                              magazine saying "I want that!".

Decor:
Flourish Bespoke Floral & Event Styling first of all, did a phenomenal job of decorating Red Brick Ocassions. I cannot say enough how elegant and sexy..can I say that? the room was. Anyhow he said this year that mixed metals are really in. They brought in some elements I had not expected to really charm the room- including a cow hide rug with gold flecks. An over sized floral display with uplighting served as a really nice backdrop for guests to take selfies in front of as well.

Music:
DJ Dayna really brought the party to life with her mixology. She explained how couples are really looking for someone who can truly curate a playlist, not just hit buttons to proceed through a list of songs they're given. She said she likes to marry [get it?] the couples musical style and the crowd vibe to keep the party going and keep your guests on the dance floor. BONUS: she had awesome glow rings to give to everyone!

 

A Special Thanks to Tom Hawk of Hawk Galleries for providing a beautiful locale for our mock ceremony, and trusting us not to break anything |  Red Brick Occasions for the intimate space for our reception and celebration | Cameron Mitchell Premier Events for the delicious food and chilled champagne | and anyone else behind the scenes who rarely gets credit for making sure the day goes as planned. Many thanks to ILEA, NACE, and WPC for arranging such a fun, informational event.

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