These days, planning your wedding can seem a bit overwhelming. From scouting out everything on Pinterest, to the many popular wedding blogs -- the different styles and trends are endless. We’ve done some searching ourselves and came up with a list of our favorite trends that we are so excited to share with you for this year’s wedding season.
1. We are seeing more and more hand calligraphy show up on wedding invitations. Brides, grooms and their guests love how custom it is. No two letters are alike, and each invitation suite seems to be like a little piece of art. You can find fabulous calligraphers on easily accessible websites such as Etsy.com.
2. One trend that has us feeling like a modern day flower child is the loose, organic bouquets full of dreamy foliage such as eucalyptus, dusty miller, and succulents a plenty. Of course you can’t forget the fresh blooms in shades of blush, coral, and ivory like peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas, to name only a few. It can get as natural as you make it; we’ve even spotted buds of freshly picked cotton sneak in a few of these lively bouquets.
3. Let’s make our way back to the paper products again, this time to talk about deckled edges. From invitations to place cards to seating charts. An old fashioned technique in paper making, and one that we are happy to see make a come back. Everything old is new again, and we are perfectly fine with that!
4. Quality heirloom coat hangers for the future Mr. and Mrs. Are hot. What better way to display the gown she’s always dreamed of and the tuxedo that screams “dapper gentleman” than on a hanger that the couple can treasure for years after the big day.
5. For a whimsical and unique way to wrap your bouquet, look no further than a few long strips of flowing ribbon. Match the ribbon to the color palette of the floral arrangements and use a slightly different shade for the bride to be.
6. What’s more unique and creative than hand painted calligraphy on your wedding invitation suite? For an added bonus, have the artist paint inside the envelope to really customize it. The possibilities are limitless for where the paint may end up. Specialty welcome bags, drink and dinner menu cards and even entertaining lawn games such as the always popular “corn hole”, which has the perfect wooden surface to be covered in paint, can end up with the couples special monogram adorning it. The artist featured here and that has made all of this happen is the talented Shannon Kirsten.
7. To differentiate seating from the just married twosome and the guests, drape a chair swag across the back of their chairs. Choose from selections ranging from a collection of natural floral or greenery tied up with bows of silk, or chiffon chair covers with matching curly willows pictured here from Linens by the Sea.
8. If you’re looking to add a truly one of a kind element to your table scape, incorporate crystals and agates. These exquisite looking rocks are sure to stun your guests and give your tabletop a distinguished presence. Use them as place cards and write on these gems with a metallic paint pen. Do the same with slightly larger pieces of stones for table numbers. These natural beauties combined with your floral arrangements make for a dream team of a centerpiece.
9. Nothing says celebration more than a whole bunch of big balloons. Lately, we’ve been seeing ‘Geronimo balloons’ at all sorts of festivities. Attach strands of ribbons, streamers or flowers to the bottoms of the balloons, or fill the inside with confetti. Float them up high in the ceiling of a tent or tie a weight to the end of the ribbons and set them in the middle of your table for part of your centerpiece. This is one way to be sure to fill your room full of merriment and cheer.
10. One trend that we can’t seem to get enough of is greenery runners. Long flowing foliage billowing over the sides of your table almost sounds too good to be true, but wait, add some of your favorite flowers to the mix and voila, pure perfection.
11. To end this fun list, we will leave you with one last thing, brass tableware. You can often find a lot of these goodies at thrift stores and antique shops if treasure hunting is your kind of thing. Brass vases, votives, and vessels atop your tables give the romantic, vintage look so many strive to achieve for their big day. It looks really good to mix and match it with rental silverware like what can be found at U.S. Tent Rental. So charming…and practical!
1. Carolyn Jane for 100 Layer Cake
2. Bradley James Photography for 100 Layer Cake
3. Laura Catherine Photography
4. bhldn hangers
5. Jose Villa for Once Wed
6. Shannon Kirsten Illustration
7. Jennifer Hughes Photography for Style Me Pretty
8. Erin Hearts Court for 100 Layer Cake
9. Martha Stewart Weddings
10. Erin Hearts Court for Style Me Pretty
11. Jose Villa Photography