Experts Weigh in on 2013 Wedding Trends
Gretchen Culver, Rocket Science Weddings and Events
• Patterns and prints. Although monograms remain popular, I see many couples drawn to using a signature pattern or print in their wedding design. The pattern can be carried throughout many elements, creating a cohesive look from the stationery to the linens. Classic prints like damask and houndstooth are making a comeback, but clients are also creating their own prints, finding inspiration in things like lace on the bridal gown or wallpaper at the venue.
• Farm and vintage. Rustic farm settings and vintage wares continue to be popular with brides and grooms, but the trend is moving away from shabby chic and towards eclectic and more formal. Incorporating elements such as rustic wooden farm tables with the clean lines of ghost chairs or mason jars filled with orchids give an event an entirely different look and feel.
• Artisanal goods. Couples are really embracing the artisan when it comes to designing items for their wedding, from food and décor to stationery and party favors. Etsy is a huge source for these hand crafted, personalized items but couples are also shopping locally and utilizing the talent around them to really give their wedding that distinctive touch.
• Blue. Although Pantone is all about green for 2013, I have seen a trend towards beautiful shades of blue including pale blue, sea foam blue and navy. Couples are moving away from the warmer colors in favor of coolers ones. Or they are incorporating blue as a contrast to their otherwise warm color scheme.
Gretchen Culver will present You are Worth It! Raising Your Prices Painlessly on Monday, March 11, at 9am. Click here for more Idea Factory education options.
Wendy Dahl, Chic Productions & Bride Business Builders
• Colors. Gray undertones combined with blushes and shades of ivory will be used in linens and florals. Grayed jade and linen is particularly hot.
• Baby cakes. Instead of a large wedding cake, brides are opting for a smaller cake to cut surrounded by a variety of sweet confections for dessert.
• Glam. Say goodbye to mason jars—glamour is making a comeback! Decor is more sophisticated, incorporating crystal, lush centerpieces, luxurious textures, chandeliers and beautiful coloring.
• Gowns. Necklines are everywhere next year, giving brides fabulous alternatives to the strapless gown that has graced wedding aisles for the past decade.
• Bar scene. Themed bars are hot. Grooms love the old-fashioned bourbon or scotch bar while ladies love the champagne or wine bar. Bars are designed to reflect the drinks,such as an ice block vodka bar or a white tufted champagne bar.
Wendy Dahl will speak on The Luxury Bride, Demystified on Monday, March 10 at 7:30am and also will present Conversations That Close: Create a Signature Sales Conversation the Makes Brides Buy, on Tuesday, March 11 at 10:45am. Click here for more Idea Factory education options.
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December 2012 eNews