Monday, September 19, 2011

Ombré & Chevron: Two Trends Worth A Second Look . . .



Let's face it, ombré & chevron have been EVERYWHERE these days,  from fashion to hair color to interior design.  And like they always say, what's happening with clothes eventually shows up in the wedding & special events world.  

So how do you incorporate these fabulous trends into your event in a timeless & classic way without going overboard?  I mean, you don't want to look back at pictures of your big day and say, "That was SO 2011."  Keep it simple; a chevron napkin pattern here, a breath-taking ombré wedding cake there . . . your day will exude your inner modern-fashionista air and still maintain its everlasting elegance.  Take a look . . .





Always adore this bunting . . .







And Chevron . . .




A Little Bit of Linen . . .






Flowers & Streamers . . .



And Stunning Seating Cards & Favors  . . .




Just the right amount of staying current without laying it on too thick!  And I was so thrilled to hear from an inside source that New York Bridal Week 2012 will still be full of all of our paper pinwheels & flowers; a trend too fun to fly by, I think!! 

Here's a list of a few trends of Spring 2012 that are starting to peek around the corner . . .

Bridal Gowns - What says romance more than Victorian-style. Sleeves and illusion necklines provide an aura of royalty for every bride.

Full-Scale Themes - More than a color palette  themes are carried through from the invitations to the flowers to the linens to the dessert. Some popular themes include: Vintage, Rustic & Nautical. But creativity knows no bounds, so pick one that reflects you & show it in the details.

Outdoor Venues - Natural settings are hugely popular for the beauty and ambiance that they provide & the minimal decor that is required. Popular places include: Vineyards, Gardens & Farms.

Dessert Tables - Gone are the days of only having a wedding cake and maybe a groom's cake. Today, couples are offering up their favorite desserts at their receptions. From pies to cupcakes to cookies, it's a buffet of beautifully displayed flavors and options for guests.

Good Night Station - Couples now are combining food and favor into a fun, interactive station for their guests.  Buffets of pastries, doughnuts or candy, provide guests with a goody bag to go.

Faux Flower Decor - Whether paper, fabric, tissue or feathers; Bouquets, centerpieces & pomander balls aren't just made from fresh flowers anymore and are used in non-traditional ways.

Personalized DIY decor - This is not a new trend but continues strong as many brides are getting crafty to showcase their personality & theme and save some money.  The creativity is in using 'found' and natural elements to create centerpieces, escort cards, guest book alternatives, swizzle sticks, table numbers & decor. (YES!!)

One Wedding, Two Dresses! - More and more brides are choosing to wear two gowns, a longer, more formal one for the ceremony and a fun, short one for the reception. Prior to this year, if you’d fallen in love with two dresses, you had the painful and daunting task of eliminating one…now you can have both!

Brights are Hanging Tough but Neutrals are Moving In - The bright metallic colors which swept into style in 2010 will still be around in 2012 but have some stiff competition with a new class of neutrals. In 2012, we’ll see more weddings spotting neutral color palettes as the base with pops of bright, luxurious color as an accent.

Cocktail Hour Tasting Stations - Whether champagne, tequila, chocolate or cheese, more and more couples are opting for interactive experiences during the cocktail hour. Guests get to mix and mingle and a tasting station is a natural ice breaker for the shy or slightly timid guest.

2012 Trends brought to you via Cory Martin Events & Amy Vanmeter Events
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