In the world of weddings… 2014 is going to be a year that’s up close and personal!
Brides will be blushing, their moms crying and guests swooning when it comes to the wonderful world of weddings. Think small and quaint, warm beaches, pastels, and sleek silhouettes.
“It’s virtually impossible to create a truly memorable and unique event with a large guest count,” says Karina Lemke, a Toronto-based wedding and event planner. “The logistics of feeding and organizing guests takes its toll on the little details and atmosphere.”
One big trend is small scale soirees – that means 10 to 100 people in a restaurant or unique venue. “Anything but a banquet hall!” says Lemke. Pledge your love and sip cocktails in a fancy barn, charming countryside inn, upscale bistro, chic gallery or a rooftop terrace.
Or take it away – far away. Destination weddings will continue to boom in popularity. “Couples realize that spending tens of thousands of dollars is perhaps better applied to other things,” says Lemke. “Going somewhere truly beautiful and unique with a few close family and friends is not only budget-wise, but romantic too.”
Cold months are heating up: Expect more off-season nuptials as couples forego flower-filled wedding photos and pocket 20% to 40% in savings, says Lemke. Besides hosting winter-month weddings, non-Saturday night weddings and afternoon brunches are expected to be popular. The savings are worth celebrating. Wedding design will focus on opposites and mismatched elements, says DeeDee Newell, certified wedding planner at weddingsjubilee.com. “Rustic will meet elegant, and vintage marries modern/futuristic and so on.”
Color the event in beautiful pastels, vibrant floral shades and metallics, says Newell. “Wedding dresses dazzle with dramatic backs, beautiful sleeve designs and more sleek silhouettes.” Textures are rising to the occasion. “From wedding cakes to wedding stationary, smooth finishes will take a back seat this year,” she says.
Technology is a virtual boon. “Everything from Skype-ing in family and friends to join the ceremony, live video feeds for destination weddings, and live wedding Twitter parties, scrolling on a screen during the reception is mainstream in 2014,” adds Newell.
For help planning your perfect 2014 wedding, contact Alliey and the staff of sash&bow TODAY! Cheers!