Today, Trendy Wendy would like to discuss some new trends that are occurring in wedding planning. When I got married there were not near as many options available to help plan the wedding. We elected to have a small ceremony with a party to celebrate at a later date with all of our friends. With the popularity of smart phones and apps that are available, you have the ability to search millions of options at your fingertips.
Location is one of many key parts to creating the perfect wedding. A few years ago the trend I noticed was beach weddings. This is not something new but it seemed like all of my friends that were getting married were picking locations along the gulf coast, since that’s where we lived, and getting married in the sandy shores with a beautiful backdrop. From reading some different articles online it seems like many people are trying to find more untapped or unorthodox venues such as beaches along the coast, caves, museums, and even castles in which to tie the proverbial knot. This offers you a beautiful location with history, beauty, and amazing setting all built in. Sometimes little decorating is needed because the venue pretty much takes care of that for you.
Exotic locations aren’t the only trend we have seen rising on the list either. Where most people were leaning toward the casual wedding, we have seen articles stating that traditional elegant weddings, with all the trimmings, are returning to the eyes of the engaged. Large churches, multi-tiered cakes, champagne towers, and elegantly crafted invitations are just some of the items making a comeback. What daughter doesn’t dream of appearing in a horse-drawn carriage to marry the Prince Charming she has always imagined waiting for her at the altar?
Food is by far my favorite part of going to any wedding reception. I have seen some interesting displays from ice sculpture martini slides to cupcake displays. Some of the recent items to make some popular appearances are beer gardens, where multiple beers are on tap in a unique display, Texas de Brazil style meat displays, and donut displays. I love to see the different levels of elegance with this part of a wedding. I think it was quite a few years back Kevin James wanted McDonalds hamburgers and other fast food items at his reception which was a really neat option for guests. With the creation of Pinterest many people flock there to get new creative ideas for dressing up the food at their reception. Where else can you find ideas for a slider/beer shot station and a taco bar? Since there is no traditional food for the reception, there are so many options and twists on those options making a personalized, memorable reception easy to pull off.
Photography is probably the most evolved part of the wedding in my opinion. When I look back at parent’s wedding photos with everyone formally dressed posing in front of the cake I realize that technology has really put a new spin on every aspect of our lives. Cameras have evolved to new high definition abilities and photo editing software allows you to tweak colors and images to better reflect personality and style. Filming a wedding has also come a long way from a large static camera mounted near the aisle. With the commercial production of unmanned aerial vehicles just about anyone can purchase one of these drones with an HD camera mounted on it. This drone gives you the opportunity to film the entire wedding or even reception from the air and get many different angles not readily available to most photographers. Another popular trend happened with the invention of the GoPro camera. Go Pro is a handheld or body mounted durable camera that can be dropped, submersed, or even flown without damaging it. The shots it takes are still high quality and when mounted on your body can give you a point of view option when filming the wedding. With a bride and groom each wearing a body mounted camera, you could in essence film the entire wedding from their point of view and edit it to combine all of the shots into one video. This type of memory would last forever and gives them a perspective not available to their parents in their time.
The trends are ever changing and we can only imagine what the next five years will bring to change what couples are dreaming up for their big day. Days of white limos, big dresses, and churches were out just a year ago and are now making a comeback so even old trends may resurface to show their faces again. I can only hope that some of the colors from the sixties and seventies do not rear their ugly heads again!