Wedding Trends Today & Tomorrow

With the year coming to a close, I reviewed some wedding trends from 2014 and looked for the latest news and views on trends for 2015 weddings. Here are my picks for the best of 2014 and what I think will be the most exciting trend for your 2015 wedding.

If I had to pick my one favorite 2014 wedding trend, I’d have to say soft & romantic (ok, that’s two I guess.)  Gowns, decorations, flowers and even cake frosting took on natural colors, blushes and nudes creating soft, sexy looks that exuded elegance.

Now for my 2015 trend pick – There are many new trends on the horizon for 2015 weddings but the 2015 wedding trend I am most excited about is bridal gown styles.  Bridal gown colors are moving forward from blushes and ivory tones to blues, greys and even light greens and they’re featuring new contemporary designs like two-piece crop top and off-the-shoulder styles. Brides now have more options than ever when shopping for a wedding gown.  Yeah for brides!

Are you incorporating a 2015 wedding trend into your wedding?  If so, which one?

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LIQS Cocktail Shots: Fabulously Fun

Tis the season for holiday parties! You’ll find your usual cheers worthy beverages – including champagne, wine, winter brews and an array of festive concoctions – which are all perfect for a holiday occasion. However, there is something new on the scene! Just a few nights ago, I attended my first holiday party of the season and was excited to see a new colorful addition to the bar’s usual lineup. Guests were offered LIQS Cocktail Shots. These fun and fabulously flavored, perfectly packaged cocktail shots are delicious and had everyone wanting more.  I couldn’t help but think how fun these cocktail shots would be for wedding related occasions and gifts.

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We’ve all made Jello shots – tried to find the right container size, the right cooler to transport them – let’s face it: they can be a pain. LIQS Cocktail Shots are package perfectly for easy travel and their flavor choices are ones everyone will love.

Wedding Party Gifts
Most couples purchase personalized tote/duffle bags for their bridesmaid/groomsmen which means you’re going to need something to fill up those bags. Whether it’s a bottle or wine or their favorite bottle of bourbon add some colorful cocktail shots as an unexpected colorful party surprise.

Wedding Welcome Bags
Add 1 or 2 shots to your welcome bags along with a salty snack. Your guests will kick start your wedding weekend with a deliciously flavored cocktail shot that will have everyone ready to party and celebrate the newlyweds!

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LIQS Cocktail Shots come in a variety of four all-natural flavors: Which one do you think was my favorite?

Tequila Cinnamon Orange
Made with 99% agave tequila infused with a blend of subtle cinnamon and fresh orange to produce an irresistible balance of spicy and sweet (55 proof; 120 calories).

Vodka Cucumber Lime
A six-time distilled vodka shot with the cooling nature of cucumber combined with the citrus of lime (45 proof; 90 calories)

Vodka Kamikaze
An improvement on this nightlife staple with six-times distilled vodka infused with the finest citrus and a hint of natural vanilla (45 proof; 100 calories)

Vodka Lychee Grapefruit
A perfectly pink mix of six-times distilled vodka balanced with the citrus of grapefruit and the sweetness of lychee to create a fruit-forward option that is not cloying (45 proof; 90 calories).

Get to know them:
LIQS Cocktail Shot, the world’s first premium ready-to-drink “Cocktail Shot” brand. These portable shots combine top-shelf spirits with the high quality flavors seen in traditional craft cocktails to bring a potent, low calorie alternative with no preservatives or artificial flavors in a durable plastic shot glass. For more information on LIQS Cocktail Shot or to purchase for your next special occasion, please visit: www.LIQSshot.com.

“Deck the Halls” Pinterest Contest

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DECK THE HALLS Pinterest Contest! You could WIN a $500 gift card to shop for your upcoming wedding!

Simply follow these steps to enter:
1. Create a board titled: “Deck the Wedding Hall”
2. PIN your favorite wedding things from TheWeddingOutlet.com.
3. Leave a comment on our Pinterest Contest with a link to your board.

{Contest ends 1/4/15, winner announced 1/5/15.}

DIY Bridal Shower Decorations

I recently planned a bridal shower for my sister so I searched online to get some ideas and design inspiration.  I found a number of vendors with some great handmade products but being the crafter that I am, I decided to try and make some of the decorative items myself. Here are some of the DIY decorations that I created for the event.

Since we were having brunch at an Italian restaurant in the fall, I decided to go with a rustic Italian theme.  I used a color palette of ivory, mossy green and light brown.  I made table centerpieces using sunflowers, mums and hydrangeas arranged in empty colorfully labeled tomato cans.  To decorate the gift table, I made a large paper mache letter (the letter of her new last name) covered in silk flowers.   I trimmed both the gift and dessert tables with a fabric garland that I made from tying strips of burlap, ribbon and tulle onto twine.  The favors were Italian soaps wrapped in burlap with brown paper heart tags that were stamped with “Thank You” and displayed in a large sunflower print cardboard box.

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I shared my DIY decorations, now it’s your turn! Are you making anything fun and interesting for an upcoming shower or wedding?

Be Inspired by these NEW Arrivals!

We are loving these NEW Arrivals for 2015 Weddings! The Laser Cut Table Numbers are definitely one of our favorite inexpensive ways to dress up a reception table! Which one of these New Wedding Accessories are your favorites?
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Featured Wedding Accessories:
Glamorous Grey Kissing Ball, Gold Monogram Cake Top Letters Kraft Laser Cut Table Number Cards Polka Dot Ring Pillow Bride and Groom Monogram Printed Napkins Emma Shiny Silver Cupcake Wrappers

BE INSPIRED:
Shop Silver Wedding Accessories > | Shop Gold Wedding Accessories > | Shop Black Wedding Accessories >

Bridesmaid Inspiration

Choosing bridesmaid dresses can be a more difficult task than you anticipate. There are many designers all offering different dress styles, price points and color selection. I had an overall vision for my bridesmaids look; a soft mix and match palette of neutral tones, a simple style dress with a feminine and romantic feel. As most brides do, I spent some time browsing wedding blogs, Pinterest (of course) and read through helpful bridal fashion articles looking for ideas and inspiration on how to execute my vision.

The obvious next thing to do was head to the bridal shop. It was important for me to see it all in person before making my final decision. Kelly at Party Dress Express was amazing! Her experience, patience and knowledge of designers and colors was such an incredible help. She wasn’t sale-sy, distracted or annoyed by my questions and back and forth with colors. She truly felt like another bridesmaid, offering her opinion, making suggestions and allowing it all to be fun. The day was a success and led me to this beautiful wedding palette and gorgeous Allure {Style 1221} bridesmaid dress. What do you think?

TIP: Brides, allow bridal consultants to help you! They do this every day and chances are you vision or ideas are not far off from what another bride has done and their knowledge will save you time and stress.

bridesmaid-inspiration *PDE is offering 20% OFF Bridesmaid Dresses throughout the month of November! Love to be able to pass on some savings to my girls!

The girls will be holding a simple style bouquet made up of an oversize single flower with greens. I am excited to see what my florist {Just for You Weddings} will come up with. Stay tuned for some Groomsmen Inspiration!

Sand Ceremony Picture Frames – In Stock!

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We anxiously been awaiting the arrival of our two most popular Sand Ceremony Picture Frames – Walnut & White Washed! We are pleased to report they are back in stock and ready to ship!

Unity Sand Ceremony Picture Frames are symbolic during the wedding ceremony and are a great keepsake after! As part of the ceremony, both the bride and groom pour your choice of sand colors into the frame to represent your union. After your wedding ceremony, simply leave the sand in place and add your favorite wedding photo to the frames to create a one of kind keepsake of your special day.

Add a Touch of Romance with Chandeliers

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I can’t get enough of these gorgeous chandeliers! My friends at CT Wedding Group just sent along these beautiful photos of a recent wedding at The Barns. The photographer did an amazing job capturing the beauty of them, they truly add a romantic look and feel to the venue, don’t you think? View more photos for this beautiful wedding here.

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Photos courtesy of Candice Jeffrey Photography and CT Wedding Group.

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Formal from Head-to-Toe

Once the prefect wedding gown is found, the search is on for a great pair of shoes.  Brides know how important the perfect pair of shoes is in creating their overall look but often times, not much thought is given to what the groom will wear on his feet.  It’s true that men’s formal shoes can sometimes be plain but that is definitely not the case with the new David Tutera men’s formal shoe collection.

The first pattern, Celebrity, is a patent shoe with a classic double –runner across the body of the shoe.   The double-runner is over-laid with a matching matte material adding contemporary flair.  The second pattern, Icon, is the flip-side version of Celebrity where the shoe is matte-based and the double-runner is patent. Both styles are super sharp and would look great on every groom.

Have you shopped for your groom’s shoes yet?  If so, what style are you getting?