Best of 2014 Wedding Trends & Fashions

Many couples embraced their sense of style in 2014! We predict this will grow even stronger in 2015. With that in  mind, don’t be too quick to say goodbye to these 5 popular wedding trends from 2014:

Wedding Reception DressesReception Dresses: Many brides are sticking with traditional gowns when saying ‘I do,’ but then slipping into a second style. From short and chic to long and lovely, brides are embracing fashion and the chance to wear two amazing styles! Options for a 2nd dress/style >

 

DIY WeddingsDIY Couples: couples are embracing their inner crafty side and getting hands on in wedding planning. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to DIY! Love to bake? Have a dessert table, baking your favorite treat and asking those closest to you to bring a dish you loved growing up. 8 DIY ideas that can save money while expressing yourself >

 

Engagement PhotographsEngagement Photos: location, location, location! Couples are picking locations that have meaning. From where they first met to their favorite past time, couples are bringing a personalized feel and memory to their photos, making the photos last a lifetime. 4 trends that will stand the test of time >

 

Fun Wedding IdeasFun Weddings: couples are not just having a ceremony, dinner and dancing – they are having entertainment, too! It could be as simple as guests’ writing a special memory or advice for the couple to including ethnic entertainment during the reception (think belly dancers or bagpipes) to games and activities for guests to play. 10 hot tips to create a fun wedding >

 

First LookFirst Look:  Couples are making the first look personal. No crowds – just the couple taking a moment before saying ‘i do’ (with their photographer capturing it all!) Ideas + alternatives to the first look >

 

 

A Sweet Way to Pop the Question

I’m already married but I’ve just been proposed to!  My sister found such a cute and creative way to ask me to be in her bridal party that I had to share.

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Etsy Seller: Preston’s Event Planning

I was out with my sister when she handed me a gift bag and told me to open it.  Inside was a small square box wrapped in ribbon.  When I pulled off the ribbon and opened the box, I found a candy ring pop and a message written on the top inside lid of the box, “Will you be my matron of honor?”  The invitation wasn’t a surprise to me but the way she popped the question sure was.  I’ve been in many weddings but was never asked in such a fun way.

Can you think of any other creative ways to ask your family and friends to be in your wedding?

Engaged & Wedding Planning

On Christmas Eve Sean & I got engaged (read engagement story). Celebrating with family and friends was wonderful. It was really special to be able to take the time to enjoy our engagement, the holiday and start of the new year.

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Come January the planning began, we created our spreadsheets, put together a guest list, brainstormed ideas and began the hunt for a wedding venue. The venue is the most exciting, yet most difficult decision to make. It’s where your whole day takes place. It sets the tone for your wedding and once your select your venue visualizing your day becomes real and the rest of the planning starts to fall into place.

With so many amazing Massachusetts wedding venues to choose from we knew we had to first discuss our season, theme and style before deciding. Our dream would be a spring, rustic and intimate wedding day. Some of the MA wedding reception sites we are considering are Harrington Farm, Red Lion Inn, Smith Barn, Rivermill in Dover NH. We have our tours booked and are excited to see these beautiful venues. Stay tuned!

Harrington Farm in Princeton MA

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Red Lion Inn in Cohasset MA (photo courtesy of Lisa Rigby Photography)

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Smith Barn in Peabody MA (photo courtesy of Heather Parker Photography)

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Rivermill in Dover NH

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Add some Sparkle!

Wedding Sparklers offer a unique way for you and your guests to create a memorable moment at any occasion.

Suggested Sparkler Uses:

- Have guests light the sparklers as the couple/guest of honor exits/enters the event.
- Guest light the sparklers as the couple/guest of honor is introduced formally at the party.
- Guests form a ring around the couple/guest of honor and light the sparklers during an important moment at the event (i.e: couple dances their first dance, guest of honor blows out birthday candles, during a toast, a group photo)
- Have the bride and groom light one together at a wedding.
- Great for group photos.

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Angie’s Ring Rocks

Hollywood’s hottest couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, got engaged recently. No biggie. People get engaged every day but most women don’t get a rock like the one Angelina is now sporting.

Brad Pitt worked with a jeweler in designing the ring for more than a year. It features a large emerald cut diamond with smaller, similarly shaped diamonds that circle her finger. I think it has a bit of an Art Deco look to it and I just love it. What do you think of it?

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Love is in the Air

Have you seen the car commercial where a couple is driving around and the guy is desperately trying to get his girlfriend to see his airplane banner proposal? It reminds me of a recently engaged friend, Jackie, whose fiancé, Josh, did one even better.

While on their deck, celebrating the one year anniversary of moving into their house, a plane flies by with a romantic proposal message. Jackie accepts and then a helicopter begins to get closer, landing in the grassy area in their backyard. A surprised Jackie can’t believe her eyes when the copter picks them up for a fabulous night in New York City to celebrate. How romantic is that!

Josh even videotaped his thoughts about the proposal and the night’s events as they unfolded for YouTube making certain it’s a proposal they’ll never forget. Congratulations guys!

Anyone have a unique proposal story to share?

Ring in the Holidays with a Proposal

According to Conde Nast Bridal Group, December outpaces Valentine’s Day for proposals.  Since the holiday season is probably the most popular time for guys to pop the question, it’s no wonder we are starting to see TV commercials advertising engagement rings.  One recent spot I saw was for the new Neil Lane Bridal Collection from KAY Jewelers.  Jeweler to Hollywood’s elite, Neil Lane is now making his styles available to all future brides.

The vintage-inspired contemporary jewelry collection features pieces that are hand cast and hand assembled from Lane’s original designs, the diamonds are hand set, engraving and scrolling is finished by hand, and then the finished pieces are given a four-step polishing process that makes them sparkle.  I’ve only seen pictures but they look exquisite.  There are many different styles available too, from diamond bands with a solitaire, to larger, more intricate pieces that feature diamonds, surrounded by diamonds, surrounded by even more diamonds.  Now that’s the one I’d want!

Have you seen the new Neil Lane Bridal Collection?  How’d you like it?

Lenox and David’s Bridal Team Up

Brides registered at David’s Bridal will now get a brochure showcasing the registry options in tabletop from Lenox as part of a new partnership between the two companies providing customers with a one-stop shopping resource for dining and entertaining needs.  Lenox will also provide information and registry tips to make the registry process a more enjoyable experience.

Items from Lenox that brides might especially like to register for include fine bone china and casual dinnerware, collections of stemware and flatware, entertaining serve ware, and occasion giftware.

I especially love the fine china pattern Belle Boulevard (shown below in silver and gold) because the pattern looks like a festive gift bow.  I also like that many of the fine china patterns come in silver and gold.  The tabletop holiday patterns and accessories are beautiful too.  What’s your favorite pattern or item?