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 >

 

 

The countdown begins…

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Today marks the one year countdown to our wedding day. I feel so excited! I just hope this feeling stays. I am afraid that  now that the “countdown begins” the excitement will start to fade and stress and pressure will set in. I keep telling myself that as long as we stay on top of wedding planning and complete our checklist when advised we should be ok, right? Here is what we will be doing this month to stay on track:

- Visit The Barn at Wesleyan Hills for some inspiration. We’re excited to see the venue and outdoor space during a summer wedding. While visiting we will scout a place to host our rehearsal dinner and after party.

- Finalize DJ/Musician plans with Powerstation Events.

- Make decision on the ”The Dress”. {During my last visit to Party Dress Express I found a few more dresses, stay tuned I will be sharing my finds before making my final decision}

- Shopping for Save the Dates.

MA Wedding Guide has lots of helpful planning articles that’s helped keep me on track. We’ve already been thinking of our color scheme, men’s attire and décor options for our venue. I will be sharing the details on these soon.

We’ve set a Date!

I can’t believe I’ve been engaged for almost 5 months, time has certainly flown by. The excitement and giddiness that surrounds an engagement is amazing and truly a special time, I am so glad I was able to relish in that moment. (If you missed our engagement story, click here)

Wedding planning starts almost immediately though, doesn’t it? After the “Congratulations” the questions begin, “Did you set a date?” “Did you find a venue?” “Do you know what kind of dress you want?” It can be terrifying and overwhelming. I don’t want this experience to be like that and I believe it’s up to you as a couple to ensure wedding planning doesn’t consume you and stress you out. In an effort to get organized and stay stress free, my fiancé and I decided to take a weekend and brainstorm. We created an excel spreadsheet (nerdy?) and got organized. A tab was created for each important part of our wedding planning. We started from the beginning moments of our wedding weekend and worked our way to the end discussing all the different ideas we had, the do’s and don’ts, names of family and friends, our wish list splurges and our max budget. It was actually fun and quite freeing. We felt organized and in sync. It helped us visualize what our day should be like and prepare for our first big wedding decision… picking the venue.

Where will we celebrate such a wonderful occasion? There are so many things to consider as well as decisions and obstacles to work around. Each venue is unique and different in what they offer. We had a few requirements for our venue.

• accommodate approximately 130-150 guests
• offer an outdoor space for the ceremony
• most importantly, the reception site would need to be a barn

Our vision is to create an intimate rustic wedding day. So we began our hunt for the perfect New England wedding barn. There are so many great rustic venues to choose from but finding one that met our requirements and budget was difficult. That is until we stumbled upon CT Wedding Group and discovered their amazing venue, The Barn at Wesleyan Hills.

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After arranging a visit we knew this was our place. The staff was amazing and the venue incredible. The place sold itself and everything else – from the décor packages to the food – was a bonus. So with no hesitation we picked our date and venue and could not be more excited. On May 30th, 2015, we will be married at The Barn at Wesleyan Hills in Connecticut.

With years of working in the wedding industry for TheWeddingOutlet.com & MAWeddingGuide.com, I’ve been surrounded by wedding tips & trends, designer accessories and so much more wedding inspiration. I should have this whole wedding planning business done easy since I was a pro, right? I’m not too sure. Now that I am a bride, it will be interesting to see what my thoughts and ideas on wedding planning is from the driver seat. Stay tuned as I will continue to share my journey as a bride in the wedding business planning my dream Rustic Wedding.

The Barn at Wesleyan Hills

After continuing my search for the perfect New England barn wedding venue I stumbled upon this gem of place. So this past weekend we set out to Middletown CT to see The Barn at Wesleyan Hills. This venue has it all, an outdoor area for a ceremony, tented patio for cocktail hour and a beautiful barn for a reception. Michelle from CT Wedding Group was wonderful. She answered all our questions and left us feeling confident that if this was our wedding venue we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. It is very comforting to feel like your day will be executed exactly how you imagine it. Michelle explained that they have décor such as crates, burlap and more that they use to decorate around the barn and the food stations that are either “rustic country” or “rustic vintage” so depending on the couples vision they use the appropriate pieces to carry out the theme. This is a really nice perk as not many places will help decorate unless you pay for a package. I didn’t take any photos of the outdoor space as it was still covered in snow but you can see some real weddings if you visit CT Wedding Group.  Come back and let me know what you think?

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