2017 Floral Trends by Intern, Lauren W.

It’s that time of year again when all of the upcoming trends are being released and discovered. I asked Lauren to write on her favorite topic for me, because I knew she’d be eager. I hope you enjoy her take on the 2017 Floral trends, and maybe you will learn something too! 

Mrs. Christine gave me the fabulous opportunity to go on and on about one of my favorite things, FLOWERS!! I absolutely adore flowers and I hope that I can write more blogs about flowers in the future.  Now let me talk about the real subject at hand,

The 2017 Floral Trends:

Many different plants make up floral families that are not necessarily flowers.  All of these plants can be incorporated into any wedding, party theme, or bouquet.  Some of these might sound a little crazy or odd to y’all, such as fruits or vegetables, but trust me, they work just fine. First are the plants that are not necessarily known for flowering. These categories are Pods, Berries, Fruits, Vegetables, Succulents, and Greenery.  

  • The Pod for 2017 is super cute, it is a green Poppy pod and is the same color as Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year.
  • The Brunia berry is an extremely versatile plant. Since the berry is a nice neutral grey or silver, it can be paired with any color, season, or theme.
  • The fruit for 2017 might seem a little crazy (at least, that’s what I thought), but it is the pineapple. Obviously it is not a full size, they are miniature pineapples and they are also pink or yellow. The pink or yellow pineapple would be great in a spring or summer wedding and paired with other bright colors.  
  • The 2017 Vegetable is the artichoke. The artichoke pairs well with any colors because it is green. Also, it looks like a succulent and could be incorporated into a cute summer succulent bouquet.
  • The echeveria is 2017’s succulent. I think that it is a classic succulent and looks very rose-like in its appearance. It can be found green or a soft lavender.
    The Greenery family has chosen my favorite piece of greenery to represent it for 2017, Eucalyptus. I love eucalyptus, especially baby euc. ! It is so versatile and can be paired in any season and goes well with any color since Eucalyptus is a nice frosted green. Also, as an added bonus, it smells amazing.

Flowering Plants:

The 2017 Flowering plants are many different colors and different varieties. What I have noticed about the 2017 flowers is that they are the same family, but different colors. For instance, the Garden Rose is favored for 2017 in five different colors/variations. Also, the Peony and Dahlia is preferred for 2017 in a few different colors. The next flowers are mentioned in order by color from white to purple, respectively.

  • The white flower is the Alabaster Garden Rose.This variation of the Garden Rose is only found in white and is very full. It has many petals and they turn over on the ends causing them to look pointed.
  • The cream flower is the Caramel Antike Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is also very full and is a very light caramel color or ivory.
  • The Dahlia is liked in a very rich red.  The dahlia is also a very full flower with pointed petals. Actually, Christine and I worked a wedding last fall with rich red dahlias.

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  • Fuchsia is the beautiful Peony. This Peony is a deep pink and pairs marvelously in spring and summer weddings and with other bright colors.
  • Pink is the Prince Charles Garden Rose. This Garden Rose is very round and is similar to the Peony.
  • The David Austin Juliet rose.  This rose is unlike any rose I have ever seen. It is spherical and does not open very much and looks as if it has over 100 petals.
  • The Sunset Garden Rose is the Peach flower of 2017. It is an ombre mix of pink and orange.  
  • Yellow is the Pom Pom Garden Rose. The center of this Garden Rose contains so many petals that it looks as if it is ruffled.
  • The green “flower” is not really a flower but it is a variation of a flower, it is the trick Dianthus.
  • The Trick Dianthus is adorable. It is a little, fuzzy, green ball and is very whimsical looking.
  • The blue flower of 2017 is my favorite flower, the blue Hydrangea. It is a large sphere with of many small flowers. The Hydrangea is perfect in a spring wedding when paired with whites or pinks. 
  • The Lilac is the lavender flower for 2017.  It is a nice light purple and is wonderful in the spring.
  • Finally, the purple flower is Hydrangea.  Like the blue Hydrangea it goes well with white flowers, but could be incorporated in the late summer and fall weddings.

    Beautiful blue hydrangeas

These are just a handful of flowers that are trending in 2017. How are you planning on using these flowers this year? If you have any questions or are seeking advice on how to use these flowers, do not hesitate to contact the Get-Christine team.

Vendor Spotlight Post – Triple T Entertainment

The year of 2016 was a major year of growth for Get Christine. I joined societies, more than doubled my amount of bookings, brought on interns, and met a lot of new and talented event vendors. Meeting new vendors has been great for my business. I have had tons of opportunities to work with so many great new people this year, and for that I am extremely grateful. Now I also have a whole bunch of new vendors I can refer my brides to. Today I am covering a Photo Booth provider.

At a WeddingWire educational event earlier in the year, I met Bianca of Triple T Entertainment. If you follow my blog you may remember her from my Pamper Party back in July. I knew instantly as I met her that we would be working together for a long time. She had a great smile and was very friendly, and I immediately wanted to know more about her and her business.

Since she’s fairly new to the industry, I wanted to shine a light on her business. Please allow me to introduce to you, Bianca Taylor and her business partner Ben Sandefur of Triple T Entertainment:

Bianca and Ben show off their fun photo booth

Business Name: Triple T Entertainment

Vendor Name: Bianca Taylor & Ben Sandefur

Web Address: www.tripletentertainment.com

Business Category: Photo booth

How long have you been in business?: 7 months

What got you started in this business?: Spending time in a photo booth at my nephew’s wedding in Charleston, SC and having the best time ever! I couldn’t stop thinking or talking about the wonderful time we had. The fun, smiles, and laughter was so amazing and we want to provide that same experience to others.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

A Group of friends at a Halloween party cram into the shot of the Triple T Photo Booth.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding?: Although it has nothing to do with a photo booth, the best tip I can tell a couple planning their wedding is to hire a wedding planner. The stress of that day can be overwhelming and hiring a planner lets you enjoy the day instead of sweating all the small stuff. When my son got married last year, it went so smoothly because of the wedding planner. Top give a photo booth tip, hire a photo booth, even if it is just for an hour. The memories, fun, and laughter are priceless for both you and your guests. The budget seems to be the concern for most so it is one of the last items on the list, however, photo booths actually are one of the top highlights of most weddings!

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: Most couples are looking for enclosed photo booths, however, in my opinion, an open air photo booth brings joy and laughter to ALL your guests, not just the ones in the photos. Guests love watching others taking their pics and most will then decide they want to join in the fun as well. Also, with our open air photo booth, we try to match the theme of your event so it blends in.

A newly married bride and groom have some fun in the Triple T Photo Booth.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Since we cater to all clients, wedding and non-wedding, they all pretty much ask the same questions, however, they need to think about the length of time they want photo booth services as most booths are not utilized during the eating part of the event, If you are having a 4 hour event, yet an hour of it will be eating, ask the photo booth company if they have an idle hourly rate (most are much lower than the hourly rate) and you may get the photo booth cheaper than a full 4 hour request.

What’s the most unique/different wedding or event you ever did and why?: I cannot say just one was different because all of them are unique. Each wedding has been beautiful and unique, because each bride is beautiful and unique. They all bring their special twists.

Triple T Photo Booth customers having blast in the booth!

What was the most memorable wedding you ever worked, and why?: They all have been memorable, because we have been in business seven months, I have been in awe with each one of them.

I hope you will consider using Triple T Entertainment for your next party, wedding, or other event. Bianca has an incredible positive energy that anyone would want to have running a photo booth at their event.

Vendor Spotlight – All Around Raleigh DJ

A few weeks ago, I let my intern write a vendor spotlight post about The Chocolate Boutique. I have been meaning to write more of these types of blog posts, so this week here’s one from me! I have been working in this industry long enough to have worked with some really excellent vendors. Here’s a post about one of the best DJ vendors in Raleigh, or at least he’s one of my favorites.

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I met Eric, the owner of All Around Raleigh DJ, at the Market Hall Spring Showcase. I arrived fairly early, while it was still mostly just vendors and Market Hall employees in attendance. Being punctual, as I always am, benefited me yet again. This time I benefited because I was able to walk around and introduce myself to a few local vendors I have never met. (Another benefit to being early, I was able to get a glass of wine without waiting in line. )

Eric was one of the first vendors I met that night, and he left a great impression on me. We ended up meeting for coffee at a later date and time, where I learned a little more about him and why he got into the events industry.  I really enjoyed his take on why he decided to be a DJ and I hope you do too!

Background Information

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Joe Payne Photography

Eric stumbled on his love of being a DJ like many others do. He went to school and got a degree in Engineering and made the realization that his heart was somewhere else. During the same year Eric enrolled at NC State, he also formed his company All Around Raleigh DJ. When I asked him about his first event as a DJ, he said “I had a typical 19 year old guy’s stereo with huge ridiculous speakers“. This made me really chuckle because, we’ve all known people like that. The first event he worked was for a friend’s Mother. Her DJ had backed out last minute, leaving her with little time to find a replacement. Eric offered his services and quickly realized that he was pretty good and had a blast doing it. After that, Eric bought some professional DJ equipment and began working weddings and events as often as possible. He was eventually able to leave his full-time cubicle job to run All Around Raleigh DJ in 2011. Of course, he also told me it’s the most rewarding job he’s ever had.

 

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I asked Eric a few other questions and here are his responses:

What advice would you offer to couples looking for a DJ?:

“Whoever you hire must be someone you can trust – and someone you feel a connection with, they will be a guest at the wedding so they should fit what you have in mind.”  “You should also trust them to be organized and take care of things.”

How far out from the wedding should couples hire a DJ?:

In general terms somewhere between 4-8 months before the wedding. For popular months at least one year in advance. August tends to be more flexible. But, if you want a specific person, you should book at least one year prior.”

What is the coolest event you have ever worked?

“Very personalized events, people who incorporate their personalities into their events make them the most memorable. In particular one Wedding I worked at Shady Wagon Farm – barely had any dancing. This wedding’s bride was not able to stand for long periods of time, but she danced for at least one song. It was memorable because the people were really awesome.” There was a little less dancing then Eric was used to, but even still this wedding was not lacking in fun. There were a bunch of lawn games for the guests to enjoy, and Eric entertained the guests by playing the shoe game, and hosting table trivia for dinner. “The best part of the night was when the groom surprised his bride by singing to her during the reception while she sat on the dance floor.” 

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Caroline Lima Photography

Would you like to pass on your business to your children?

This question was clearly something Eric had not been asked before, but something I personally consider all the time. I of course want to pass on a legacy to my children, but I don’t know how frequently other people also have that desire and if so, how much thought they have really put into it. Eric’s response was “I only have a daughter and female DJs are definitely more rare, but if that was something she wanted to do then heck yes!”

Do you see yourself running the DJ business until you retire?

“Yes absolutely, in some form or fashion. I can’t see a reason to get stuck in a rut and stop, and there’s really nothing else I enjoy doing as much.”

I am very grateful Eric had time to grab coffee with me. I really enjoyed sharing fun industry stories, and getting to know him better. It’s not often that you get to hear about the vendor and their personal life.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Eric and hearing about how he formed his company!! If you are in need of a DJ for your next wedding or event, consider reaching out to him for a quote, you won’t be disappointed. And, if you need more evidence of that, check out his reviews on Wedding Wire.

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Vendor Spotlight – The Chocolate Boutique

It’s been quite a busy summer for the Get-Christine team which includes working with the new intern, Lauren. She and I get together as often as possible to collaborate on fun wedding and event ideas and plans. At least, we do so when Lauren’Chocolate Boutique Signs not been at the beach living up her last summer as a HS student. This week, I bring you a vendor spotlight article written by Lauren about a delicious spot in town called The Chocolate Boutique.
I recently decided that since I’ve been working in the events industry for long enough, that it’s well past time I started writing about some of the fabulous vendors I’ve met and worked with. I’ve personally never worked with The Chocolate Boutique on a wedding or event in the past, but I have been in to visit their shop and purchased plenty of their chocolates. Having personally tasted those goodies, I can definitely vouch for their chocolate and it is delicious!

Without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s piece:

The Chocolate Boutique
Owner: Kesha Dozier 

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Flo The Chocolate Fountain

Nearly five years ago, Mrs. Kesha Dozier left her corporate job to pursue her love of chocolate.  After studying in Italy, Belgium, and Spain about ‘all things chocolate’ The Chocolate Boutique was soon born.  The boutique offers a wide variety of truffles, chocolate covered nuts, and even chocolate covered bacon!  All of the offerings are finely crafted from Belgian and Swiss chocolates.  In addition to the confections behind the cases, you and your friends or family have the chance to make your very own chocolate during a chocolate party!  The Chocolate Boutique hosts parties for any occasion that you desire.  They have over 1,200 chocolate molds ranging from “high heels to spark plugs.”    For huge parties or weddings you can rent “Flo”, an amazing, 2-flavor chocolate fountain!  It’s the only one of its kind in North CarolinaChocolate Fountain

    Most items are customizable for any occasion.  For weddings, you could have a candy buffet equipped with all kinds of truffles, dipped fruits and nuts.  As a dessert alternative, “Flo” would be an excellent idea.  Also, you could have a bag filled with chocolate covered nuts or personalized truffles as a take-home favor.

The Chocolate Boutique has a convenient location at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. Oh, and another one over in Park West Village of Morrisville.  Contact them today to set up a party for a girls night out, a fun birthday party, or visit The Chocolate Boutique to get your hands on some delicious goodies. Chocolate Fountain Ice Cream

To contact Kesha from The Chocolate Boutique and inquire about some party pricing, or even to rent that fantastic chocolate fountain Flo, she can be reached at: 919.322.0960.

Be on the lookout for our next Vendor Spotlight blog by me about All Around Raleigh DJ owner, Eric.

The Times, They Are A Changin’

I promise there is good reason for my cliche blog post title. Well, maybe not good reason, but reason enough.  I have recently made the incredibly tough, but hopefully right, decision to take the leap from working full-time for someone else and only part-time for myself, to working full-time as a Wedding & Event Coordinator for Get-Christine! I have booked more than double the amount of couples I am working with this year compared to last year, and I’ve already started booking into next year.

Additionally, there have been some major changes at the office I work for in that, I was presented with the opportunity to take on more responsibilities and hours than I was already working. Though it would have been a great chance for me to grow and mature with the company, and get even more work experience, I did not feel that it would be fair to the brides and couples I am already working with to take on more responsibilities elsewhere that would keep me from giving my heart and soul to my business. And so, the time had come for me to make a decision that I had no idea would come so soon.  Instead of putting in more time for my day job, I am putting all my time in on me! I am having very mixed emotions about the journey I am about to embark on, but I know that there are great things to come in my future.

I am looking forward to what the future has in store for me and I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Talari Networks gave to me. I will never regret the two years I spent working there because I learned a whole lot about many different things, and I met lots of wonderful people and made incredible bonds that I don’t expect to lose anytime soon.

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In making this decision, I am opening up my schedule to have more time to blog, plan and schedule stylised photo-shoots, host DIY arts & crafts events for my brides, and meet with couples, brides and their vendors during the day and not just at night! I am more than excited to plan and execute more weddings and events and that I’ll have even more time to write about my journey along the way.

I still have a few open dates for 2016 and plenty in 2017! 🙂

Christy & Stephen – August, 28th 2015

I had a whirlwind of a Fall and I’ve been using it as an excuse not to update the blog. Now that I’m on some kind of miracle of a Christmas break, given to me by the amazing company I work for during the day, I have no more excuses.

In August, I revisited the Stockroom to coordinate an incredibly soft and romantic wedding for an adorable couple named Christy & Stephen. Christy was hosting a simple yet elegant event with many beautiful details. Her ceremony was to be held by the windows in the front of The Stockroom, with her aisle being a path through her reception tables to a large white linen draping for an altar.

The Stockroom Venue

Linen Altar Drapes

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Selecting A Venue

Planning a wedding can be an overwhelming and complicated process because of the many different details involved. You can, however, make the process easier on yourself by accomplishing certain tasks right away and checking them off your list. One of those things is selecting a venue.

Selecting a venue early on in the planning process is important because there are many factors to consider when choosing your venue. Before you even start looking at venues or putting down deposits, sit down with your significant other and discuss priorities. Make some lists (I love making lists), and call one “Must Have” and one “Can Live Without”. Be sure to keep this with you while visiting your venues.

After you’ve decided on priorities, be sure to really discuss what you and your husband or wife-to-be both envision. There are many venues out there, and more and more as time goes on. You don’t need to settle for anything, but you also don’t need to go into debt just because you fell in love with one particular location.  There will always be others!

Next, you should begin scheduling site visits to check out all the different venues you are interested in. Some venues will be so busy that they are unable to book private tours, in which case they typically host an open house. You can usually find this information on their website or on other bridal forums. Be sure to mark all of your appointments and important dates (bridal shows, open houses, tastings, etc.) on the calendar so as not to forget! If you have to add multiple reminders for yourself, do it. You will be glad you took the time to check out each place in person because pictures can be deceiving.RehearsalatGreystone

Visit your venue during the appropriate time of year. If you are getting married in the fall because you love foliage and want to feature it in your wedding photos, you should schedule your site visits during the fall a year or two before your wedding. This will help you to envision what your wedding would look like if you hosted it at that venue during that time of year. It will also allow you to note the most vibrant colors that surround the venue which will assist you in choosing your colors. Additionally, it will be easier to know what will match and what will clash your surroundings if you select your venue before you decide on your wedding colors.

Pick a place that really represents you as a couple and that brings your theme to life. By selecting a place that you love and dressing it up with your colors and decoration, you are creating a night that your attendees will always remember. Do you have a favorite place to watch the sunset, or maybe a specific mountain that you have hiked up together? If you’re not planning to get married in a church, there are tons of non-traditional options to choose from just by remembering intimate spots you’ve visited with your honey.

Don’t forget to compare prices and packages of all the venues you visit and be sure you select the one that gives the most value for what you are spending. This is where that list of priorities will help you out. If you know what specific details you are looking for in advance it will be easier to make a decision later when you are torn between two venues. Some venues have equipment on site and will include the use of things like tables, chairs, linens, and sometimes tents within their packages. Rental inclusions can make what seems like a more expensive venue a much more reasonable deal once you know total costs.

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Lastly, enjoy yourself. Looking at venues can be fun, but it can also be exhausting and disappointing. I know this first hand from experience. I recently visited some local venues and though they were beautiful, neither were exactly what I had expected. Pictures can be deceptive, as venues only display the best possible photos on their websites so as not to show any sort of minor flaws. Stand where your ceremony is going to be, look around and observe everything. These are the surroundings you will be seeing on your big day. If it seems too crowded or to have too much distracting or unattractive background, note that. Pay attention to whether there will be room for your photograph to move gracefully. If your camera man does not have access to you from many angles, you may miss out on tons of different shots you initially hoped for.

Don’t give up!! I know visiting venues is tiresome, especially when you’ve been to a bunch and still haven’t found what you were looking for.  But when you finally find the right one, you will be more than happy and ready to book it. And if you need any help, I’m here.

DIY Centerpieces

I was browsing Pinterest the other day and, as most women in my age group spending too much time on Pinterest do, I got excited about doing arts and crafts!

Step One: Gather Supplies

Step One: Gather Supplies

I decided that instead of just pinning things aimlessly to my DIY wedding board though, I would be proactive and create a simple centerpiece. Inspired by the DIY spreads in Weddings Magazine I figured I would try my hand at making my own step-by-step photo collage to show you all how I did it. After I envisioned what I wanted my craft project to look like, I ventured over to Michael’s to pick out some supplies. I decided on multiple colors of ribbon in order to create multi-season centerpieces. I also grabbed two mason jars, one blue and one clear, to allow for variety. Finally, I picked up a glue gun and made my way back home to get crafty!

First, I gathered all my supplies and brought them to a nice clean place in the house where I could sprawl everything out and start my project.
I decided to begin with a Fall themed centerpiece and started this by cutting a piece of burlap fabric and a piece of deep red ribbon.

Step Two: Cut fabric & ribbon

Step Two: Cut fabric & ribbon

I then wrapped the piece of burlap fabric around my clear mason jar, dabbed the jar with the hot glue and stuck the fabric to it.

Step Three: Wrap the Ribbon around the jar and  glue

Step Three: Wrap the Ribbon around the jar and glue

Finally, I wrapped the ribbon around the burlap and tied it in a bow. Once the glueing and tying was finished I was able to put all the finishing touches on it. I placed some smooth rocks in the bottom of the jar and filled it half way with water. I was then able to place the floating candle on the water and light it for the picture!

Step Four: Tie ribbon into bow, fill with some rocks and water, place candle on water and light!

Step Four: Tie ribbon into bow, fill with some rocks and water, place candle on water and light!

After I completed the first one it was extremely easy to make a few more with different colored ribbons. I even got excited about looking around the house for different types of stones to fill the bottom of my jars with.

Summer Centerpiece

Summer Centerpiece

After I finished the third centerpiece, I was about out of cute things to put in and around them, so I decided to call it a day. What do you think of them? Are they table top worthy?

Spring Centerpiece

Spring Centerpiece

Unique Wedding Details

More and more these days we are seeing bigger and much more extravagant weddings! The average cost of a wedding these days starts around $25,000 and ranges upward from there.

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Of course there are ways to budget and save, but it isn’t easy with the amount of details that brides have been using lately.

One of the trends that we will be seeing in weddings this year, that I’ve not really covered much, is adding elegance to an outdoor rustic setting. Brides are picking more outdoor venues such as farms and barns and adding touches like crystal chandeliers and glassware as well. It really creates a unique look adding elegance to the outdoors and makes a fairly formal wedding feel more relaxed but still beautiful.

Photo-booths have become very popular with these types of elegant yet laid back weddings and are a main attraction for many of the guests. This is a fun way to get your friends and family to really start relaxing and enjoy themselves, as well as allowing them to leave you with an adorable (or hilarious) image of themselves having a blast at your wedding. These are great when it comes time to send out thank you cards later. You can really personalize your thank you note by sending a 4×6 image from the photo booth of you and the person you are thanking. (or just the wedding if you didn’t get one in the booth together)

Unique details are also popping up rather quickly and I love what some of the brides are coming up with to use in their weddings!

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Superhero Wedding

There is an image floating around Pinterest of guys in a wedding party with button-down shirts, being held open by the bridesmaids, exposing a Super Hero shirt underneath. I think that is such a fabulous idea and a great way to incorporate a very unique detail into your wedding. If you want to do something different and fun but think this might just be a little too over the top for you, consider having the groomsmen wear bow ties. It brings a lot of fun to the sophisticated look and there are tons of fun patterns out there to pick from!

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KPW Bow ties

You can save money by avoiding big department stores, and buying these types of custom-made items from local merchants. Kyle Patrick from New Hampshire, makes handmade bow ties with a few different materials and in a several different designs. My favorite of the bow ties is this Green Seersucker one, I can definitely imagine a Southern Spring wedding with the groomsmen sporting these!

What unique details would you want to use in your wedding? Would you go daring and try to top these fun little details? Or do you prefer to have a more traditional and conservative wedding? Please leave feedback because I would love to hear!

2013 Wedding Trends

Every bride dreams of having the most amazing wedding ever, one that will leave her guests feeling both impressed and delighted. It’s that fairy tale wedding that she’s been dreaming about since she was a little girl. Every bride-to-be also worries that her wedding won’t be unique or stand out. As a result, these women think up new and crazy details for their weddings each year to top the previous year of bridal trends.  I did a little research on the 2013 trends and I’m really excited to share my results with you. I found results both from top wedding blogs as well as a few major Bridal websites.

Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties will be a popular wedding theme in 2013 and it is a trend being seen all over the red carpet right now. The Spring release of The Great Gatsby and popular series Downtown Abbey are both inspiration for wedding fashion and wedding themes.

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Source: Getty Images

What inspires women to host a Roaring Twenties themed wedding? The 1920’s were a fascinating time! It was the age of jazz, prohibition, and organized crime! More importantly it’s a fun and daring theme that makes a lasting impression. Can you think of the last time you got to step back in time while attending a wedding?

Neutral Tones

Brides are toning it down in the color department this year choosing more earthy and neutral colors. We’ll see more taupe, gray, and blush being used this season. The ‘less is more’ belief is being presented with these beautiful taupe and blush themed weddings.

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Neutral tones can also really accentuate how beautiful the venue is, especially if the bride matched the bridesmaid dresses to the naturally and readily available flowers blooming at the venue. Imagine how pretty it would look to have blush colored bridesmaid dresses with beautiful pink rose bushes in the background. Or even taupe colored bridesmaid dresses in a courtyard or garden setting. Neutral tones look beautiful in nature.

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Sophistication

Stemming from the whole Roaring Twenties theme, vintage and elegance are both on the forefront of wedding trends for 2013. Long gowns and black tie affairs will become the norm this year. As a result, lace will also be making a comeback and not just in the wedding gowns. Lace will be seen on dresses, invitations, cakes, and as decoration to create a simply beautiful and classic look. More sophisticated looks will lead to a more classy soiree overall. They lead to more crystal and glass decor on the tables, more cascading bouquets of flowers, and even some recycled vintage wedding attire.

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Food Bars

This is one of my personal favorites of all the trends and I think it really does do a great job of setting your wedding apart from the others. I’ve seen them done in so many different ways and I really look forward to designing one of my own at my wedding some day. Some couples go with mini-treats and sweets such as tiny cupcakes and mini pies, and some go with cute salty snacks like a potato bar loaded with french fries, potato chips, and sweet potato fries. Depending on the theme of the wedding, some couples will even chose to have a candy bar set up. The possibilities are endless with this idea which is why I love it so much. Here is a list of the Top 15 best Wedding Food Bars I found while perusing the internet for ideas.

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What trends will you try out at your wedding this year? Will you go with big flashy details or stick with the neutral toned down feel? Share your ideas and thoughts with me in the comments below!!