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Top 2012 Trend Ten: Tell your Love Story

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A new trend in reception videography is the “he said/she said” versions of a love story (much like in the movie When Harry met Sally). Stories and video style can be customized to the couple’s preferences. And now instead of the traditional table interviews during the reception, the videographer is taping the reactions from the guests to personalize the video even more.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Nine: Group Shots!

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While in most other ways today’s brides are modern, they are moving away from odd angles and opting for more traditional wedding photos. Remember the panoramic senior class photos from high school? Brides do too! Capturing family and friends in one shot just after the ceremony, is reported to be a top photo request for 2012.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Eight: She’s “Green”, But Are You?

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She’s “green,” but are you? In 2012, the “Eco-Bride” not only wants to know that her wedding is green, but that her vendors, distributors and planners are green in their own businesses as well. She also wants to know where the waste from the reception goes. At a recent Green Glam affair, we connected with Atlasta Catering . . . they literally broke down our waste into 12 different bins to recycle or compost!

Brides are also choosing to wear their mother’s or grandmother’s wedding dresses. These dresses become customized for a more modern look, but stay true to their recycled roots!

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Seven: Decor . . . cozy, custom and regent!

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Cozy, custom and color … décor for 2012 is changing! While communal dining at feasting tables has become just as popular as traditional round table seating, couples are now opting to personalize the dinner setting by mixing chair styles and fabrics. Wingback chairs, banquettes and benches are on every event planner’s wish list; however, the change up doesn’t stop there. Brides want glassware to reflect their personalities too. Amidst all this non-matching eclectic style, the Hollywood Regency style is emerging as this year’s top décor trend. This blend of vintage and modern styles is just what brides want to bring glamour, intimacy and splash of color to their weddings.

From our “out of the box” ideas, our top choice was the reception swing! What a unique way to keep guests entertained and in the swing of having fun!
~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Six: Sangria, Champagne and Shots!

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Mix it up! Sangria bars are spicing up receptions. Sangria includes the guests’ wine of choice (red, white or rose) infused with real fruit poured over ice. During an event we created for the Knot’s “Cocktails & Connections”, we offered a champagne and organic chocolate bar, which became a big hit among guests. Another new trend in beverages is the solid cocktail, served in spoons instead of glasses. Think Jell-O shots with panache! Different flavor martinis or whatever drink the couple enjoys, can be made in this solid form to serve to your guests. These small cocktails are a great way to sample new flavors and offer your guests a unique beverage experience.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Five: Play with your food

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What if you could have more fun with your food at your wedding? In 2012, brides are starting to order foods that they enjoy and are transitioning food into an activity where guests can mingle at the wedding. Offering late night snacks is big this year. Breakfast bites, like those pictured, with small versions of chocolate chip pancakes topped with maple syrup, blueberries or strawberries and accented with powdered sugar are sure to make your guest’s mouths water; or serve up mini fresh Bubbie’s donuts, made right before your guests’ eyes, like those crafted by one of our local vendors in Phoenix, Express Subito. One wedding reception even featured a bakery style display case offering chocolate sprinkled donuts and freshly made bagels. The possibilities are endless!
Play with your food . . . maybe not the best for a wedding but how about a fundraiser or party? Involve your guest with the sugar bubble like one created by C2 Catering in Toronto.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Four: Monogrammed Furniture

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Modular furniture like couches and chairs can be branded with a couple’s initials or wedding theme. This option, long reserved for the clients spending beaucoup bundles, is becoming a bit more affordable as event suppliers are using new technology. This gives all couples room for creativity in how to not only arrange a cozy lounge, but customize and personalize the space.

~Katie C