Jerry and Peggy were married at my 12/13/14 mass wedding held at the Valley Federal Credit Union Building in downtown Billings, MT. This is their testimonial.
Q&A w/Wendy the Wedding Planner: “Are Fake Flowers Tacky?”
Really Cool Engagement Photo
Shabby Chic is definitely growing on me. To me the colors are soft and romantic! In Montana the colors and design go great with some of the venues we have. I hope you Enjoy looking at this eye candy as much as me. If you would like to see Bespoke Bride, who created this board simply click on the picture.
While marriage is, or at least is intended to be, an expression of permanence within a world of change, the face of the wedding itself has been changing significantly over the last few years. If you’re currently planning your own nuptials or just an avid fan of the matrimonial scene, keeping up on these trends can ensure your wedding savvy stays as current as your wardrobe and cell phone.
A trend that began more than a few years ago, that of the “casual” wedding, continues to gain momentum in the U.S., with close to one in five brides currently reporting that she would classify her own ceremony as such, up from around one in ten toward the end of the last decade. Less American couples are opting for formal or “black-tie” ceremonies; only 16% described their weddings that way in 2011. Conversely, average wedding budgets are seeing an increase for the first time since the economic downturn of 2008, both in terms of overall spending and spending per guest. Part of the explanation for this, in addition to inflation, may be the simultaneous trend toward multi-day events, especially within the luxury-wedding sector. High-end weddings will not infrequently last a full three days now, often incorporating a schedule of less-formal “fun” events on both the day prior to and the one after the actual ceremony, which is itself often a more traditional and formal affair. Compounding the increase in average costs is the fact that these luxury weddings tend to involve around 70 more guests on average than do non-luxury weddings. Another contributor to rising wedding bills is the trend toward custom entertainment, including comedians, photo booths, and the increasingly-seen interactive food stations.
While white, the traditional signature hue of the Western wedding, continues to dominate the matrimonial palette, the past few years have seen a shift to regal purple, with one in four brides today choosing some shade of that color to define her look (this compares to only 16% in 2009). Brown, on the contrary, has waned in popularity, while pink, blue, and green have remained popular alternatives. The past year also saw a shift in couples’ timing of their “big days”, with 36% of vows being exchanged in September, October, or November, almost equal to the 37% exchanged during the traditional “wedding season” months of June through August. This compares with only 30% of weddings taking place in the fall during 2009 and 2010.
Anyone who’s kept up on wedding trends over the last decade will no doubt recognize that wedding websites have been de rigueur for years now, but even newer technological trends include the use of social-networking sites and smartphones. Almost half of couples are now using Web 2.0 sites like Facebook and Twitter to share wedding details with guests and an even higher 60% of brides-to-be are utilizing phones in the course of planning their nuptials. Smartphones are the newest, most convenient avenue for accessing planning websites, taking and sharing matrimonial pictures, managing gift registries, and searching for and comparing wedding vendors online, transforming the coordination of the modern wedding into a truly mobile affair.
Go to a thrift store and find the worst bridesmaids dress you can find. Then play paintball for a combined bachelorette and bachelor party.
Some great wedding colour trends and ideas for planning your wedding!
Looking for a modern funky and fresh colour palette for your wedding, with teal trending massively in the wedding world looking fantastic on its own, with a vintage peacock style or in contrast to this beautiful vibrant orange,
Combine your bridesmaid dresses with stunning bouquets, umbrellas and more and make sure that your tables are decorated with glowing bonbonniere and favour ideas that are ribboned in a sea of teal and orange!
Purple & Silver
There are so many gorgeous shades of purple from plum to lilac, violet to lavender all of which will look fabulous teamed against a silver grey!
The majority of trends using these two colours will have silver in the underlying element such as for the bridesmaid’s dresses and then use the purple palette for the accents such as in the wedding flowers, bouquets and table decorations.
Green & Pink
Paper lanterns are extremely popular for weddings and you can buy these in a range of bright and bold colours, collect yourselves some matching napkins, green or pink table runners and matching gift ideas and you have the perfect green and pink themed wedding.
Aqua & Red
This modern yet retro colour combination is simply stunning! Blow your guests away with some bright red flowers, pom poms and accessories. Choose patterns that suit your colour choice, cherries are a great one for this!
You can use brightly coloured drapes of aqua and red to paint the celling in your wedding colours, this trend can be as subtle or as out there as you like. Maybe you will add simple touches like peep toe shoes in red, even the bride can join in this one. Consider a candy or lolly buffet to brighten up the room and buttonholes.
Mint Green & Brown
Not only doe s this combination of colour send your taste buds crazy as it makes you think of mint chocolate but also works so well as a wedding trend! From your wedding invitations through to your decorations on the day this contrast of light and dark looks simply irresistible.
Be careful with your shades of brown as these can sometimes look off if they are not deep enough in colour, but be sure to keep things cool with a mint green element. Plan your wedding favors carefully, maybe you could house a small chocolate in a mint egg or simply use your colours to theme a personalized item such as a bottle opener or wedding stubby holders.
A beautiful vintage inspired wedding veil – Blush by Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe
Check out this great blog for 10 great summer wedding ideas.