Coast 2 Coast Chef and co-owner, Gerard Monte lists his picks for the Top Ten 2015 Wedding Trends – Complete with Crystal Stemware, Roses, Champagne Towers, Buttons, Ribbons and Gems.
- Classic elegance and dining al fresco are the leading wedding trends. Elaborate table settings, juxtaposed on undressed farm tables set in an open-air setting, is all the rage. Burlap and galvanized tins are being replaced with vintage silver platters, crystal stemware and gold flatware.
- Garden roses, hydrangeas, peonies, dahlias and ranunculus are top choices for brides. “They’re dramatic, they’re romantic and they’re versatile, so they look perfect whether you’re planning a traditional wedding event or something more relaxed,” says New York City event planner Shawn Rabideau. Herbs such as rosemary, mint, lemon leaf, magnolia leaf, ivy, smilax and maidenhair fern are being strung together and used in surprising ways. They are fantastic as table runners or as chair swags, to frame cocktail menus, to redefine tent ceilings or to give chandeliers a soft edge. Consider adding them to bridal bouquets and boutonnieres.
- Buttons and ribbons and gems. Couples will be generating excitement for their celebration by wowing guests with an invitation suite that’s delivered in attention-grabbing style: wrapped in shimmery cellophane; boxed in decorative paper; tied up with ribbon, leather rope or baker’s twine; studded with crystals; or adorned with dried flowers. Wax seals have also made a comeback.
- Champagne towers and fountains are back. Add a fruit puree to a champagne cocktail for a personalized touch. Hand selecting craft beers, wine pairings or a flight of bourbons tell your guests you want to share more than just a toast.
- Serving family style or setting up tasting stations for appetizers or part of the main meal can offer a relaxed, yet intimate, feel. Think mac ’n cheese or build your own taco bar.
- Wedding cakes will take on texture for 2015. Rough or tree trunk finishes will be replaced by tempting-to-touch textures of quilting, ruffles, tulle and lace designs. Textured buttercream frosting also remains a strong trend for brides going for a vintage or soft, romantic feel. For a modern wedding, the texture might be a three dimensional lattice, herringbone or other geometric pattern. Another tactile approach is to have your designer roll out black fondant and hand-paint it to look like a chalkboard.
- Couples are choosing cake flavors that are rooted in their hometowns or family heritage, where they began dating or a favorite destination. We’re hearing about blueberry, chai tea latté, Aztec hot chocolate, caramel apple cider and more. Yum!
- Edible favors, especially ones that can be eaten as a midnight snack will be very popular.
- Updated classics, standards and 70s style bands will replace traditional wedding music. Check out Jason Mraz’s acoustic version of the Etta James classic, “At Last” or Yacht Rock. Couples might consider the music of Hall & Oates, Kenny Loggins or the Doobie Brothers. What started as an underground music movement based on the comedic TV/ online series “Yacht Rock,” this musical genre is gaining major play at weddings. “We’re not the typical wedding band,” says Nicholas Niespodziani of Atlanta’s Yacht Rock Revue (YRR). “But the dance floor is always full.” Like YRR, most of these style bands dress in period garb, complete with polyester suits and Ray-Ban Wayfarers. Party on!
- Photo booths may have taken their last picture. Hire a silhouette or sketch artist and your guests can leave with a treasurable keepsake.
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