I thought about calling these trends but that makes it sound like something that will only last a short time. The following is a list of things I hope aren't trends and will be around well into 2016 and beyond!
Things We Loved in 2015
Sail Cloth Tents - They cost more but wow, are they worth it! They are more elegant than other tents and they tie in with the local waterfront setting. String up some bistro lights or install amber up-lighting and these tents will keep your party glowing until late into the night.
Alternative First Looks - The first look is a great moment for couples who don't mind seeing each other before the ceremony, but what about the brides and grooms who want to first lock eyes at either end of the aisle? This season we've seen a few innovative ways of getting some special pictures before the ceremony without ruining the surprise.
- A father/daughter first look. A special moment for a girl and her dad, filled with plenty of tears, hugs, and smiles!
- A no-look first look. A private, pre-ceremony moment for the couple to provide each other with reassurance and perhaps exchange gifts, only the groom has his eyes closed.
All Things Local - The move to locally sourced everything is here to stay and we couldn't be more thrilled! Northern Michigan has so much to offer in every aspect of a wedding - from cakes to caterers to handmade details and local flowers.
Gold, Blush, and Navy - We've seen all combinations of these three colors throughout the wedding season and we just love them. Whether it's a soft blush silk ribbon or a bold navy table linen, these hues have infused our 2015 season with colorful delight!
Family Style Meals - We've seen these at everything from a small gathering of twenty to a two hundred person wedding. Family style is a great way to get the guests chatting and is more intimate and relaxed than the traditional buffet.
The Wedding Weekend - We've seen lots of couples expand their wedding day into a full wedding weekend, filled with activities and gatherings for their guests. This is a great idea, especially for couples who are out of town or who have guests traveling long distances. Take time to enjoy the area, do some wine tasting, and have some low key, relaxed fun before the big day. This also gives the couple a chance to chat with all of their guests and relieves the pressure of getting around to each table on the busy wedding day.
Dessert Bars - Though we still see wedding cakes at many events, some couples are opting for a dessert bar, either in addition to or instead of cake. Sometimes there is a selection of local pies or homemade tarts, other times there are miniature mousses and cheesecake shooters. Dessert bars make it easier to accommodate various food allergies and tastes so that every guest can find something delicious to eat. And, of course, it allows us to try one of everything!
Stay tuned tomorrow for our guest blogger Kalin's floral trends for 2016!