Happy 8th Birthday to WeddingWire!

Posted by Alexandra on May 01, 2015

Today marks eight years since the launch of WeddingWire—and that’s certainly cause for celebration! In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be fun to look back at the some of the wedding trends we’ve seen and loved over the past eight years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

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Photo Courtesy of The Pastry Studio

2007: Marie Antoinette Inspired Details – This trend was influenced, we suspect, by the eponymous movie premiered previous year. Chateaus and historic mansions were the venues of choice in 2007, and brides accessorized with cameo jewelry and layered pearls. Decor was all about shabby chic china, Baroque tabletop accents, neoclassical furniture, opulent feathers, and feminine pastels mixed with lots of gold. For dessert, gilded fondant cakes or French confections like macarons, petits fours, and croquembouche were a must.

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Gown by Maggie Sottero

2008: Gowns with Pick Up Skirts – The glam ballroom style was huge in 2008, and pick ups were a perfect way to give wedding gowns that full, fairytale look brides were after. Pick up detailing works beautifully with satin and taffeta, two favored fabrics that year.

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Photo Courtesy of Pop the Cork Designs

2009: Eco-Friendly Details – Environmentally conscious weddings certainly haven’t gone out of style (and we hope they never do!), but they were especially hot in 2009. Couples used recycled paper for their stationery, decorated with repurposed objects (think glass bottle vases and newspaper poms), incorporated moss, succulents, herbs, and greenery into their arrangements, and thanked their guests with plantable seed favors.

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Photo by Photography by Verdi

2010: Birdcage Veils – The vintage wedding trend came into the spotlight in 2010, and brides everywhere seemed to be swapping traditional lengths of tulle and lace for crops of Russian netting. These statement pieces were typically embellished with feather fascinators or beaded appliques for an extra shot of retro glam.

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Photo Courtesy of The Sunday Sweet

2011: Rosettes – This pretty three-dimensional design adorned everything from bridal gowns, shoes, and sashes to boutonnieres, table linens, and buttercream cakes! The sculptural, floral-inspired swirls added instant romance and texture.

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Photo by Riverland Studios

2012: Creative Catering – Mini foods were a huge deal in 2012. Everything from tacos and pizzas to ice cream cones and pies were downsized and to cute, bite-size versions of themselves. Soup shooters, shrunken sliders, grilled cheese finger sandwiches, petite salad cups. Interactive food stations (make your own s’mores, build your own crostinis), food trucks, treat cones, elaborate dessert bars, and candy displays were all the rage. And don’t forget cocktails! The signature beverage trend also hit an all-time high around this time.

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Photo by Swanky Fine Art Weddings

2013: Rustic Chic Details – As barns, farms, and ranches became more popular settings for weddings, it only made sense that organic decor and country chic details came into play. Natural materials like burlap, birch bark, barn wood, and grapevine took center stage. We saw lots brides carrying colorful wildflower bouquets, bridesmaids rocking cowboy boots, and guests sipping cocktails from mason jars. Haystacks took the place of traditional ceremony seats and everyone went crazy for chalkboard signs.

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2014: Unstructured Bouquets – Big, lush, garden style bouquets took over last year and we don’t see them going anywhere soon. Brides are loving that romantic, unpolished, free-spirited look. Symmetry and perfection is out; texture and creativity is in!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers Ltd.

 

We Asked, You Answered: Top Wedding Trends

Posted by Kim on Jan 30, 2015

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What types of venues are the most popular? What about flowers, desserts, and color schemes? We asked couples who married in 2014 to share the details of their wedding with us, and we’re excited to share the results with you. Find out couples prefer ballrooms or barns, cupcakes or cookies, blue or pink, and more in our WinterBook – and visit our photo galleries to find even more great wedding inspiration!

Wedding Trend: Emerald

Posted by jmervis on Feb 28, 2014

When Pantone announced the 2013 color of the year, it was only a short amount of time before emeralds became the most sought-after gem of the year. The emerald, also May’s birthstone, is a vibrant play on a traditional engagement ring and quickly becoming the hottest trend around.

Celebs like Halle Berry, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde all feature emeralds on their engagement rings or wedding bands, and it is no wonderful this trend is catching on.

The emerald holds more romantic connotations than the diamond. Revered for its connection with ancient Roman goddess of love and beauty Venus, the emerald is thought to preserve love and is a symbol of hope. In Eastern traditions, emerald green is the hue associated with the heart chakra.

We love the vibrant green color. Do you?  Check out some of our amazing emerald engagement rings and jewelry.

 

Our Favorite Wedding Decor Trends for 2014

Posted by Alexandra on Sep 23, 2013

As this year’s wedding season winds down, we’re finding ourselves looking ahead to what’s in store for 2014. We always keep our eyes open for the next big thing, and sifting through gorgeous photos of real weddings day after day has given us some great insight on what’s to come. This week, we’ll be sharing some of the emerging wedding trends we can expect to see a lot more of in 2014. Let’s start off with a look at what’s hot in wedding decor!

Mix and Match – We’re seeing event stylists move away from the matchy-matchy, uniform style in favor of a much more eclectic decor scheme. Mixing elements of contrasting styles creates a look that’s fresh and truly unique. You might pairing sleek white lounge furniture with side tables made of stacked vintage suitcases, for example, or rustic wooden tables paired with modern ghost chairs.

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The Cocktail Style Wedding Trend

Posted by aruchaevsky on Jun 28, 2013

As new wedding venues make their way to the front of the bridal reception wish list, locations such as vineyards, museums and train stations are among a few of the trend-setters. In this post, we will focus on one a trend that our studio is seeing more and more–the cocktail style wedding..

This trend shies away from the norm, offering no formal dining option for the guests. Instead, the guest will enjoy a 6 -hour cocktail hour with an open bar and a lounge-like experience. Few locations provide that kind of setting, especially as a beach for its backdrop, but the Avenue at Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey does just that. The Avenue is not only a hotspot among the locals but also a well sought after location for the “untraditional” wedding venue.