Trouble finding your wedding style? Your colors? Your theme? No, I’m not suggesting the popular Disney movie Frozen as a theme, but movies can inspire a theme. Here's my advice. Get on Pinterest. Search on “wedding style.” Start pinning. Don’t think about it. Pin whatever jumps out at you. (Tearing photos out of wedding magazines would also work.) Something about these 3 photos really grabbed one bride.
(L-R: Pinterest, unnamed source; Coral Bouquets-CatherineRhodesPhotography on stylemepretty.com; Yellow Bridesmaids Dresses-photo by Ryan Ray via Southern Weddings)
Was it is the color? No, not crazy about yellow or coral. The style? No, not crazy about the dresses. And we’re not near a farm or beach. After pinning, take a break, step back, and look for a common denominator. Then you’ll know your style. While taking a break from looking at these photos, we were interrupted by my daughter. She and the bride got to talking about how they both loved the music from the movie Frozen. Maybe we had the song “In Summer” in our heads, but when we went back to the montage, we realized that what these photos had in common was summer -- bright colors, casual style, and sunshine. I summed it up as "summer day." There's the theme! Doesn’t matter that it’s a fall wedding. We’re using summer colors. Dresses in blue, flowers with blues, greens, a touch of yellow. Linens in green, blue, yellow and red checked gingham (don’t want to be too matchy matchy). Invitations, favors, decorations with a subtle sun motif. Mason jars, lemonade, iced tea. See it now? No, there won’t be a first dance to “In Summer.” We don’t want to beat people over the head with the theme. But we might be humming it during our next planning session!
One thing wedding planners do for you is keep up on all the latest trends by reading wedding magazines and blogs, attending wedding shows and webinars, and networking with other wedding vendors. A lot of wedding planning sites write about the latest trends. Let me write about some new ideas I've seen in the last week that I think might become trends.
Instead of a massages on mani/pedis, how about yoga? Your own private yoga group session, followed by a healthy brunch with hot teas, fruit and finger sandwiches. Talk about stress relief! (Mary, www.cashiersvalleyfusion.com)
Truffles and beer? Yes! Pair your favorite seasonal brew with a custom-made chocolate truffle to match. Think pumpkin beer with chocolate pumpkin truffles. Put them at the bar instead of the favor table for a sure-fire conversation starter.
(Schocolate Artisan Truffles, www.schocolate.com)
An alternative to the photo booth – a live artist doing drawings, silhouettes, or caricatures. If the couple has one
done ahead of time, they can be turned into part of the décor, even a cake topper! (Brian Vasilik, www.weddingcaricatures.blogspot.com)
I’ve written about this before, but it’s so unique that it deserves mentioning again. A dove release to end your ceremony or
reception instead of bubbles, birdseed, or sparklers. Trained white homing pigeons rise up, circle the crowd, and fly away. It’s spectacular. Kind of like fireworks, but much cheaper. And not to worry, these birds are pros that always get home safely. (Julia at www.ashevillewhitedovereleases.com)
Groomsmen activity instead of golf? Ziplining! This is a popular activity in the mountains, where the views from the treetops can be spectacular. One company offers group rates and a free “Father of the Bride Zip”, because, “We figure he’s paid enough already.” (Highlands Aerial Park, www.highlandscanopytour.com)
Breakfast for dinner. Think waffle making station, omelets cooked to order, and bacon! More affordable than the usual
dinner, and more interesting that the rubber chicken plate. (Idea from Cathy Brovet, Sales Manager at the Cliffs at Walnut Cove, www.cliffscommunities.com)
Horse-Drawn Wedding. Not a horse drawn carriage; that’s been done. I’m talking about the whole wedding taking place in a carriage while you cruise the avenues of one of our historic neighborhoods. I’ve seen weddings on boats, hot air balloons, and parade floats, but for an elopement, this seems a lot more romantic (and less dangerous!) (From www.ashevillehorseandcarriagetours.com)
Got a new idea? I'd love for you to post it as a comment. It will be interesting to look back a few years from now and see if any of these new ideas are then old hat!
Thank you to the Sawyer Family Farmstead in Glenville, NC (near Cashiers) for hosting the Blue Ridge Bride Wedding Show last Saturday from whence came many of these ideas!
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