This year weddings are expected to be everything from romantic and whimsical to bold and daring. We explored of few of these expected trends to get our brides (and ourselves) ready for the here-before-we-know-it wedding season.
The color of the year, named by Pantone, is radiant orchid. This color is perfect for the bride that cannot decide between pink or purple, as the color sits in between the feminine favorites. This color can be paired with soft romantic floral or bold exotic patterns. Radiant orchid also adds an elegant and bright touch to cocktails, and desserts. Expect to see this color stealing the show with bridesmaids’ dresses, bouquets, centerpieces, and details added to tuxes. Radiant orchid is a bold enough color on its own, or could be matched up with bright pinks, grays, or silvers.
Classic navy blue is another color to watch this season. Navy blue is a great option for a more traditional bride as the color will pair perfectly with the classically stylish light pink and blush colors. Navy blue will give weddings a clean nautical feel (and it is a color most grooms can agree with!) Aside from pinks, navy can also be paired with mint green and soft yellows.
The 90’s are back! And no, I am not talking about flannel shirts and dramatic teen television shows. The decade’s better trends like fun R&B music everyone knows, and (elegantly) cropped top wedding gowns are on the rise at nuptials. A temporary tattoo artist can give the guests some short-lived body art, and a hired break dancing troupe will get the party started in true 90’s fashion.
An ideal theme trend for our Colorado Mountains is the whimsical “woodland” theme. This theme borrows the magical vibe of fairies and whimsy as it uses lush greenery, lace, and sparkle to complete the ethereal fairytale wedding, ideally outdoors.
Expect food to literally “pop” at this years wedding with popcorn bars. In lieu of fancy hor’dourves many brides are looking for more casual and playful snacks before dinner, and popcorn offers just that. Try offering mix-ins like Parmesan, hot sauce, candy, or nuts. This allows the wedding crowd to tailor their snack to keep them satisfied until the main course
For main courses we are seeing a focus on family style meals which saves guests of the sometimes dreaded buffet line and doesn’t quite break the bank as much as a plated dinner. This year brides are looking for locally sourced foods, spicier Asian flavors, and heavy passed appetizers in lieu of big meals.
Instead of beer or wine, more festive signature drinks are popular this weddings season, including spiked cider for winter weddings, lavender vodka lemonades for a spring garden affair, or mint strawberry mojitos for summer.
Brunch receptions are also popping up this year. This is a great alternative to evening weddings, as event spaces tend to have more availability in the mornings, which often means less expensive. Brunch receptions are expected to be more traditional, light and airy, serving mimosas, make your own Bloody Mary, or omelet bars, and anything from tiered cinnamon rolls to doughnuts, instead of large cakes. Brunch receptions are ideal for smaller crowds.
As for the grand-finale cakes of 2014, look for them to sparkle! Cakes will be clean and dusted with shine and glitter. The year’s color, radiant orchid, makes for a playful cake with solid colors, or with more feminine touches. Pastry chefs are also going for more shiny solid gold, silver cakes embellished with initials, or minimal bold-colored florals.
We are anticipating a fun and busy wedding season– We will bring you updates on our brides and the ever-changing trends as the year goes on!