Breathtaking Baby’s Breath for Weddings that WOW

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courtesy of mermaidsweddingstuff.wordpress.com

Last May, I had the extreme fortune of attending a former co-worker and forever friend’s (wad up, Keah!) wedding.  Set amidst the rolling hills of Stoney Creek Farms in Noblesville, IN, the wedding was a picturesque scene of rustic charm and down on the farm fun.  After working with Keah for several years, there was no doubt in my mind that:

A) she’d make a devastatingly drop dead GORGEOUS bride, and
B) her wedding setting would be nothing short of amaze with a side of awesome-sauce.

And as suspected, I was correct on both accounts:

Evidential Support for A: 

photos courtesy of lindseykroemerphotography.com

photos courtesy of lindseykroemerphotography.com

Evidential Support for B:

photos courtesy of lindseykroemerphotography.com

photos courtesy of lindseykroemerphotography.com

See what I mean?  Beautiful bride.  Beautiful local.

One of the things that I think really stood out, which is almost paradoxical as the thing that did the standing almost did so through its subtlety (you heard me, haha!) – was all the baby’s breath details!  Baby’s breath – to me – is not a standout bloom.  I mean, let’s just call a spade, a spade here, people.  It’s not a rose or a ranunculus.  It doesn’t have the large bloom of the peony or the coloring of the hydrangea.  Quite the opposite, in fact.

Baby’s breath, by nature, is a colorless wisp, and yet, when you see all clustered together, it really has a dramatic effect.  And it’s one of those floral trends I continued to notice throughout the past year in weddings – both attended and researched.  And it’s not hard to see why…

Both simple and sweet, the delicate flower offers a softness that I would say is unmatched by most other contenders.  Baby’s breath provides a kind a whimsy, while still remaining charmingly rustic.  It’s also extremely versatile.  It looks just as good at a high end, over the top extravaganza as it does decorating the local of drive-in’s and barns.  Check out below and see what I mean :)

Baby’s Breath Bouquets.

photos courtesy of notesonawedding.com

photos courtesy of notesonawedding.com

Baby’s Breath Boutonnieres.

photos courtesy of somethingturquoise.com

photos courtesy of somethingturquoise.com

Baby’s Breath Pew Bows.

photos courtesy of perfectpairweddings.ca, pinterest.com, harveydesignsevents.wordpress.com, weddingbee.com and followpics.net

photos courtesy of perfectpairweddings.ca, pinterest.com, harveydesignsevents.wordpress.com, weddingbee.com and followpics.net

Baby’s Breath Centerpieces.

photos courtesy of inloveengaged.wordpress.com, luxefinds.com, weddingdiaryblog.com, victoriaangela.com, juliazavelifestyles.com and theeverylastdetail.com

photos courtesy of inloveengaged.wordpress.com, luxefinds.com, weddingdiaryblog.com, victoriaangela.com, juliazavelifestyles.com and theeverylastdetail.com

 

Swag Altar Style: Decorating Your Ceremony with Love (+ 6 Amazing Details)

Because it provides the soul purpose behind the big day, your wedding ceremony is now (and forever shall be) the most pivotal point of your entire wedding day. It’s the moment you finally get to say “I do” to your boo in front of all your closest family and friends; so, it’s important to have your personal style reflected in its epic significance. But how to do it? Here’s a list of the latest and greatest trends that chic couples everywhere are using to decorate their altars with their love:

Garlands. And I’m not just talking about your grandmama’s busted, green holiday garlands either!  I’m talking anything with #swag ;) Whether it’s lots of tiny strands of lights, feathers or paper cutouts sprinkled into the backdrop or full and quirky strings of pomanders that dazzle your ceremony settings, garlands can be done as big or small  been seen everywhere. Not to mention, the festive festoons make for as a great DIY project! Because it can be designed to complement any wedding, theme or color, garland truly is one of the most workable projects. White, honeycomb garlands look simple and elegant, silk petal garlands add a touch of natural beauty, and colorful pom strings give a sense of playfulness.

photos courtesy of LiaMiCasa via etsy.com, lovewedbliss.com, engagednowwhat.com, alowcountrywed.com, anthonybarlich.com and joystudiodesign.com

photos courtesy of LiaMiCasa via etsy.com, lovewedbliss.com, engagednowwhat.com, alowcountrywed.com, anthonybarlich.com and joystudiodesign.com

Branches. A popular option for outdoor or seaside nuptials, this rustic altar pays homage to the great outdoors. A close representation of beautifully washed-up tree branches, these structural beauties can be bare-boned branch simplicity or rustic fullness complete with twigs and leaves. Fashion into a simple arrangement or construct an entire canopy but be warned: this DIY may require the aid of a handy friend or carpenter.

photo courtesy of boards.weddingbee.com

Signs. As one of the newest trends to lend a hand, these altar ornaments tend to lean more toward the untraditional side of things. From smaller signs to bigger banners, this type of altar decorum is known to say anything from “L-O-V-E” to “Today Begins Our Happily Ever After”. Just make sure the words you choose truly reflect your personalities as a couple, and don’t be afraid to get creative.

courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

Flowers. Floral arrangements are more customary as far as altar options go but still stunning, nonetheless. To make this altar accessory truly unique, fashion with the best of your garden desires: pears, ivy, flowers, birds, butterflies, palm fronds, etc.

courtesy of bellethemagazine.com, jubileeflowersfairhope.com, mimosaflowers.com and stpkaty.org

courtesy of bellethemagazine.com, jubileeflowersfairhope.com, mimosaflowers.com and stpkaty.org

Bamboo. Similar to the branch altar displays, bamboo beauts can have just as much rural appeal as they do beach time entanglement. Because of their sturdy – typically cleaner – construction, they also work incredibly for building altar archways. Embellish them with a seaside theme by adding seashell garlands, palm fronds, tropical flowers, streams of tulle, or simply leave as be for a more rustic touch.

photo courtesy of designsbyhemingway.com

Lanterns. Add to your wedding day glow by adorning your altar with floating lanterns. Essential for a nighttime ceremony, you can dangle these luminaries in an arc-shape, putting a romantically modern twist on the traditional alter arch.

photo courtesy of athome.kimvallee.com

Clean, Classic Invitations: Because Sometimes Trend Free is the Way to Be

courtesy of etsy.com via Kraft & White

courtesy of etsy.com via Kraft & White

I recently received the sweetest video Save-the-Date from my cousin (wad up, Zac!) and his future wifey (holler for a dollar, Chelsea!), which I absolutely la-Louvred it!  Not only did Z+C take time to create a video that was sentimental, sweet and humorous, but it also took all of their potential guests on a journey :)  It began with Zac, my amazeballs cousin who happens to be an EMT for the Indianapolis Fire Department, riding on the IFD truck on his way to propose, followed by their request for all of us to “Save the Date” and concluded with a random selection of lol-worthy “bloopers.”  Seriously, so so cute!

courtesy of facebook via Chelsea Witt

My cousin, Zac and Chelsea during their engagement session downtown Indy. (courtesy of facebook via Chelsea Witt)

^^^^^Like I said, so SO CUTE!^^^^^

And according to Mindy Weiss, one of the today’s most prominent and well to do wedding planners of America’s royalty, this is exactly what a future Mr. and Mrs. should do.  Weiss recently offered some advice to InStyle, stating, “If you are going to do a gimmick, do it in the save-the-date or website,” but alas, according to Weiss, this is where the gimmick train should end.

Because when it comes to the actual invitation, she suggests couples keep it clean and classic.  According to In Style, a couple’s invitation should be a classic beauty that [brides and grooms] will want to keep, frame and enjoy for all the years, cheers, anniversaries and new homes in the future.

It’s important to note, however, clean and simple does NOT {have to} mean boring!  I fear some brides may take this advice to extreme’s and think in order to create something clean and timeless, it has to be white on white and not stray to anything extraordinary, nor away from the ordinary.

To those brides, I would even more simply say, “Don’t be silly, silly!”  You can still incorporate some sense of whimsy and charm into your wedding day invitations, while adhering to the “classic” look.

For example, I’ve seen where brides and grooms will add a touch of lace or a pop of topography, maybe even a crisp element of design.  You could also consider creating an original monogram, crest or even a unique name play etc. and still provided something that will be frame-worthy and appealing through the years.

Try googling “clean” or “simple” or “classic wedding invitations” and take a gander at the images.  You’ll see, simple by no means has to be plain :)

*And for a full selection of DIY Invites, Inspiration & Ideas be sure to check us out and see where your creativity can take you!

8 Wedding Trends Brides Will *Fall* in Love With

photos courtesy of societybride.com

photos courtesy of societybride.com

As the summer wedding season comes to a close, we mourn the end of yet another ahhhh to the mazing run, while looking forward to the next best thing… (say it with me!)… Awesomely Autumnal Nuptials!  I absolutely LOAF fall weddings, and with October topping June for most frequented wedding month, it would appear everyone else has jumped on board too!  It’s just such a beautiful time of year :)

The humidity has finally eased off, the hair has frizzed down and the beautifully rich hues of ever-changing trees and trends start to take over.  With the world of weddings continually serving up great trends, this autumn is sure to be just as spectacular. Here are the hottest wedding trends wedding forecasters are predicting for the top of Fall’s Finest:

#1 Mixed Florals.  This category actually extends way beyond your typical bouquets of fresh blooms. Deep red roses, vibrantly orange calla lilies and golden sunflowers serve as fall favorites, but arrangements will incorporate the great outdoors, as well. Think rustic twigs with raffia, pomegranate succulents, fresh hay and the best crunchy hues fall leaves have to offer.

photos courtesy of onewed.com, elizabethannedesigns.com, mountainsidebride.com  and photosbyjennifer.com

photos courtesy of onewed.com, elizabethannedesigns.com, mountainsidebride.com and photosbyjennifer.com

#2 Mini Pies.  These tiny treats actually blew up this summer as homemade reception favorites.  But warm and “nummy!” pies couldn’t have a better place than in the crisp weather of fall.  Not to mention, anything that comes in miniature is that much cuter and delicious!

photos courtesy of weddingchicks.com

photos courtesy of weddingchicks.com

#3 Styled Aisles.  Whether your ceremony takes place outside amongst the trees, or takes cover from the cold inside, your aisle is the perfect platform for some fall style. Jazz it up with a seasonal aisle runner, and embellish with mini pumpkins, orange lanterns, and leaves in every color.

photos courtesy of brideorama.com, elegantweddinginvites.com, louisville.styleblueprint.com, ashleysbrideguide.com and thebrideandgroom.com

photos courtesy of brideorama.com, elegantweddinginvites.com, louisville.styleblueprint.com, ashleysbrideguide.com and thebrideandgroom.com

#4 Caramel Apple Bars.  As wedding desserts grow more and more nontraditional, take a cue from a fall time favorite: caramel apples. Set up a buffet where guests can coat their apples with all the creamy caramel and chopped nuts they can handle.

photos courtesy of mydiyweddingday.com, marilynskeepsakes.com and camillabinks.com

photos courtesy of mydiyweddingday.com, marilynskeepsakes.com and camillabinks.com

#5 Tiered Dresses.  A striking gown trend that is sure to be in full force for the fall is tiered wedding dresses. These gowns range from feminine to structured, and are sure to be as multidimensional as your autumn wedding.

courtesy of weddinginspirasi.com

courtesy of weddinginspirasi.com

#6 Autumn-liscious Favors.  Send your guests home with a sweet slice of autumn. Apple butter, candied apples, and jars of apple cider are the perfect favors to thank your guests and celebrate the season.

courtesy of wedshare.com

courtesy of wedshare.com

#7 Bridal Cardigans.  Another craze garnering much attention these days is the bridal cardigan.  Ideal as a perfect touch of 1950s vintage, these trendy little sweaters are the perfect protection from chilly nighttime breezes and are sure to keep the bride rocking out the reception in style.

photos courtesy of loveandlavender.com and savannahsmiled.com

photos courtesy of loveandlavender.com and savannahsmiled.com

#8 Photo Booths.  Photo Booth mania hit a high this year and is no stranger to most bride-to-be’s. But when you get a backdrop exclusively designed for fall time weddings, you’re sure to have scored a fun reception accessory that most haven’t seen yet. Throw in a few Halloween costumes and let the good times roll.

photos courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

photos courtesy of greenweddingshoes.com

And for a list of all our Favorite Fall Time Wedding Accessories, check us out at marilynskeepsakes.com.

Dreaming of a Destination Wedding?: You Name the Price, They Do the Work

Because who wouldn't want this has their backdrop? (courtesy of truephotography.com)

Because who wouldn’t want this has their backdrop? (courtesy of truephotography.com)

Brides looking to do destination weddings on a budget have one more reason to cheer… for Paradise Maui Weddings is here!  Recently, a girlfriend went through this very same site to book her nautical nuptials , I couldn’t be happier with how smoothly everything has gone.  And while her actual day – October 12, 2013 – has yet to arrive, all the prep work has been a dream!

“So far, so good.  Everyone I’ve worked with has been super friendly, and super helpful.  I like the whole ‘name your own price tool.’  It always reminds me of Flo from Priceline… and I’ve always liked her, haha!” (Abby, Indianapolis, IN)

All joking aside, however, Paradise Maui Weddings is the self-proclaimed, very first “name your own price” wedding company that is looking to create a once in a lifetime experience for all of their once in a lifetime brides.

With wedding packages starting as low as $400 and ranging to as high as your budget will allow, there’s really no limit to what you can do with your destination wedding besides the ones set by yourselves.  Their packages include everything from in room hair and makeup professionals, authentic Hawaiian floral bouquet and lei arrangements, professionally edited photos and videos, as well as limousine services, pre-wedding planning, in-cred-i-ble ceremony locations and on-site assistance.

Seems pretty much perfect, right?  It’s no wonder this type of event planning is more appropriate than ever!  Even though our country may still be in a recessed state, destination weddings have continued to remain on the rise the past few years.  While most couples think of destination weddings as an expensive splurge, it’s not always the case.

In fact, brides and grooms doing the destination scene more often than not report they actually save on overseas excursions!  Because both the guest list, as well as the bottom line details are often cut for destination weddings, the final pricing can be significantly lower than the more traditional, hometown honey “do’s.”  And according to “not-from-around-here” newlyweds it’s easier and more fiscally responsible to travel for nuptials than to stay at home and throw a big friends and family bash.

You know what?  I’ll take their word on it, because Maui seems like a more than ahhhmazing place to set your wedding scene!  So, if any of my beautimous brides-to-be out there are planning on diving head first into one of these destination dreams, don’t forget where you got the idea… and feel free to send said inspiration station an invite!  I love Maui!  Haha :)

And don’t forget, here at Marilyn’s Keepsakes, we have all the perfect Beach & Destination Wedding Finishing Touches to really make your day a dream come true!

Trend Alert: 2013′s Happiest Color Combos… incorporated into Your Wedding Day!

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courtesy of ravensfete.blogspot.com

Recently, I came across an article in MSN’s Living section which featured what they were calling “the happiest color combos of 2013.”  Now, you know me.  I like to keep it real.  It’s always been mantra that honesty is the best (& only!) policy.

So, with that being said, I have to admit when I first opened the link to the aforementioned article – I mean, hello?!?! Who can resist even happy color combos… let alone THEE Happiest?! – I wasn’t the most impressed.  Mayhaps that was do in large part to the fact that the first combo featured olive green… a green this pretty little lady has never been a particular fan of.  Love the name (I mean, Baby Olive?  C’mon!  CUTEST!)  Loathe the color.

However, as I kept going through the article, I found myself simultaneously searching for wedding pics featuring the same combos… and my olive frown turned right upside down!! Check out below for some of my favorite examples… then, continue scrolling for even more “happy” color combos!

Olive + Acid Green + Coral.

**And yes, this was the culprit which gave mm my knee jerk “Oh, honey, no!” reaction, which was quickly stifled.  But seriously, it’s all about connotation, people!  Think how much better this one would have been if they called it Fern + Chartreuse + Coral??  See what I mean :)

images courtesy of lauraefrank.blogspot.com

images courtesy of lauraefrank.blogspot.com

Turquoise + Blush+ Jade.

**A more feminine / muted collection of colors, this reminds me of the peacock themed weddings, which have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years.

images courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

images courtesy of elizabethannedesigns.com

Violet + Hot Pink.

**Talk about every little girl’s dream come true wedding – haha!  I couldn’t help but feature this ultra girly, and yet still so amazing color combo!

images courtesy of onewed.com

images courtesy of onewed.com

Lemon Yellow + Gray.

**Previously featured on our blog over 3 years ago (guess we were just ahead of the trend :) — check out more yellow and gray wedding options here!

images courtesy of orangeblossomspecialevents.com

images courtesy of orangeblossomspecialevents.com

For the full listing of MSN’s happiest color combos, click here :)

It’s All About the Ooh La La: Wedding Reception Chandeliers & Lanterns

courtesy of Victor Sizemore photography

courtesy of Victor Sizemore photography

After doing last Thursday’s post: A Return to Formailty: 5 Wedding Trends Designed to Razzle Dazzle ‘em, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I spent almost half my time browsing through the images I found under “wedding chandeliers.”

I’m not even kidding.

Between the rustic and refurbished to the formal and fabulous, reception chandeliers, lanterns and the like were enough to make my head spin!  For serious!  When you consider the range light ceiling accessories have, it’s almost impossible NOT to be in awe!  Well-lit, hanging fixtures can be adorned with everything from flowers and bubbles to crystals and twinkles… making them agreeable to sleek and modern settings, as well as eccentric and outdoor scenes!

Not only that but it’s the fact that all these overhead fixtures will all provide lighting… and everyone – from photographers and reception hall coordinators to designers and professional planners – will all agree that LIGHTING is key when it comes to creating ambiance and setting / keeping a mood.

Sinead Kelly of Duluux Color wrote:

Lighting is such a subtle – yet vitally important – design tool. Good use of lighting will bring to life the most mundane design schemes. Put together with a great interior and you’ve got the perfect partnership. Picking a fantastic light fitting is just one element of the job. Where you place it, how it operates and the effect it has on its surrounding area is twice as important.

And I couldn’t agree more!  Think about it… Consider two evenings.  Both are EXACTLY the same.  You’re enjoying a nice meal with a nice man in a nice restaurant, but one is by candlelight and the other is under the harsh florescence of flickering bulbs.  One (the prior) has a warm, romantic connotation; while the other almost takes on a the beginnings of a horrow movie classic.  Not(&)Good.

Hence why lighting is sooooo important for setting the scene on your big day, and when you’re setting it, consider some of these overhead exposures, shimmering chandeliers and lovely lanterns for creating (& captivating!) just the right one! Check out below and let the lighting inspiration begin:

courtesy of (left to right, top to bottom) flickr.com, perfectweddingcollections.blogspot.com (inset), bellethemagazine.com, bridalguide.com, onewed.com, 1chandelierslighting.com, platinumtouchevents.blogspot.com, weddingomania.com, onewed.com, dawnephoto.com, stratfordevents.blogspot.com, artfire.com (inset), platinumtouchevents.blogspot.com, onewed.com, weddingelation.com and dawnephoto.com

courtesy of (left to right, top to bottom) flickr.com, perfectweddingcollections.blogspot.com (inset), bellethemagazine.com, bridalguide.com, onewed.com, 1chandelierslighting.com, platinumtouchevents.blogspot.com, weddingomania.com, onewed.com, dawnephoto.com, stratfordevents.blogspot.com, artfire.com (inset), platinumtouchevents.blogspot.com, onewed.com, weddingelation.com and dawnephoto.com

Pattern Solving 101: 2013 Weddings are WILD about Prints

courtesy of loverly.com

courtesy of loverly.com

That’s right, friends!  As top wedding trends remain on the upswing of all things fabulous, patterns and prints have become all the rage.  From bridesmaids dresses and bridal accessories to photo booth backdrops and table settings, today’s modern bride is pleased as punch to incorporate print-tastic patterns into her wedding day decor!

In a recent interview for the top wedding trends of 2013, Gaby Frescura of SouthBoundBride.com reported:

In my book, prints will be a kiey trend for 2013 weddings.  We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but this year and next, I think it will really catch on – everything from stripes and chevron to delicate florals and bold graphic prints.  Look out for print fabric used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs.  Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. (Gaby, SouthBoundBride.com)

And after further research, I can honestly say that I wholeheartedly agree!  A word of caution, however, for brides having a “prints charming” wedding, you need to be weary not go overboard and create a scheme of pattern overload or one that is too matchy-matchy.  The point of patterns is to create interest and not to cause confusion or too much repeat.

Because patterns offer such a wide variety of shapes, styles and designs, it’s no wonder brides have found them to be such a vital part of wedding planning.  Just consider for a second how much more upscale, high fashion or chic a wedding will be when you pair one of the following to your big day celebration…

Contemporary, mod-inspired nuptials + Sleek chevron = LOVE

courtesy of envisionblog.com, societybride.com, bellethemagazine.com, newportweddingglam.com, societybride.com, tealcouture.com, eventlucky.com and bellethemagazine.com

courtesy of envisionblog.com, societybride.com, bellethemagazine.com, newportweddingglam.com, societybride.com, tealcouture.com, eventlucky.com and bellethemagazine.com

Elegant, upscale wedding + Demurely damask = LOVE

courtesy of bride.ca, dreamdaycakes.com, apriloharephotography.com, beckabellastyleinspirations.com (two dresses), ibsyndrome.wordpress.com, elizabethannedesigns.com, brides.com, fanswedding.com and hourglasslighting.com

courtesy of bride.ca, dreamdaycakes.com, apriloharephotography.com, beckabellastyleinspirations.com (two dresses), ibsyndrome.wordpress.com, elizabethannedesigns.com, brides.com, fanswedding.com and hourglasslighting.com

Boho-chic ceremony + Overflowing floral = LOVE

courtesy of onewed.com, southboundbride.com, brendasweddingblog.com, southboundbride.com, prestonbailey.com, onewed.com, spotonseattle.com and weheartit.com

courtesy of onewed.com, southboundbride.com, brendasweddingblog.com, southboundbride.com, prestonbailey.com, onewed.com, spotonseattle.com and weheartit.com

Seriously, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg, ladies!  So go out, get print crazy and let us know how it goes!

 

2013 Wedding Trend: Eye-Popping Reception Cakes for the Win

courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

courtesy of huffingtonpost.com

While I’ve always been a huge fan of sweets, I can’t say that cake – in any of its flavors or forms - has ever been a favorite in my the dessert world kingdom.  In fact, I’m not even sure it’d make my Top 10 — there’s just too much tongue teasing treats in this world to allow my sweet tooth to be limited to cake alone.

However – and this is a HUGE however – when it comes to a wedding reception, I am nothing short of a sucker (sweet treat pun intended!) for the wedding cake!  Oh, you have multiple tiers with several different flavors and a number of fillings and cake center combos?  Fantastic.  I’ll try them all!  Maybe even go back for seconds!  I don’t know if there’ll be time!

***No need to insert your judgment here.  I’m already judging myself.***

Anyhoot, it seems that wedding cakes will always win when it comes to receptions… especially those of the nuptial variety!  Even with all their competitive counterparts – ie. candy bars, cupcake towers, fudge brownie bakes, homemade favorites from Grandma’s kitchen, or whatever else brides and grooms see fit to sink their sweet teeth into – the wedding cake will more than likely always remain on top of the marital food chain!

This is due to a number of reasons.  One, not only do cakes cover the traditional side of a bride’s appeal, but they have the ability to continually be reinvented and amaze guests with their look, flavors and overall appearance!

And today’s brides, as well as their favorite flavoring bakers, are no stranger to this modern theory of thought.  From eye-popping patterns and bold colors to flashy combinations and standout designs, wedding cakes have the talent to adapt to all kinds of settings.  From over the top to under the radar, it’s the cake can have a key “ooh la la” factor in every reception they’re featured in… Check out below for some of today’s most fantastical wedding cakes!

courtesy of getmarriedcakes.com, mehndiparadise.com, timduncanevents.com, weddingpartyapp.com, brides.com, flickriver.com, arabiaweddings.com, glamour.com, weheartit.com, thepastrystudio.com and mountainsidebride.com

courtesy of getmarriedcakes.com, mehndiparadise.com, timduncanevents.com, weddingpartyapp.com, brides.com, flickriver.com, arabiaweddings.com, glamour.com, weheartit.com, thepastrystudio.com and mountainsidebride.com

 

A Return to Formality: Serving Sit Down, Plated Dinners after the I Do’s

courtesy of oncewed.com

courtesy of oncewed.com

Alright, ladies and gents, let’s point the pinkies outward and get classy for a moment, shall we?

<sips champagne from her Waterford crystal… and go>

While weddings have always been and will continue to be an affair for every bride and groom to plan as they see fit, there has been a definite resurgence of refinery as of recent years… and the pip pip cheerio of it all has me pleasantly surprised :) Sure, this kind of a sophisticated splendor never really went away, but one way that it’s really made an impact of late is in plated dinners at reception hall feasts.

courtesy of laynecorban.wordpress.com

courtesy of laynecorban.wordpress.com

Talk about decadently delightful :)

During an interview with Bridal Guide, Elizabeth Creasey of an LA based catering company, WHOA, Nelly! stated one of their current, biggest requests from Hollywood A-Listers in reference to these plated feasts is for gold silverware, suggesting a “more sophisticated” affair.  Check out below for some examples of this golden boy appeal :)

courtesy of mylittleapartment.com, unitedwithlove.com and bellethemagazine.com

courtesy of mylittleapartment.com, unitedwithlove.com and bellethemagazine.com

And if adding entree choices to your buffet free meal is an option, might I suggest you consider adding a dish that showcases either yours, his or both your cultural culinary?  This is an extremely popular take for brides and grooms cross all cultures, and it adds an additional touch of sentimentality to an already beautiful occasion.

But if you’re wondering what to offer that will have mouths watering for more, why not try 2013′s go to dish wish: pork!  ‘Tis true, kiddos.  Apparently pork has become the go-to meat for today’s modern wedding settings.  While it is one of the oldest and most commonly consumed meats all over the world, it also has the ability to be transformed into sooo many delicious dishes… so, forks up, porks up!  Ha, I couldn’t resist :)

But no matter what you decide – buffet styled, plated meals, pitch in or otherwise – just be sure you make it your own :)