Thursday, January 31, 2013

Recap: 2013 Weddings Trends Seminar at BHLDN

Hello ladies and happy 2013!! Big things are happening this year and what better way to kick off the new year than an amazing event! Last weekend we teamed up with BHLDN for the highly anticipated wedding workshop, highlighting the wedding trends for 2013. It was a smash! We gave you a little preview of what to expect but the event itself was better than we could have imagined! (Funny how things always work out that way!) We met some lovely brides-to-be and are excited about what's in store for this year's wedding trends!

For all of you who weren't able to make it, no worries, we have provided you with our own personal notes from the event. Including trends from all areas of the event industry - cake, decor, floral, stationery and more! Plus a photo recap by Archetype and Kelli Elizabeth Photography - thank you ladies for these beautiful images!

At Two Be Wed, the saying "It's not how you start, rather the way you finish" does not necessarily apply to wedding planning. It's so very much about the way you BEGIN the planning process. Our insights for 2013 are:

Two Be Wed's, Danyett Baxter setting the tablescape. Delegating on your big day is the key to enjoying every moment, that's where we step in; Image by Archetype
The inspiration for this tablescape was the custom fuchsia napkins,
from which the color palette and floral were designed around;
Image by Archetype
  • Work with a consultant to help you with style and design and to connect you to the right people - creative, professional, reliable, suitable to your style and budget. A resourceful wedding consultant is worth their weight in gold, literally.
  • Be thoughtful with your design. Find something that inspires you - a piece of fabric, a shoe or a pattern, and build a strong foundation from it. From your inspiration you should find your color palette or colors that compliment well, and go from there.
  • Start from scratch - don't be a copy cat. That's for all of you Pinterest addicts out there. Sure, we love Pinterest but don't plan your wedding exactly like someone else. Be original, choose wisely and add/edit when necessary. Pinterest can be too overwhelming when it comes to design, and sometimes it is better to stay away from it until after the big day to avoid questioning your style and design.
  • Brass is back! Don't be afraid to mix up your tablescapes and add a little brass to your centerpieces, dinnerware or accessories.
  • Eclectic vessels are the way to go, avoid being too matchy-matchy. Make your design interesting by choosing eclectic pieces that will make an impression rather than get lost in your overall design.
  • Incorporate a custom element on the tablescape, i.e.: napkins, stationery, lighting, etc. Go bold and do something that represents your personalities as a couple.
    Natalie Dawley, Owner of Two Be Wed, sharing our wedding trends and tips for 2013; Image by Archetype
More insights from our selective team of talented wedding professionals...

"Think outside of the box for your menu design" - Acute Catering, something along the lines of these whimsical hand stands by BHLDN; Image by Archetype

A timeless stunning gown featured in BHLDN's
new spring line;
Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Catering - "Out of the box thinking for your menu design, food savvy items rather than generic buffets, and American "comfort" foods presented in a new way," - Acute Catering

Photography - "Styled shoots for engagement sessions, and continuing the trend of outdoor bridal sessions," - Archetype Photography
"Brides including animals in engagement and wedding portraits, Film is back! - Photographers are switching to medium format film, and editorial style detail shots are a must have - no more posey traditional portraits," - Kelli Elizabeth Photography

"Our clients are food savvy and watch Food Network,
so they prefer specific menus vs. generic buffets" - Acute Catering,
Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography

"Mix your china patterns and add a custom napkin" - Aztec Events and Tents; Image by Archetype
Tablescapes - "Mixing china patterns, create a custom napkin and integrating a color palette for linen selection instead of one linen for every room," - Aztec Events and Tents

"Mix and match bridesmaids' dresses in various color,
prints and shapes" - BHLDN,
Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography

Bridal Fashion - "Create looks that really highlight the bride's personal style, dresses in different hues and colors other than the traditional ivory wedding dress, and mix and match bridesmaids' dresses in various color, prints and shapes," - BHLDN

Stationery - "3 core elements to a good design - color, shape and texture, incorporate those 3 throughout your wedding design; embellishments - ribbon, silhouettes, monograms - set your design apart, and design a full & complete invitation suite for a consistent and cohesive look," - Hello and Co.

This invitation suite by Hello and Co. is full of lavish embellishments; Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Mali of Hello and Co. explaining her three core elements theory and how it applies
to your invitation suite and overall wedding design;
Image by Archetype
Stunning suspended floral arrangement by Something Special in Flowers,
positioned above the head table and sure to be a conversation piece
for all guests to admire; Image by Archetype
Floral - "Suspended floral over key places like the head table, bold colors paired with soft hues, ex:fuchsia and pastel pink, and a variety of flowers arranged in different combinations - no more matchy-matchy centerpieces," - Something Special in Flowers

Cake - "Multiple single tier cakes rather than one large cake - each cake can either stand alone, be removed from the group, or grouped together for a creative and cohesive stor; painted cakes or brighter saturated colors such as oxblood, raspberry and mixed metals, and very detailed cakes are trending, simple cakes are out," - Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique

"By using multiple tier cakes rather than one large cake - each cake can either stand alone, be removed from the group, or grouped together for a creative and cohesive story." -Sugary and Chic Cake Boutique; Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Two Be Wed's custom style and design board full of inspirations for
this years wedding trends; Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography

We love how all of these decor elements came so beautifully together! It wouldn't have been possible
without the help of the participating vendors who are so talented in their craft!
 Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography
Be eclectic, BE eclectic! Brass is back and here to stay. - Natalie Dawley, Two Be Wed
Image by Archetype

Guests soaking it all in as vendors share their wedding trends for 2013; Image by Kelli Elizabeth Photography