By Debra Michelle Hiebert
Owner, Tres Fabu Event Planning and Design
Weddingplanning season has fully arrived and I am excited to make this year’s trends come to life! As a wedding and event designer for the past 16 years, I always look forward to hearing what my brides and grooms have in store for me. Each year brings new ideas and an opportunity to create something fabulous!
Bolds are back, especially primary colors.
Classic black and white weddings are very popular right now but as we get into Spring and Summer, get ready for COLOR! Purples and Pinks are being paired with green, with red, and with chocolate brown. Green is showing up with orange and brown. Colors will be bold throughout the wedding décor—in florals, cakes, linens, bridesmaid gowns, and invitations/programs.
We’re seeing damask again (LOVE IT!) and chevron (classic zigzag) everywhere…brides are having fun with patterns of all colors. They’ll show up in table runners, cakes, invites, floral ribbons, favors, bowties, you name it. What about polka dots, you ask? Perhaps!
It’s something we all love to do but can we get away with it? The answer is yes! We can! Couples are mixing and matching with their floral arrangements and with linen patterns. Maybe a bride’s bouquet will be monochromatic while bridesmaids will carry mixed and matched arrangements. Linens can be a combination of different textures and patterns and create a beautiful table. Possibilities are endless!
Gatsby Glamour? Yes!
Is it a coincidence that The Great Gatsby movie will be released this May?! Brides are loving the glamour of the Roaring Twenties with the ‘Old Hollywood’ feel and the art deco-inspired décor. The headbands are large, the handbags small, lace is abundant, and so are gold, silver, crystal, diamonds, and pearls. It’s feminine; it’s lovely; and in a designer’s world, it’s fun fun fun! Mark our words as well, that the soundtrack to The Great Gatsby movie will go to the #1 slot on Billboard and you will hear some of these songs spun into the wedding reception celebrations, indeed! JayZ, Kanye West, Jack White, Frank Ocean, Prince, Lady Gaga and Florence and The Machine; and oh so much. It will be a paramount playlist for 2013 and beyond!
A step back…to the 30s and 40s!
Vintage is still among us! Beautiful lace gowns embellished with heavy beading…antique tabletop décor and tableware…mint green and muted tones throughout. Florals are simple, such as: roses, freesia, and lisianthus…creating a ‘fresh from the garden’ look. Vintage light bulbs hanging outside in a garden wedding…tiered cakes with simple designs and elegant flowers. Pure romance!
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