17 Trends and Ideas We Love
Shimmering veils, twinkle light centerpieces, macaron cakes and dream dresses — these are just some of the things we love.
1. The Double Take
A beautiful portrait of a bride. A beautiful bouquet. Why not both? Photographer Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co. Photography decided to experiment with double exposures. You can see the stunning result. And you’ll find another example in the “Perfect Pink Palette” feature.
2. Dream Gowns
Slip into either of these gowns by Carol Hannah (top) and Watters (below), and become the heroine of your own fairy tale wedding. The organza fabric, tulle skirt, and embellishments like crystals and a beaded belt add extra enchantment.
3. Shimmering Veils
For the bride looking for a little extra flair, adding a glitter veil offers a whole new range of options. Hand-painted with actual mica flakes, this unique Carol Hannah veil shimmers with natural beauty.
When it comes to treats for your guests, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. While the traditional wedding cake will never go out of style, more and more couples are choosing to serve unique sweets and treats on their big days. Whether the confections brighten your dessert display or even decorate your reception tables, your guests will love a floral cupcake, bright cake, or even a delicious assortment of macarons by Sweets by Coolwoka. Each can be topped with fruit or other accents, such as dusted glitter for a more whimsical display.
5. Bridesmaid Brunch
Styled by Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal in Portsmouth, this shoot focuses on soft pastels and intricate details to create a memorable brunch at Martingale Wharf. Hosting a luncheon or brunch is a great way to celebrate your bridesmaids for all that they have done. You can even make it a weekend event and get dinner, go shopping, or even have a spa day together.
6. Donut Wall
There is nothing sweeter than an entire wall decked out with donuts for you and your guests. These doughy snacks are affordable, easy to serve, and you can pick a variety of flavors, from sprinkles to glazed to apple cinnamon. They make for a fun dessert backdrop and are just asking for puns to be made. “Donut” you think?
7. Spread the Love
Send your guests off with a homemade favor to remember the festivities by. Make your own jam, honey, olive oil, cookies, or even something pickled. They will eat them up, literally.
8. Classic Favors
New Hampshire is known for its maple syrup, so what better favor to remember your big day by than your own one-of-a-kind maple leaf bottle from East Mountain Maple. Customize your tags to fit the style and colors of your wedding, and incorporate your own personal message.
9. Half-dressed Cakes
These unfrosted confections trade in an outer layer of frosting for an understated yet sophisticated look. Made by Gayle Forte of Let Them Eat Cake Maine, the simplicity of these cakes also makes them a more affordable dessert option. Just because they are naked, doesn’t mean that they can’t be dressed up with floral accents, and even figures of you and your pets.
10. Rustic Vibe
You don’t need to have your wedding on a farm to have a rustic vibe. All you need is a perfectly imperfect bouquet, a vintage door for your seating chart, teacups, burlap, old books, and a little bit of imagination.
11. Embroidered Dress
Don’t just hold your flowers, wear them. If you are looking for wow factor, try a garden-inspired embroidered dress. The intricate floral details combined with the silk skirt make the dress pop, creating a romantic, whimsical look that contrasts with the relatively simple top.
12. Cake Pops
Adding mini treats like these cake pops by The Wicked Sweet Sugar Boutique to your dessert display isn’t only more cost-effective, it’s also a great way to include multiple flavors. They will not only satisfy everyone’s sugar cravings, but add even more style and personality to your wedding.
13. Twinkle Light Centerpiece
Looking to add a little more whimsy to your table? Add twinkle lights. Paired with hues of pink and subtle green with gold accents, the lights will lend a warm glow to your celebration and turn your décor from ordinary to extraordinary.
14. Ceremony Programs
Ellen Bradley from El’s Cards created these custom wedding ceremony programs. If you have a large wedding, traditional ceremony or long ceremony ahead, a program can be a great way to let guests know what to expect. Custom programs as well as invitations, napkins, menus and more are a fun way to make your day unique and give you a keepsake you’ll treasure.
15. Matching Pajamas
You know what will make your getting-ready photos even better? Matching outfits for you and your bridesmaids. Whether you opt for robes, rompers, sweatshirts or pajama sets like these, you and your girls will be ready for your adorable close-ups.
16. His and Hers
Instead of trying to decide on one dessert, why not satisfy both parties and each share your favorite dessert with your guests? You can create your own candy bar, serve various cupcakes, or even your choice of cookies, as shown in this photo.
17. Antique Ceremony Arch
Take your ceremony to the next level by framing the moment with a wedding arbor that reflects the mood of your big day. Different types of wedding arches have both cultural and religious significance, but don’t be afraid to try out a more modern aesthetic. This vintage door frame arch is the perfect complement to this outdoor ceremony. It is also a fun, romantic backdrop for a first look, like the one shown here.