Trends for fall and winter weddings
What's new? Let wedding consultant Shannon Spiliotis fill you in. She's listed the latest trends - from gowns to custom cocktails - that are taking over the wedding scene.
What's new? Let wedding consultant Shannon Spiliotis fill you in. She's listed the latest trends – from gowns to custom cocktails – that are taking over the wedding scene.
White cakes used as artists' canvases with inspiration for the design taken from fabrics, textured and designed papersTaller cakesExotic flavors like pomegranate or figA mixture of tier shapes – think some round and some squareGroom's cakes are hot. They are smaller than the wedding cake, are one layer and reflect the groom's interestsThe ombre cake with its mix of bright colors, pastels and color progression
Tasty treats with everything from cookies, pies, cupcakes to dessert buffets to flavored coffee barsDessert tables are not necessarily taking the place of a wedding cake, but are being offered as a supplement to the cake.Dessertscapes – related dessert elements on one plate
Eco-friendly wedding favors – favors made from recycled materials, paper rather than plastic, locally grown seedFavor presentation is huge. Couples are paying close
attention to favor packaging in boxes or bags.
According to Pantone, the hot color trends are Tangerine Tango, Titanium, Honey Gold, French Roast, Pink Flambé, Rhapsody, Ultramarine Green, Rose Smoke, Olympian Blue and Bright Chartreuse.Metallic details from reception décor to cakes to shoesVibrant colors and textures – in flowers to table linens and napkins to card stock for invitations
All-out themes are making a comeback – from vintage to rustic to a rainbow color paletteWhatever the style or trend, expressing your individuality is the name of the game.
Panoramic wedding portraits – think turn-of-the-century wedding portraits where every guest is in the photo.
Photographers are steering away from overdone effects like unusual angles and added filters.
Gowns with sexy backsHigh-low hemlines that are perfect for showing off amazing shoesVictorian styles in lace with full skirts, high collars and long sleevesIllusion necklinesGowns in colors other than white or ivory. Think shades of nude, slate, lilac and, yes, black.High front slitsA separate gown for the reception is still in. Think casual, shorter and more relaxed.Cowl-neck wedding dresses inspired by Pippa MiddletonChic pantsuits for the trendy urban brideMany grooms are choosing to forgo tuxes and instead select a custom suit with accessories that reflect their personalities and can include things from sneakers to suspenders to a cool hat.
Extended honeymoons that include more than one fabulous locale. Honeymoons used to be 5 to 7 days and are now trending towards 10 to 12 daysLuxury all-inclusive resorts that include fine dining and adventure and complimentary upgrades for honeymoonersExotic locales like Bali or Sri Lanka are taking centerstage over traditional all-inclusive locations like Jamaica
Vintage themes with hand-tied bouquetsOne-tone bouquets Brightly colored bouquets with fabulous flowers like ranunculus, orchids and rosesSoft colors with lush blooms and flowers likes cabbage rosesBold flowers in deep and rich colorsVast arrays of flower vessels filled with solid colors to build the tablescapeTerrariums or potted herbs in lieu of traditional floral centerpiecesFood
Small plates to allow for the sampling of a large variety of foods and less casual than a plated sit-down dinnerMediterranean foodSliders are being substituted with short ribs, ahi tuna, pulled pork and Cuban sandwichesGrilled cheese is the new "burger" Comfort foods are still in, but the trend is to serve them as a mini version with a twist – macaroni and cheese with Duck Confit in a mini serving vessel for instance. Interactive food stations that offer cooked-to-order foodServing of seasonal and local foods for freshness and local flavor
Flavored and artisanal beers and specialty cocktailsHiring of skilled mixologists to come up with signature cocktails that no one else has served at their wedding
Colors and Textures
Vibrant colors and textures – in flowers to table linens and napkins to card stock for invitations