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Social VignettesSmall, intimate areas that are specifically designated for guests to socialize at your reception, also known as “social vignettes,” are fun and fashionable hot spots. They are an innovative way for family members to reconnect and guests to get acquainted. Food and/or entertainment activities, such as chic lounge areas with port and hand-rolled cigars; ice cream, candy, or dessert bars; or a vintage photo booth, are just a few of the social vignettes that your guests will love!
Accenting your event space with fun, colorful, and creative designer touches is a fast- growing trend. Elaborate florals, ambient lighting, textured linens, and unique furniture all pay tribute to the couple’s personal design. Tone-on-tone or big and bold, color is no longer dictated by the season, with many brides choosing to decorate the site using the fall palette with hues of red, plum, orange, and yellow. The always-elegant black and white, accented with a pop of red, is another color combo that never loses its allure.
Another hot wedding wave is incorporating the couple’s personal hobbies or interests and weaving them into the wedding event. For a distinctive effect, wedding logos or the couple’s monogram are infused on invitations, menus, programs, and place cards. An even bolder and brighter statement made by couples is displaying their personal insignia in lights on the dance floor! For the bride and groom who are golf enthusiasts, the couple could treat their bridal party to a golf outing, construct a mini putting green at the wedding, present golf balls as guest favors, or even use a golf cart as the couple’s transportation to and from the venue. These personal, signature touches will make your wedding a one-of-a-kind event.
What’s old is now new again! Resurging from the past is wedding cuisine served family-style. Back in vogue are comfort foods such as meatloaf, or tri-tip with mashed potatoes, served on platters to guests seated on long tables. Reminiscent of holiday gatherings, this method of dinner service makes for lively dinner conversation. Food stations are another social food concept. These mini food arenas can be demonstration or action stations, serving ethnic or themed cuisine.
Continuing to grow in popularity are destination weddings. Choosing an exotic or romantic setting has increased 400% in the last 10 years, with 16% of all couples now planning a wedding from afar. Las Vegas, Hawaii, and the California Wine Country top the list in the U.S. Depending on the locale, and with typically less guests to entertain, couples can save big money on these destination events. Imagine a ceremony on the beach, sea shells lining the wedding aisle, and a barefoot bride and groom saying their I-Do’s against a stunning sunset backdrop. Or what about a ceremony in the vineyards surrounded by grape-laden vines, feasting on fabulous Wine Country cuisine, paired with award-winning wines, then followed by a weekend of wine tasting and hot air balloon rides!
Green weddings are another hot and chic wedding trend that won’t raise global warming! Environmentally conscious couples are incorporating earth-friendly touches into their special day. Selecting caterers who recycle and serve organic, fresh, and locally grown food is an easy choice to save the planet. Other earth-friendly options include hybrid cars for transportation; invitations, menus, and programs made from recycled paper; giving to charitable organizations, such as SavethePlanet.org, in lieu of favors; or using live plants or potted flowers as table centerpieces.
Use these hot wedding ideas to design a spectacular wedding event that will not only signify your personal tastes, but amaze your guests with creativity, pizzazz, and style!
Robbin Montero is a wedding coordinator and special events planner in Northern California.©2006 Robbin Montero 707-579-5886 www.a-dreamwedding.com
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