We’re so excited to have teamed up with Jennyfer Mancino at The Sugar Suite to bring you this weeks blog post! We’ve seen so many weddings lately where people are opting out of the traditional wedding cake and instead using cupcakes or mini-cakes. In addition to the wild epidemic of new flavors, we’re seeing mini-cakes and cupcakes looking absolutely glamorous. From sugar flowers and pearls to elegant gold dust, today’s cakes are more stunning than they have ever been before.
Another trend we’re seeing is smaller wedding cakes accompanied by other decadent desserts. Jennyfer said, “We do small wedding cakes serving 25 or less when a bride and groom want the style of a wedding cake, but may have other desserts they would like to incorporate. I recommend this over cupcakes because a wedding cake does a better job of capturing the style of the couple and the reception.” This is a great option for variety and to add that extra hint of personality to your special day. In recognition of these yummy trends, we’ve collected some of our personal favorites from The Sugar Suite to share with you, enjoy!
A huge thank you to the following photographers for sharing their incredible work with us:
Trends | Monograms | Letters of Love
Monograms have long been spotted as engravings on invitations and stationery, and as embroidery on linens. Today, these symbolic letters are making appearances throughout the wedding landscape as sweet additions to champagne flutes, candles, clothing accessories, deserts and more! There are so many clever ways to utilize monograms as a symbol of your new union; sites like Pinterest and Marry Monograms offer creative ideas, DIY advice and and more to help you incorporate this increasingly popular trend into your big day.
Ideal for customizing any wedding element, monograms can be designed to coordinate with your theme by selecting personalized fonts, colors and symbols. And don’t forget to talk to your key vendors – caterers, lighting specialists and wedding planners can supply unique options for incorporating monograms into your wedding. Here are some great ideas to get your started!
Letters of Decor
Inspiration | Purple – The Perfect Palette
From precious stones to vibrant orchids the rich, royal color of purple has been around for centuries. An age-old symbol of royalty, the lovely variations of this hue is charming it’s way into today’s weddings and events! Spotted in shades ranging from lush deep purple and lavender to the “electric purple” that came around in the last decade, these colors create, compliment and contrast perfectly with so many palettes. Purple perfectly accents the sweetest details such as straws, jewelery and table decor, and structures large-scale elements like up-lighting, linens, and photo backdrops. The creative options are limitless, and we love it!
Top Left: Food by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering with photography by Ryan Joseph Photographs
Bottom Left: Cap Classique
Top Right: Z Gallery
Bottom Right: Food by Puff ‘n Stuff Catering with photography by Ryan Joseph Photographs
Trends | Wedding Shoes | The Perfect Pair
The plain and simple white heel that’s been around for ages is finally stepping back. Walking the bride down the aisle is an important job requiring style, and lots of it! So in with the hot pops of color, philanthropy, words of love, and elegant additions!
Pops of Color
Colored shoes have made a grand entrance into many weddings from bright colors to mix-and-matching bright colors. Not only do bold heels add an element of fun, they give you a good reason to show off your dancing shoes!
Shoes with a Purpose
Another trend we’re seeing is shoes that give back. With all the money spent on weddings, it’s great to know that the shoes you’re wearing not only look amazing, but are also helping someone else in need. One of our favorite companies is TOMS Shoes. For every pair of shoes purchased TOMS matches a pair of shoes for a child in need.
Words of Love
It’s all about the details from head to toe… including the bottom of those beloved wedding shoes! From appliques and stickers to writing a sweet note to remember, Brides & Grooms are finding clever ways to share their words of love, special dates and of course the ever famous “I DO.”
You’re wedding shoes should be as unique as you are. From pearls and embellishments to flowers and glitter, there are so many fun ways to dress your feet. Whether you’re going for classy, elegant or trendy, the possibilities are endless with these pretty little additions. Look below to see some of our favorite wedding shoes!
Pops of Color
Shoes with a Purpose
Words of Love
Trends | Save the Dates | Share Your News!
Sending a Save the Date is a way to announce your big day to loved ones and ask them to reserve the day for celebrating with you! Although the norm has been to send a card, engagement photo, or magnet – we’re seeing new, sweet motifs incorporated like balloons, desserts, clever photos and almost anything you can think of to adorn with your beloved details. We love what we’re seeing and collected a few of our favorites to share with you:
Top Left: Take a picture holding hands to form a “M”, you can either hire a photographer to do the work or use a design program such as Photoshop or InDesign.
Top Right: Purchase numbers from a local craft store and paint them, for the text you can either hire a photographer to do the work or use a design program such as Photoshop or InDesign.
Bottom Right: Craft each of the words for your Save the Date and nail them to a tree, then have some one take your picture.
Far Left: Print or design how you want to show your save the date. Find a photobooth or have some one take individual pictures and have them assembled and put together; this can be done at a local print or stationary shop.
Top Center: Buy these clever match boxes here
Top Right: For an underwater photo shoot, hire a photographer to take the photos, and take the photos to a local print or stationary shop to print it.
Bottom Center: Design these clever characters here
Bottom Right: You can hire a photographer to do the work for you, or you can purchase a design program such as Photoshop to edit the photo yourself!
Top Left: Cut cardboard or wood for your design and paint it to your liking.
Top Right: Take a photo in front of a back drop and use a design program such as Photoshop or InDesign to edit and insert text onto your photo.
Bottom Left: Buy this cute calendar here
Bottom Right: Buy this ribbon reminder here
Trends | Wedding Favors | Favors to Rave About!
A wedding favor is the cherished token guests take home after the wedding; it’s the memento that represents your special day.
Although edible favors are traditional choices, non-perishable favors such as photo frames, cooking utensils, magnets, and candles offer unique options for modern weddings. When choosing a favor, keep your guests in mind and give them something that they can love as much as you do! Even if the per piece cost is a little higher, knowing that your favor can be enjoyed for years to come is priceless. And whether or not your choose an edible favor, any thoughtful and personal gift makes for a sweet ending. Here are some fun ideas to get your creative juices going!
Trends | Mason Jars | From Preserving Jars to Decorations!
What was first invented back in 1858 to preserve and can food, has evolved into a ever-changing piece in today’s events. From drinking glasses to decorations, these useful jars are showing up all over the map. The possibilities are endless, we’ve collected a few of our favorite ways to incorporate mason jars into your special event!
Top Left: Tie a clear wire or fishing line around the neck of the jar, insert a candle, and hang from the tree branch or other object.
Bottom Left: Break open a glow stick, dump it in a jar, shake it up and you have an instant glow stick lantern.
Right: Water down Elmer’s glue to a thin paste. Take colored tissue paper, and place it on the mason jar. Use a paint brush to apply the glue mixture over the tissue paper. Insert a candle and enjoy.
Floral Wedding Trends | The Freshest Trends of the Season!
Fashion isn’t the only thing that changes with the season…and this season’s floral trends are absolutely breathtaking! The traditional white arrangements have taken the backseat to bright color combinations, diamonds, feathers, dynamic sizes, and hints of herbs. Brides and Grooms are designing floral arrangements to set the tone they want for their special day. Whether you’re looking to set a fiery romantic, vintage, or a lively atmosphere, this season’s trends will compliment them all!
In early Roman Weddings, Brides carried herbs under their veils to ensure fertility and fidelity, and to ward off evil spirits. You might not use them for the same purpose on your wedding day, but you can still participate in one the freshest trends of the season; incorporating fresh succulents like echeveria, and herbs like rosemary and lavender to your arrangements. It’s ancient beauty meets modernity to create this boho- chic look, bringing new textures and scents to the table.
Table arrangements are reaching new and different heights, literally. Instead of identical centerpieces, brides are mixing it up. From various size arrangements of the same color scheme, to multiple vases of different heights on one table.
Another new trend we love is feathers! They are such an elegant and romantic addition providing a fairytale atmosphere; and they can be incorporated into your wedding in so many ways. From dainty and subtle, to large colored ostrich feathers, they add a plume of perfection to today’s arrangements.
The finishing touches… after all it’s all in the details! After taking the time to pick out the perfect floral combination, adding buttons, pins, jewels and pearls make your arrangement that more more unique. Year after year the satin ribbon has been a beautiful choice for binding, but also consider lace, a funky fabric, or even burlap. Most of all, have fun!