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Spring has become synonymous with weddings, but many brides (and grooms) prefer to celebrate the warmth of their love in the cool winter months. We sat down with Sara Lasher, owner of Sara Lasher Weddings and Events, for a sneak peek of the new ways brides, grooms, and their guests will be celebrating matrimony in the coming months. Hint: think big!
Maximalism is back!
More is more! From custom dance floors and statement aisles to ceiling installations and sculptural arrangements, think DRAMA! Consider using fewer tables and filling your space with comfortable furniture to make a statement. Instead of a traditional buffet, think big with a grazing table that seems to go on forever (Bayou Boards by Gabrielle has redefined the genre). Elevate the standard buffet by adding more upscale individual stations that tell a story. First date at Umami? Add a sushi station. All the grooms from Texas? Incorporate a brisket bar. Honeymooning in Italy? Offer up pasta for miles! Use every feature of the wedding to showcase your love story in an over the top way.
Even at elaborate weddings, sustainability is taking a front seat. Stationers are utilizing premium recycled paper for invitations and thank you cards. At the reception, biodegradable disposable serving options are at an all-time high. Brides are even upcycling centerpieces or wearing retro attire to show that what’s old is new again.
All couples want to look great on their big day, but many are now incorporating high fashion into their ceremony. Instead of a traditional gown, look for brides choosing wedding dress separates, dramatic bows, and removable sleeves. Grooms are ordering custom suits and shoes. Exit outfits are elevated with couture choices. These are once in a lifetime outfits for the most memorable of days.
3D Photo Backdrops
The traditional photo booth has fallen out of favor with the popularity of backdrops. You’ve seen the greenery walls with the bride and groom’s name in neon. Now couples are reinventing the photo-op with elaborate risers, florals, and furniture to deliver a 3D wedding snapshot experience. Say cheese!
Extras for Guests
Turning your wedding into an event that will leave guests raving means making sure those in attendance enjoy every over-the-top moment, not just the ceremony. Consider champagne before the ceremony, edible drink toppers, and late night treats instead of favors. At the reception, turn up the fun quotient with live performers, caricature artists, maybe even a bounce house (because why not?)! Add unique tasting bars and you’ll be the talk of the wedding season!
Make it Personal
This is YOUR wedding, so make sure guests get a sense of your personality. Print fun facts about the bride and groom on signs, napkins, or coasters. Personalize the ceremony to include elements and themes that are unique to your love story and curated to reflect your experiences together. Make it meaningful.
Make it Last
Weddings are a reason to celebrate so why not make it last! Many brides and grooms are stretching out the fun to include a full weekend – or week – of activities. That includes welcome parties, rehearsal dinners, afterparties, farewell brunches or BBQs (and yes, recovery days too)!