Today’s weddings are more about originality and out of the box thinking. Creative favors, off-beat receptions and eclectic venues are all the rage. Many couples are having their ceremony & receptions at private homes, restaurants, museums and even camps.
Even clergy officiating has gone by the way-side. Although many couples still get married by a priest or rabbi, a lot are choosing judges, a justice of the peace or other-ordained officiants. Today’s trend is not following the trends!
Weddings should reflect the bride and groom's tastes in a timeless manner. Creativity and individualism are key, but some tradition and elegance should be woven in. For brides, an oversized, funky ring- very cool. An oversized, funky ring paired with matching earrings and necklace coupled with an oversized, funky tiara is too ostentatious and overbearing.
Gorgeous are the brides who can wear a curve-hugging, slinky dress with a plunging back, but keep it sophisticated with a less dramatic bust line. Plunging backs with vavavoom cleavage is obnoxious. Grooms express their creative side with non-traditional boutonnières, bow ties or even their shoes.
Love golf? Incorporate a small symbol of a club and golf ball into the boutonnières. Is poker his thing? Find a tie with playing cards or an ace of spades. These little nuances voice the theme of the wedding (and the couple) without screaming it.
As demand for individuality has increased, expectations of big, formal affairs has decreased. If a large, formal wedding aligns with the couple’s style and budget-it is a great way to go. For many, though, gone are the days of traditional Saturday night, June weddings with a seven-piece band. Instead, a backyard or destination affair or a winter or brunch wedding may be in order. Bottom line, doing your own thing is now the in thing!
Having 15 years experience specializing in weddings, Elysa is a certified Wedding Planner, licensed Aesthetician and Makeup Artist. Her company, Palm Beach Wedding Expert plans & manages weddings, produces spa parties and offers makeup & hair, tiaras, veils and accessories. Elysa has worked with hundreds of brides and models; on photo shoots for magazines such as Wedding Style and Modern Bride; has been quoted in countless publications such as Shape and RealSimple; and is a contributing writer for GalTime.com,TopWeddingQuestions.com and OurWeddingDay.com.