Our friend, wedding planner extraordinaire Elisa Delgardio of Orlando’s A Flair for Affairs, has been in business for 16 years (way longer than most marriages!), and holds the distinction of being the first wedding planner in Florida with the prestigious designations of both Certified Special Events Professional and Master Bridal Consultant.
Yes, she’s awesome. But we already knew that.
Elisa shares her expertise and keen eye for this biz in this guest post on what’s next in wedding trends:
Imagine if you will, Colin Cowie (love him!) or Marcy Blum (love her!) taking the stage at an event such as the prestigious Bridal Week in NYC, to share their thoughts about emerging wedding trends. Everyone falls silent, carefully listening for the big announcement, eager to hear what is anticipated to become a preeminent element in terms of style and décor. What could it be? I mean, what could top those indispensable mason jars?
Unfortunately I won’t be appearing at Bridal Market, but I have seen quite a few trends come and go in my years as a planner. And I’m really excited to share these insights with you!
What is a trend, anyway…?
I believe trends emerge for different reasons. Some are governed by new products and their availability in the market place. For example, ballroom chairs used to be accepted for what they are. Then chair covers came along–in every color of the rainbow I might add–only to be surpassed by Chiavari chairs, which are also now available in every color of the rainbow. Other trends have been driven by the economy and still others by the explosion of social media sites like Pinterest, and wedding sites such as the Knot and WeddingWire. Additional influencers include retail and fashion, arts and film (think Gatsby), celebrities, online shopping (Etsy), and the list goes on.
It’s time for something new and fabulous! It’s time for weddings to more thoughtful and meaningful! One way this can be achieved is by incorporating heirloom pieces and stylish elements with enduring appeal. This is the direction I predict:
Look for a return to elegance, featuring lots more lace and luxurious accents: pearls, luxe ribbons, and metallic. (Rustic paint and burlap ribbon will fade out, much like baby’s breath and big hair.)
Gorgeous fabrics for attire and décor will further glamorize weddings, from organza draping to silky tablecloths and fashionable dresses and suit ties.
Lighting is here to stay! Technology has become more affordable and our wedding couples’ expectations are higher; ambient and decorative lighting is literally on everyone’s must-have list. Monogram gobos are also more popular and affordable than ever.
As the economic forecast continues to improve, stressed out Rubbermaid-bucket toting DIY brides (and grooms) will happily refocus their creativity to smaller projects. even a singular item or memento. A great example of this is my bride Susan, who hand-beaded napkin rings for each wedding guest. Other DIY projects I love that add a personal touch: ring pillows made from a christening or wedding dress, photo collages that display at the wedding and eventually hang in your home, a card box that serves as a future mailbox, or home-baked goodies as your favors.
Painting! Painting is going to be huge! Sketch artists painting the event as it happens, hand painted cakes, caricature artists, and all things painted and one-of-a-kind will be in high demand.
What do you see as an emerging wedding trend? We’d love to know your thoughts in the comments!