Wordless Wednesday: 2.27.13

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Colorado Bridal Show: 2013 Trend Confirmation

Yesterday was such a great day at the Colorado Bridal Show! I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of brides-to-be, and cannot wait to have the opportunity to work with them! Since today is full of following up with said brides, this post is going to be short and sweet. After seeing all kinds of talented wedding vendors and what they had to offer yesterday, I wanted to post about some of the trends that are really making their mark in the wedding industry. Following are the top five trends I’m seeing, and it just so happens they’re really fun and easy to incorporate into real Colorado weddings.

Emerald Green is Pantone’s 2013 color of the year, which I am really excited about! It’s a color that’s gorgeous, rich, and can be mixed and matched with a lot of other colors to make a unique color palette that works with almost any theme. My favorite pairings are emerald with gold, emerald with peacock blue, and emerald with soft pink. Pretty!

Metallics and bling are a fun way to add some pizazz to your wedding, and what’s great is you can do as much or little as you’re comfortable with. Metallic cakes, sequined linens, and sparkly bridesmaid dresses are just a few of the countless ways you can indulge in this trend.

Vintage-inspired photography is king! There are a lot of great photographers who are making their names by focusing on photography with a vintage feel. Who wouldn’t want great wedding photos that are trendy and timeless?

Cupcakes and other confections are something brides are swooning for! Gone are the days where wedding cake is the standard — brides are putting as much effort into planning for dessert as they are for dinner! Check out my post, Life is Sweet, for some fun and delicious dessert options that fit perfectly into this trend.

Personal touches have always been something important to weddings, but now more than ever, brides are putting thought into making everything special to who they are as a couple, how they met, how he proposed…the list goes on! Some ways this trend is playing out: Selecting a venue that really embodies the couple’s personalities (and not just their wedding’s aesthetic), writing the ceremony from scratch, and using guest gifts and wedding entertainment as a way to further show who the couple is and what they love.

I’d love to hear from you! What is your favorite trend on this list, and why?

Budget-Friendly Floral Centerpieces

As a former floral designer, I absolutely love flowers, and truly believe they have their place at every wedding and social event — especially when it comes to centerpieces. Centerpieces are such an important part of an event’s overall aesthetic, but can often be costly, particularly as the guest list grows (read: more tables to fill). Following are a few tried and true tips for making the most out of your floral budget, while ensuring guests never know the difference.

While it is helpful to take photos of floral centerpiece inspiration to your florist, it’s also important to be ready (and willing!) to make substitutions based on flowers that are in season, or stems that are just naturally less expensive than others. Your savings will be well worth your flexibility!

Simple doesn’t have to be boring! I love creating centerpieces with single stems in a few different ways. If you are working with larger blooms or a flower that comes with multiple clustered blooms per stem (like orchids), one stem either submerged in a large vase, or placed in a tall and thin vase can make a great statement. If you’re working with smaller blooms, consider the mix and match effect by placing one or two stems in a small vase, and clustering a few small vases on each table.

Floral design is a skill, and oftentimes designing an arrangement requires a lot of labor. Cutting much of the labor out of creating a centerpiece means less cost for you, which is why potted plants and flowers can be a budget-friendly option. While not all potted plants and flowers are necessarily event-appropriate, succulents are on-trend currently, and look great in a glass bowl or pretty ceramic pot. If you’re into something a little more timeless and chic, a gorgeous potted or vased orchid plant is the perfect choice.

As always, I’d love to hear from you! How did you make the most of your floral budget?

Colorado Bridal Show, Here I Come!

I am less than two weeks out from exhibiting at the South Metro Denver Colorado Bridal Show, and could not be more excited! Not only do I have the wonderful opportunity to meet Denver’s beautiful brides-to-be, but also to be in one large room with lots of other talented and passionate wedding vendors — it’s bound to be good.

I’ll be offering 15 percent off all services to all Colorado Bridal Show brides, and one lucky winner will receive 35 percent off of my comprehensive wedding planning package. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and enter to win wedding planning from Paisley Kay Event Design for a serious discount!

Here are all the details you’ll need to get there:

Date: Sunday, February 17, 2013

Time: Noon — 4 p.m.

Place: Hyatt Regency — Denver Tech Center

Address: 7800 E. Tufts Avenue — Denver, CO 80237

Tickets: $9 @ door, or purchase online for $7 here

If you’re planning on coming, leave a comment here or contact me so I know to look for you!