Wedding Trends – Like it, Love it, or Leave it?

Wedding trends are constantly changing; every year brings something new. This month we’ve collected some of the current trends and we’re asking you whether you Like it, Love it, or Leave it!
White Attendants Dresses – Ever since the Royal Wedding we’ve seen white bridesmaid’s dress. Pippa Middleton looked fabulous in her fitted, white dress but is it a trend that’s going to last? It’s always been taboo to wear white to a wedding unless you’re the bride so as not to steal her spotlight. What do you think? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Cowboy Boots – Attendants and even brides everywhere have been foregoing the traditional pair of heels or flats for something a little more memorable: cowboy boots. We’re seeing this trend especially paired with short bridesmaid’s dresses to really show off the boot. Like it, love it, or leave it?
Textured Florals – Succulents, billy balls, thistle, dusty miller. That list may look strange but these are the floral trends we’re starting to see everywhere. Brides are choosing to combine traditional flowers with these more textural additions to create interest. Adding textured florals definitely brings individuality to an industry dominated by roses. Your thoughts? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Push Pops – The new dessert trend sweeping the industry now is push-pops! Like the ice cream versions from your childhood, these are filled with layered cakes (strawberry shortcake seems to be a favorite)! Guests will be wowed by this creative new dessert presentation but what about you? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Chandeliers – Chandeliers used to be confined to ballrooms but the new trend is to incorporate chandeliers into any venue, even outside spaces! Brides are hanging them from trees and arches and covering them with candles and flowers. No matter what the theme, a chandelier seems to fit! Do chandeliers fit your vision? Like it, love it, or leave it?

Flower Girl Tutu Dresses – Let’s face it, kids could wear anything and still steal the show but the newest trend for flower girl attire is putting her in a tutu dress. This is just an extended version of a tutu that sits higher on the body. In one of these dresses your flower girl will look adorable but is it polished enough for your wedding? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Shot Glasses Serving Ware – A few years ago we were introduced to martini glasses used to serve food, most commonly mashed potatoes, now we’re seeing shooters. Caterers are using these to serve soup, milk with a cookie on the rim, shrimp cocktail, and more. These seem like the perfect portion but would you agree? Like it, love it, or leave it?
DIY Weddings – With the addition of Pinterest to the online scene, brides everywhere are going DIY crazy! It’s so easy to find inspiration with step-by-step instructions that bridal craft parties are becoming a norm. Just make sure you don’t put too much on your craft to-do list and get overwhelmed! And remember you can always call us at A Big To Do Event to help with your planning and execution (we’ve been known to pick up a glue gun ourselves for office craft days). DIY Weddings: like it, love it, or leave it?
Tangerine Tango – Pantone’s color of the year was recently revealed as being Tangerine Tango. This fiery orange could be used as just a pop of color or as table linens, florals, and bridesmaids dresses for a bolder look. Could you see Tangerine Tango in your color scheme? Like it, love it, or leave it?
Colored Wedding Dresses – White may always be the traditional bridal color but more and more brides are choosing dresses with a bit of color. Vera Wang’s Fall 2012 collection is done in nudes and blacks! Black may be a little too unconventional for most brides which is why we’re also seeing lots of blush tones. Reese Witherspoon even chose a stunning pink dress for her recent wedding. Are you going out of the box or staying traditional with the white color family? Like it, love it, or leave it?


Let us know what you think of these trends and whether you Like it, Love it, or Leave it!

On Behalf of Bridesmaids Everywhere…

They say that when you direct a play, you shouldn’t be friends with the cast because by the end of the show, they’ll all hate you.  I don’t think the same concept should apply to brides organizing their weddings.

And that is why I am of the firm belief that bridesmaids’ dresses don’t have to be ugly!  They can be really, really pretty!  Bridesmaids’ dresses do NOT have to look like this: 

Photo from ily den.

But there are some easy ways to avoid the typical ugly-bridesmaid-dress syndrome.  For one, you can just pick a basic color scheme and ask your bridesmaids to wear their own dresses that fit with the scheme.  That adds some great variety (but not chaos) to the wedding photos and ensures that each can pick a dress that flatters her body type in a color and cut that she likes.

Photo from 100 Layer Cake.

If you want a really super pretty lineup of bridesmaids, you can always go for a rainbow gradient.  I think this idea is incredibly adorable.  I’m the kind of person who always lines up my M&M’s in rainbow order, so for the OCD guests in your audience, I have to tell you to make sure they line up in color order if they do this.

Photo from Indie Bliss.

Another great option, which I think adds a lot to the texture of the look of your bridal party, is to have a patterned bridesmaid dress.  It’s not too far from the beaten path of solid color dresses, but is still fresh enough to give the standard lineup a new twist.

Of course, you can always go for the classic, matching look; that pretty much never fails, especially if you choose a pretty color.  J.Crew happens to have some gorgeous bridesmaid dresses…I don’t think it’s even possible for anyone to look bad in one of these.
Photo from J.Crew.

Any suggestions?  Or, even better, any horror bridesmaid stories?  We’d love to hear them!

Bridesmaid Gift That Keeps On Giving

Breast Cancer affects all of us. I don’t know one person that has not been affected by breast cancer. One of my favorite local embroidery vendors (Faye Tarshes with Red Vine Creations) has designed this gorgeous scarf. Each scarf sells for $18.00 and $3.00 from each sale is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In talking with Faye about this fabulous gift, she reminded me that “the $18.00 price tag is symbolic as the number 18 in Hebrew is a chai and a chai means ‘to life’.”

The daughter of a mutual acquaintance of Faye and me being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27, Faye felt the need to do more than prepare a meal or make a one time donation. “By doing this, I feel that with each scarf I embroider, I am helping long term,” says Faye.  

What a fantastic gift for your bridesmaids as well as the moms and grandmothers of the wedding!

To order these, call Faye at 770-241-6775 or email her at  Tell her we sent you!

Bridesmaids Style

Choosing bridesmaids dresses may be one of the biggest challenges a bride faces. As a bridesmaid, you should remember that this is your friends big day, support her decisions. As a bride, you should remember your friends want to be there for you, so don’t go overboard with difficult demands.

Dark jewel tones are going to be hot for this fall. Pairing the dark colors with a flattering one strap and ruffles is one of the biggest upcoming trends. Want to spice up your girls a little more? Try adding a detailed shoe in a neutral color to give them a little extra sass.