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Check out our latest wedding moodboards below to see what is trending for 2017 and 2018. Each board includes a color palette and some sample items to inspire your creative process. Follow the links for greater detail on each theme. For tips and advice, use our search tool to find what you're looking for.
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Turquoise and Lemon
Turquoise and Yellow is a stunning color combination and trending now for weddings and home decor. This modern floral pattern featured on the invitation left is an exclusive design by LeahG.
Blush Pink and Gold
Pink and gold or Blush and Gold wedding themes are trending for brides who like romantic glamor. The pink is pretty and soft and suited to Spring and Summer weddings and the gold adds that touch of elegance and class. This mood board features a color palette which include pale pinks and bold cerise pink for contrast.
Rose Quartz and Serenity (Pantone's colors of the year)
Pantone's colors for 2016 are rose quartz (pale pink) and serenity (pale dusky blue) and they feature in this modern mood board. Choose a modern wedding dress with color to make the most of this trend.
Blush and Mint
Blush is the buzz color at the moment and mint is the fresh new color trend for weddings, pair them together and you have a very pretty fresh modern wedding theme.
Turquoise and Coral
Coral is a very popular color this year and you will see it paired with mint, teal, turquoise and aqua – all members of the blue, green family. It is a warm color combination and perfect for a fall wedding.
Turquoise and Chocolate
Fall weddings are great for wedding couples who prefer warmer deeper colors. The color theme featured in this mood board is trending turquoise and chocolate brown. This is a lush combination and perfect for brides who want to be right on trend for 2016 and 2017.
Art Deco Vintage Theme
Art Deco, Roaring Twenties, Great Gatsby are some of the names given to this vintage wedding theme, Art Deco has become popular thanks to the various period dramas, films we've seen lately. Let us not forget the lace mermaid wedding dresses worn by many celebrities for their weddings which has also helped boost this theme to the trending spot it now holds.
Yellow and Grey
Pretty pastel yellow and grey has been trending a while and will continue to do so for Spring and Summer weddings in 2016 and 2017. These subtle shades are modern and chic and will be with us a while yet.
Purple, Black Rock Goth
Rock and goth weddings are of course popular for rocker and gothic chicks. Colors of purple and black are trending for this wedding theme as are skull elements and all things drama.
Scottish brides and grooms will love this tartan wedding collection and theme. You can be perfectly patriotic and stylish with the ideas in this mood board.
Marsala, wine, berry, maroon colors became popular in 20115 and continue to trend throughout 2016 for fall and winter weddings due its warm and ricj color. This mood board showcases this wonderful wedding color theme in all its magnificent glory.
Purple and Lime
Purple and Lime green are a wonderful color combination for Fall weddings and for the bold bride and groom who enjoy these colors. Mix it up with different shades of purple for the bridesmaid dresses.
Winter weddings are so pretty with the bright white, snowflake elements, crystal decorations and metallic gold and silver embellishments.
Fairy wedding themes are becoming popular thanks to popular TV shows and films. It is an extension of the shabby chic, bohemian theme and is so pretty with the emphasis on woodland wedding ceremony's, garden receptions, flower displays, natural wood elements and of course lots of imagination for the wedding dress and other decorative elements.
Indian / English Fusion Weddings
Bringing two cultures together to create a seamless fusion of both is a challenge as you're aiming to cater for your own tastes and expectations of family. Check out our tips on creating a Fusion Indian English wedding here.
Trending Wedding Color Supplies (linked):
- Blush Pink and Gold
- Pink and Blue
- Blush and Mint
- Purple and Orange
- Purple and Lime
- Yellow and Grey
- Metallic Gold or Silver
- Coral and Lemon
- Turquoise and Yellow
- Turquoise and Coral
- Turquoise and Brown
Trending Wedding Themed Supplies (linked):
- Fusion Indian Wedding
- Great Gatsby Theme
- Princess / Disney Theme
- Woodland /Fairy Theme
- Rock and Goth
- Rustic Barn Theme
Let us know in comments what you think of these trends and if you'd like to see a different trend featured!
This wedding mood board collection will be updated often with the latest trending wedding themes. Visit our side panel ‘themes' for more great ideas.
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How Wedding Planners Can Intervene to Help Liven-Up a Wedding Reception
By Lisa M Morris
It's every couple's nightmare.
That's the wedding reception that has, for one reason or another, simply gone ‘flat'.
The symptoms of this can be many and varied.
For example, the meal has concluded but guests are stubbornly refusing to leave the tables and are simply sitting there looking around or perhaps engaging in some low – key conversation.
Another variation on the theme can arise when the tables have been cleared for dancing but, once again, simply nobody is moving on to the dance floor.
Of course, ultimately the only thing that counts is the type of wedding reception that the bride and groom wish to have. If they're happy with one that simply isn't ‘gelling' and a reception which is becoming library – like in its sedentary nature, then fine.
Many won't be though and some will expect the wedding planner to do something about it.
Causes & cures
The psychology of group interactions is complicated and even today, poorly understood.
It's unlikely that you will be able to be sure just what it is that is causing such a stagnant atmosphere to develop but there are a few classic problems and some of those you may be able to do something about.
• Music. The tone for the atmosphere in the room for the entire day is often set by background music used during the meal itself. The tendency to use light ‘floral' tunes as a gentle background is fine but be aware that such music can also serve as something of a soporific.
Recommendation – make sure music is varied and includes at least some more vibrant genres.
• Gender and age mixes. It is something of a crude generalisation but it's a good idea to avoid seating tables that consist of largely one gender or one age group.
Recommendation – mix people together.
• Inhibitions. This can be a big issue in terms of getting people up and dancing. Not everyone is naturally the life – and – soul of the party and it can be difficult to get things started after the traditional Bride and Groom first dance.
Recommendation – Once the initial formal dance is out of the way, select some foot – tapping music to get things going.Try to avoid extended sessions of things such as waltzes or lounge music, as that can get people worrying about their dance technique rather than just simply joining in and having a good time.Make sure you to speak to some of the close family and friends of the new couple beforehand and ask them to be brave enough to lead the dancing, thereby encouraging others to get up too.
• Nothing to talk about. However well you have mixed up the ages and genders, if people on a number of tables don't know each other, the conversation might be at best stilted.
Recommendation – encourage the Bride and Groom, plus their immediate families, to circulate around the tables at appropriate points during the meal. That alone will generate conversation after they have left a table.
A point of warning
Try to keep in mind that although the Wedding Planner can help in the above ways, ultimately it is not your job to play the role of ‘The Lord of Misrule' or Court Jester.
This point is often made on event planning courses.
So, don't be tempted to jump onto tables and start ‘strutting your stuff' or trying to emulate one of the lead characters in the Saturday Night Fever film. It's just not your job!
Lisa Morris is an author of this article. Wedding Planner Academy offers courses and training for wedding planning for those who who enjoy planning events and wedding parties and start career in event management. For more info please the website http://www.weddingplanneracademy.com.au/
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Wedding Planners – Get Your Plans Signed-Off
Wedding Planners – Get Your Plans Signed-Off
By Lisa M Morris
It's unfortunately true that disputes can erupt in any business, including that of wedding planning.
One of the commonest causes of discord between a professional wedding planner and their clients is the “this isn't what I asked for” syndrome, arising when the couple concerned believe that their expressed requirements have not been met.
Here is a quick overview of how that can come to pass and more importantly, what can be done in order to avoid it.
Memory and communication
There have been extensive psychological studies on the phenomenon sometimes known as “Chinese Whispers.”
This is the tendency for a message to become increasingly distorted as it is communicated verbally from one person to another along the chain. In fact, the final result at the end of the communication chain is often unrecognizable from the message as it started out.
Now while it is true that typically the relationship between Wedding Planners and their clients is direct with no intermediaries involved, even so, confusion and misunderstandings can easily arise.
It's worth remembering that as a Wedding Planner, you may be extremely busy and attempting to manage several weddings at the same time. However disciplined you are in your note-taking, it's perfectly possible to confuse in your own mind what one of your clients said to you with what another stated.
On the other side of the coin, there is a very good chance that the Bride and Groom tobe are also very busy with their own professional lives and they may also have all the added stresses, strains and tensions of being involved in arranging their wedding.
As any psychologist will tell you, the two things together offer excellent scope for misunderstanding and confusion between the parties involved.
To take a trivial example, if the Bride is expecting to see white floral decorations in the church to match her own flowers but arrives to see red instead, then it is highly likely that a post-service dispute is going to arise.
Specifying, planning and signing off
There is only one way to avoid traumas such as those mentioned above.
The Wedding Planner needs to be exceptionally disciplined in terms of documenting every design element that the couple have decided upon. That needs to be formally signed-off by them before anything is done in terms of ordering materials or arranging for external service providers to do anything.
It also is imperative that a full plan for the wedding is drawn up by the Wedding Planner and that plan needs to list the responsibilities over time of all parties together with a date alongside each activity showing when it needs to be completed by. That may well include the allocation of responsibilities to the Bride or Groom to do certain things themselves.
That plan should avoid errors of the “I thought you were doing that” type creeping in.
The primary objective of having a design and plan sign-off is to ensure that the scope for misunderstandings has been virtually eliminated. This will also be its main purpose as stressed in many wedding planner courses.
The emphasis here is very much based upon the idea that prevention is better than cure. Even so, it has to be acknowledged that if you are on the receiving end of an accusation from your clients that you have delivered something other than what they wanted, the audit trail of signed-off paperwork may be critical in helping you to defend your professional reputation.
So, don't see this as bureaucracy but instead a critically important step in planning a wedding.
Lisa M Morris is an author of this article. Wedding Planner Academy offers perfect wedding planner courses and training for those who want to start a career as a wedding planner and event planner. For more information please visit the website http://www.weddingplanneracademy.com.au/
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Understanding the Different Wedding Photography Styles
By Richard Galloway
Apart from choosing the right wedding photographer, you'll also need to make sure that you've selected the right style for your album. You'll probably feel a bit confused in the beginning because of the numerous options, which is why you can rely on the following guide to differentiate between the possibilities.
Reportage Wedding Photography
This style happens to be quite popular because it's the most natural and casual approach. There's no excessive staging and the reportage wedding photographer tries to capture the best moments without forcing a particular theme.
In its essence, reportage wedding photography is a “hands off” approach. Regardless of the fact that it doesn't require staging and props, this style is probably the most difficult one to execute properly. The experience of the reportage wedding photographer is going to be determining factor for satisfaction in the outcome.
Avant Garde Wedding Photography
Strange camera angles and the artistic vision of the photographer are two of the factors that will contribute to spectacular avant garde pictures.
Every person has their unique understanding of what avant garde is. This is why the genre encompasses many possibilities. It is up to you and the photographer to select the particular approach that will deliver the best results.
Avant garde photography is a less popular option than reportage photography. It requires more creativity, the creation of a concept and some preliminary work. Some people find the result weird and prefer to stick to traditional photography.
A highly artistic approach, this one may fail to capture the essence of your wedding day. Think carefully before opting for avant garde photography.
Retro photography has a particular warmth and charm that so many people feel attracted to.
This photography style carries the nostalgia of days gone by. It can rely on black and white pictures or other filters that will make the photographs look older. Black and white photography strips the photo to the bare essentials, which is why it could prove to be tremendously aesthetically pleasing.
The skill of the wedding photographer is once again vitally important to ensure your satisfaction. Make sure that the professional has experience in retro photography and examine the portfolio before agreeing to anything.
Traditional Wedding Photography
This is another crowd pleaser, though many people have started replacing traditional photos with reportage wedding photography.
Traditional wedding photographs are timeless and classical. They often include props and there could be a photo session taking place prior to the ceremony. The outcome is more staged than the results of reportage wedding photography but these pictures are quite beautiful to look at.
The bride and groom will be asked to pose and some people may feel uncomfortable with this aspect of traditional wedding photography. Make sure that both of you are ready for this kind of challenge.
Choosing the right style and the right wedding photography will give you beautiful memories of your most special day. Stay away from fashions and contemporary trends. Trust your instincts, if you really want to get the best possible pictures.
Richard Galloway is an award-winning professional photographer and considered one of the best reportage wedding photographers in Surrey. Creating “story-telling” photographs since 2007, he specialises in documentary (reportage) wedding photography.
Or just call for a chat about your special day: 01252 835 981
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Ideas on How to Use Ribbon for Wedding Cakes
By Kenneth Nel
Your wedding is around the corner and you are searching for that special something to make your cake stand out. Wedding cakes are becoming equally as important as the dress and venue. If you want an elegant but memorable one than you need to know how these ideas on how to use ribbon for wedding cakes.
There are a number of fantastic ideas on how to use ribbon for wedding cakes the question is which is the right one for you? All you need to do is figure out exactly what type of style you are going for with the cake itself. You can get round cakes, square cakes, tiered cakes and even themed cakes. The world is your oyster when it comes to your selection. In most cases it is better to use ribbon in conjunction with a more classic style. It will add that sense of sophistication and elegance to complement your wedding day.
One of the most popular designs with wedding cakes at the moment is black and white. This is a simple yet beautiful way to combine the ribbon. The best way to go about using the ribbon is to have your cake completely frosted in either white or black icing. From here you should choose a ribbon (preferably lace) of the opposite colour. This ribbon can then be placed around the edge of the cake to give it that sophisticated look. In some cases lace ribbon is also being used with cupcake designs. Cupcakes are also a trendy choice for weddings, the cupcake itself can be wrapped in the ribbon and will look absolutely gorgeous sitting on top of a cake stand. They are a popular choice because each guest will be able to have their very own cupcake, rather than having to wait around for a slice of cake to be cut for them.
Bows are another trend that can be found when using ribbon for wedding cakes. Again the ribbon is normally in a different colour to that of the frosting. It is simply placed around the bottom of each tier on the cake. Depending on your preference you can include a delicate bow on each tier, or have a massive one that stands out on the very top. Traditionally the ribbon will be placed around the bottom of the tier, but nowadays it is being wrapped around the middle, down the sides and used in a number of different ways. At the end of the day, it is only there to enhance the cake and make the decorations on it pop. Which is why you have creative license to use a ribbon on your wedding cake in a way that you see fit.
Traditionally silk ribbon is normally used to decorate wedding cakes. However, there are a number of different styles to choose from including organza, French cotton and so much more. To get your hands on the very best selection you need to come to us at The Ribbon Collection. Visit our website http://www.theribboncollection.co.za to find out more.
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