With spring in full swing, wedding season is blossoming as the first warm weather nuptials take place. With that, the Aisle Say blog on Brides.com has compiled a list of 2011’s best wedding trends. Enjoy!
As I have said many, many times on this blog, I am a sucker for Asian culture. With that established, I just want to give you something to consider for your reception decor. Enter: ikebana.
Ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arranging that uses minimalism and irregularity to create truly unique arrangements. Unlike traditional flower arrangements where the actual bloom is the star of the show, ikebana highlights the beauty of the other parts, namely the stems and leaves, focusing on line, shape and form rather than size and color. This could be a great alternative for modern, minimalist brides, or even brides with severe allergies as flowers are used very sparingly.
Paper and origami bouquets have become a stylish, low-budget option for brides looking for a unique alternative to traditional fresh blooms. One purveyor of this trend is My Bohemian Summer. This photographer-turned-Etsy seller handcrafts custom origami bouquets in vibrant colors for a fraction of the cost of real flowers. The quirky beauty of these pieces are perfect for the bohemian bride.
Although Blumebox has been around for a little while, I still think they deserve some major credit for creating an eco-chic wedding decor option.
These little boxes come in a fantastic range of popular wedding colors, including gold and silver. Simply inflate the leak-proof inner bag, fill it with water and presto: a cute recyclable vase to showcase floral centerpieces. Another great way to use them is to display lollipops, candy canes, or swizzle sticks for candy bars.
The fact that they’re 100% recyclable and prices end at a mere $5.99 per box is icing on the cake for the environmentally- (and budget-) conscious bride. Plus, the nifty place card holders, ribbons and boas sold on the site add a cute touch.
Once upon a time, the veil was a necessary part of a bride’s wedding day ensemble. Without this coveted piece of tulle or lace, she was simply a woman in a white (or ivory or silver) gown.
However, brides have begun to step away from this tradition in favor of jeweled headbands, fresh (or faux) flowers, feathers, or even hats. The reason? Aside from the tradition becoming quite antiquated, oftentimes veils can cost nearly as much as the dress, which is definitely an expense for the budget bride who could use the money for something else. Furthermore, the veil is often discarded at the reception anyway, left all by its lonesome in the trunk of a car. They are also seen as somewhat impractical in certain situations, especially breezy outdoor weddings and brides with short haircuts that have no plans on getting extensions.
For brides looking to ditch the veil, here are a few examples of other adornments that can enhance your big day ‘do.
Photos taken from Brides.com
In floral designs for weddings, traditional blooms such as roses and hydrangea are starting to play supporting roles as tall, elegant, blooming branches are becoming superstars. Blooming branches such as manzanita and cherry blossom branches are wildly popular, while birch and curly willow continues to be a perennial (and inexpensive) favorite. Brides are using these branches as ceremony decor, centerpieces, and even for the escort card display with the cards hanging from ribbon attached to the branches. The height of these branches adds a sense of natural majesty to any venue and are suited for all seasons (white birch for winter or curly willow with orchids attached to its boughs for summer). Some brides even spray-paint the branches silver or gold and add hanging crystals for a fresh take on opulence. Truly, this trend had taken root and grown into a healthy option for wedding decor.
Photos taken from Brides.com
Squares have made their appearance in reception decor and they are slated to stay for a long time, especially in terms of cocktail and contemporary-style receptions. Aside from the recent appearance of square tables, you may take this shape even further by using square vases for flowers or candles. Futhermore, squares are taken into account with cakes, invitations, and place settings. However, be sure to have a few frilly or sinuous elements thrown in so the overall vibe isn’t misconstrued as harsh or, worse yet, boring.
With its bold, black center, the anemone has come forward as the “it” bloom for bouquets and centerpieces. Its graphic nature lends itself to weddings with a modern vibe while its frilly petals are soft enough for those going for a romantic feel. I personally adore black-and-white anemones, but the pink, purple, and red varieties can add a gorgeous pop of color to an overall minimalist wedding.
Wedding cakes have gone far past their humble white buttercream beginnings into works of art. Tradition has given way to lavish cake decorations such as fondant flowers, 24 karat gold dusting, and sugar bling along with exotic new flavors being added all of the time. However, these cakes can cost thousands of dollars! So, what’s a bride to do if she wants the same impact for less change.
Brides Magazine teamed up with five noted wedding cake designers to conceptualize five wedding cakes that pull inspiration from their pricier counterparts without breaking the bank. With a few slight changes, the savings can be quite sweet.
Think that supermarket flowers are an unacceptable option for your bouquets?
Think again. If arranged properly, the buds that you find at your local Publix or Piggly Wiggly can be a budget-friendly, but still tasteful, option. The staffers at Real Simple can show you how to make garden variety carnations, daisies, and even babies’ breath into elegant nosegays for you and your ‘maids.