What’s hot for the 2011 wedding season.
The 2011 event season is right around the corner, and with it comes a treasure chest of fun and whimsy with new (and some old) trends! While it is fun to bask in the trendy “eye candy,” remember that trends are great upsells, and the key to taking advantage of the season’s trends is figuring out how to apply the trend to your products or service. If it’s hot, brides will want it, so make sure you have something to offer them. Here are just of few of the upcoming trends:
Less ‘structured’ events
Rustic settings, outdoor events (with tents!) are very popular—think wineries, barns, meadows. Food follows this trend with buffets, tapas and stations instead of formal meals.
Non-alcoholic bars with mixers and fresh fruit
No need to just have sodas and iced tea. Set up smoothie bars with sparkling drinks, fruits and veggies as mixers and garnish.
Eco-friendly, green and organic
This trend is not going away anytime soon. Even if it is not a truly “green” event, brides still like the look and feel of an organic, earthy event. Local specialty foods and produce farms are a huge hit.
Donations to charity are more “in” than ever.
“Whimsy” is the name of the game in 2011. Even the most elegant affairs can incorporate some fun and personal elements—from signage to desserts to favors.
Chandeliers and creative lighting
This has to be one of the most sought after trends of them all—chandeliers, pin spotting, color lighting “washes” on the walls/draping, candles and hanging lanterns.
All shades of blues and greens (a very monochromatic look); for spring and summer, the bright colors trend continues—bright yellow mixed with other vibrant colors, such as hot pinks with oranges and turquoise blue; gold for a metallic; and for the vintage craze, anything muted— peaches, pinks, pale blues and yellows
Infusion music/salsa bands
Music is a great way to bring together different cultures. Use different music for cocktail hour versus dinner and dancing.