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2016 Wedding Trends

What Trends are on the way out and What Trends are becoming popular?

Part One of a Four part series

Hello from Patti & Melinda your Savvy Planners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners.  We are excited about a  new year with new trends and clients.   It is always exciting for us to create the decor for our clients, as they all have different taste.  What is your style?  Read on and be a Trend Setter with Elegant Whims.                                                                                                                                                                                   Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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Dessert Trends

* Large Wedding Cakes are giving way to a small 2 tiered wedding cake complimented by different desserts.  Couples still want to have pictures cutting the cake, but they want more variety and specialty items for their guests. Couples are having desserts bars that can consist of cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cake pops and tarts.  (If pies are your thing, please consider having only small individual pies – tarts. They are easier to handle and we have noticed that pie slices go uneaten).

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*The Wedding Cakes, although smaller are still spectacular. Brush strokes are popular. The watercolor effect on a cake is very beautiful.  Also, “naked cakes” are making a showing.  These are cakes that typically only have frosting in between the layers.  The cake is then dusted with powder sugar.  Chocolate Fountains have also seen their day.  Very few couple chose to have a fountain due to sanitary reasons and the mess. They are a recipe for disaster.

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* Another way couple are customizing their wedding is to have signature drinks at the bar.  This is a great choice for those couples who want a little more than beer and wine bar but not a full open bar.  The idea of a signature drink is to showcase the couple.  It can be one or two drinks that are meaningful to them.

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* Requests for food stations are on the decline with the sit down, “plated”, dinner is on the rise.  There is a new “customized” service making it’s way onto the wedding scene — Gueridon Service.  This is a “trolley service”. A small guest count works best for this.  Food is mostly prepared in the kitchen with the finial assembly (flambéing, carving, tossing) being done on the trolley at tableside. In restaurants you will see this when you order dishes like Cherries Jubilee, Crepes Suzette, or some Caesar Salads. As additional, specially trained staff is required and this service still being very new to wedding receptions, most caterers don’t offer this yet.

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In the March edition of, “Tips & Trends” we will explore the newest in Wedding Attire and Floral for all your Wedding Needs.

Be sure to email us and let us know if there is something you would like to see in our upcoming Blog post.  Or if you are beginning, in the middle or at the FREAKING OUT point of your Wedding Planning, call Elegant Whims Wedding Planners.

330-261-2532  We work from the Greater Cincinnati area, but travel where you need us.

Elegantly,

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melinda@elegantwhims.com

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It’s almost New Year’s here at Elegant Whims.

Welcome and Happy New Year from Melinda, Patti & Meredith.

At our Christmas Dinner we presented Meredith with her new Elegant Whims Name Badge.  ( She always says, with the Badge comes power).  We are so thrilled that she is a part of our Team.

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What does the New Year mean for Melinda and I?   Our monthly Blog will be joined by a monthly Newsletter titled,  The Savvy Planners ( yes Meredith came up with that).  We have added Event Planning  and are very excited that we have booked our first event.

Wedding Planning is our LOVE and we are excited that we will be attending  the  Wedding MBA  ( Merchants Business Academy) conference in  Las Vegas this October, to learn, network and come home to our clients with AMAZING hot off the presses ideas!

Wishing you an Elegant Year

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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What does that mean for this intern?

Well a few things.

1.) I’m not an intern anymore! I am a full fledged Planner-in-Training. My badge has my name and everything. Patti and Melinda were kind enough to offer me a position for next summer/fall as well – so if your wedding is in those months, you might see me!

2.) This coming semester (January – May 2016) I will be studying in Scotland. What does this mean for you? Patti and Melinda thought it would be fun to have blog posts that have to do with where I am and what I’m doing that relates to weddings. How would my academic exchange relate to your wedding you say? Well, Glasgow (I’m studying at Glasgow Caledonian University) just happens to be regarded as the fashion capital of Scotland, and some argue, the world. I’m sure I’ll be able to find some bridal boutiques that will spark your interest.

Let’s not forget the scenery either – so many castles, cliffs, and moors – perfect for your destination wedding. Remember that Elegant Whims not only serves the greater Cincinnati area, but also wherever your wedding takes us!

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Be sure to follow our Instagram (@elegant_whims) for pictures of my adventures abroad, and for our favorite Sassy Planners’ adventures here in the states.

That’s about it for us until after the first of the Year!

Have a blessed holiday season from our family to yours.

Elegantly,

Meredith Russell

Elegant Whims Planner-in-Training

P.S. Shameless plug: If you want more detail of my time abroad, aka a lot about the coffee shops that I can walk to, and the food, go follow my personal blog (netflixisaverb.wordpress.com).

 

 

“Stressed? It’s ok to take a break.

Because thinking about your wedding should make you smile. Not cry.”

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Trust us, we know.

Welcome to this week’s Blog,  Today we dive into the fun but sometimes stressful topic of Planning Your Wedding.   Visit Elegant Whims   where we offer partial as well as full planning packages.

We are showcasing, Christi & Perry, Elegant Whims clients in today’s Blog.

Enjoy,

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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“Stressed? It’s ok to take a break.

Because thinking about your wedding should make you smile. Not cry.” 

Planning a wedding can be stressful. Trust us, we know.

In the mess of contracts, deciding which color the napkins should be, which hotel your future spouses out of town family is going to stay, and everything else that goes along with planning a wedding – it can be easy to lose a little of the excitement.

Our suggestion?

Take a breath, and take a break. 

Pick a day and have a date night (or day!). Don’t take any wedding calls, don’t talk about the wedding, and try not to think about the wedding. The whole reason the wedding is even taking place is because you’ve found someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. So spend a little of your life together before the wedding.

While we may not be the biggest fans of over using Pinterest when it comes to wedding decor, it does have a lot of great date ideas if you need help remembering what a date night is.

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Look up a recipe and make it together, pack a picnic, take it to Eden Park, Alt Park, or down by the river. Drink some wine, and just enjoy each others company.

The possibilities are endless – do whatever it is that makes the two of you happy, whether that’s rock climbing or netflix. The only rule is you cannot discuss the wedding.

Then in the morning, stretch and smile: You’re getting married. 

Have a lovely week,

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Assistant

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