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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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Pinterest……. Good OR Evil

It is Blog Wednesday at Elegant Whims, pour yourself a cup of coffee or glass of wine and enjoy!

   Chapter 1 ….  A look into a Bride’s Pinterest Boards.    Stop in next week for Chapter 2,

Thank you Meredith !

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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So you have lots of awesome ideas for your wedding. 

You have a Pinterest board full of great ideas that you can’t wait to start working on.

Suddenly your phone buzzes. It’s your sister. She saw your latest pin, and her boyfriend’s sister’s friend made one just like it, and she’s sure that the boyfriend’s sister’s friend wouldn’t mind making more for a small fee.

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Wait, now your aunt just emailed you about five different pins (that you added months ago in the early stages of planning) and she’s telling you exactly how much each one will cost according to her local high-end craft store. She wants to make them all for you, and then bring them with her. On the day of the wedding. When she flies in from New Jersey.

Sound familiar?

Here’s a tip from Elegant Whims:

Make your wedding Pinterest board a secret one. Only allow the people you want to see it, see it. This way, no one is making suggestions they shouldn’t be making, and being helpful in ways that aren’t helpful.

Now that you have your own space that you can create with, here is what we suggest:

1.) Start with your venue.

You can’t create an atmosphere without a space.

2.) Decide on a color scheme.

Keep it original, and keep it under 4 colors.

3.) Use Pinterest as a tool, not a Bible.

Don’t just duplicate something just to duplicate it. Take an idea and let it spark your creativity to make it your own. Put your own twist on them, and who knows? You may end up creating the latest Pinterest Wedding Trend!

Want to know what the Top Ten Overdone Pinterest Wedding Ideas?  Check back next Wednesday, so your Wedding Photos won’t look like everyone on your Photographers Gallery.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Elegantly,

Meredith Meredith

Elegant Whims Assistant

Rent your Bridesmaids Dresses

I recently spoke with a young lady that had her Bridesmaids “rent” their dresses.  I thought that was a lovely option for the Bride to offer her Friends and Family members, whom she had asked to be a part of her Wedding Party.    I also thought it would make an interesting Blog.   Meredith did not let us down.   Enjoy her blog on an interesting subject.

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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“You know what the best part is? You can always shorten it and wear it again!”

 

Every bridesmaid has heard this line. Scratch that. Every woman has heard that line. 27 Dresses shed light on what it’s like to be a bridesmaid over and over again. The prepping, the helping, handing out place cards, the making sure the bride isn’t freaking out, and most importantly – the terrible god-awful bridesmaid dresses.

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You might give yourself to your best friend and pledge your love and life to them on the wedding day. We bridesmaids commit ourselves to a life long relationship with a dress that we will most likely never wear again.

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However, in recent years, thanks to 27 Dresses, and in all honesty just better wedding fashion in general, bridesmaid dresses are not all that bad. Every bride wants her wedding to be memorable, unique, and breathtaking – making the dress choices for bridesmaids better than what your mom had to wear.

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Thanks, fashion world.

Another bridesmaid dress component that brides take into consideration is price. Obviously you don’t want your bridesmaids to have to shell out hundreds of dollars for these dresses. With this in mind, there are several companies that are offering bridesmaid dress rentals. This allows the bride to get designer dresses for a fraction of the cost, the bridal party doesn’t have to hang on to the dress forever, everyone wins!

Bridesmaid Dress rentals:

Rent the Runway (https://www.renttherunway.com): This site offers many options of designer gowns. They are not traditional Bridal Shop type of bridesmaid dresses, but if you are looking for unique designer dresses – this is the way to go. The site offers tons of costumer reviews with pictures, along with clear instructions on ordering and returning.

Average Price Range: $50 – $100.

Vow to be Chic (https://www.vowtobechic.com):

This site offers a fit guarantee with more of the traditional bridesmaid dress selection (same dress, different neckline, same style different color, etc.). These dresses aren’t as red carpet worthy as Rent the Runway, but for the sweet and simple bridal party look – Vow to be Chic has you covered.

Average Price Range: $100

Weddington Way (https://www.weddingtonway.com):

Pinterest meets Dropbox meets Boutique. This site allows a bride to create a group (her wedding party) in which everyone puts in their favorite dresses, and decides on what would look good on everyone, the color, etc. Then send in the measurements, and the dresses are shipped directly to you! Great for bridal parties that don’t all live in the same area, or just to get the idea ball rolling.

Average Price Range: $125 – $150

These were the top rental companies online, but what if renting just isn’t your thing? Some bridesmaids actually like buying their dresses for the sentimental value, and as I’ve said, with the better wedding fashion that’s around, the prospect of wearing the dress again is greater than it used to be. Want to buy the dresses but still don’t want to break the bank? ModCloth and Etsy have many options for that. ModCloth does have more of the short dress variety, but Etsy has just about anything in any style that you want – with many custom made options.

ModCloth Price Range: Anywhere from $20 – $200

Etsy Price Range: Vaires, but many around the $100 mark.

Our wonderful friends at The Knot also compiled a list of bridesmaid dresses under $100 that you can purchase online. (https://www.theknot.com/content/bridesmaid-dresses-under-100)

 

So what to take from this?

As with every decision for a wedding, the buzzword is: options.    Oh so many options. In the end it depends on the look you want for your wedding party, and the budget of your bridesmaids.

So pick the colors, consult your bridesmaids, and let the narrowing of options begin!

Elegantly,

Meredith Russell

Elegant Whims Intern