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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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You’re Engaged! Congratulations! Next Step Gift Registry

  I know what you are thinking, “One more item to add to the ever growing “To Do” list.

It’s true this is one more item that needs to be taken care of and the sooner the better.   Sit back a moment, this is a FUN task, but one that needs a plan.  This is a short list of how to have fun and register for awesome gifts to fill your new life together.

Brides: 10 Items Couples Forget to Register For—But Shouldn't | Wedding Registry:

  1. Choose your stores wisely.

Who makes up your guest list?  Will guest want to travel to a store or purchase online?

When choosing your two stores (make it easy for guest and you!), be certain you are aware of the return policy.  Online stores are great, but don’t you really want to see , feel, and touch the item to check it’s quality, before you add it to your home?

  1. Take stock of what you have.

If I walked into a store and registered without some idea of what I needed/wanted, the list would be very, very long!

Remember you are or may have already combined two households.  This is your chance to throw out that old crappy pizza pan and register for a brand new improved crust crisper pizza pan.

Make your list, include color choices, amounts, and sizes of the items you would like to register for.

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  1. Registry is not just for the Kitchen & Bath

I love the fact that couples have the opportunity to register for a ladder, garden tools, power tools, or any kind of tools.  This is an enormous help, especially if you are purchasing your first home

Outdoor grilling tools are an essential for every man who loves to cook! Check out our favorite groom gifts on our newest blog post! #DonnaMorgan #GroomGifts: My Toolbox: Great article on what tools to have on hand, plus links to tutorials & videos on how to use power tools!: Step ladder 4 tread - Now £79.50!!:

  1. Over Register

Remember you can always return items.   It may sound like a lot to register for twelve place settings, but take it from me, it isn’t.  (I have age on my side)  Those extra plates will come in handy one day.

Wedding Registry Tips She seriously has the best tips ever.: Every time I go to pull out my nice china, I kick myself. Because its not there. It never was. I have my great grandmother's floral patterned china which is perfect for Easter, but no wedding china of my own. That is the number one item I wish we'd registered for. 9 Things I Wish We'd Registered For via RainonaTinRoof.com: Macy's wedding registry items you didn't realize you needed! #macys #weddingregistry #weddingchicks http://www.weddingchicks.com/2014/04/22/wedding-registry/:

  1. Make it a Date Night

You have your list ready; your appointment at the store of your choice is scheduled.  Now make a dinner reservation.  Allow a few hours at the store to start registering, then go to dinner and relax.   You can always go back to add items if you do not finish.

Remember, This is a FUN task!

We plan, package and ship date nights right to you. All you have to do is open and enjoy!: Top 20 Stay-At-Home Date Night Ideas -- just for grown-ups! If you can't make it out of the house for a "date night" some fun at-home ideas to keep your relationship with your partner strong and connected.:

  1. Thank You

I see you rolling your eyes!   This can be another one of those tasks that can be made easy.  When you receive a gift, pull out that Thank You that is already addressed and write it. (HINT: When addressing your Wedding Invitations, address the Thank Yous as well).  Mail it; check it off the guest list, DONE!

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These are just a few helpful hints to making Registering for your Shower & Wedding Gifts FUN.

Enjoy and make room on your shelves for all your awesome gifts.

Thanks for joining us today, be sure to share with your friends.

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Elegantly,

Patti & Meinda

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2016 Wedding Trends

It’s never too early to start looking into the new year’s trends! 

We are slowly but surely coming to the end of the year.

What this means for us is that most of the weddings we are planning are no longer taking place in the great year of 2015.

As Planners we always have to be several steps ahead with designs to offer our clients for their events.  We are coordinating Fall and Winter 2015 Weddings, but creating and planning for the 2016 season.  What’s cutting edge and will be the next trend.  Be a trend setter with your Wedding and Even design with the help of Elegant Whims.

Take it away Meredith…..

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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So what can you expect pinterest and Bride Magazine to have in store for you in 2016?

We got you covered. 

According to planyourperfectwedding.com, weddings are will shortly become the lavish feasts they were in the past. As in, waay in the past. What do we mean by lavish?

Live Music.   We are seeing more and more live music for the Ceremony. But in 2016 we will see Live Reception Music grace the Reception venues, giving guest a wonderful evening of live music and dancing.

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Desserts & Food

Think  pudding cakes, Tiers of Cheese Wedding Cake, little tarts, and pies savory mini pies. Multicultural foods served on multi colored dinnerware. Different but wonderful flavor combinations, rubbed meats, food stations and a show stopping menu of  hor d’orver platters. Forget the lighted cake table, be a trend setter and light an appetizer station for a 2016 Wedding statement.

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The biggest design element is the instragramable (yes, it’s a word. I just made it up.) factor. Brides and designers have been more and more focused on the idea that whatever they choose will end up on the social media site. So everything is starting to be arranged so that the size and filters of Instagram will show it off to the best advantage.

Read more of their predictions here: http://www.planyourperfectwedding.com/article/receptions/wedding-trend-predictions-2016

What else is new?    Well it’s not new, but a continuation of this year’s trend. Vintage. 

Who doesn’t want an old world feeling to their big day? This year we saw it in the form of rustic, and shabby chic. in 2016 there will more of an emphasis on the elegant vintage whimsy.

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As always, make your wedding your own. Don’t be swayed by what’s the latest trend. Instead, be inspired by them!

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Intern

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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.

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

Merideth

Extraordinary Fall Weddings from Elegant Whims

Don’t  plan an Ordinary Fall Wedding,   Create an  EXTRAORDINARY Fall Wedding Day!

With Elegant Whims.

I have always loved “Fall” it is my favorite season.  The sound of rustling leaves on an evening walk.  The smell of  baked apples, applesauce and apple pies emanating from my kitchen.   Warm sweaters and Hot Apple Cider (yup I love Apples).  All these changes tell me it is time for fires in the fireplace and Football on Sunday afternoon, Monday, Thursday…..O.K.  That’s a different Blog.

As a Wedding and Event Planner, we are seeing an increase in Fall Weddings.  There is beauty is every season, and it is different for each couple.  At Elegant Whims we love the challenge of designing and thinking outside the box, making your wedding memorable and one that will stand out in your guest minds for years to come.

Enjoy our Blog this week, as always, a big thank you to Meredith for her extraordinary writing skills!

Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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Fall weddings are my favorite.

Actually anything having to do with Autumn is my favorite.

I’m a sucker for sweaters, and boots, and scarves, and apple cider, and bonfires and anything else that has to do with the season.

The danger with fall weddings?   Just as with summer weddings it is easy to pick, over used colors and themes.

Colors:

Overused: Orange/brown. Everyone loves the warm orange coupled with a crisp brown; but there are plenty of other options in the autumn color pallet.

Underused: Plumb, Green, dark mustard, and blue. Any combo of these four colors go well together and give your wedding the fresh crisp look you’re going for – without being reiterated at your guests next wedding.

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Themes/decorations:

Overused: Country Chic. Period. Barns are lovely, as are pumpkins, burlap, and leaves. Other options are available.

Underused: Flowers that bloom in the fall, but don’t aren’t in the “autumn colors” category necessarily, like  Amaranths. This will add a crazy pop of color into the usual browns and reds, making it eye catching and memorable.

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Amaranths Varieties are endless

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Different varieties of squash are also great options for an alternative to pumpkins.

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That’s my two cents for the week!

Have a great Wednesday,

Elegantly,

Meredith

Elegant Whims Intern

Merideth

Why I Wished I had hired a Wedding Planner

One Bride’s Horror Story and why she wished she had hired a Wedding Planner…………

Budget for a Planner for happy  Wedding  Memories….

It is back to school time for Meredith, so she has the week off.   But do not fear she is working on a fabulous blog for next week all about ……………………….   Come back next Wednesday and find out……

Enjoy this weeks blog and have an Elegant Day

We have all heard stories of mishaps and disasters at weddings.  After the fact, we laugh and say, “Oh what a great story that makes”.  At the time it is happing, all involved are stressed, frantic, crying, upset, you name it.  All in all it ruins the moment and unfortunately the mishaps are what they remember.

Here is one brides story……………………………………………………………………..

April 28, the wedding date.  Not the month I wanted to hold my wedding, April is traditionally called, by the weather service, the beginning of Tornado Season.

  • I was born the night a tornado took out a good part of the city I was born in.
  • Several times tornados have hit close to my home.
  • One April, while under a Tornado Warning, I opened the front door, (yes I know not a smart thing to do), and stared that mammoth whirlwind coming toward me.
  • Once while driving up I-75 North, I witnessed a Tornado going East behind me.

Do I need to go on?  I wanted to choose October for our Wedding Date, but Dad vetoed that, saying that as he always went Salmon fishing in October.   Summer is too hot.  Winter always has unpredictable weather, and as we had several out of town guest driving, that was out.

So April it was.

Good news, No Tornado on our Wedding Day, it chose to Rain.

I am an organized person.  I had my checklist, and was ready.  Everyone knew where to be and when.    When you have to depend on friends and family and not a professional, things go awry.

Like most, I had dreamed and planned this day since I received my first doll in a bridal gown.  I practiced how to walk down the aisle.  I envisioned the flower girl dropping rose petals to announce my entrance.  I heard Ava Maria being played as I looked into my husband’s eyes as we said, “I Do”.  Yes, I had it all planned out, I knew my vision inside and out, I had my checklist, everyone involved was advised of the plan.

April 28………. I woke up to rain.   I was determined not to let rain spoil my wedding day.  After all it wasn’t thundering and lighting, no Tornado Watches’ or Warnings, I could deal with a little drizzle.

I had chosen to have the bridesmaids dress at my home and have pictures taken there prior to the Wedding Ceremony.  That all went well.  It was relaxed and fun with lots of laughter.  It was a full house and we were all having a great time.

Pictures were finished so it was time for everyone to leave for the Ceremony.   My brother was in charge of taking the bridesmaids to the Church. My parent’s vehicle was large enough to seat all the bridesmaids. He would drop them at the church and return for Mom, Dad and Me.

I might mention at this point, I choose a Southern style dress with an enormous skirt with a very full crinoline slip.  I also might add that the only other cars at my house were SMALL cars.

Brother dear didn’t come back and didn’t come back; it was getting later and later.  My dad, (who is a stickler for being on time), said,” pick a car we are leaving NOW”.  So my mom “SHOVED” me and my dress into the back seat of my Camero.  You cannot image what a scene that was!  I couldn’t even see out the windows, all I saw was white lace of my beloved dress everywhere I looked.

Meanwhile at the Church, the priest told my fiancée, that if I didn’t get there soon, he would have to marry the maid of honor, because this wedding was taking place on time.  YEIKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

As we arrived at the Church, dad let mom and me out at the front door; he went to park the car.  As mom and I walked into the Foyer of the Church, we were shocked to be looking at our guests, who  were looking back at us.  The doors to the main Church were closed and the ushers were looking confused. 

I had a plan, we had a rehearsal, How could this be happening!!!

I ran into the ladies room, where the bridesmaids were gathered.  Of course there was a flurry of, “Where have you been?” and “What took so long?”    A friend that was taking care of the flowers and lighting the candles, came in to inform us the priest had decided we were not allowed to light the candles on the altar.  Somehow he failed to inform us of this fact in all of our previous meetings.

That was the straw that broke the camel’s back and the tears started flowing.  I excused myself and went into a stall.  A few minutes later, I walked out into an empty room. Where was everyone? Where was mom?  I opened the door still crying and saw my dad waiting for me.  He looked at me and didn’t know what to think as he saw the tears flowing down my face.   He asked me if I wanted to call it off and I said, “NO, I want my candles lit!”  He wasn’t sure what I was talking about so he took my hand gave me a kiss on the check and down the aisle we went.

The sad thing, at this point I was so upset, I don’t remember seeing the all important rose petals lining the path to my fiancée.

The ceremony went according to plan right up to the end.  The organist had not played “Ava Maria”; I was very clear in my plan that this was an important song to me.  I looked at my husband with a bewildered look, the priest asked if something was wrong and my husband said, “No”.

So much for hearing, ”Ava Maria” on my wedding day.

Off to the reception…………….

The reception venue looked beautiful.  The food was fantastic, the cake lovely and the band fantastic.  True to the rest of the day, two hours into the reception, half of the band members started to pack up and leave.  My mom was in a panic and I, once again was on the verge of tears.  Mom stopped one of the band members and he told her they had been filling in for the main band members, as they had a gig that didn’t finish in time for them to start playing at our reception.   REALLY!!!!!!!!!!

The other band members arrived and played to the end of the evening and were sure to search me out to find out who had their payment.

The Bridal Bouquet toss was fun except for the fact the photo of me throwing the bouquet looked like a Barbie arm.

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My new husband being 6’4 tossed the garter and it landed in the Chandelier.   I am looking around for someone from the venue to get a ladder and retrieve the garter…………………

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My husband and I slipped out as the last guests were leaving.  I am happy to report the rest of the evening went off without a hitch.  Except for the fact I came got sun poisoning, we had a wonderful honeymoon.

I thought I had it all under control. I had dreamed and envisioned that day so often I just knew I could do it all on my own.   I realize now I could have alleviated the stress and tears if I had hired a professional to handle the details that I thought I had under control.  A professional that would have know about the band and checked on the transportation.  A professional would have known what questions to ask.

I hope you enjoyed my story, thanks for reading.

I would like to introduce you to our Bride Blogger today.  She is someone I have know all my life.

The bride in this story is me, Patti Davis.

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                    April 28, 1979

My wedding is one of the reasons I wanted to become a Wedding Planner.  I never want to hear about a bride going through some of the mishaps I experienced.

Be sure to visit us at;

www.elegantwhims.com

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Elegantly,

Patti & Melinda

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