Gown and Accessory Trends
Inspired by celebrity wedding trends, today’s brides wear not one wedding dress, but two or more, changing from a ceremony dress into a chic, stylish dress for the reception. At our wedding venue, we’ve seen brides wear cultural wedding dresses for the ceremony, then change into either a traditional wedding dress or shorter, sleeker dress for the reception.
Here are some additional 2nd-Looks for your wedding reception, garden wedding, or cocktail party wedding:
- Go romantic and lacy with your first wedding dress, then change into a sparkly dress suitable for the nighttime reception lighting.
- Wear a sleek, fitted wedding dress for the ceremony, then change into a dress that’s easier to dance in for the reception.
- Wear a traditional white wedding dress for the ceremony, then change into a colorful dress for the reception.
- Wear a traditional wedding headpiece and veil for the ceremony, then remove it and change into a tiara or jeweled hairclips for the reception Read more…
Every bridal party wants to throw a spectacular, unforgettable bridal shower that suits the bride’s personality and style, and provides guests with fine cuisine and great entertainment. Here, we offer some of the top new bridal shower trends that can make your bridal showera stand-out crowd-pleaser that the bride will love.
- Choose a fine dining experience with the best buffet dinner or a gourmet Sunday brunch. Excellent cuisine makes a bridal party a success, and even on a budget, chefs can help tailor your menu to impress.
- More bridal showers are planned as brunches, which offers an array of delectable fine cuisine menu options, and multiple desserts, plus wine and champagne, and the earlier time of day allows guests to still have some of that weekend day to their own planning.
- There is more emphasis on food and wine pairings, with sophisticated menu options paired to great vintages.
- Offer unique bar menu items, following the top wedding trends of offering champagne and champagne cocktails, mimosas, bellinis, mojitos, prosecco, creative martinis and sangrias.
- Create a signature drink – one of the top wedding trends – and name it after the bride
- Offer not just a cake, but additional dessert items as well, such as family-favorite tiramisu, bananas foster, chocolate-covered strawberries, and other sweet treats. Read more…
When out-of-town guests arrive for your wedding weekend, welcome them with a wonderful basket of treats. Some of the top wedding trends for welcome baskets include:
- Starting with a stylish gift bag, such as an eco-friendly tote with a print design, one that can be used again and again, instead of paper gift bags.
- Provide several bottles of water, each encircled with your personalized wedding logo, as well as bottles of iced tea (one sweetened, one unsweetened,) or several sodas. A new wedding trend is choosing a retro soda, such as a root beer or ginger beer, orange soda or other unique taste.
- Provide a bottle of wine, and have the hotel put wine glasses and a bottle opener in each guest’s room. Read more…
Black and White photos
A top wedding trend in wedding photography is getting a number of your photos in black and white. According to TheWeddingReport.com, 60% of brides and grooms request black and white photos in their photography packages, since this style of photography provides an elegant, timeless effect for photo albums and framed portraits. Since Old Hollywood wedding trends are in right now, black and white photos capture this popular style.
Our top New Jersey photographers say that digital photography allows you to turn any wedding photo into black and white, as well as sepia and other effects, so it does not cost extra to have black and white photos created.
Here are the top ways that you can use black and white photos in your plans:
In albums and prints:
- Begin your wedding album with a page of black and white images, or a full-page portrait of yourselves. The rest of the album can contain color prints.
- Create an entirely black and white wedding album, a top wedding idea suggested by celebrity wedding planners
- Order a number of black and white portraits for a themed area of framed pictures in your home
- Order a large black and white portrait of your official couple wedding photo to hang in your home, to work with your home décor color scheme Read more…
Personalized weddings feature décor touches that bring the bride and groom’s personalities and the style of the wedding into your Big Day, so consider a new top wedding idea: decorating with signs. Here are some of the top ways that you can design and display signs all around your wedding location:
- A large sign at the entrance to your wedding ceremony or reception ballroom can feature your custom monogram
- A large sign at your entrance can feature not just your names, but a romantic quote you’ve chosen as an inspiration for your day
- Signs can direct guests to your garden ceremony area, to your reception room, to your cocktail party or other areas
- A sign can direct guests to your smoking section at the far end of your venue
- Use framed signs on your guest book table, again featuring your monogram or a romantic quote
- If you’re using an alternative to the guest book, such as cards on which guests write their wedding wishes, your sign instructs them as to how to use the cards Read more…
It’s now one of the top wedding trends of 2012 to have the bride and groom see each other before the wedding ceremony so that they may take their wedding photos.
If you choose this timing for your pre-wedding photos, there are several advantages:
- You look your very best, having just had your hair and makeup done, and everyone else looks their best as well…you’re not taking photos five hours after your wedding beauty services, so you look fresher and prettier, as does your wedding gown.
- Your pre-wedding photos will not be rushed. Set at least an hour and a half for this relaxed photo session, so that you can get wonderful couple portraits and group photos. Read more…
Great Photos With Parents
Wedding photos with parents used to be traditional photos of the bride flanked in either side by her mother and father, with the groom in the same pose with his parents, and then the couple with each set of parents and then with all parents. If you like the classic parent poses, by all means keep them on your Must Get wedding photography wishlist, but consider some of these new options, suggested by the top NJ wedding photographers, to get more natural-looking photos that you’ll be more likely to frame and display:
- The bride kissing her mom or dad on the cheek
- The bride’s dad taking her hand to help her up a stair
- The groom taking his mom by the hand
- The bride and groom with both sets of parents, including step-parents in a stylized shot with some people sitting and some standing
- A photo from behind the wedding couple and their parents, as they look out over a scenic vista or their wedding gardens
- The wedding couple and their parents walking together on the wedding grounds
- A reflection shot from the wedding gardens pond or lake, showing the couple with their parents
- The wedding couple and their parents raising champagne glasses in a toast
- Everyone eating wedding cake together (or a cultural wedding food)
- The bride hugging her seated parents from behind as the groom smiles from the side (and the same shot with the groom hugging his parents, with the bride looking on, smiling) Read more…
Bridal Party Photos
Many of our New Jersey wedding couples choose to skip the stereotypical bridal party photos, such as the one of the entire bridal party jumping up in the air, and especially the photo in which the groomsmen hold the bride sideways. A top wedding trend is to add more originality to the bridal party group photos, and we have some suggestions for you, according to the top wedding photographers in our area: Read more…