New year, new trends!
With changing seasons, there are always new looks, ideas, and colour pallettes for us to devour and sample. And, the beginning of the New Year is huge for trend forecasters in all-different realms, from food to fashion. It’s the gift-receiving season for planners as we look at fresh takes on what we can offer our clients.
From a dreamy colour palette to cutting-edge technology, we’ve pulled some of our favourite trends we are hoping to see more of this year!
We have seen all sorts of themes throughout the years, and this year we are seeing beautiful looks we already love with more saturated detail. What we think ties these different themes together is their romantic, dreamy vibe that will let the couple shine through.
Full On Nature
Nature has always been a force in wedding décor. Lush floral centerpieces and bouquets are always a staple, but this 2016 trend is much more raw and simple. Think about the wedding scene from Twilight! This look uses lots of greenery and blooms in fresh cream and white. There has also been a surge in popularity for more unconventional plants such as succulents, which adds structure and shape to an arrangement.
We loved this look in previous years with natural fabrics, textured burlap, and mason jars, but this year is about pumping up the garden feel. Whether it’s an indoor or outdoor wedding, you can achieve this by using fresh greenery to line the aisle, the back of guests chairs, a couple leaves on a simple white cake and more…
Who doesn’t want to get married in a fairy tale? With the popularity of fantasy movies and television shows, we are going seeing couples try to achieve a full on magical ambience for a night of happily ever after.
The key to this look is lots of glittering lights, sparkle and whimsical details. Small stringed lights and lots of candles flickering will make any room look enchanting. This look can use elements of nature for a fairy tale woodland feel, or instead go the golden white fairy tale dream route. It really depends on what feeling, or fairy tale you wish to capture.
To add whimsy, make your invites and stationary look like a page pulled from a Disney movie and use quotes from your favourite tales. Use your guest book as your fairytale by writing your own story at the beginning in a large leather book (you can find these at Indigo or Chapters – include link). You can theme your event to your favourite tale and incorporate elements from the story such as a poison apple from Snow White, or bottles that say drink me from Alice in Wonderland. The options are really endless.
But, what will take it to the next level is to invite your guest to dress the part! The event will truly come alive.
Kevin and Ashley | 1920s Inspired Wedding
This has been a popular trend for sometime and we love it when a bride and groom really want to dive into a time period and bring it to the present, and that’s what 2016 will bring. Instead of hints of vintage lace and smaller details, we are seeing the return of groomsmen wearing suspenders and retro suits, and dress styles from every era. From the 20s to 40s to 60s, makeup trends and hairstyles for both men and women are very popular.
The time warp theme can incorporate anything from that era, such as glassware in intricate designs, old luggage (for the card box, books), vintage photos, and aged stationary, but it all really depends what era you want to capture.
Recently, we created a full on 1920s golden glamour wedding for a lovely couple and you can view photos from the event here.
Social Media has become an integral and almost required aspect for all types of events. It’s very common for a bride and groom to have their own hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, which can definitely help organize and view event photos. Same goes for large scale corporate or public events, which often have their own social media accounts. But what’s next for technology that’s accessible for your event? Here a few techy tips we are excited for.
Most of your guests will come armed with their mobile device in hand, and if you ask them to engage with your event in social media they likely will. So, to make it simple for guests to keep snapping pics and Tweeting all evening, you can provide a charging station with cords to connect to a few different devices. Prevent that awful feeling of having 5% battery left without taking a selfie with the bride!
You can also upgrade guest experience by looking into event check in smart phone apps. This is perfect for corporate events that require guests sign in when they arrive. Apps like Check In Easy will send guests a QR code via email, which you can scan at the door to keep track of who attended. Saving your guests time will make them happy!
Never before has video been so simple and attainable, so there’s nothing stopping you from capturing every special moment. We suggest hiring a videographer with experience to create a special video that will be a priceless keepsake, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get creative with your own beginner camera work, too!
With the invention of the GoPro, you can take exciting videos from literally anywhere. This bride created her very own GoPro bouquet for a completely unique video that went everywhere she went. Or, let the video take it’s own course by handing off to members of the bridal party in turns – you never know what hilarious and heart-warming moments will be captured.
Thinking about a photo booth? Well what about a video message booth? Use a mounted iPad so your guests can record themselves leaving you a message for a virtual guest book.
If you really want to kick it up a notch in the tech department, you can bring in these new user-friendly gadgets that your guests will remember.
No bartender? No Problem. We can’t get over the Somabar robot bartender. Think Keurig for cocktails that uses a mobile app for drink selection. It will cut down wait times at the bar, and your guests will really get a kick out it.
3D printers are the newest craze, but have you thought of bringing one in for your special day? Well, you can rent one in for made-on-the-spot favors with endless options. Jewelry, key chains or anything you can think of will be created right before your very eyes.
Sweet Dreams: Pantone Colours 2016
“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free t
o express a wittier version of our real selves.”
– Leatrice EisemanExecutive Director, Pantone Color Institute™
Every year, Pantone scours the worlds of
fashion, food and art for a colour (or in this case, colours) that represents the coming year.
This year, they have selected a pairing of pastel colours in Rose Quartz (13-1520) and Serenity (15-3919). These colours are very peaceful and inviting, and we can wait to incorporate them into events.
Pastels have been growing in popularity, and these dreamy, creamy pinks and blues are popping up everywhere from bridal gowns in flowy fabrics to tables awash in pastel hues. It’s also very simple to pull these colours in with fresh flowers, and they pair really well with whites and creams in case you only want a hint of pastels.
Pantone has selected ten colours for the year of 2016, and you can see the full list here.
Tip: These colours are very easy to find if you are creating a sweets/dessert table (one of our favourite things!). We love to use glass containers to showcase the look and colour of food. For a pastel palette you can use: cotton candy, cupcakes with lots of icing, macaroons, popcorn, and candies.
Matching drinks will also be easy to achieve. Here are two recipes:
PINK LEMONADE MARGARITA
2 cups pink lemonade
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 cup triple sec
1 cup silver tequila
Lime wedges for garnish (optional)
Salt for the rims (optional)
BLUE CARIBBEAN MIST
1 part Mango Rum
1 part pineapple juice
1 part soda water
dash of Blue Curacao
sugar for the rim