Courtney Caplan of Caplan Miller Events hints that photo booths are here to stay, but the next big trend takes it one step further. An album of amusing and whimsical wedding reception photos are always a treat, but why not bid the happy couple farewell in a video booth? Sing a little song, reminisce about years’ past or simply send your love. This digital trend is the gift that keeps on giving for the newly married.
Color – or no color?
Neutral and muted tones take the cake in 2012. In the words of Becky Brock at BZ Events, “blush is the new black. ” This demure shade flatters all skin tones and looks fabulous on just about everything. From bridesmaids dresses to floral arrangements, this classic yet fresh color – or lack thereof – offers endless floral and décor possibilities!
David Kurio of David Kurio Designs emphasizes that a blush tone palette with a touch of sparkle alludes to old Hollywood glamour, also a big trend in 2012. Accent the neutral tones and make them really pop with an abundance of candlelight, ranging from traditional votives and candelabras to cylinders with floating candles.
Ice as Art
When it comes to decor details, you can’t get much cooler than frozen. Ice – from creative ice sculptures to rose petal ice cubes – is playing double-duty as a practical yet playful part of the decor. For example, BZ Events recently created a Bevo ice bar for a couple getting married at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, a detail that paid homage to their shared love for the University of Texas and acted as a statement centerpiece at the reception.
Say it with Stationery
Letterpress invitations and beautiful hand-written calligraphy are a timeless wedding trend. Save the dates and invitations are prominently displayed on refrigerators around the country leading up to the wedding, but that doesn’t have to be the end of displaying your newly acquired initials. Personalize menus, creatively display table numbers and flaunt memorable cocktail napkins. Caplan stresses that the often overlooked should be unique and memorable…it is your wedding after all!
Good night snacks, a thoughtful – and flavorful – parting gift, are the perfect night cap for guests who have sipped on one or more glasses of bubbly, says Caplan. Send guests home or back to their cozy hotel room with a miniature box of the bride’s beloved cookies or a slice of the groom’s favorite pizza. Have a favorite food truck cater the end of the night, or enlist the talent of your caterer to recreate memorable Indian street food or grandmother’s signature snack mix.
In true Austin style, don’t be afraid to go local when planning the dinner, dessert, or good night snack menu. For example, Caplan says Tiff’s Treats cookies, a Whataburger buffet and local food truck fare have all been well received at recent weddings.
For more details and photographs of 2012 wedding trends, visit our Pinterest page. To inquire about hosting your wedding or special event at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, please call one of our experienced wedding specialists at (512) 685-8040.