Wedding Style- Expert Advice
Ask The Trendsetters
Bruce Vassar and Matthew Trettel, the duo behind The Wedding Guys, unveil five can’t-miss trends from floral designs to fashion for 2011.
Clear Winners: A contemporary and sleek first impression for your guests, acrylic or Lucite wedding invitations add that wonderful wow factor as soon as invitations are retrieved from the mailbox! Whether the clear winner is lovingly protected by a luxurious silk box in a fabric chosen from your wedding colors, or presented inside a metal clam box wrapped with a colorful band of paper, it’s the ultimate in modern wedding style. The invitation is only the beginning—consider acrylic programs and menus, too.
Small Preludes: One trend that has gone from the restaurant to reception is the request for tapas-style small plates served as scaled-down versions of entrees that pack a big flavor punch. Whether butler-passed or served in succession at a sit-down reception, in lieu of the standard three-course meal, the centuries-old Spanish tradition affords culinary creativity while providing a flavorful experience for your guests.
Tying the Knot: Floral elements leaping from one arrangement to another is truly an art form, and this year, we’re seeing innovatively intertwined floral arrangements take center stage when it comes to creating modern drama at guest tables. Multiple centerpieces of structure and varied height flow into one another, creating a wonderful lush table centerpiece.
Mobile Mixologists: Specializing in the creation of cocktail recipes, mixologists are becoming the latest craze for your cocktail reception design. Consider it an additional investment in the entertainment for the evening; mobile bartenders will not only provide a creative bend on favorite cocktails, they’ll also blend exciting, one-of-a-kind libations right before your eyes. Our favorite: the deconstructed Hemingway Daiquiri with a homemade rum foam.
If You Pleats: Sharp pleating is ruling the runways for couture, and we’ve also found the look romancing its way into wedding styles, adding a much-neede,1 update to the ruched bodice detailing we’ve seen for several seasons. Look for crisp fa.’ to add visual dimension in the form of pleated ruffles, hemlines, and train details. The effect allows for great contrast with dramatic draping, creating a level of playful texture.
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