So far, 2014 has been a big wedding year and we're not done yet. Let's take a look at some of the hot wedding trends this year and what you can expect for the rest of 2014.
Back In Black
Formal black tie affairs never go out of style. But this year couples are opting for all the dapper extras. You'll see white gloves and bow ties whether they're celebrating in a ballroom or backyard. There is a tuxedo for every occasion.
Remember: Your guests need guidance for the dress code. You should provide attendees with examples of fashion do's and don'ts on your wedding website.
Your guests won't have to worry about balancing a signature cocktail and appetizer plate if you serve delicious selections that can be eaten with one hand.
Remember: Work with your caterer to customize your menu and create small, playful options.
Make it Personal
Personal touches are what make your wedding unique and showcase your personality. Whether it's the monogram on the dance floor or guest's names on the tables, those additional details make a big difference.
Remember: You don't need a big budget to make a big impression. A chalkboard display with your dating history or a pictorial timeline are great and inexpensive personal additions.
Let The Flowers Flow
You can't have a wedding without flowers and bouquets are having a big moment in 2014. Let your floral designer breath new life into your displays with more fluid, asymmetrical arrangements.
Remember: Balance is important. If the bridal bouquet is overflowing, you might keep your bridesmaid's flowers in a tighter bunch.
Your marriage is the beginning of the rest of your life with your spouse. Your wedding is how you celebrate that beginning. The little details are your chance to reflect your personality and show off your style. Don't miss an opportunity to embrace your uniqueness.
While wedding traditions are there if you require some guidance, rules are made to be broken. The traditional guest book is a lovely idea but few couple display their book after the nuptials are over. Why not create a keepsake that become a daily reminder of your wedding? Take a look at these 10 alternatives to the tradtional wedding guest book.
1. Thumb Print Guest Tree: Each guest puts their thumbprint on a branch and signs their name.
2. Wishing Stones: Each guest writes a wish for the new couple.
3. Balloon Art: Each guest signs a balloon and attaches it to art that will be framed and displayed.
4. Love notes: Guests write a message and insert into an envelope.
5. Key to success: Adorable concept and easy to understand.
6. Life is a puzzle: Guests sign puzzle pieces for future assembly and display.
7. Tree of love: Write your special message to the couple and hang on the tree for display.
8. Map it out: Guests sign on the destination they suggest the couple visit.
9. Getting to know you: Ask your guests to write a story of how they know you.
10. Love songs: Guests sign the vinyl version of your special song.
This post originally appeared in The Wedding Party and was written by by Kaitlin Perata