Recently some trends and ideas have been finding their way back into the wedding scene.
Whereas last season's often used colors were any shade of orange, our new season finds the weddings of 2013 back to the time honored shades of gold, ivories and whites.
While the orange, melon, or saffron are still great choices, many of our couples are going back to traditional colors. These colors play well when using lots of color in your flowers or when you want your tables to shine yet not take over.
With this are interesting textures such as feathers, stones, pearls and wood. Lanterns are popular as part of a centerpiece as are mirrors (I never thought that this look would be back) and other ways to show your vision and keep you on task and on budget.
Recently, older style flowers are making their way back into the look of today's weddings with a new look or creative way to showcase them. Among those flowers are carnations (mounded now or grouped together) and mums. The ways that a florist can work with these to give a fresh look to the old idea are immense. The great thing about many of these looks is that they can be less expensive to use and they hold up well to the climate and other conditions that you may or may not be in control of.
Lace is back thanks to Princess Kate. Lace dresses are taking center stage and lace used for table decor is making headway. One of our couples in 2012 used her grandmother's collection of lace doilies as part of her centerpiece design. Vintage meets nouveau.
Vintage is a buzz word meaning any number of things. Something old or something viewed as old or something new made to look old is also very popular. A few years ago I had a bride that couldn't find her "dress" until she went to a vintage dress shop where she found her vision and had it reconstructed to suit her tastes and the outcome was fantastic. Her husband and his groomsmen wore straw hats and suits that mimicked an earlier age.
Kris Rundblad is owner of Merry Makers, a local social and corporate event planning company. Her column, Cause for Celebration, appears on the fourth Friday of every month. Send your questions about weddings and entertaining to Rundblad at (231) 547-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.