Last week I attended my first bridal show. I guess it would have been more helpful to meet with new vendors and search for great ideas earlier in the game, but I was still able to learn a few new things. Here are a few trends I spotted:
Create a Cultural Cake: Draw flavor inspiration from your heritage. According to NY-based cake designer Michelle Doll Cakes, Mexican Hot Chocolate, a cake flavor made with cayenne pepper, is growing in popularity. For the Italian in me, they suggested vanilla cake with cannoli filling. Yes, please!
Belt it Out: The best way to add details to your wedding look is to add a belt. At the show, Jenny Yoo presented her 2011 collection which featured a selection of handmade belts and sashes. I fell in love with them all, but my favorites included satin ribbon, crystal embellishments and fabric flowers. Don’t need a belt? Tie one on your bridesmaids in a color that matches their dresses.
Do Your Guests a Favor: I see a lot of couples make a charitable donation in lieu of traditional favors and I think that’s great. But why not send your guests home with a reminder that you’ve made a contribution in their name? Wedding gift and favor company Navy & Lavender suggests planting a tree for every one of your guests (visit unicef.org) and handing out customized packages of flower or herb seeds with a note. Or, make a donation to the American Heart Association. Create a tag explaining your gift and tie it to a bag of heart shaped candies or chocolates.
Which of these trends will you try? What new ideas are bringing to your wedding reception?