New York based wedding planner and caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs was kind enough to talk to us about wedding trends for 2008.
Elegant Affairs Caterers is a 5-Star, full-service catering company that has been catering to social and corporate clientele of Manhattan, Long Island and the Hamptons for the last decade. Andrea has extensive experience planning all types of weddings from the simple affairs to the most lavish galas.
Here are some tips and trends from Andrea and Elegant Affairs Caterers:
What’s In & What’s Out
Round tables for reception seating is out and a combination of square, rectangle, and round tables are in.
Symmetrical floral centerpieces are out and varying size and shape floral centerpieces are in (different vases and vessels used at each reception table).
All white weddings are out. Chocolate brown accented with either pale blue, celadon, or pale orange is the hot color combination for 2008.
Fried food and heavy entrees are out. Lighter fare, organic cuisine, and vegetarian cuisine are definitely in.
Many brides are requesting that a donation be given to their charity of choice in lieu of wedding gift.
For bridesmaids gifts, it’s a great gesture to take the girls for a spa treatment, or manicures and pedicures followed by a ladies lunch catered at the spa or at a local restaurant.
Using an online photo shop, create personalized photo books of memories throughout the years. Try shutterfly.com to get some great ideas.
Wedding Cake Trends
Round cakes are out and square cakes are in.
The days of the white cake are over. Brides are opting for cakes with bold colors and abstract shapes.
Do you want to add some red carpet glamour to your wedding day? Shannon Nelson at Pierce Mattie Public Relations says that many brides are extending the definition of “something borrowed.”
From Shannon: “Renting a tux is no longer the only thing that is being borrowed for the big day; brides are also taking part in this wedding tradition, but in a whole new way. Just as celebrities don borrowed jewelry and other items for their walk down the red carpet, brides are seeking out retailers who also have a rental option available for their accessory needs. Bag Borrow or Steal is one such retailer that allows jewelry rental from such names as Vera Wang, Miriam Haskell and Chanel to handbags from Rafe New York and Badgley Mischka for as little as $10 a week.”
When wearing glitzy jewelry, it’s essential to wear your hair in an equally glamorous up do. In this video, Joe Carol’s Tolga Ackay creates a gorgeous up do with lots of height and style. He places rose petals into the hair and adds a wonderful tiara.
With the cost of an average wedding in the United States growing to nearly $30K, setting aside a large amount of money for a honeymoon may seem impossible. However with some planning and know-how, you plan a wonderful honeymoon without going into serious debt. Here are some basic tips for planning a honeymoon on a budget.
Use a Honeymoon Registry
Just like you register for wedding gifts, you can also register for your honeymoon. With a honeymoon registry, your family and friends can contribute to the costs of your honeymoon instead of buying wedding gifts. This is especially good for couples who don’t need a lot of items for their household. After all, an extra day in Hawaii is probably a better gift than another toaster. You register for hotel accommodations, airfare, food and beverages, activities, merchandise and more. Some people think honeymoon registries are tacky, but you should be no more ashamed of having a honeymoon registry than you are a wedding gift registry.
Travel in the Off-Season
Depending on your honeymoon destination, some times of year are cheaper to travel than others. For example, in Europe you will find cheap flights and hotel rates from December through March. In the South America, Central America and some parts of Mexico, there are “green” or rainy seasons when you can find hotels rates as much as 60% off the peak prices. You should also avoid traveling on weekends. Arrive Sunday through Thursday for the lowest rates. Additionally, don’t travel near holidays.
Honeymoon destinations within the continental United States can be just as romantic as those abroad – but much cheaper. If you are honeymooning on a budget, look for destinations within the country. Florida, Pennsylvania, New York, California and Nevada are all popular honeymoon locations. Consider off the beaten path destinations, like a ranch in Montana or a cabin in the Colorado mountains. Call a travel agency in your destination city. They will be able to give you information, insight and maybe even discounts that you cannot find elsewhere.
Book a Package Deal
To find cheap tickets look for travel package that combines both airfare and room accommodations at one discounted price. At LowFares.com, you can search, compare and buy from leading travel sites all from one website. It’s really one of the best ways to find the lowest rates available.
Find Promotional Codes
Search online for promo codes. Car rental companies, hotels and airlines all offer special promotional codes and discounts. If you are a member of AAA, carry a Diners Club card, or belong to any civic or military organizations, you may be able to get discounts between 10-30% off. Some discounts are rarely advertised, so it doesn’t hurt to ask for them. You can also oftentimes frin special honeymoon packages that may include a free meal, gift basket, champagne or spa treatments.
If you decide to splurge for a luxury hotel, cut cost in other areas. One way to do that is by eating cheap. Instead of dining at hotel restaurants and pricey eateries, choose to eat where the locals eat. Have lunch at a diner or dinner at a local pizzeria or cafe. If you are staying at a hotel with a kitchenette, buy groceries and stay in and cook. Trying to save money on favors? Check out Truly’s cheap wedding favors
Your choice in flowers can really add to the beauty of your wedding ceremony and reception. Sometimes brides get overwhelmed by all the floral choices. Though the decision is ultimately yours, you should try to talk with florists, wedding experts and other brides to get an idea what is working (and not working) in wedding flowers this year.
Clara Varga-Gonzales, owner of Tiger Lily Florist in Charleston, S.C., which has been named Elegant Bride Magazine’s Top Wedding Designers for 2005 and The Knot Best of Flowers 2007, offers up the following trends they are seeing for wedding flowers:
First there is definitely still a curiosity about natural elements. Flowers and botanicals, such as grasses, pods, herbs and lichens, are incorporated into all aspects of the wedding – from boutonnieres to pew markers and cake flowers.
Designs that focus on grouping materials such as chocolate artichokes, fern curls and green Goddess Callas lilies are presented in artisan containers and gracing the tables at outdoor receptions.
In color palettes, green is still the most sought after color with accent shades of creams and white or hot pinks and mango coral. However, combinations of deep burgundy red Black Magic roses, Black Forest mini Callas and rich purple, almost black, tulips are striking against ornate damask linen. No more white linen on guest tables for sure.
Ceremonies that are being held outdoors are letting nature provide the back drop, which can be quite dramatic here in the Lowcountry. Emphasis on ornate aisle starters and chair markers allow the bride and groom to be the main focus for guests during ceremonies.
This spring, David’s Bridal is offering fresh, modern colors and silhouettes in three distinct themes – Garden Delights; Destination: Romance; and Black & White.
Back in January, we told you more about the Destination: Romance theme. Now, here’s the scoop on Garden Delights, straight from David’s Bridal.
Silhouettes: Inspired by an elegant wedding set in a formal topiary garden, this trend encompasses a variety of gowns featuring tailored designs and structured silhouettes. Shapes range from traditional ball gowns to fit-and-flare styles that capture the glamour and elegance of the red carpet. A whimsical strapless trumpet gown in Swiss-dot tulle with lace appliqués and a satin empire band (Style T9359, $699) perfectly illustrates this theme. Brides can even choose from a variety of sleeve options that can be easily added to strapless gowns, creating a unique style that is all their own, without the custom price tag. Key looks for bridesmaids include streamlined designs with long tapered skirts, such as a satin A-line gown with an embellished V-neckline and empire banded waist (Style 82900; $155).
Colors: This season, must-have colors range from pale and soft to rich and dark. New mid-tone shades, including a warm Terracotta, make their way from the runway to the bridal aisle. For a fresh splash of color, brides can accent their gowns with an Apple or Marine sash, or choose classic shades like Cabernet, Champagne, Latte, or Peridot. The new trend in colors makes it easy to coordinate the entire wedding day, starting with the bridal party. To create a look that flatters both their personality and figure, bridesmaids can select from a diverse range of fashionable dresses, such as a sleeveless satin trumpet gown with beaded empire waist and straps (Style F12910; $170), or choose stylish mix and match separates from the Make A Match Collection.
Fabrics: Consistent with the latest ready-to-wear trends, these designs are created with high quality fabrics chosen for their unique structural properties. Contemporary satin faille and lush taffeta provide the basis for beautifully constructed gowns and flattering silhouettes.
Accessories: Geometric shapes offer a new alternative to traditional floral details. Crystal, pearl and rhinestone necklaces take on new proportions with larger, stand-out jewelry taking center stage to complement the clean, structured dresses. Bridal shoes are adorned with bold crystal accents, which also influence handbag designs. Veils are voluminous, featuring multiple layers, and hair jewelry is sculptured and embellished, intended to be worn in sleek and sophisticated hairstyles.
Catering to brides of all shapes and sizes, David’s Bridal recently introduced two special sizing options. For the first time, David’s introduces the Galina Woman Collection, boasting soft, flowing gowns, available up to size 26W, with added support and control for full-figured brides. Petite brides now have more options than ever, with an expanded assortment of petite gowns (Sizes 0P–16P) designed specially to fit the proportions of a petite shape.
David’s Bridal also recently unveiled the db Online Collection, an impressive collection of 15 beautiful new bridal styles, available at www.davidsbridal.com. Dresses start at $99 and are available in both missy sizes (2–16) and David’s Bridal Woman sizes (14W–26W).
With more than 50 years of bridal experience, David’s Bridal features more than 280 locations nationwide. David’s Bridal continues to expand its retail store locations, while maintaining its philosophy of superior quality, value and service. To locate a store nearby, consumers can call 1-877-693-BRIDE or visit www.davidsbridal.com.
The dress pictured is the Swiss-dot tulle trumpet gown (Style T9359) discussed above. The gown comes in ivory or white. It is priced at $699 and features a chapel train.
Actor Rhys Ifans attempted to ask actress Sienna Miller to marry him last August and December by sending her Welsh text messages and hiding rings. The extravagant methods didn’t work that well with Sienna saying no both times. But her rejections didn’t stop Rhys from asking her a third time.
On her 26th birthday in December, the 39-year-old asked again and this time was a success.
The couple is now reportedly planning a quiet wedding for sometimes this summer.
A source told the UK’s The Daily Mirror,”Rhys is over the moon and finding it hard to keep quiet … he can’t believe she finally said yes.”
The couple, who have been dating for about a year, are currently in Los Angeles where Sienna is filming her new movie GI Joe.
Congrats to the cute couple. I can’t wait to see Sienna’s dress and find out more about their plans.
For months, women (and men) around the globe have been gabbing about the upcoming Sex and the City movie slated to be released in May.
Though there was a short teaser clip back in December, now we get our first real glimpse into the movie with the full 2 1/2 minute theatrical trailer that was released recently.
From watching the trailer, you will see that Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) is finally set to marry Mr. Big (Chris Noth). But whether they will actually say “I do” remains to be seen.
A couple other interesting notes from the trailer is that Steve (David Eigenberg) reveals to Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) that he cheated on her once. Plus, Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is finally pregnant and of course Samantha (Cynthia Nixon) is also up to her same old tricks.
This is one movie that I can’t wait to see. I loved the HBO series and I hope they did great things with this flick.
Dreamgirls’ Jennifer Hudson co-stars in the movie as Carrie’s assistant. The film is scheduled to release on May 30, 2008.
In the current issue of OK! Magazine, you can find the top ten most beautiful celebrity wedding gowns. From Tori Spelling’s Dolce & Gabbana gown at #10 to Katherine Heigl’s Oscar de la Renta dress at #6, all the way to Vanessa Williams’ beautiful corseted Vera Wang gown at #3, these dresses are all amazing.
But it was Katie Holmes’ silk Armani gown that topped the list at #1.
Also on this video is just a quick glimpse at the Filene’s Basement “Running of the Brides.” This annual sale is held at select Filene’s Basement stores once a year (twice in Boston). During the sale, brides can get designer gowns that are worth up to $10,000 for just $249, $499 and $699.
The brides line up very, very early and when the doors open, they run toward the racks … like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain. In less than a minute the racks are emptied as brides are all over the store in various stages of undress, trying on the gowns.
In recent months, I have seen more and more brides wearing silver wedding shoes. I love the trend because metallic silver shoes are not only popular for weddings, but also for evening shoes. Therefore, you should pick a great pair of silver bridal shoes that you can also wear to other events long after your wedding.
Here are a couple of my favorite choices in silver shoes.
Charles David Starbright Silver Sandals
Add a little glitz to your feet on your wedding day with these elegant T-strap sandals. These shoes feature gorgeous stone embellishments and a sexy 3 1/2-inch stiletto heel. You can get them at Zappos.com for $173.95.
rsvp Malina Silver Bridal Shoes
If you are looking for a lower heel, these shoes are a wonderful choice. The crystal covered knot gives these shoes with a lot of shine and the slip-on style makes them easy to wear. These are also available at Zappos for $69.95.
French Sole Dream Ballet Flats
Do you love the comfort of ballerina flats? These shiny silver ballet flats are ideal for your big day. These shoes are great because you can wear them with just about everything in your wardrobe. At just $109 at Saks Fifth Avenue, you can’t beat the price on these designer flats.