These inspiring trends from the top wedding destinations in the world will help guide you to create the wedding day of your dreams.
From brunch receptions to non-floral bouquets, today’s couples are eschewing convention and saying “I do” to creative new celebration ideas. We asked the experts at top wedding hotels and resorts to weigh in on trends they’re seeing and this is what they shared:
· Brunch weddings are more relaxed and budget-friendly than the customary evening affair, spurring more couples to hum “I’m gettin’ married in the morning.”
“Brunch weddings are a great alternative to the more expensive and traditional evening weekend options. They are also an ideal choice for a second wedding or a wedding with a short lead time. A daytime reception can save couples up to 50 percent compared to a Friday or Saturday evening. Sundays are less sought-after dates, so couples have less competition when booking and the resort has the flexibility of offering reduced F&B minimums. Brunch is also more relaxed – think bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys, avocado toast and crab benedict – and give guests a chance to start celebrating early in the day. When the wedding is over, the newlyweds and their guests still have plenty of time to relax at the spa, unwind at the beach or pool, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two.” – Taylann Dubocq, Catering Sales Manager, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa
· Bouquets crafted from unconventional materials are an increasingly popular substitute for fresh florals, and with good reason – they’ll look just as pretty on the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary as they do for the “I do’s.”
“We’re definitely seeing alternatives to fresh flowers. For a recent wedding we hosted at Whiteface Lodge, the bride and bridal party carried bouquets of hand-carved wooden flowers – a great and lasting keepsake of the occasion.” – Elissa Fornasiero, Director of Sales & Marketing, Whiteface Lodge
· Extravagant themes are on the rise, adding a touch of fantasy and fun to a grand ballroom reception.
“The weddings I’m working with this year are highly themed, drawing from hit movies and classic New York City motifs. A few popular themes we’ve arranged in recent months are Wakanda, Paris Meets Harlem, and Broadway musicals. It can get really creative and fun.” – Darian James, Director of Catering & Conference Services, Sofitel New York
· Photo booths are being prioritized in wedding budgets and are getting more creative, so snap away!
“Photo booths are gaining popularity to the point that we have seen couples prioritize them over a band or additional décor. One of our wedding parties rented a booth from an online source that was shipped to the hotel to be assembled by our team. It came complete with an iPad for taking photos, a sparkly backdrop and many fun props for guests to choose from, plus a printer so that guests could print out their photos. It was easy to set up and worked really well for less expense.
Photo: Alison Shaw
“Also, a new vendor here on Martha’s Vineyard has turned a vintage Volkswagen bus into a photo booth. He refurbished the inside and stocked it with props and accessories to add to the fun. There’s a printer so that guests can take their photo collages with them, personalized with the wedding name and date.“ – Makenzie Wall, Event Manager, Harbor View Hotel
· Details that bring the outside in create an authentic sense of place in today’s weddings.
“There is a common, recurring wedding theme here that is geared around a desert vibe, with lots of succulents and undertones. Guests come to Sanctuary for the desert feel outside, so they try to incorporate it into their bouquets and bring it inside as well.” – Jessica McQueary, Event Manager, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
“Rustic is a big trend in wedding décor – burlap, lace and earthy color schemes – and even more so in a setting like ours, where such details reflect the wooded Adirondack surroundings.” – Elissa Fornasiero, Director of Sales & Marketing, Whiteface Lodge
· Place cards with personal messages become a lasting memento guests can treasure, proving even the smallest details count.
“Something really special we’ve started seeing at weddings here at Marriott Syracuse Downtown are personalized place cards. Each and every one contains an intimate message that has been written for the guest from the bride and/or groom. It’s a big trend, and turns a rather utilitarian detail into something meaningful.” – Lindsey Cole, Assistant Director of Catering and Wedding Specialist, Marriott Syracuse Downtown