Hottest Wedding Trends to Watch for in 2015

If you’re tying the knot in 2015 here’s a summary of everything you need to know in terms of this year’s wedding trends. I always encourage couples to add a personal touch to their big day and some of the wedding trends we’ve rounded up for you will help you do just that!

Themes that take a new twist. What was called “rustic” in 2013 is now “afternoon tea” or “garden party” thanks to Princess Kate and her “royal influence”. Brides are still loving vintage décor but now with a minimalistic twist. They are combining the feel of al fresco dining, with simplistic table runners (or none at all) and elegant, but not over done, place settings.

Popular blooms. English roses, peonies, hydrangeas, dahlias and ranunculus are popping up everywhere! Expect to see greenery that will stand alone and in some cases completely eliminate traditional flowers. Garlands of vines, succulents, herbs and other lush leaves are gaining popularity as table runners and even bridal bouquets.

Greenery & Herbs Collage

 (Top Left & Bottom Middle) Location: Spring House, Block Island, Rhode Island / Photographer: Katie Osgood Photography / (Top & Bottom Right) Location: Kinney Bungalow / Photographer: Joseph Laurin Photography /  (Bottom Left) Location: Sullivan House, Block Island, Rhode Island / Photographer: Rebecca Arthurs Photography

Family style dining. What a wonderful way to get your guests interacting by getting the conversation started around a meal served family style! With guests passing beautifully plated entrées and sides, it’s relaxing and works well for both upscale and casual weddings.

Multiple wedding dresses. Fashion-forward brides are choosing multiple gowns for each part of their day. Consider a more modest ball gown for the ceremony, a sleek sheath for the reception, and a short, feathery mini dress for the after-party. Wow!

Wedding Dress Collage

(Left) Photographer: Joseph Laurin Photography / (Top Right) Photographer:Joshua Behan Photography /  Location: Block Island, RI / (Middle Right) Photographer: Susan Sancomb Photography / (Bottom Right) Photographer: Snap! Photography / Dress: Vera Wang / Location: Boston Harbor Hotel

What was old is now new. Updated renditions of wedding song classics’ are making a comeback but again with a twist! Instead of Etta James’s soulful “At Last,” couples are choosing to get creative and selecting the acoustic version by Jason Mraz. Consider swapping Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” with the indie-pop version from Ingrid Michaelson. What a great way to add a personal touch to your big day!

Signature champagne cocktails. Signature cocktails, sure we’ve seen a bunch, but ones that are champagne based??? OOh-la-la! Think outside the box and play into the season with fun garnishes that add pizzazz! We are loving cranberries for fall and winter with a splash of burgundy brandy. Pink champagne and fresh berries or even sorbet is a light alternative for spring and summer. These can be color coordinated to match your decor (not to mention completely delicious)!

Signature Drink Collage

(Left) Photographer: Mandy Mayberry Photography / (Right) Photographer: Snap! Photography

Colors: Marsala. Pantone’s Color of the Year – “Marsala”, is already setting the tone for 2015’s wedding hues. It’s a rich wine-inspired red that is sophisticated, stylish and versatile. Pair Marsala with dusty blue for a classically, romantic feel (imagine Marsala based centerpieces paired with blue velvet linens), while a rose gold and Marsala palette is rich and glamorous (think: rose gold foil font on Marsala card stock stationery). It’s an added bonus that flowers, like dahlias and peonies grow naturally in this hot hue and it’s a flattering color for your bridesmaids to wear if you want to make a statement.

Color of the year 2015 Marsala Collage

(Top) Photographer: Joseph Laurin Photography

Edible favors… and we don’t mean just mini-jars of jam, but food kits — boxes stuffed with all the fixings are the prefect treat for guests to munch on back at the hotel.

Upgraded photo booths. A custom photo booth can add an artistic flair for couples looking to make an awe inspiring impression with guests. Not to mention prints that serve double duty as fantastic favors! What’s better than bringing in your very own 1972 VW Beetle for authentic pics behind the wheel or hiring an onsite caricature artist so that guests can pose for their very own portrait?

Wedding Photobooth Collage

Photographer: Mandy Mayberry Photography / Photobooth: Smashing Photo Booth / Location: Roger Williams Botanical Center

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