(Guest post courtesy of Desiree Dent of Dejanae Events at www.DejanaeEvents.com) As I read through blogs, wedding magazines and talk with industry professionals, the trends that are predicted for 2014 are pretty unique and somewhat nostalgic of some past trends. And now that Pantone has announced the Color of the Year as Radiant Orchid, it only makes sense that it's on trend with some of the predictions I have for couples planning a wedding in 2014.
Wedding Color Trends
Greys, blues and shades of purple will be the most popular colors of the 2014 wedding season when it comes to attire for male and female attendants as well as linens throughout the wedding day.
Wedding Dress Trends
Bridal Market in October 2013 showed dramatic wedding gowns in shades of pink; dramatic backs; illusion necklines; tons of bling; and even pants suits. The high-in-the-front and long-in-the-back wedding gowns are allowing the shoe to take the spotlight. You will also see a lot of texture and three-dimensional appliqués on wedding gowns.
Wedding Social Media Trends
Apps and hashtags will grow increasingly throughout the wedding planning process and on wedding day. Couples are going to ask their guests to learn of planning details via group chats and custom-created applications, plus become more social by sharing the photos taken on their smartphones.
Wedding Detail Trends
Wedding signage is taking over the ceremony and reception! It is becoming a staple like wedding programs and menu cards. Some popular signs you will see are “Mr. & Mrs.” on chair backs, “Pick a seat not a side” at the ceremony, photo booth signs that read “Grab a prop and strike a pose” at the reception; and “For your dancing feet” attached to a basket of flip-flops near the dance floor.
The traditional guest book is becoming obsolete and transforming into photo booths and Polaroid books. And once the photographs are placed into a scrapbook, it will allow your guests to write more of a personalized message than just their address and phone number.
Signature drinks have pretty much become a staple during the cocktail hour and during the reception, but having specialty bars are growing in popularity. Champagne, Martini, Scotch and Bourbon bars, just to name a few, not only can offer a variety of drinks to your guests but can also become interactive when creating unique flavors for everyone's taste palette.
Wedding Guest List Sizes
Guest lists are shrinking to around 100-125 guests. The more intimate wedding of simply close family and friends are allowing couples to stretch the budget further plus give their guests more of an experience outside of dinner and dancing. You will see restaurants and small boutiques becoming more popular for these intimate affairs.
Wedding Design Trends
Nature will also play a larger role in wedding design. Woodland theme decor for centerpieces and wood grain-styled invitations and day-of stationery will be seen not only at rustic venues, but also in hotel ballrooms and loft spaces
What Trends Do You Predict for 2014?
Share your 2014 wedding ideas and if you are considering incorporating any of the projected wedding trends into your planning in the comments below.
About the Guest Author
Dent has been an award-winning wedding and event industry professional for over 13 years and created Dejanae Events, named after her beautiful daughter, in 2000.
Desireé’s greatest achievement is authoring, WEDology Notebook: For The Budget-Chic Bride, released on March 1, 2011, and creating a series of seminars and educational materials for aspiring wedding and event planners called the “WEDology toolKIT”. And Desireé is officially the Co-Host of the newest web-series called, “The Wedding Planners”!
Dejanae Event is named “Best of Weddings by The Knot” 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2007 and is now part of The Knot’s Hall of Fame of Vendors.