2017 Wedding Predictions [to Ditch], According to David Tutera

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When it comes to wedding trends, the rules of engagement are constantly changing.  And for 2017, yet another evolution of wedding planning is upon us.  In a recent interview with Brides Magazine, celebrity wedding planner David Tutera recommended these as the coveted en trend details to incorporate into your 2017 wedding.

David says: Ditch The After-Party
While you might be bummed to hear this at first, Tutera really believes guests should stay put, and you can bring the “after-party” to the party. “I want guests to stay in one location, and keep the energy escalating and flowing,” he explains. The wedding is the main event, so why risk losing the party vibes with a venue change? Tutera suggests couples can, “create movement and energy in one environment with lighting, entertainment, opening up a different bar or dessert station, etc.”

SocialBFly says: LOVE this idea and agree on all fronts!  It’s the reason why we adore one-venue weddings so much.

David Says: Modern & Industrial Vibes will be En Trend
Tutera forecasts a mix of metallics and whites to top the palette charts of 2017/2018, but forget the golds and shiny silvers. Softer, brushed metallic popping from bright white accents are a color combo made in heaven, and will totally help to achieve those “contemporary yet city hip vibes” that will be so on-trend. Combine this color palate with industrial and modern touches for a fashionable yet classy look.

SocialBFly says:  Metallics, when used correctly, can add a romantic edge to any decor motif so we’re heavy metal all the way!!

David says: Stay Connected
Regardless of what trends, themes, or vibes you’re going for, Tutera stresses the importance of remaining connected with your new spouse throughout the wedding day celebrations. “What’s been happening is couples separate to their friends and don’t hang out with their significant other on their celebration. That’s not good. That’s something I am trying to force people to understand is incredibly important.”

SocialBFly says: Noted!

paper-floral-wallDavid says: Incorporate Paper
Whether it’s in floral bouquets, incorporated into your big-day décor, or used as a way to preserve special wedding “memory moments,” incorporating paper into your wedding day is quickly growing in popularity — and for good reason. Economical, potentially eco-friendly and unique in any way you use it, paper isn’t just for wedding invitations anymore. Tutera says, “there’s so many interesting things you can do,” and adds, “People are sort of surprised, like oh my gosh, look what you can do with paper.”

SocialBFly says: Paper can add a variety of depth and texture to your wedding motif so this is yet another 2017 trend we are looking forward to.

David says: Ditch Receiving Lines
“I am not a fan of receiving lines,” admits Tutera. He adds, “I think it creates a large barrier of etiquette for that celebration — it’s too formal.” Instead, opt to greet your guests during cocktail hour, and throughout the night. It may not seem like it, but you will have the time.

SocialBFly says: A-GREED!!!  Goodness grief, we agree!!  There’s nothing that screams old-fashioned more than seeing the Bride and Groom with their bridal party lined up at the end of the ceremony waiting to greet all of the guests who attended.  Like David said, IT’S TOO FORMAL!!  And we like to make sure that the couples has enough time to personally greet their guests during the reception.

David says: First Looks
These are a keeper. Tutera gushes, “I love first looks. I think they’re brilliant. It takes me forever to convince a bride and groom to do that,” but he adds, “They’re more personal — I love them.”

SocialBFly says: I will forever have mixed feelings about the first look trend.  On one hand, it is an awesome way to ensure the couple spends as much time during the wedding and reception having fun interacting with their guests.  But the traditionalist in me (YES! the same traditionalist that does not like receiving lines…)  will always have a heart that skips a beat when a groom sees his wife take to the aisle for the very first time.

What are your predictions for 2017 weddings and brides?  Are there any wedding trends you’d like to see go away? Do you agree/disagree with David (or our) assessment of the future of weddings?

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[Archive] Celebrate Earth Day! 7 Ways to Protect the Earth on Your Wedding Day

I bet you didn’t know that the dream wedding you’ve been planning is leaving behind a carbon footprint the size of big foot but it doesn’t have to.  Incorporating any of the following green elements into your wedding will get your emissions down and have you on the road to an environmentally friendly love in no time.

Register with a cause.  Registry sites such as IDOfoundation.org, WeddingChannel.com, and JustGive.org allow you to create registries  with partner stores such as Target and Bed Bath and Beyond and up to 10% of every purchase is donated to a charity of your choice.

Reevaluate your guest list.  Ask yourself if you REALLY need 250 guests in attendance and as you answer keep in mind that more guests means more food, more expenses, and more waste.  And if you’re not sure about the carbon footprint your guest list is leaving behind, CarbonFund.org has a neat little calculator that will help put it all into very clear perspective.

Source Locally.  Some, and even I, may argue that buying locally has it rewards; among them the very rare opportunity to buy additive free fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers that not only create jobs in the community but are actually tastier and healthier for us.  Another big benefit is the cost savings and what wedding budget doesn’t love to hear that?  Encourage your caterer or florist to use materials that are only grown locally or if you’re a DIY bride, sites like Local Harvest and the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Directory of US Farmers Markets will help point you in the direction of the best places to go.

Rent and Recycle.  The wedding dress is probably THE most important element of the wedding day and once the day is done, most never see the light of day again. It’s almost comparable to a tragic love story, isn’t it? Consider a happily ever after for your dress that includes allowing another bride-to-be to rent it for her big day. That’s right…sites like Recycled Bride, Once Wed, Bravo Bride and Wore it Once are online marketplaces for brides who graciously contribute their dresses so other brides can rent or buy them at discounted prices. You may also find bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen suites, and even wedding rings posted on occasion.

Toast with Organic Champagne.  Unfortunately, you won’t save too much by choosing Organic Champagne for your toast but the less expensive alternative, which also comes in organic variety, is Sparkling Wine. Consider these sparkling options for your next champagne toast.

  • NV Albert Mann Crémant d’Alsace (Organic) $18.99
  • Ermite Medici Reggiano “Solo” (Biodynamic) $11.99

Exchange conflict free wedding vows.  Truth be told, there are still tons of “blood diamonds”  crossing American borders everyday.  And while they may be just as beautiful as non-conflict diamonds, the concept of wearing one seems pretty oxymoronic considering that are supposed to be seen as statements of love and blood diamonds, are often born of and perpetuate war.  Make sure you are saying your “I Do’s” with conflict free diamonds by:

  • Buying a diamond that hasn’t crossed national borders during processing.
  • Buying a diamond with a laser-engraved serial number.
  • Buying a diamond processed under ethical labor conditions.
  • Buying a diamond certified by its regional government.

Gift Earth Friendly Favors.  Environmentally friendly wedding favors are the gift that keeps on giving.  And thanks to creative developments, the options range from Celebratory Wedding Poppers to Plantable Favor Boxes.  You may also want to consider these Etsy finds:

Here are some facts about Weddings, courtesy of TreeHugger:

  • 2.3 million: Number of couples that get married in the US each year. That breaks down to more than 6,300 weddings a day.
  • $20,000: The average budget of a wedding in the U.S. (this number increases to £16,000 ($31,222) in the U.K. and decreases to €12,000 ($15,782) in France.)
  • 14.5 tonnes: The amount of CO2 created by the average wedding in the U.K.
  • 80 percent: The percentage of gold mined each year that goes into jewelry, out of 2500 tons.
  • 50 years: Length of time the current amount of already-mined gold could satisfy demand; much of it currently sits in bank vaults and in old, unused jewelry.

{Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/656003 and Treehugger.com}

Celebrate Earth Day 2011! 7 Ways to Protect the Earth on Your Wedding Day

I bet you didn’t know that the dream wedding you’ve been planning is leaving behind a carbon footprint the size of big foot but it doesn’t have to.  Incorporating any of the following green elements into your wedding will get your emissions down and have you on the road to an environmentally friendly love in no time.

Register with a cause.  Registry sites such as IDOfoundation.org, WeddingChannel.com, and JustGive.org allow you to create registries  with partner stores such as Target and Bed Bath and Beyond and up to 10% of every purchase is donated to a charity of your choice.

Reevaluate your guest list.  Ask yourself if you REALLY need 250 guests in attendance and as you answer keep in mind that more guests means more food, more expenses, and more waste.  And if you’re not sure about the carbon footprint your guest list is leaving behind, CarbonFund.org has a neat little calculator that will help put it all into very clear perspective.

Source Locally.  Some, and even I, may argue that buying locally has it rewards; among them the very rare opportunity to buy additive free fruits, vegetables, meats and flowers that not only create jobs in the community but are actually tastier and healthier for us.  Another big benefit is the cost savings and what wedding budget doesn’t love to hear that?  Encourage your caterer or florist to use materials that are only grown locally or if you’re a DIY bride, sites like Local Harvest and the Agricultural Marketing Service’s Directory of US Farmers Markets will help point you in the direction of the best places to go.

Rent and Recycle.  The wedding dress is probably THE most important element of the wedding day and once the day is done, most never see the light of day again. It’s almost comparable to a tragic love story, isn’t it? Consider a happily ever after for your dress that includes allowing another bride-to-be to rent it for her big day. That’s right…sites like Recycled Bride, Once Wed, Bravo Bride and Wore it Once are online marketplaces for brides who graciously contribute their dresses so other brides can rent or buy them at discounted prices. You may also find bridesmaids dresses, groomsmen suites, and even wedding rings posted on occasion.

Toast with Organic Champagne.  Unfortunately, you won’t save too much by choosing Organic Champagne for your toast but the less expensive alternative, which also comes in organic variety, is Sparkling Wine. Consider these sparkling options for your next champagne toast.

  • NV Albert Mann Crémant d’Alsace (Organic) $18.99
  • Ermite Medici Reggiano “Solo” (Biodynamic) $11.99

Exchange conflict free wedding vows.  Truth be told, there are still tons of “blood diamonds”  crossing American borders everyday.  And while they may be just as beautiful as non-conflict diamonds, the concept of wearing one seems pretty oxymoronic considering that are supposed to be seen as statements of love and blood diamonds, are often born of and perpetuate war.  Make sure you are saying your “I Do’s” with conflict free diamonds by:

  • Buying a diamond that hasn’t crossed national borders during processing.
  • Buying a diamond with a laser-engraved serial number.
  • Buying a diamond processed under ethical labor conditions.
  • Buying a diamond certified by its regional government.

Gift Earth Friendly Favors.  Environmentally friendly wedding favors are the gift that keeps on giving.  And thanks to creative developments, the options range from Celebratory Wedding Poppers to Plantable Favor Boxes.  You may also want to consider these Etsy finds:

Here are some facts about Weddings, courtesy of TreeHugger:

  • 2.3 million: Number of couples that get married in the US each year. That breaks down to more than 6,300 weddings a day.
  • $20,000: The average budget of a wedding in the U.S. (this number increases to £16,000 ($31,222) in the U.K. and decreases to €12,000 ($15,782) in France.)
  • 14.5 tonnes: The amount of CO2 created by the average wedding in the U.K.
  • 80 percent: The percentage of gold mined each year that goes into jewelry, out of 2500 tons.
  • 50 years: Length of time the current amount of already-mined gold could satisfy demand; much of it currently sits in bank vaults and in old, unused jewelry.

{Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/656003 and Treehugger.com}