Wedding Trends

Alyssa Hoffman Events2015 has already been an incredible year for the wedding world. Brides are diving into their individuality and really pushing for their unique styles to shine through to each guest at their wedding. This makes wedding trends exciting, because there really aren’t any rules! Before we share some of our favorite 2015 styles however, we wanted to make note that “the color experts at Pantone… named Marsala — a ‘naturally robust and earthy wine red’ — the color of the year for 2015. ” (bridalguide.com) So here is your challenge! How can you incorporate the versatile Marsala into your wedding plans? Check out our brides below and notice the subtle hints of marsala, or imagine where they could be.

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The Organic Bride- one of my personal favorites is the organic bride. This bride tends to be softer in her color choices- using lots of off whites, muted greens and other neutrals. This bride generally will emphasize her florals and fill her wedding with greenery. (psst- there’s a little marsala peaking through in her flower crown)

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The Royal Bride- this 2015 bride takes a new twist on sophistication and class. We have found that our brides that lean more toward the “high class” look are also loving the trendy florals and table scapes. This leaves us with a lovely combination of royal colors (ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blues) and often outdoor organics. (Check out the marsala in her bouquet!)

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Happy planning lovelies! And don’t forget to let your unique style shine through at your wedding! xo Heather

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Do you need a “First Look”?

Breaking traditional trends, the concept of a “first look” is becoming significantly more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. The idea behind a first look is to provide a private moment before the ceremony for the groom to see his bride. This is certainly a generational trend, but there are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial and often preferred. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of those with you-

  • Your photographer/videographer will LOVE you. Having a first look will free up so much of your day to take pictures. Without a first look your picture time is condensed to your cocktail hour and maybeee a couple pictures during reception if you manage to sneak away from your guests (not likely). This can make your pictures feel rushed and potentially incomplete if anything goes wrong.
  • You get to spend more time with your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day! So many people have said that the wedding goes by in such a blur and you don’t even get to spend most of it with the one you’re marrying! A first look gives you that opportunity to spend the day together AND have the emotional moment of seeing each other for the first time.
  • A first look can ease your nerves. The anticipation of your wedding day can be stressful enough without the pressure of waiting for the big reveal down the aisle.
  • For those grooms who have always envisioned seeing their blushing bride for the first time walking down the aisle, don’t fear! Almost every groom that we ask says that seeing their lady in white for the first time prior to the ceremony doesn’t change their emotion of seeing her walk down the aisle. Most tell us that it is in fact a completely different feeling!

Like I said, first looks are becoming more and more popular, and hopefully I was able to explain what makes this trend desirable!  Check out some of our couples big first look moment along with the creative idea that Marissa used to prolong the “viewing” process for Connor! Happy planning! xo Heather

Camille + Steve – Real Seattle Wedding – The Cove at Normandy Park

Camille and Steve’s wedding day completely showcased who they are as a couple, it was clean, classic, modern and above all a party. All of the things they told me they were looking for at our initial consultation came to life. Designing this wedding and getting to know Camille and Steve was so much fun, it was something different then what we are used to but we loved every aspect of the design. The simple white and black wedding design looked so fresh, and modern against the natural backdrop of The Cove at Normandy Park.

A few of my favorite details form this wedding are the DIY wax paper backdrop from Style Me Pretty and the choice of black linens. We transitioned the backdrop from the ceremony to the reception in order to create a unique installation that hung above the tables and acted as a chandelier of sorts. The Black linens and chairs from Grand Event Rentals really allowed the venue to have a grounded feel with all of the light colored brick, wood floors, and white floral selections by Bash and Bloom. Check out the rest of the details and let us know what you think!

Vendors

Design and Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company

Venue: The Cove at Normandy Park

Photographer: Dana Pleasant Photography 

Florist: Bash and Bloom

Cheesecake: Cheesecake Factory

Bartending + Service: Invisible Hostess

DJ/Emcee: Gen X Pro

Transportation: Amy’s Limo

Caitlin + David’s Suncadia Destination Wedding – Purple + Blue Rustic Wedding

We are looking back at Caitlin and David’s Suncadia Resort destination wedding from 2014. Caitlin and David chose the pacific northwest as their wedding destination because it’s where Caitlin had always pictured her wedding day as this is were her family was originally from. Their families are spread throughout the United States and they are settled in Washington DC. Planning a wedding from the other side of the country was challenging however Caitlin and her mom did it flawlessly. Every detail was created by Caitlin’s mom with perfection, the linens, napkins, and paper goods were all products of her love. I love the unique florals and the blues and purples that Caitlin selected. Being a part of their wedding day as their Day of Coordinator was an honor, I had so much fun executing and set up their vision for their wedding day, we hope you love viewing these images as much as we do!

Vendors: 

Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company

Venue: Suncadia Resort 

Photography: Stephanie Cristalli Photography 

Blooms: Amy with Bloom

Ceremony Music: Silverwood Ensemble 

Officiant: Rev. Eric Warren – Memorable Weddings

Cake: Lush Desserts by Amy

DJ/Emcee: Big Show Mobile 

Photo Booth: Sincerely Happy Photo Booth

Do you really need a videographer!?

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One of the most recent trending topics in the wedding industry is the importance (or lack there of) of a wedding videographer. In fact I find myself having this discussion with most of my brides, so I figured it’s time for this topic to be addressed! So let’s be real- the debate comes down to money. Is a videographer worth my money? Why do I need a videographer when I already spent so much on a photographer? Don’t photographers and videographers basically capture the same moments? Well, the fact is there isn’t a black or white answer- I can only share from my own experiences. So here it is- a videographer is completely different from a photographer, and let me tell you why. Yes photographers and videographers may capture some of the same visual moments- but a photographer will never capture the inflection in your grooms voice as he says his vows. A photographer will never capture the humor in your best mans speech or the sway of your first dance. There are indescribable moments that happen during the beautiful whirlwind of your wedding day, that will inevitably be lost forever without a video clip to take you back to that exact moment time and time again. Now you might argue that your parents had their wedding ceremony filmed and they haven’t pulled their dusty VCR out in 20 years….I know this is the case for my parents. But this is exactly why the new trend is to get a wedding highlight film, because while you may never take the time to watch the full 4 hours of footage that encompass the entirety of your wedding ceremony/reception experience, I can almost guarantee that you will find countless moments to watch and re-watch a highlight film. This type of video is one that ranges anywhere from 5-15 minutes and will capture literally just the “highlights” of your day- the getting ready process, the first look, the walk down the aisle, your first kiss as husband and wife, the first dance and the toasts, etc. It is essentially 5-15 minutes of your favorite memories from the best day of your life. Who wouldn’t want that??? So now is the moment that I extend a huge shout out to our go-to videographer as wedding planners. This guy knows his stuff, and I have never had a bride regret her decision to spend the extra money to have him beautifully tie up her gorgeous wedding with a bow, and hand it back to her in 5 minutes of visual heaven. Let me introduce you to Denver Nathan Visuals, a Seattle based videographer who has traveled all over the west coast perfecting his skill and making brides dreams come true. Check him out at denvernathan.com or follow the link to his Vimeo attached below. Seriously do it. What are you waiting for?

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XOXO,

Heather Miller | Associate Planner + Assistant 

 

 

Elaine + Robert – Craven Farms – Real Weddings

About Elaine + Roberts Wedding Day

We are posting about Elaine and Robert’s July wedding today to tell them CONGRATULATIONS! They are expecting a sweet baby boy this coming June. Elaine and Robert’s wedding was very special to me as I also have the privilege of being Tayden (Elaine’s Daughter’s) cheerleading coach. It was a day that simple but captured their style perfectly, it felt as through you were walking into Elaine’s home. She spent over a year collecting, decorating and making all of the items for her wedding from the chalk boards, garlands and jars on the tables to the table runners and the sweet fabric ceremony garland. We loved watching this day come to life and see the love of family that they have surrounding them as they join into this new life and adventure together! Plus check out that AMAZING sunset!

Vendors

Venue: Craven Farms

Photography: FritFru Photography

Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman Events

Hair + Makeup: Elaine Boyed + Bohemian Beauty

Florist: Elliot Floral

Catering: First Down Catering

Live Band: Guy Johnson Band

Cake: Sheri’s Creative Cakes

Getaway Car: British Motor Coach