12/14/2023     by Amy Mutscher

15 Inspired Ideas for your Wedding

Daydreaming about your wedding? Bring the day you envision to life with some of these practical tips and inspired ideas. Organizing the little details and making joint decisions helps you along the path to becoming a married pair. Check out our 15 trends to incorporate into your planning.

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1. More Destination, Less Hometown

Destination weddings now represent 25% of the wedding market, compared to 5% a few years ago. Since more couples are footing the bill and getting married later, destination weddings are gaining in popularity. Wouldn’t you rather have a fun-filled weekend than a one-night party?

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2. First Look

Put a pause in the whirlwind of pre-wedding prep to connect as a couple. Take a moment to show off your wedding look to your betrothed and capture it in a First Look photo series.

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3. Homemade Wedding Favors

Creating your own favors may seem prohibitively time-consuming but can offer a personal touch that attendees really appreciate. Try making bars of soap with a signature fragrance and hand-lettered labels. For those who knit or crochet, making a collection of coasters could delight guests while helping you de-stress. Personalized cookies with initials, names or a wedding date can be made well in advance and kept in the freezer.

4. Color of the Year

Pantone Color Institute, the graphic design company used by artists, designers, manufacturers and marketers, has named Viva Magenta the color of the year. Infuse this bold pink hue into your rehearsal dinner frock, add it to a playful accessory or designate it as the color theme for your bridal party.

5. Book a Stylist

Consider adding a stylist to your wedding dream team. From advice on wardrobe selections to day-of portrait services, a stylist can ensure a wedding couple and their attendants are chic, comfortable and confident. A stylist’s advice on the fabric, cut and design of some of the most expensive clothing you may ever purchase could prove very valuable.

6. Reception Remix

Couples are personalizing their post-ceremony celebrations with a mix of live entertainment. Karaoke has gotten popular as a way to not only entertain the group, but also act as an icebreaker so families and friends can really get to know each other. Lawn games like bocce and cornhole contribute to the festive atmosphere.

7. Canned Cocktails

Pop the top on a single-serve drink and skip the line at the bar. Margaritas, mai tais or mimosas: premixed beverages are often made with real fruit juices, no added sugar and high-quality liquors. Plus, cans are a good choice for beach weddings that don’t allow glass.

8. Choose an Unforgettable Honeymoon Destination

For this milestone event, many couples are taking the opportunity to mark their union with a bucket-list vacation. Plan your romantic escape to an idyllic retreat in Greece, a jungle lodge in Belize or reserve two weeks to dive the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Experienced travel advisors have access to special “value adds” for honeymooners that will elevate your trip.

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9. Naming Rights: Your Pet in Your Big Day

Give your signature cocktail(s) the same name as your beloved animal(s). Small favor bags can be customized “doggie” bags with your pet’s likeness. Or use their monikers as table names for the seating chart.

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10. Statement Table Décor

Go big with memorable decorative elements like crystal chandeliers, citrus trees or glowing lanterns. Create a fairytale tablescape with tall cherry blossom branches strung with white lights for an enchanting, elegant design. Make a bold statement with rustic, textured centerpieces that bring outdoor beauty into your venue.

11. Day-After Waffles & Mimosas

Bring your loved ones together one last time with a post-nuptial brunch. Cap off your celebration with a light buffet instead of a plated meal to avoid overindulgence and accommodate sleepyheads.

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12. Call It a Friendmoon

Instead of a twosome, invite your besties and cousins to join the honeymoon. This modern idea is gaining traction with long-term couples who want to celebrate their marriage with their closest friends on a group adventure. 

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13. Surprise Wedding

Salma Hayek did it. So did Sia. For a couple who’s full of surprises, a secret ceremony could be just the thing. It may feel spontaneous, but your event will still need pre-planning and a team of professionals to pull off.

14. Hospitality Suite

Welcome your guests with a designated hangout spot stocked with games and refreshments. The suite acts as a command post where people can get answers to their questions, confirm the schedule and reconnect with relatives they haven’t seen in a bit.

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15. Set a Grazing Table

Prepare a fancy, family-style feast of small bites at your reception. Often made of charcuterie, your spread could also include a selection of breads, olives, nuts, crackers and fresh fruit. A delicious assortment of salty and sweet snacks is sure to please anyone who wanders over.

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Contact us today to plan your destination wedding.

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