Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wedding Wednesdays

Trends, trends, trends.  People in the wedding industry spend a lot of time talking about trends.  Whole sections of magazine displays are devoted to them.  Brides could literally spend weeks flipping through all of the gorgeous, glossy photographs filled with fabulous, over-the-top ideas (even the simplest DIY ideas are truly over-the-top when photographed for these publications).

We're not complaining.  We love weddings!  We've been doing bridal registries for nearly two decades, and we can't get enough.  We pour over the magazine pages too, even though, for most of us, our wedding planning days are long gone.

So, because we love them and because we're in the "biz", we couldn't resist jumping into the fray.  Here's what we're seeing with regard to wedding trends in 2013:

*A return to tradition.  Brides are forgoing things like spa days and, instead, are opting for traditional bridesmaid brunches, for example.  Formal attire is on the rise, as are the number of brides registering for formal china.  We've seen lots of lace (Downton Abbey, anyone?), and we're loving it! 

*With regard to china, brides and grooms are registering for a "basic" dinner plate (such as a white plate with a gold band) but continue to mix and match the rest of their place settings.  For example, you could see a Rothschild Bird salad plate over a Simply Anna dinner plate over a Gold Aves charger.  Mix in a Tobacco Leaf salad plate and you have a completely different look and feel for a relatively small price!  In that sense, economy and practicality (space limitations) still drive registry choices, without ever having to sacrifice style.

We could go on and on, but we'll leave you with this fun (and somewhat contradictory) list of trends spotted by some other bloggers: