The Connecticut Bride Magazine spring /summer issue had many great wedding articles and is worth the read as many of us plan the big event this year. We at MEADmag.com took note of the number of mead companies that are represented and marketing to the wedding crowd. It seems that this would be an obvious choice to those of us in the mead industry. Finally, mainstream appears to be taking another look at champagne alternatives for this all important day.
Trends are getting bigger than ever before in the best way possible. Some are totally over the top and others are just perfect for adding a personal touch to your celebration. When it comes to couples who are ballin’ on a budget, you may be thinking some of these are out of your financial comfort zone but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from this year’s trend report and spin it to match your celebration style
Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning today’s wedding correspondence really stands out. Plexiglas invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are a few of the stationery trends catching our eye for 2018. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed.
Welcome bag is perfect for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering a gift for your guests, let them do the work they’ll be glad you did. Set up a room full of swag snacks,local sweet treats of, semi sweet or dry mead and guests can choose their favorite things. Best of all, you or your family or wedding party can greet guests in person when they arrive. If your friends and family are split between a couple of hotels, set up a table of goodies at the exit of your welcome party for a truly memorable party favor.
Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading—flooded the bridal runways. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Also hot? Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder looks will also be making their way down aisles this year.
Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright color pairings. Pantone named greenery the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of “the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. We expect to see this shade of green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.
Think of this exit as a fresh take on the classic sparkler send-off. Surprise your guests with an unexpected getaway on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. For a twist on the trend, have a really memorable entrance instead. Anything goes—and just think of the photo ops!
In an effort to entertain guests, couples are turning to the tried and true: games. From interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to lawn games at outdoor cocktail hours, games are being used as a way to break the ice between guests. This playful trend is a great way to get your friends and family mingling.
Classic aisles will always be popular, but couples are adding twists to the traditional ceremony. A circular or ceremony in the round gives guests a more intimate connection with your vows. Wine before your “I dos”? Why not! Couples are mixing up the timeline and kicking things off with celebratory sips of highend honey wine (mead) instead of the over price bubbly of years past. Check with your local meadery as they may even custom produce a mead to your fancy, at a fraction of the cost of champagne- ENJOY