2016 wedding trends

There are lots of wedding trends that don’t make it to our local area in the Tristate. However, here are five trends we feel that we WILL see, or in the very least, hope will come soon.

Or watch me on WEHT Local Lifestyles TV Segment regarding this topic.

5 wedding trends in 2016:apps

1. passed hors d’oeuvres instead of food stations

We are seeing that more of our clients are considering having passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour (before the formal wedding dinner). This takes the place of a large food station for guests to serve themselves. It creates an awesome guest experience and encourages you not to over purchase the hors’d.


2. all things metallic

Metallic, sequins, glitter, foil … anything shiny will STILL be hot this year. Gold is the best option, but many people still love silver.

naked cake

3. naked cakes

Naked cakes aren’t necessarily a rustic option but certainly is not uber formal. We like to describe it as an organic and earthy look to your cake. Don’t be surprised that this may not save you money. It takes a lot more work to create a good looking naked cake. Your baker has to make sure that the lines are clean. There is no frosting to cover those imperfections, so it will take more time, which may mean more of a cost to you.

live musicians

4. blending live music with your DJ

We had this a few years ago at the request of our bride. DJ plays the music and a violinist and/or drummer accompany whatever song is playing. It’s freeform and totally cool. You’ll need to find the musicians that have this talent and of course talk with your DJ before booking. The result for the guests? #onfire

arial shot

5. drones, go-pro’s and same day wedding films

Having a still photo from an aerial perspective continues to be hot. Be sure to talk to your wedding photographer or filmmaker to see if you can’t capture a still shot. GoPro’s are kinda awesome too (we have one now and plan on using it this year for some fun). Think about how you could use one to capture some behind the scenes or at your actual wedding.

Finally, the “same day wedding” edit films are finally becoming more mainstream if you can afford the extra service.  The idea is, right after you kiss and say “I Do” your filmmaker team starts editing a short film of the getting ready, the ceremony and behind the scenes that happened earlier that day. Then at the reception when the dancing starts you can share with your guests to relive what they missed. The additional cost is for more film editors, but, the reaction from your guests is nine-kinds-of-awesome.

What trends would you like to see happen here locally?

feature photo credit: pfe iphone

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wedding cake fail …

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Here is 2,000 for you:



Yes, this really happened. It was a summer wedding and a 120 heat index. Unfortunately oppressive weather conditions can affect everything. Flowers, people, and … well, your wedding cake.

The humidity simply wore down the sugar, flour and icing. It was a first for us. Ten years and we have never had a cake actually fall on the floor.

Couple of hints for hot weather and wedding cakes:

  1. Always go with a professional cake baker/designer. (This hint is steadfast, no matter what the weather is)
  2. Do not select any fillings inside the cake.
  3. Talk to your cake baker, get his/her input if the cake you chose will withstand the high humidity and heat. Listen to their advice.
  4. Do they have the proper transportation to get the cake to the reception? (if they are professional, they should)

There is no such thing as a perfect wedding or event and as the planners, we were grateful this happened while the guests were at the ceremony. We had everything cleaned up and served the groom’s cake and desserts !!

plan on!


dessert table at your wedding

Move over wedding cake, here comes the dessert table.

Nothing says yummy like a Donut Bar … the whole room smelled like one big ball of yeast, sugar and sweet deliciousness.

Our clients, Angie and Travis Wayne were excited about not having a traditional wedding cake at their reception, they love donuts.

We were thrilled with the idea!

If you are up for doing something different like this then be sure to keep these few tips in mind:

  • Remember DISPLAY is where it is at …. this isn’t a picnic. Go for the upscale platters (you can reuse them at Thanksgiving), rent the vintage cake plateaus, go above and beyond.
  • Use SIGNAGE to display what the dessert items are so people don’t get confused. (Hello food allergies)
  • Remember LOGISTICS in planning. Where are you going to store all these pies or the ice cream? How will you keep it cold, warm, etc?
  • Make sure someone is SERVING or a waitstaff is monitoring the table. You wouldn’t want your guests cutting their own slices of pie or scooping ice cream.  This also keeps the guests from “grazing”. Definition: graz·ing/ˈgrāziNG/ – An clueless guest who picks up food off a platter on a catering table and proceeds to eat said food over other untouched and sanitary food. Please escort them from the premises.
  • Make it PERSONAL. Imagine getting a baker to make your deceased grandmother’s special chocolate chip cookie. You could proudly display that AND include recipes to give out to your guests. Unless of course your grandmother’s recipe is top secret.

I’m not done looking at donuts…


Wow. My mouth is watering. Wouldn’t you love to have a Donut Bar? Any other ideas?

photo credit: Chris Berneking the official Wayne Wedding Photographer

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

Watch the Local 7 Wedding Planner Saundra Hadley discuss this subject on TV.

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yummmm….groom’s cakes!

Groom’s cakes, a tradition started in the south, is still a favorite among brides in the Midwest. Traditionally the cake was a gift from the bride to the groom and it was packaged individually for wedding guests to take home after the reception.

Now the groom’s cake has morphed into it depicting the groom’s favorite activities or interests. One thing for sure, while the couple’s cake is regal, the groom’s cake is downright fun! Here are few from some of our past weddings:

creative groom's cakes

creative groom's cakes still popular!

fun groom's cakes

A couple of good ideas if you want to buy your groom a cake:

  1. Keep it a surprise. All six cakes above were a total surprise to the respective groom’s; and they LOVED it!!!
  2. If you have a large cake for your wedding, consider giving the groom’s cake at the rehearsal dinner.
  3. If you love tradition and want all your guests to see the groom’s cake at the wedding reception, be sure to plan ahead and keep the box it was delivered in. 10 out of 10 times you’ll be bringing that whole cake home with you that evening.
  4. Finally, a cute way to get rid of some cake is buy small “wedding cake favor bags”. Have your caterer cut up the remainder of your wedding/groom cake and insert slices into these clear bags. Strategically place these by the exit door and guests can grab one as they are leaving the reception.


what wedding traditions should you keep? part four

Let’s keep going and discussing wedding traditions and which ones we should keep or ditch?

#4 Wedding Tradition: Cake Toppers

Many brides have been steering away from the traditional cake topper. Instead with the new cake decor and trends, more fresh flowers are being added to cakes. This makes some cake designers cringe and others just shrug.

If you are going to go this route, here is a little trick and money saver idea for you. Have your florist carefully wrap your cake topper as a “mini bouquet” that can be wiped off and used as your “toss bouquet” as well!!! Two for one! We like that.

featured photo credit: jordan barclay photography

Tomorrow the series finale!