Jan. 10, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: Wedding Trends 2012: Table Settings

TAGS: WEDDING TRENDS 2012, EXPERT TIPS, TABLE SETTINGS, TALEN EVENTS


What’s Old is New Again…..Wedding Table Setting Trends for 2012!


Table Settings for weddings in the past 5 years have drastically changed; there seems to be an ebb and flow to how table settings are used as part of the overall decoration of the wedding reception.


For 2012, the big trend in wedding table settings is vintage.


More and more couples are opting for a vintage look, incorporating older family photos; sepia photos of themselves, vintage frames and handwritten place and menu cards. Everything that was once old is new again.


Vintage Table Setting


Other trends we’re seeing are the use of long rectangular tables rather than the round tables. This gives the feeling of weddings of old, where guests would sit at the very long tables and all guests could see each other.


Couples are also moving away from have table settings that cover every inch of the table top surface; making it difficult to even fit dinner on the table! ...

Jan. 11, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: Wedding Trends 2012: Hiring a Professional Masters of Ceremonies for your Wedding

TAGS: WEDDING TRENDS 2012, EXPERT TIPS, BEYOND EVENTS, WEDDING MC


Get a Professional…..Wedding MC Trends for 2012!


Brides and Grooms depend on family members or friends to "emcee" the evening’s itinerary, based on the fact that they are either outgoing or funny or organized. However, in most cases, it causes more of a whirlwind of stress and panic for the emcee and also for the Bride and Groom.


Professional Wedding MC
Photo courtesy of Igor Pavlov Photography


One of the trends we’re seeing in 2012 when it comes to the reception is the professional Master of Ceremonies (MC). A professional MC is more than the familiar term “Emcee” that makes announcements. They help set the mood to your wedding and help keep guests at ease and in the know. Beyond that, they also:


  • Allow everyone attending your wedding to enjoy the celebrations with you;

  • Stay focused on the task at hand, unlike your friend/family Emcee who may be in the middle of their meal or distracted with old friends;

  • Work with ...

Jan. 4, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: Wedding Trends 2012: Destination Weddings

TAGS: WEDDING TRENDS 2012, DESTINATION WEDDING, EXPERT TIPS, MINDLESS SOPHISTICATION


Getting Away from it All...Destination Wedding Trends for 2012!


Destination weddings are known for having a no fuss, no muss quality to them. You simply buy a package from a resort, show up and on arrival receive a beautiful romantic wedding.


This is perfect for many couples; but one of the biggest trends we’re seeing for destination weddings in 2012 is the addition of unique elements to the standard package.


Destination Wedding Trends


We're seeing couples personalizing their destination wedding with special touches, like incorporating the culture of the location into the weddings with traditional dancers, musicians and food. If you want to take it a step further and really add your own unique touch, consider getting married off the resort!


One last trend we’re seeing with destination weddings is that the celebration lasts longer than just the wedding day. Couples are choosing to include extra parties and special outings for their guests.


Destination weddings are definitely becoming bigger affairs with ...

Jan. 18, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: Wedding Trends 2012: Wedding Centrepieces, Place Cards and Favours

TAGS: EXPERT TIPS, HP, WEDDING TRENDS 2012, CENTREPIECES, PLACECARDS, FAVOURS, FAVORS


Reflect your personal style…..Finishing Touches from Your Home Printer


It’s your special day and the big wedding décor trend for 2012 continues to be all about personality!


Whether it’s your wedding invitations, flowers, or music, it’s important to make sure your individual style and personality shines through. There’s no need to make your wedding look and feel like it’s the result of cookie cutter arrangements.


HP Wedding Placecards
Personalized Placecards for your Wedding


When it comes to designing and creating personalized wedding materials, you don’t have to be a graphics professional. In fact, the latest printing technology makes it easy and economical to reflect your personal style with a range of DIY wedding projects that can be created with your home computer and printer!


Here are some tips on how to put your own unique stamp centrepieces and favours for your wedding, without breaking the bank!

Jan. 24, 2012, 6 a.m. by SMARTBRIDE

Expert Tip: 2012 Wedding Trends: Cocktail Wedding Receptions

TAGS: EXPERT TIPS, WEDDING TRENDS 2012, WEDDING DECOR, EVENT RENTALS, PEDERSENS


Unique, modern and budget friendly…..Wedding Reception Trends for 2012


Always dreamed of an exquisite wedding reception, full of glamour and extravagance, but realize your budget can’t quite handle it? You’re in luck! One of the big trends when it comes to wedding receptions in 2012 is a cocktail reception instead of a sit down dinner.


Cocktail Reception
Photo from Christina Gapic Photography


A cocktail reception can be just as extravagant as a dinner, but doesn’t have the price tag to match! By focusing on gorgeous linens, elegant glassware and dishware, and serving hors d’oeuvres instead of a plated meal, you can create an exquisite reception at an affordable price.


Here are 4 tips to create your own unique cocktail reception without breaking the bank: