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More than ever before, wedding trends are getting bigger in 2017. Couples are getting creative to make their big day more memorable. While some of these trends are relatively new, we expect that they will be witnessed for longer periods of time. In particular, the new big trends have seen reception areas become more romantic in a moderate but exciting way. This is not forgetting the invitation to flowers and some other more major trends as we are going to see below.

Exceptional setting

2017 has seen guests warming up to more surprises that make the event unforgettable. Couples are personalizing their wedding in any place that the wedding takes place, be it a distinct building or large plot of land. For example, décor trends are becoming favorable to natural looks which bring out a forest effect. Natural elements such as wood and stones are enhancing the table settings to add a unique vibe. On the other hand, indoor receptions are transforming through image mapping which is a projection technology that incorporates lights as well as moving pictures. Additionally, there is a particular preference for old-school styles such as cascade and pageant.

Fun Food

At the center of any great wedding, is a memorable feast. Some of the biggest trends in 2017 have seen a change from the usual sit-down dinner to more interactive alternatives. In the case where a couple decides to go the plated dinner way still, they are hosting amazing cocktail hours while serving the main meal in a family style. Self-serve bars combined with food installations such as hanging acrylic shelf that is filled with cheese is yet another big trend for 2017. As for the food itself, fruit cakes are consistently being used to give guests what they want. It’s a bit of fun and yum trend!

Unmatched Entertainment

Fun is part of making the event unforgettable. Performances of the classical quartet, as well as ballerinas in tutus, are a traditional yet trendy way of entertaining the guests in 2017. As for the modernity lovers an aerialist and, in some cases, a choir can belt out the favorite couples’ Beyonce song. Another obsessing trend in the entertainment scene is the use of headphones by the guests instead of the typical blasting from speakers which makes it a cool silent disco.

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Wedding Couple

Celebrating your big day means including all of the things you hold most dear. You gather up your best friends, family members, favorite foods, favorite music, and even your four-legged family members. Celebrating your big day with your beloved pet is a trend that has changed to a tradition for many couples. A wedding without man’s best friend just wouldn’t be the same! Integrating your pet into your wedding festivities is easier than you might think. There are endless ways to make sure your furry friend is a memorable part of your big day.

Ring Bearer

Depending on how well your dog is trained, this activity might be best given to a member of your human family as opposed to a canine one. If your dog is well behaved and follows simple commands without the worry that he or she will run off into the great beyond with your rings in tow then why not have them perform the ring bearer duties? Wearing a collar with a simple bag attached, or even carrying a lightweight basket down the aisle can make your beloved companion an important (and cute) part of your big day.

Guest Greeter

Who doesn’t love being greeted by a happy dog waiting to welcome them to a wedding? Having your pooch act as the official wedding greeter can instantly put people at ease and round the day out with total happiness from start to finish. Locating your dog by the entry to your wedding – with a human companion, of course – can be the perfect way to show off your pooch as well as have them fill a role that might ordinarily be overlooked at most weddings.

Walking Companion

While many brides have a family member walk them down the aisle, some brides have also opted to have another member of the family at their side. Walking down the aisle with your pooch can be an extra special way to honor your furry best friend. Having someone waiting at the end of the walk to take your pet’s leash is a perfect way to include your companion in the big day without it getting out of hand. As with the above tips, this depends on the personality and behavior of your pooch. Getting pulled down the aisle when your dog sees a squirrel or smells something new may not go over too well.

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Wedding Gowns

Planning a summer wedding can be one of the most exciting parts of your big day. It’s the time of the year where people are ready to party, celebrate each other, and have the time of their lives. So what better way to put on a show for your big day than to throw the best summer wedding possible? Splash your big day with the unique joys of hot days and warm nights. If you are looking to incorporate some entertaining bits to the overall theme of your summer wedding then check out these tips to make your day even more unforgettable.

Refreshing Signature Drink

It doesn’t matter what kind of theme you’re going with – there’s a refreshing drink just waiting to be made. Having a signature drink at your wedding can add that little something extra which will have guests talking about the big day for months to come. A signature drink can be either alcoholic or non-alcoholic which makes it a perfect treat for everyone in the family. Work your caterer to create a drink that is both yummy and reflects aspects of your wedding theme, or even the two of you as a couple. It’s sure to be a tasty hit!

Cooling Down

Keeping guests cool at a summer wedding is yet another area in which unique twists are a small way to wow the crowd. Having a “cool down zone” is not only a fun idea but it’s important to the health and happiness of those attending your big day. The cool zone can have special misting fans, paper fans which double as gifts, and a refreshment station with drinks as well as cold snacks. Your cooldown station can double as the perfect place for guests to meet for conversation. Every good wedding needs the place for guests to gather. Why not make a splash with a place for catching up and cooling down?

Summer Station

With all the great things about summer comes…some not great things. Depending on where you live in the world there may be extra guests at the reception including mosquitoes and other annoying bugs. That’s where an all-in-one summer station comes in. Load up a table with everything from bug spray to clip-on bug repellants. Include wipes for those looking to freshen up their makeup or hair, spray deodorant for anyone in need, neutral perfumes or body sprays, soft hand sanitizers, and whatever else your guests might need to look their best as you party on into the evening. Remember, little touches make the biggest impact. Keeping these tips in mind can give your summer wedding a little more sizzle.

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party dresses

Weddings can usually leave your pockets a little lighter than they once were. Wallets may be bone dry by the time you say “I do”. While throwing one wedding to remember is always worth it, consider what comes immediately after your wedding day – the honeymoon. When budgeting for your wedding day it’s important to set aside some funds for the first big trip you and your spouse take as a married couple. Fortunately there are plenty of honeymoon alternatives to staying in a luxury hotel or traveling around the world to indulge in that won’t take more than its fair share of your wedding budget.

Glamping

Looking for a unique setting to start your married life in? Glamping has slowly become a fun, unique way to spend a few days getting in touch with nature. If you aren’t too keen on being one with nature then glamping is ideal. Instead of flimsy, cheap tends you’re more likely to stay in beautiful yurts or elegant canvass tends with plus beds as well as easy access to beautiful surroundings. If you’re willing to try something truly unique then camper rentals may also be the perfection option for a honeymoon you’ll never forget – though it won’t be because of the price.

Home Rentals

Airbnb type rental sites are continuing to dominate the industry. More people are choosing to avoid expensive rental properties and opt for something a little more personal. Properties can be found that are way below average for hotels in the area, plus some come with amazing amenities from thoughtful homeowners. If you prefer to travel on your honeymoon then consider this option.

A ‘Few-Day-Stay’

While this option might not be the most appealing of the group it has begun to gain traction where couples are concerned. Instead of taking the whole week to enjoy your honeymoon, rent a nice place for three days at most. Less days means you can afford a nicer destination, can get home and settle quicker, and generally feel refreshed instead of frazzled once your week away is up.

 

For all your bridal needs before the big day stop by Labella Bridal for the latest trends and lowest prices in town!

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bridesmaid dresses

It’s one of the biggest issues you might find yourself dealing with during the course of planning your wedding, but it’s also one that gets the least amount of airplay in bridal magazines or online. Dealing with annoying bridesmaids? Check. Ideas for keeping your groomsmen on time for the big day? Tons of ideas for that. But when it comes to maneuvering around overbearing in-laws during the planning phase…that one is a little harder to figure out. Each circumstance dealing with in-laws will obviously be a little different but here are a few tips to help keep the sailing smooth.

Dole Out Organized Jobs

Your in-laws might just be the slightest bit controlling about what they want to see in the wedding. Ideas can turn to arguments at a moment’s notice. Instead of trying to dance around every suggestion, why not avoid the conflict altogether and have pre-planned jobs for your in-laws to take on? This is a perfect way to remove any sort of space for confrontations. With jobs already planned out (to the t, mind you) there won’t be any reason for a disagreement.

Communication Helps

Talking things out might not always be the end all, solve all solution to your issues with in-laws and wedding planning. Although talking through any issues you share might be a good starting point. While it might seem like an easy option to just storm out or throw your hands up after the fifth time of discussing why you want the wedding processional to happen a certain way, explaining your thoughts might help your cause a lot more.

Patience is a Virtue

The most important thing you can do when dealing with frustrating in-laws is to remember that patience is the perfect weapon in your arsenal. Remember that this is your wedding – no matter what. Your spouse is on your team to make sure your wedding, the one the two of you plan, is exactly what you want. Patience will keep you sane when in-laws step over the line from interested to overbearing.

And if things get too dicey you can always elope in the Caribbean!

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wedding cake

Some parts of planning a wedding can be boring. That may come as a shock to some brides in the midst of crunching numbers, but the fact of the matter that calling the same venue for the billionth time to make sure they have enough seating for your guests can get old, fast. Thankfully there are more fun things than boring things when it comes to planning a wedding. One of the tastiest jobs you’ll have during the planning process is getting to decide on what cake you’ll be indulging in on your big day. So when the planning blues have you stressed just remember – you get one day of sitting down and tasting a bunch of cake. Below are a few tips which can help you narrow down the perfect cake for your wedding.

Fondant vs. Buttercream

It’s the battle of taste when it comes to these two. Think of it was looks vs. taste. Buttercream is the top pick when it comes to a divine-tasting wedding cake. Checking out wedding websites can give you a good idea on just how many people use buttercream frosting on their cake – it’s a lot. Fondant, while edible, plays another role when it comes to wedding cake. Have you ever browsed Pinterest only to find a popular Harry Potter cake, a beautiful weeping willow tiered masterpiece, or a cake made to look like the solar system? That’s all thanks in part to fondant. Often compared to edible Play-Doh – although many people have tried eating Play-Doh – fondant can help create a stunning cake to wow your guests. So it comes down to taste vs. looks.

Cake Height

Have you ever caught an episode of funny videos in which a beautiful wedding cake is either too big to get into the room, too tall for the ceiling height, or just too big to remain upright? Sure, cake height might be a relatively small thing in the grand scheme of things but it can be a make or break moment when you find that your cake can’t be brought into the reception hall. Make sure you review cake height and other factors with your baker before finalizing your plans.

Pick a Flavor You Want

Your wedding cake is meant for your consumption, along with a bunch of your guests. Picking out your wedding cake should mean that you and your partner get a flavor you enjoy. Some bakeries will have a wide range of flavors to pick from. Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming trying to decide which flavor you think everyone would enjoy. Instead of thinking about your guests, pick out a flavor that you like. If you like chocolate, go for chocolate. If you like vanilla, pick vanilla! Don’t get pushed into a cake flavor you don’t like.

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bridesmaid dress

The role of bridesmaid is an oft-talked about position in the wedding. You’re usually an acquaintance of the bride, related to the bride, or have known the bride since you were both toddling around in diapers. Whatever your relationship there are certain rules every bridesmaid is expected to follow. This ran range from being a drama bomb diffuser to helping plan small parts of the wedding. The pluses of being a bridesmaid always outweigh the negatives. – though one sore spot is usually the most popular subject amongst bridesmaids. What do you do with the bridesmaid dress that isn’t likely to be something you can wear out to any other occasion? Below are some ways to upcycle your bridesmaid dress into something you’ll be proud to have in your closet.

Trendy Skirt: While the upper portion of your dress might not always be salvageable, the lower part might be worthy of a little creative thinking. If your dress is form-fitting then it could be tailored into a upscale version of a pencil skirt. Dresses with a larger skirt could be made into a big, beautiful skirt that makes a bold statement.

Little Black Dress: Depending on what kind of dress you are left with after the wedding, this next idea might be perfect for your upcycling project. Dyeing your bridesmaid dress black is one good way to get the most out of your purchase. A little black dress is a must have for any wardrobe. Plus, a formal black dress can also come in handy during the holiday season when you have work parties to attend.

Trash Your Dress: A popular post-wedding event these days is all about trashing your dress for a photoshoot. Check with your bride or other bridesmaids if you want to get a group together to trash your dresses in one, magical photoshoot. It can be a great way to have fun with a dress you’re likely to never use again and make a memory you’ll be able to share with friends.+

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bridal shower

The bridal shower, also known as the couples shower, is like the cherry on top after all the main wedding planning is complete. Luckily the bride need not worry about the bridal shower. Taking up the reins for the event are friends, family, or members of the bridal party in general. Contrary to popular belief, the maid or matron of honor doesn’t necessarily have to be at the head of planning the bridal shower. In modern times the shower planning falls into the lap of an entire group rather than one particular person which means more hands on deck to help plan a beautiful shower. If you’ve never been to a bridal shower or heard of one before, check out the tips below on how to throw an amazing shower that the bride will love.

Question the Bride

This one seems a little stauncher than it actually is. But questioning the bride is going to give you a lot more to go on than trying to pull ideas out of thin air. While the bride may be busy trying to get some last minute wedding business complete there is a good chance she’ll have a few minutes to sit down and discuss her wedding shower. Get a list together beforehand so you’re prepared. Does she want a nice restaurant or a casual BBQ? Does the bride want just her close friends there or will it be a true couple’s shower – meaning her partners friends as well. Decide on a few key components she would like to see at the shower. Her favorite drink, colors she likes, and any other things you think will bowl her over. At the end of the day your group should decide what goes and what stays. While the bride won’t be planning the whole thing herself, it’s always important to get her input. Asking questions now can avert disaster later when a whole flock of people show up to a shower they weren’t invited to in the first place.

Narrow Down Guests

Just like the wedding planning, deciding on guests for the shower is just as vital to a successful event. If your bride just wants her closest girlfriends attending the shower then plan accordingly. As hard as it is to cut some people off the list it’s vital to keeping your budget for the event under control. There will always be a few superfluous names on the list that can be removed. The bride will more than likely have a good idea of names she would like to invite. If the bride puts your group completely in charge of planning the entire shindig with zero input on her end then err on the side of caution. Don’t let your guest list swell to be the same size as the wedding guest list. Keep the shower list simple. Invite her closest friends, family members you think she’ll want there, and avoid inviting anyone who may not add to the happiness level of the bride or the couple.

Don’t Overdo It

Want to show the bride how much you love her? An over the top bridal shower is probably not the best way to go about this. Overdoing the shower will make it look like you’re trying to compete with the wedding day. The most common type of bridal shower, or even the couple shower, is an intimate event with close friends and family. It’s a way for the bride to relax before the main event. Your group of planners should take this into consideration before starting the process. A huge event is less likely to go over well. Blowing money on food, décor, and reservations at the hottest place in town will put more tension on the couple than is necessary as they worry over how much your group has spent on a single evening for them. A huge guest list will also leave them spending most of the night making sure they have said hello to all the guests.

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Popping the question. Putting a ring on it. Getting that rock. There is a ton of ways to say it – you’re engaged! It’s one of most exciting times in your life. The story is likely to be told again and again through generations. Engagements can be fun, romantic, silly, or a huge surprise. While pulling off the perfect engagement story is the top goal, what happens next is just as important. Post-engagement gaffes are popular online. There’s the video of a women knocking the ring out of a guy’s hand straight into the water or a man passing out immediately after popping the question. There are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid making right out of the gate. The excitement of the moment can easily lead to some pretty egregious errors. Check out the tips below on what big mistakes you’ll want to sidestep once that question is popped.

Social Media Rush

In the age of instant knowledge there are drawbacks to everything being right there at your fingertips. It’s easy to write, post, click, and send without a second thought. More often than not the ability to instantly post something online turns out to be the worst idea possible. Sadly once something is out there in the Twitter or Facebook universe – it’s out there forever. That means the minute you post pictures of your beautiful ring then your collective online community is going to start spreading the buzz. Take a moment before you head to your social media apps and remember where that information might need to go first. If you have a close family and siblings then consider how they might feel learning about your engagement on a Facebook post. Your parents may not even have social media to begin with. It’s a small thing that usually gets thrown aside in favor of posting your pictures as soon as possible but just remember the ramifications of not telling the right people first.

Sudden Planning

Sometimes the thrill of the moment can lead to some knee-jerk reactions. Couples have gone from celebrating the moment to booking a church within the span of an hour. Sometimes the romance can get the better of you. Planning your wedding becomes a major event you need to start planning as soon as you can. Before you jump into planning mode, let the engagement feeling wash over for a bit. It’s understandable that you want to begin planning your big day as soon as you possibly can. There is a lot to think about! But sadly with the swell of excitement, bad choices can be made. Locations can be booked that you aren’t happy with down the road. People can be promised a spot in your bridal lineup that you have differing opinions on when it comes right down to it. Instead of rushing to planning mode, wait. Enjoy the moment. There is plenty of time to begin planning your dream wedding. Rushing to invite guests, promise bridesmaids or groomsmen, and book a location you’re not thrilled about is never the smartest move to make.

Ruin the Moment

Nothing can take the wind out of engagement sails faster than jumping on your phone to begin the calling, texting, snapping, tweeting, and posting spree that often happens right after the engagement. If both you and your future spouse are on board with the digital sharing, go for it. If your partner isn’t so keen on updating followers as soon as possible then it might be the smarter choice to keep your phone in your pocket and enjoy the moment at hand. An engagement is an amazing event meant to be savored. It’s a special time for you and your partner so respecting that bond means you may need to toss aside your desire to post everything online within minutes of the big question being asked. Living in the moment with your partner will ensure the two of you have time to celebrate this special time together.

 

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Wedding Couple

Here at Labella Bridal we are in the business of finding our brides the most beautiful dress possible for their big day. The culmination of all our hard work is getting to see how lovely a bride looks through pictures sent our way. It’s an honor to be a small part of your wedding. Seeing these beautiful pictures only fuels our passion for providing clients with the best service in the area as well as the latest trends for every season.

Sarah and Travis’ wedding was the latest pictures we were able to enjoy. We are so delighted to share the pictures with our clients. Congratulations to the stunning couple and thank you for letting Labella Bridal play a small role in such an amazing day.

These pictures are kindly provided by Diana Gordon Photography – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

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