Saturday, 03 January 2015 13:03

Inspiration for Planning Your 2015 Wedding

Written by  Mary Sanders, Mary Me
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Looking back over the last year of weddings, there were beautiful brides and a lot of detailed planning that went into making many wedding days a wonderful success. It is with a grateful heart and a lot of joy I look forward to this next year in weddings. I hope this article will bring some good insight and inspiration for brides (and their moms) planning a wedding in 2015.

Becoming engaged and being a bride is such a fun season of life, but so often planning the wedding becomes stressful as well. Keeping a good perspective and realistic expectations is always a good start to the wedding planning adventure.

 

 

The Venue

One of the first steps in wedding planning is selecting a venue. I would like to showcase a couple of brand new options for those planning a wedding in the River Region area. Montgomery has a brand new one to offer you! If you have driven down Commerce Street lately, you may have noticed some changes in between Saza’s and AviatorBAR.  The newly restored Warehouse at Alley Station (right) has just opened its doors for events.  The cross beams and floorboards were removed from the 3rd floor so the main level now boasts 25 foot ceilings with plenty of original exposed brick and heart pine.  This space feels somehow space age and vintage at the same time.  It’s modern enough for any intensive live band to “plug and play”, can easily hold the 500+ concert-going crowd that comes with, while at the same time is just intimate enough to host weddings and corporate events.  It’s an amazingly versatile space that you really need to see to believe.

 

The Barn at Twin Valley is another brand new and elegant wedding and event venue. Sitting on beautiful rolling pasture land, overlooking the gorgeous Alabama countryside, The Barn at Twin Valley is located on an 1800-acre cattle farm just outside of Prattville on Hwy. 41. With its peaceful, serene, breathtaking panoramic views, and secluded surroundings, The Barn is a wonderful venue for any dream wedding. It is complete with two attached covered pavilions overlooking beautiful rolling hills and large oak trees. The Barn at Twin Valley is a one of a kind venue where “Southern Valley Charm meets Elegance”.

 

 

The Color Palette

Once a venue is determined, you can come up with the look by starting with a color scheme. Having a “Wedding Color Palette” is a great way to begin your wedding design process.  As we prepare for a new year of weddings, there are several new things to be on the lookout for.  Pantone announced the color of the year as Marsala. This color will certainly affect wedding color palettes in 2015. Many people associate Marsala color tones with a fall or winter wedding, but it is actually a very versatile color. Marsala paired with neutrals such as blush and ivory would make a beautiful statement in any season.  Pair it with oranges and bright corals for a summer wedding.

 

Another color that will really show up in big ways is Aquamarine. All shades and hues of the Aquamarine will be used in color palettes mixed with soft, muted hues. Other colors that will be popular are Scuba Blue, Lucite Green and Toasted Almond. 

 

 

Other Inspiring Trends

Now let’s take a look at a few wedding trends that will be inspiring brides and weddings in the months to come.

 

 

*Romantic, feminine, soft flowers!

A big trend in flowers for 2015 is “romantic luxe”.  Arrangements will be filled with completely luxurious, grand florals, not taken over by filler flowers like in the past.  An abundance of creamy pastels in these full arrangements will set the tone for the soft, romantic feel.  This will be a trend that costs a “pretty penny!”

 

 

*Metallic, especially copper!

You will see these colors and textures showing up in invitation design, centerpieces and elements throughout the reception, especially brides looking to create a vintage glam ambiance.

 

 

*Late night snacks will still have a presence in weddings!

Providing guests with a favorite late night snack of the bride and groom will still be a huge hit. This year, even look for local food trucks to make a stop toward the end of a reception, offering late night goodies! Also, sending your guests off with edible, boxed favors will be very popular.

 

 

*Highlighting everything you do with incredible lighting!

Keeping with the romantic focus that will inspire many brides this year, good event lighting showcases all the work you have put into the design. Weddings this year will reflect soft twinkly lights, beautifully lit patterns and monograms, and romantic chandeliers.

 

*Overall return to timeless elegance.

As romantic hues, lush florals and soft lighting set the tone for weddings we will see an overall return back to timeless elegance. Weddings are moving more towards formal affairs, but done in any venue style. Look for beautifully adorned tablescapes, formally dressed weight staff, candelabras, dramatic cakes and extravagant fabrics.

 

So as we prepare for the New Year in weddings, we look to see a bit more formal and a little less rustic approach than in years past.  Of course, these are only suggestions and ultimately you want your wedding to still reflect your personal style. The overall goal is to have a happy bride (and Mama), so keep a good perspective throughout the planning as to what you are really planning for!

 

 

Mary Sanders is owner of Mary Me Wedding Planning. She has been in business for nine years and has served many brides across the River Region. Mary is wife to Adam of eleven years and mom to her three children: Ross (9), Mary Townsend (8) and Drew (4).

 

 

 

 

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