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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Keys You Need This Year To Host The Most Talked About Wedding This Season

You’ve waited a long time for this day, and now that you’ve got that beautiful diamond to add to your jewelry box, you're ready to start planning for one of the biggest days of your life. Congratulations! So, how do you make your wedding the most talked about event of the season? We’ve got you covered with the latest California wedding trends for 2018. We will help you leave a lasting impression that your family and friends will talk about for months to come. Impress and charm your guests with the latest and greatest.  Ready to make your wedding day glamorous?  Follow the guidelines below and check out our top picks from the California trend to have the California wedding of the season.

1. Spend Money On Good Bridesmaid Dresses

We’ve all been there for our friends' weddings and have worn unflattering bridesmaid dresses with colors that wash us out. Stress less about choosing a color, and select a neutral metallic shade for your girls. Metallic shades are the new trend from California that is making echoes across the nation in multiple stylish weddings. As a semi-neutral color, investing in the popular metallic-colored dresses is a sure way to match each bridesmaid's natural color pallet. Take the time to shop with your bridesmaids to find the most elegant metallic dresses. From silver to gold foils, or brass tones, you can find a neutral metallic shade that looks great on everyone. Metallic dresses are sure to 'pop' while allowing you to shine brightly in white, the most elegant color of all.

2.  Add Flora to Your Theme

Think about adding luscious plants and large flower pots into your venue, both in the wedding aisle and all around your reception area. In California, the trend is all about 'going green'. Including live flora in your wedding will add a natural look, and will also double as an aesthetically pleasing 'natural' decor. Whether you are celebrating in an outside or inside the venue, there is always room for fresh flora. To match your overall wedding color theme, you can select flowers that have creme tones, or plants that are naturally dark in color. The color of your flora, outside of the traditional green color, can easily tie into any wedding theme. As an added benefit, studies show that including plants in your surroundings increases the air quality. Your guests will receive a 'breath of fresh air' at your wedding and will be inspired by your green initiative. You can be as creative as you like, as this is your time to shine.

3. Get Trendy When It Comes to Catering

We get it. You have so much to plan for that deciding on what type of food to serve can often be placed low on the priority list. However, if you’re not planning on having trendy food be a part of your wedding, you should reconsider. Luckily for you, Whole Foods recently put together a list of popular foods for 2018.

If obsessing over tacos is wrong, we don’t want to be right. 2018 could very well be the year of the taco and with a wide variety of options and recipes ranging from paleo/vegan-friendly to seafood, to dessert. It’s all but guaranteed to be a hit with everyone. Or you could go with a feast from the middle east by incorporating culinary dishes inspired by Persian, Israeli, Moroccan, Syrian, and Lebanese cuisine. You could go with the basics of hummus, pita, and falafel or you could spice it up with dishes like shakshuka, grilled halloumi, and lamb. Another option is exploring floral flavors. Flowers and weddings go hand in hand. But in 2018 they’re not just for decoration. The incredible edible petal is making waves in 2018. Whole Foods experts think you should include some on your menu we agree. Options include cocktails infused with floral liqueurs, edible flowers on desserts, and rose flavored just about everything. To take things to the next level you could even match your color pallet or bouquet to the flowers on your plate.

4. Embrace Color

Undoubtedly this year’s biggest trend is color. Now is the time to embrace color and thinking of new color combinations that have never been done before. Think vibrant, bright, and non-traditional when it comes to choosing your color scheme. With Pantone’s new color of the year for 2019 – “Living Coral” – we see this shift towards fresher palettes with pops of bright and vibrant colors.

5. Do away with “welcome bags”

Don’t waste your time and money on creating “welcome bags” for your guests. Often just a bottle of wine or a welcome card can be just as welcoming and will take less time to put together and less of a cost to you. Or consider making a charitable donation in your guests’ honor. There are plenty of alternative options that won’t break your budget and give you back your valuable time.  

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