Some of today’s top bridal trends include:
- Guest Book Alternatives: Books are beautiful, but you could also pick a poster for partygoers to sign. Download clip art, print it on matte paper and put in a frame for your attendees to autograph.
- Bold Balloons: A wall of large balloons in one color but a variety of shapes makes an easy, impactful photo-booth or dance-floor backdrop. (It’s the monochromatic hue that makes them look so chic!)
- Playing with Paper: It’s not just for formal invitations – paper is also great for making fun, festive garlands to serve as ceremony markers or photo backdrops. Here are some examples: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/wedding-ideas/
- 3-D Details: Delight guests with surprising shapes. These origami-inspired, DIY save-the-dates, ceremony programs, and geometric table numbers can be made in five steps or less. It id also a trend to add lace to invitations. Here are some examples of lace invitations: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/lace-invitations-paper-goods/
- Out-of-the-Box Escort Cards: Seating instructions can double as creative keepsakes, like these clamshells calligraphed with guests’ names. Here are some examples of escort cards and other reception stationary: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/programs-placecards-menus-stuff/
- Charming Calligraphy: Calligraphy isn’t just for the address label, it can dress up all of your paper goods – whether it’s all hand done or you have just your names calligraphed, scanned and printed throughout your paper goods. Here are some examples of calligraphy: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/typeography-and-callligraphy/
- Monogram Motifs: Couples love showing off their new shared initials, whether they’re embroidered on napkins at the reception or embossed on the programs. The same design can be used on multiple items to give the event a cohesive look, and you can keep using the motif for the rest of your life. Here are some ideas of monograms: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/crests-logos-and-monograms/
- Totally Technicolor:Neutrals are nice but bright color makes a huge statement wherever it’s used, from flowers to paper goods to bridesmaids’ dresses.
- Unexpected Color: One way to grab guests’ attention: use color strategically, in places where no one expects it – like, say, a fuchsia bridal gown that looks like a work of art. Here are some examples of color: http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/ombre-water-color/ & http://www.pinterest.com/cherishpaperie/watercolors/
- Creative Crests: A custom crest lends a royal touch to your big day; have it letterpressed on paper, stamped on fabric or even piped onto your cake.
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-Original article: “Today’s Top Bridal Trends” by Darcy Miller, Editorial Director, Martha Stewart Weddings