Wedding Ideas – What’s New, Fun, and Gaining Popularity?

After seeing more “what’s the latest trend” articles, I wanted to see what is new and popular in our area (Dayton, Ohio). And where best to find this out, but to go right to the source.

Thanks to some of our local wedding pros, here’s what’s new in their areas of expertise.

Textured Wedding Cakes

Textured wedding cakes are still quite popular, from structured art deco-ish designs to an icing with a rough finish.

Textured Wedding Cake

Bobbi and Brittany with ele Cake Co. tells us that one of the more unexpected, yet popular wedding cake designs (and a unique texture) is their Geode Wedding Cake.

Geode Wedding Cake

Elegant. Stunning. Simple. And totally gorgeous!

Geode wedding cakes look like the real thing, but are completely edible, made from rock candy and granulated sugar.

Slow-Motion Video Booths

Photo booths combine a fun activity with a nice take-home for wedding guests.

So, what’s better than a photo booth? A 240 frame per second HD Slow-Motion Video Booth, of course!

Mark’s Camera Bag’s Slo-Mo Video Booths are a big hit , with guests showing their best dance moves, tossing confetti, making outrageous faces, and overall, having an awesome fun time. A 40” monitor that sits outside the booth allows all of your guests to enjoy the live action.

Check it out here –

Yes, guests get a ‘take-home,’ receiving a download of their slow-mo session. And the happy couple get a final edited production of all sessions with special edits and music on DVD.

Thematic Elements in Unexpected Places

Themed weddings are still popular, with the theme commonly being expressed in the couples’ choice of color pallette, centerpieces, and menu choices.

But what about your ceremony?

Rev. Cindy Lee Carver embraces different themes by donning coordinating attire – including Cosplay, Halloween, Steampunk, and recently Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.

Steampunk
Gandalf

Besides the off-beat and themed weddings, she also specializes in officiating traditional, inter-faith, humanistic, alternative, non-traditional, and LGBTQ weddings.

Up In Lights

Sure, you can put your initials on top of your cake, and have your monogram projected on your dance floor or printed on your programs.

Why not put your initials up in lights – classic theater marquee letter lights?

Initials
L-O-V-E

Event Lites specializes in these unique, four feet tall décor pieces – including numbers, letters, and some symbols.

Light up your night with your initials. Spell out Mr. & Mrs., Love, or even your names.

The possibilities are endless.

Perfect for helping you build the right environment and decor for your event. Use them for:

• A modern ceremony backdrop
• A fun, diy photo booth backdrop
• A cool prop for your engagement photos
• Reception décor

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding? Weddings From The Heart can help. Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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National Fossil Day

 

 

 

 

 

Today (October 12) is National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is observed on the Wednesday of the second full week in October, and was established to promote the scientific and educational values of fossils.

How to observe? Easy.

Simply visit a local museum or do some research about fossils. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #NationalFossilDay on any of social media posts.

Thinking about incorporating your love of fossils into your wedding decor?

Check out these photos (I found them on pinterest – to find these and others search for “fossil,” “wedding,” “cake,” “centerpiece”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Dinosaur Heads

Dinosaur Topiary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dino Cake Topper

 

“Fossil” Hiding in Wedding Cake

Want to hold your wedding in a natural history museum? Many museums offer their facility for events. In Dayton, we’ve got the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, Dayton, Ohio https://www.boonshoftmuseum.org/visit/private-events-rentals/weddings-receptions/

Aren’t lucky enough to have a museum in your town? Do a Google search on “natural history museum weddings near” and add your city and state.

Looking for fun ideas for your wedding day? Contact me today at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 or 937-581-3647!

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Real Wedding – Lauren & Chris (Sault Restaurant, Daylesford VIC)

(This “Real Wedding” was submitted by Blumenthal Photography, located in Sydney, Australia. As we are fans of Vintage/Rustic themed weddings which are quite popular now, we just had to share. Hope you enjoy it, and find inspiration for your wedding).

Lauren and Chris met at a NYE party back in 2000.

They were celebrating out in the city with a group of mutual friends. As the night progressed, they got to talking and dancing together as if they’d known each other for years.

When it hit 11:55pm Chris grabbed Lauren’s hand and took her out on the balcony to watch the fireworks. They shared their first kiss under the fireworks when the clock hit midnight. Lauren says, “it was extraordinarily cliché but you know what they say; ‘the way you spend your NYE is the way you’ll spend the rest of your year’ and hopefully the rest of my life!”

The wedding and reception venue

 

 

 

 

For Chris and Lauren’s one year anniversary, they went away for a weekend in Daylesford. She had never been to the town before and instantly fell in love with how relaxing and quaint it was. Lauren says the time they spent in Daylesford is some of the fondest memories that she has with Chris, which made choosing their wedding location a breeze.

 

 

 

 

After visiting a few different potential venues when they started planning their wedding, they arrived at Sault. Lauren says, “I knew that it was perfect!” They both wanted an outdoor rustic themed wedding, and Sault provided a flawless backdrop from Lavender and greenery.

 

 

 

 

The wedding theme

Chris and Lauren are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! A vintage/rustic theme would best reflect their personality as a couple.

 

 

 

 

Lauren says they wanted a wedding that “we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.”

The wedding dress

Much like their wedding theme, Lauren wanted something elegant and timeless!

“I have never been the biggest fan of giant princess dresses… They’re just not me.” So from day one she was always trying on fitted or lightly flowing gowns, and says Suzanna Hardwood has always been an inspiration for her. “When I tried it on for the first time my mum bawled her eyes out, I guess that was the reaction I was aiming for (happy tears of course).”

The reception

 

 

 

 

“Our reception was full of laughter and tears, but it was absolutely perfect! The décor blew me away!”

“By the time our reception started the sun began to set yet the weather was still nice and warm. Our guests were constantly commenting on how stunning everything looked, how delicious all of the food was, and how happy we both looked.”

The highlight of their day
Lauren says that apart from the obvious (marrying Chris), she thinks the fun that everyone had dancing and singing together after the speeches at our reception really topped off the night!

“This was probably the first time that we had all of the people who really mean the most to us, in the one venue, and everyone was just so happy. I really didn’t want the night to end even though I was absolutely exhausted! Thinking about our entire day still brings a smile to my face every time!”

Vendor Team:
Venue: Sault
Event Styling & Planning: A Lavish Affair
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Harwood
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White Runway
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake: Cake Face
Invitations & Stationary: Adorn Wedding Invitations
Photographer: Blumenthal Photography

Thank you Silvia/Blumenthal Photography for sharing this lovely wedding with us!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

 

Themes and Centerpieces

Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting. We love to help brides plan all parts of their upcoming wedding, but centerpieces and party themes are among our favorites.

Selecting the flowers and other interesting pieces to decorate your celebration can be a daunting task, but carefully chosen centerpieces can be a dramatic way to pull together the theme of your wedding.

If your wedding is around a holiday, the theme and its expression is obvious. Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day all suggest certain colors and elements.

Other themes require more thought but are just as fun to create.

Is your wedding and reception near water? If so, use ship’s lanterns or bowls with tropical fish swimming over shells and sand in the bottom.

Is your reception in the country at a farm house or barn? Use checkered tablecloths and make a ceramic or straw rooster the center of each table. Add miniature bales of hay and/or summer flowers and greens in milk bottles or canning jars.

Incorporate seasonal fruits in centerpieces. Big bunches of strawberries in the summer, gingham tied baskets of apples in the early fall, pumpkins and gourds with fall leaves would also work.

Celebrate your heritage with national colors, flags, patterns and fabrics. Oriental poppies, tartan plaid table linens, silver trays piled high with Mexican wedding cakes all make a statement.

Create a circus atmosphere with balloons, candied apples, popcorn and candy floss.

If both the bride and groom are teachers, the school house theme is perfect with paper chains, chalk boards, posters, report cards and lots of numbers and letters.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586 for ideas of how to make your celebration special.

Fun Wedding Trends

Looking for some fabulous trends for your wedding?

Check out our segment on Ohio Weddings from 2013. These wedding trends – Desserts, Ice Cream Bars, Vintage/Rustic Theme – are still going strong in 2014 (and 2015!)

Ohio Weddings Segment
Top Wedding Trends

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean