Tips & Trends: Be Bold with Colors and Cake takes Center Stage 

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Tip: Be Bold with Colors. Pastels in bridesmaid dresses and floral arrangements will always be classic, but bold, saturated colors and warm, rich shades are taking over the color palette these days. Our Editorial Advisory Panel agrees—don’t be afraid of embracing these lush shades in everything from cake colors to dresses to intense pops of floral color. Some favorites are moody wines, mossy greens, deep mauves, rusty oranges, and rich earth tones. Lisa Greene of Beach Plum Flower Shop tips us off to a new flower trend that is the perfect way to introduce color into your bouquets and table arrangements. “The veggie rose is a new variety of distinct rose with a petal structure that can resemble a peony. A nice feature of this flower is its ability to take color, so it can be dyed to fit any palette.”

Trend: Cake takes Center Stage. From whimsical to tailored to traditional, wedding cakes are the final sweet treat your guests look forward to after noshing on the main fare. But they’re no longer relegated to an obscure corner while waiting for the cake-cutting ceremony. “These days cakes are much larger, with clean lines, elegant details, ornate sugar-flower work, and more color,” says Melissa Estes, owner of Bear Brook Bakery. She adds that even some wedding dress details, including bows and beadwork, are being carried over into the cake design as well. “And I’m seeing full tablescapes just for the cake—cake displays are much more exciting and more of a focal point. Cakes are showing up much more in photos as a result.

Written by Pat Chaudoin

Photography by Chris Keeley