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Tips & Trends: Quality Is Always a Classic and Not Your Mother’s Wedding

Tip: Quality Is Always a Classic. Whether it’s the service you expect or the meal you share with guests on your wedding day, quality is always appreciated. Chef Jay Curcio, owner of The White Apron, says he remains dedicated to preparing classic food that is well crafted from fresh, quality ingredients. “Our clients want that standard elegance that never goes out of style. Your wedding is an indulgent event—it’s an imprinted memory for the rest of your lives—so all those ancillary details, like how the platters work on your tablescape, are very important.” Dionna Porcello of The View at Pepperrell…

Tips & Trends: Focus on the Groom and Dressed to Thrill!

Tip: Focus on the Groom. Want to keep your groomsmen from feeling short-changed when it comes to the wedding festivities? Then consider booking a groom concierge to guide the guys through some fun in the days leading up to your wedding. “Giving the groom his moment is exactly what I’d love to see more of,” says Sorrell Downing. That, she says, might include letting the groom concierge plan your bachelor party, arrange a bachelor weekend of golf or deep-sea fishing, make restaurant reservations, or any of the other myriad small and large tasks that fall to the groom. A groom…

Tips & Trends: Take a Seat! and Crushing It with Color

Tip: Take a Seat! Weddings are joyous occasions, but they also can present some unique challenges. Case in point, those divorced parents of the bride or groom who can’t stand to be in the same room together. What to do? “A wedding planner can be essential in these situations,” says Sorrell Downing, owner of Events by Sorrell. “By thoughtfully assigning seats for both the ceremony and reception, we can proactively minimize potential conflicts. And when it comes to coordinating wedding photos, we can collaborate closely with the photographer and curate a comprehensive shot list, specifying each person’s involvement. This allows us…

Tips & Trends: Reframe Your Wedding Day Photography and Bringing Back Baroque

Tip: Reframe Your Wedding Day Photography. You’ve planned the perfect wedding day, with guests arriving from near and far, and of course you want to spend as much time with them as possible. To that end, photographer Kate Preftakes has some creative suggestions for how not to feel captive to your wedding-day photos. “I’m seeing less focus on a photocentric wedding,” she says. Instead, Kate encourages brides to have their formal portraits done before the hecticness of the wedding day, when they’re more relaxed. She also suggests rehearsal-dinner coverage in lieu of an engagement photo session. “It’s a really nice…

Tips & Trends: The Power of Print and After-Party Delight

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Tip: The Power of Print. One thing is certain; you may not recall all the details of your big day, but a beautifully designed wedding album will bring back all your favorite memories each time you open it. “Don’t underestimate the importance of the printed album,” says Chris Keeley. “People are rediscovering the value of something permanent that they can take out and look at with family and friends. Many of my couples tell me they do this regularly, especially on their anniversary. Casually pulling your wedding album off the shelf and cozying up to your partner—that never gets old!”…

Tips & Trends: Make it Perfectly Clear and It’s all about the Details

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Tip: Make it Perfectly Clear. In the midst of a beautiful setting, nothing brings the outdoors inside—while still providing protection from the elements—like a completely clear reception tent. According to Kristen Rollins of PEAK Event Services, clear reception tents allow you to weave nature into the whole wedding experience, “something we’re seeing more and more couples gravitate toward,” she says. “They allow you to build your dream venue from the ground up. And they create a sleek, upscale look, especially the black-framed ones. However, note that clear-topped tents can be like saunas. I would not suggest using one in July…

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…

Tips & Trends: Think Outside the Box and Bring on the Band! 

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Tip: Think Outside the Box. Creatively presented hors d’oeuvres and unique food stations are a fun way to wow your guests during cocktail hour and beyond. According to Liz Curcio, who owns the catering company The White Apron with her chef husband Jay, their clients are going BIG with everything. “We’re seeing more food, more drinks, and longer parties,” she says. For The White Apron, a popular starter is tiny tacos served with margaritas in mini tequila bottles. Guests also love sushi stations, raw bars, charcuterie grazing boards, and the latest trend, butter boards with a variety of toppings and…

Tips & Trends: Role Playing and Floral Installations

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Tip: Role Playing. Mother of the groom may be the least understood role among those in the wedding party. “She’s often overlooked, but she deserves care and attention like any other member of the wedding party,” notes Renée Habashy of Madeleine’s Daughter. “Many people joke that the MOG ought to ‘wear beige and keep her mouth shut.’ But really, she should be the guest who stands out the most—dressed only a little less formal than the mother of the bride, and definitely more formal than any other guest.” She suggests that instead of searching for the perfect shade of “Shut-Up…

Tips & Trends: Go Big with the Details and Tiny Treats in Perfect Packaging

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Tip: Go Big with the Details. Our Editorial Advisory Panel is unanimous—brides are opting for more extravagant, over-the-top details than ever before, often spending more money on fewer guests. “This means quality over quantity, and everything matching,” says Jaime Melfi of Autumn Nomad, “from drinks to décor to the cake.” Look for extreme lighting, a flair in the food offerings, vintage furniture brought in for receptions—chaise lounges, upholstered chairs, etc.—even luxurious linens flown in from Italy. “At the Custom House Maritime Museum, you can arrive at your wedding by your own boat or a charter craft,” says Pat Cannon. Then…