Weddings have become so much more than one day of love and union. These days, they’re now a journey that starts with a proposal and a sparkly rock. Then it moves forward with the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, day-after brunch, and honeymoon.
Just like celebrating a birthday month, couples now celebrate a wedding year. There’s so much that goes into this milestone, and we’re giving details on four ideas that will make your wedding dreams come true. Here’s our roundup:
1. Proposal & Pre-Wedding Celebration Travel
As weddings continue to grow in grandeur, proposals and bachelor/bachelorette parties follow closely behind. Today, first-date restaurants just don’t cut it for popping the question; now couples travel the world, from remote exotic destinations to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, for the most romantic and dreamiest proposals.
The extravagance continues with bigger and better bachelorette and bachelor vacations. Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami and Charleston rank high as top bachelor party cities. And for beachy bachelorettes going abroad, the best global destinations recommended by the Travel Channel include Puerto Rico, Santorini, Cabo San Lucas, and Bora Bora.
2. An Elaborate Dessert Station
Brides and grooms no longer limit themselves to cake to sweeten the celebration. Lavish affairs now feature beautiful dessert tables adorned with treats like macarons, cake pops, cheesecake, mini pies, fruit tarts, donuts, and pastries.
To make these desserts an aesthetic focal point, create ornate displays using assorted cake stands, tiered towers, and platters. Brides.com offers creative inspiration, from rustic tree trunk stands and retro glass cookie jars to a suitcase or birdcage for the cake. This space also becomes a glamorous centerpiece by accenting the spread with greenery, candles, and florals.
3. Online Event Details
The wedding website has evolved into a formality, and here’s why — it’s where your guests can easily access event details. It’s helpful to include important information such as the agenda and location for the ceremony and reception, travel recommendations, things to do for out of towners, the registry, and any other tips for the big day and wedding festivities.
Plus, the site can introduce your bridal party and share your love story with photos, serving as a memento. There are many templates available, but most couples adore the beautiful templates designed by independent artists on Minted.com. Not only can you find a template that suits your theme, but Minted can take guests’ information and RSVPs to address invitations for free. Site designs may also match invitation styles for a cohesive look.
4. Bubbly on Wheels
Roll on over mobile churro bars, frozen custard carts, and post-party pizza trucks — the prosecco van has parked itself on the wedding food truck scene. London-based company Bubble Bros., known as the world’s No.1 prosecco van, broke into the scene by converting a Piaggio Ape vehicle into a charming van serving sweet chilled bubbly right from a tap.
Starting this year, Bubble Bros. expanded across the pond and planted roots in New York City. But for those who aren’t British or New Yorkers, see if Bubbles & Brews Prosecco & Craft Beer Bar is available in your city. These cozy caravans make ordering sparkling wine fun, but they also enhance the ambiance as a wedding vintage accent and Instagram prop.
The industry continues to innovate new wedding “must-haves,” and these four ideas are among the most exciting trends that are here to stay. Turn your wedding festivities into an adventure, sweeten the affair with assorted desserts, create a resourceful website and bring on the bubbly. Cheers to the special celebrations leading up to your big day — and an unforgettable, beautiful wedding!
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