Beautiful Banquets

One trend we are noticing this season is the long banquet table. Not only do they look appealing and photograph well, tables with length create a fun, personal atmosphere. They allow for guests to feel as if they are "in" on the action throughout the entire reception. If you have a venue that can accommodate one single lengthy table or a few slightly smaller banquet tables, they can be a treat to decorate. Here are some of our favorite ideas on how to treat this type of table.

Scene-Stealing Centerpieces 

When choosing centerpieces for this style of table, or any style of table for that matter, it is important to make sure that the centerpieces do not distract from guest conversations. Think low centerpieces, like troughs of antique roses or bundles of hydrangeas in shallow bowls. Birdcages mixed in with these centerpieces also make for an unexpected yet beautiful table scape as well.


Opulent Illumination

The key to banquet table lighting is to keep the lighting coming from the top so as to not clutter the table. With this in mind, tall and skinny candelabras studding the table make for a dramatic and gorgeous scene. Chandeliers, mismatched or all similar styles, also set the tone for a sophisticated and intimate affair.


Rustic Touches

One very beautiful trend we are seeing right now is banquet tables oozing with rustic glamour. Pair the aforementioned chandeliers with long wooden banquet tables and mismatched chairs for a rustic, eclectic feel. Centerpieces like wicker baskets and wooden candleholders also make for a nice pairing with milk glass hobnail and vintage glassware. Or let the reception venue do the talking and twist and turn a banquet table around your natural surroundings for the ultimate rustic, organic feel!



No More Tiers

Single is the way to go at your wedding this year - single layer cakes, that is! This growing cake trend steers clear of the multi-tiered confections and receives a make-under in the form of one single layer. Though simple, we have been seeing more and more couples letting their personality shine through this option. Another benefit of this choice is avoiding the dreaded toppling cake that you have heard nightmares about. Here are some of our favorite ideas for jazzing up your baked and frosted masterpiece.

Sleek and Sweet

Plain iced cakes can look gorgeous when done well and allow guests to focus on the flavor, which is exactly what matters to them! This option also allows for flavor experimentation and is perfect for an understated, modern wedding. These cakes, displayed on elegant stands, make for a gorgeous table scape and leave guests wondering when it's time to finally cut the cake! 


Floral Fever

What better decoration is there than nature's beauty? Select a cake topped with roses or peonies or daisies cascading down your cake and onto the stand. You can also create a floral design if you'd prefer the cake to be entirely edible. Whichever way you choose, the key to this look is to let Mother Nature do the talking. 

floral cake  

Pretty as a Present

A ribbon design is a chic and modern way to jazz up your cake. Whether it looks like a present or more of a pattern or design, ribbons are a great way to add flair to your work of art.



Birds Of A Feather

Hello, love birds! Bird is most definitely the word for weddings in 2013. This trend, which has been gaining steam in 2012, will be in full flight by the end of the year and well into the new year. Not only is the theme on-trend, but also sentimental, whimsical and sweet - all perfect adjectives to describe an affair to remember! 

Birds as Decor

Birds incorporated into your wedding decor can create subtle and elegant touches to a nature-themed wedding. Nests and birdcages as your tables' centerpieces will be a noticeable trend for the new year. Bird garland hung at a buffet table, gift table or on a wire to designate table assignments makes for cute and quirky decor. For a healthy dose of color and drama, peacock feathers can be incorporate into your elegant affair to make it all the more memorable. Last but not least, for the most perfect swan song, an aviary-themed wedding cake fits the bill just right.

Bird Typography

The first glimpses into your wedding theme is the Save The Date and invitation. Therefore, take this time to capitalize on the theme from the get go! Bird imagery used in coordination with your chosen typography can be both beautiful and modern. RSVP cards laser cut into the shape of birds is a cute idea as well.


Feathered Dresses

Dresses with feather details were huge in 2012 and will continue to grow in popularity in 2013. A dress with feather accents can be both dramatic and airy at the same time - a beautiful juxtaposition that will leave your guests' heads turning. Another growing trend is feather accessories. Brides may also choose a feathered hair accessory or a beautiful feathered shoes which give a subtle nod to our feathered friends as well.



Preppy Perfection

For those of you who find the beauty in clean lines, bowties, monogramming and pinstripes, you don't have to sweep this side of you under the rug on your wedding day. The most important thing is to have your wedding reflect you both as a couple and let's face it - you're both preps! So let your preppy pinstriped flag fly high and take a look at some of our favorite wedding ideas to reveal your inner prep!

Country Club Couture

When it comes to what to wear, the most important thing to consider is clean lines. With that in mind, strapless dresses or halters topped off with a strand of pearls is preppy perfection. Have fun with your footwear and insert a pop color. Simplicity is key for the bridal look. For the groom and his gents, lightweight suits in cream or white paired with boat shoes are a great look. If your wedding is more formal, a suit paired with a fun-colored bowtie or tie is an ideal choice. 


Pretty and Personalized 

For a preppy wedding straight from the country club, it's all about the little details. Crisp white napkins monogrammed with your new initials or ribbon and stripe detail on vases, napkins or menus are all perfect picks. When it comes to the flowers, think northeastern flowers, like roses and hydrangeas, in all white or with pops of color. 


Seaside Cuisine

Seafood is a must for a country club-inspired celebration. Miniature lobster rolls, passed shrimp and smoked salmon on cucumber slices are all on point. For the entry, a clambake makes for a great selection, as does surf and turf. And as for dessert, a white cake with blueberry filling along with an assortment of berry pies will make your guests feel like they took the Jitney to the Hamptons for an evening! 



2013 Wedding Dress Trends: Portrait Backs and Peplums

In the coming year, we see a number of new trends emerging - short dresses, A-line dresses, high-low hemlines and dresses in a variety of colors. However, the overwhelming consensus states that portrait back dresses and peplums will reign as 2013's top trends. Delicate and ladylike, these two dress styles can be interpreted in a variety of ways but one thing is for sure - there is no misinterpreting the fact that your true beauty will shine bright in these gorgeous ensembles! 

Picture-Perfect Portrait Backs

Give your guests a glimpse of skin while staying impossibly elegant with a lovely portrait back. These dress designs, which feature sheer or lace embellishments on the back side of the gown, are a delicate and sophisticated twist to the modern wedding dress. Whether you choose a gown adorned with fabric petals, beading or embroidery, you will certainly be 360 degrees of bridal beauty perfection.


Pretty Peplums

Ladylike peplums are being seen all over the bridal runways for Spring/Summer 2013. Classy and elegant, peplum dresses create a beautiful silhouette for any bride. Peplums can vary according to preference - simple and chic to elaborate and dramatic. Whichever way you choose to wear this trend, you are sure to be a show stopper! 



Cakes As A Canvas

Want your cake to be as pretty as a picture? Then why not make it one! Painted cakes are all the rage right now and are a creative way of taking the standard all-white cake and making it into much, much more. Perfect for the couple with artistic flair who doesn't mind straying from tradition, painted cakes allow a couple to express themselves and transform their cakes into a bonafied work of art.  

Gilded and Gorgeous

One very haute trend right now is painted cakes designed to look like stained glass. A heavy line defining a floral design is elegant and dramatic and creates a unique look for any reception. So chic!


Watercolor Wonders

A simple white cake can be your three-dimensional canvas if you want it to be! Try this delicate technique and turn your tasty cake into a sweet masterpiece. Warning: You just might find this cake too beautiful to eat! 


Delectable Design

Just like in an art gallery, every patron has their own personal tastes. With this in mind, couples can go "off the grid" when it comes to the traditional and go as abstract and different as they would like! Marbleized cakes, cakes with floral silhouettes or just a beautiful painted design all make for painted perfection!



Not Your Average Tablecloth

These days, couples are forgoing the standard white linens and selecting something a bit more show-stopping. When couples choose a more noticeable linen, they should choose centerpieces with less impact to let their linens take part in the statement. Here are three tablecloth trends we are seeing that top off a gorgeous table scape.

Sequin Linens

A little added sparkle and shine can make a wedding go from lovely to absolutely breathtaking in 2 seconds flat. For a cake table that is sure to amp up the drama, choose a spectacular sequin-encrusted linen that screams "look at this cake!" This look is great for one or two tables that warrant attention, including the newlywed table or the sweets table. For a more subtle shine, a sequin table runner or a textured sequin and beaded linen work perfectly at each table. 


Ruffled Linens

Ruffles are a popular way to add some jazz to a wedding reception. Diverting from the standard linens provided by your chosen venue, a ruffled high-top table cloth is perfect for a dramatic impression. For a seated meal or buffet table, ruffles on the edge of the tablecloth are both feminine and demure.


Ladylike Linens

Lace linens are making quite an impact on weddings nowadays. For a proper, vintage-inspired fete, a delicate lace table can be a stunning addition. For a long banquet table, a lace table runner can be a sophisticated touch.



Mint To Be

Mint is the word in weddings for 2013. This fresh hue, which was spotted all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2013, is making a huge comeback since its wild popularity back in the 1950s, thanks to the vintage trend in weddings nowadays. Brides and grooms will be putting a modern spin on this classic color, which brings it to the forefront of bridal trends to watch!

Freshly Dressed

Whether it be a structured design or floaty and free, a mint-colored bridesmaid dress is flattering on most skin tones, leaving your most-important ladies feeling lovely. As wedding gowns are becoming increasing less traditional, the choice of a flowing mint green gown will leave you looking like a glowing goddess. If you'd like to keep it more traditional, mint accessories like a fabulous pair of shoes or glittery earrings would allow for a more subtle pop of color.


Mint Masterpieces

Mint takes the cake for trends in 2013! Let it take over your cake as well. A fresh mint-colored cake is a delicate and delectable choice, adorned with a floral design or perhaps a more modern design. If cake is not your style or you choose to do a second dessert option, think about childhood favorite mint chocolate cupcakes or elegant mint-flavored macaroons. Whichever way you choose, your sweet of choice is sure to be as pretty as a present! 


It's All In The Details

The key to this color is all in the details. To incorporate two very hot trends in a very cool way, create a mint backdrop out of ribbons and pearls for a glorious photo-op. When it comes to your bridal bouquet, keep it elegant by incorporating fresh succulents into your design. For transportation, choose a mint-condition vintage vehicle (pardon the cheesy pun!) to ride away in style. And as guests depart from your affair, keep their breath minty fresh with a tin of aptly-colored breath fresheners.