Over the past few years, the wedding space has evolved quite a bit. We used to see a lot of tradition in weddings, with the couples parents taking charge and managing things. We got accustom to traditional activities such as the garter toss or the throwing of the bouquet, etc. But as the years have progressed, we have seen a shift in the actions of modern couples, and to be honest, we are here for it.
If it’s one trend that we saw in 2019, and are sure to see once again in 2020 – its creativity coupled with individuality.
This year, we are eager to continue encouraging our brides and clients to step outside of their comfort zones, explore various trends and creative ideas and have fun. We would love to see more brides work with wedding professionals who are not just amazing on social media, but who connect with them in a special way and work with them to create their dream wedding.
Individuality is everything, and to help put forward this point even more, we got some incredible tips and advice for planning your luxury wedding in 2020 from celebrity and royal vendors from Bridelux (the only luxury show of its kind to hit New York City on January 12th, 2020).
So, keep reading for more on how to plan your bespoke luxury wedding and show your true personality for your special day this year!
LLG Events x Lost In Love Photography
HOW CAN YOU MAKE YOUR EVENT STAND OUT IN 2020?
- “Clients tend to think that bigger is better – but for an event to stand out, I believe this is best accomplished through careful curated details and more of them – even if small – this makes the ‘standard’ feeling go away – people notice the little things.” – ADAM LEFFEL, ADAM LEFFEL PRODUCTIONS
- “Interactive eats, linking a charity to your wedding registry, sustainable weddings (committing to zero waste, local food and a reduced carbon footprint). The InterContinental New York Barclay has a rooftop garden that guests can book in Summer & Spring for a private culinary experience. The Barclay rooftop garden houses 6 hives of Carniolan Honey Bees producing over 200 lbs honey a year! Our seasonal cocktail menu uses freshly picked herbs from The Barclay rooftop garden & honey from our bee hives as well. Guests will experience first-hand how honey is harvested and select herbs from our garden to be incorporated into their lunch menu. A tour of the kitchen followed by a live cooking preparation with our Chef will conclude the afternoon with a custom 3-course lunch, which includes a cocktail from our Garden to Glass series. Another fun and (sustainable) fact is that The Barclay selects local food suppliers all located within a range of 350 miles for NYC. It’s a perfect location for a sustainable wedding.” – INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK BARCLAY
- “Couples weddings can stand out and be extra special if they infuse their personality, style, love story and relationship into the details of their big day! A wedding should be a reflection of each couple’s favorite things, it is a celebration of them after all!” – JOVE MEYER, JOVE MEYER EVENTS
- “Couples can ensure their event stands out from the rest by creating highly personalized experiences. Couples should focus on what inspires them – their favorite places, cuisine, music, cultures they love, etc. From there, they can fuse a piece of each element into their wedding, whether it’s incorporated into their first dance song, their favorite finger food for hors d’oeuvres, or their stationery. The simple answer is to just make sure your wedding is reflective of you and the things you both love.” – LAUREN GRECH, LLG EVENTS
Emma Soulsby Flowers
Emma Soulsby Flowers
WHAT’S TRENDING AND WHAT ISNT?
- “White weddings should stay – they’re timeless and elegant. Mason jar decor should go away!” – ADAM LEFFEL, ADAM LEFFEL PRODUCTIONS
- “I love the trend for cathedral veils. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had a gorgeous one embroidered with all the flowers of the commonwealth countries and also the Duke of Sussex’s initials, which was very cool. Thankfully naked cakes are dead. Long live the adorned cake!” – ELIZABETH SOLARU, ELIZABETH’S CAKE EMPORIUM
- “Stick around: Veils, lace, rice toss, something new, something old. Go away: bad hashtags.” – INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK BARCLAY
- “I will always love wedding vows and hope they never go away! Hearing couples express why they love each other and the reasons they are marrying each other will always have a soft spot in my heart! Weddings are about love in the room, and the couples vows are the heart of the celebration! I would love to see the bouquet toss go away, it is so awkward for all single guests to be corralled onto the dance floor, to feel even more single, and then fight over the chance to be the next one married!” – JOVE MEYER, JOVE MEYER EVENTS
- “I really love the incorporation of a mirror or something reflective into table decor. It creates such a rich ambiance in addition to making the flowers, candles and overall decor feel fuller with the reflection.” – LAUREN GRECH, LLG EVENTS
- Letterpress is a timeless art and the oldest printing process. One that we could do without is sticker labels for guest addresses on envelopes. – SU-QUEEN TEO, BELLA FIGURA
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium
ELEMENTS OF WEDDING PLANNING/ DESIGN THAT DESERVE MORE ATTENTION
- “Planner – The overlooked item here is the value of a planner to your process – people think because they ‘found their vendors’ – they don’t need a planner – SO WRONG! That isn’t what a planner does – they organize your process, help you negotiate contracts, avoid common mistakes and can be an impartial voice of reason when it comes to decisions.” – ADAM LEFFEL, ADAM LEFFEL PRODUCTIONS
- “Customization is key to making weddings personal and special. We recommend working with a designer to help conceptualize the wedding’s graphic identity based on the couple’s story. Once you have this, you can use it to add heirloom details — from the drink menu, personalized place cards, bespoke table decor, etc.” – ALE AND ANA RISQUEZ, MOZAIKO DESIGNS
- “In my view, many couples tend to overlook when the sun will set. Photographs are what will remain long after the wedding day and they need to be given the priority they deserve. Also, people tend to overlook special dietary requirements and allergies amongst their guests, especially the children. I always advise brides to make sure there is an EpiPen in their bridal kit for the day.” – ELIZABETH SOLARU, ELIZABETH’S CAKE EMPORIUM
- “Couples often overlook some day of details such as custom cocktail napkins, programs, and special signs. These items are a great way to personalize a wedding and create special moments for the couple and their guests. I find couples can get overwhelmed in their wedding planning, so the closer they get to the big day, the more they tend to overlook smaller items and focus on the larger ones.” – JOVE MEYER, JOVE MEYER EVENTS
- “The budget versus cost of vendor services needs more attention as couples often have a certain budget in mind for their wedding spend; however, the budget is actually dictated by the cost of the vendor. It’s difficult to budget for your wedding when the costs of vendor services are all over the pricing spectrum. Therefore, proper budget planning, ahead of booking a venue, is extremely important. You don’t want to spend all of your money on the venue and not have enough for your photographer, planner, entertainment, etc. Speak with a planner first and foremost, as they are professionals who know what it costs to have a wedding at your event space beyond just the cost of the venue and can provide an accurate budget breakdown.” – LAUREN GRECH, LLG EVENTS
- “Consider a budget for lighting. Good lighting can create a sense of intimacy, highlight décor elements and make you and your guests glow in photos.” – MARIE LAVIGNE, MANOIR HOVEY
Mozaiko x Bridelux Bespoke Charger Plates
Mozaiko x Bridelux Bespoke Charger Plates
LLG Events x Lost In Love Photography
THE BEST WEDDING DAY ADVICE FOR THE COUPLE
- “Stop and smell the roses – literally and figuratively. If you can ‘stop’ and look around and see all the amazing things you spent your hard earned money on, you will appreciate it so much more than seeing it later in a video. Hire the right people, including a planner, and enjoy your day as you should.” – ADAM LEFFEL, ADAM LEFFEL PRODUCTIONS
- “Have fun and cherish every moment!” – ALE AND ANA RISQUEZ, MOZAIKO DESIGNS
- “There will always be more options out there for every type of vendor and it can be overwhelming. Narrow down your options to a handful per category through asking past couples, your venue and other trusted sources and then reach out to who they suggest for you. Once you find one you love, secure them and move on so you can focus on enjoying the overall planning process!” – BRITTANY LO, BEAUTINI
- “Completely enjoy the moment, the guests and the day – don’t stress about the small details that’s why you work with amazing suppliers.” – EMMA SOULSBY, EMMA SOULSBY FLOWERS
- “Be kind to yourself and make sure to enjoy it. Focus on the big intention of the day: A ceremony that symbolizes bringing together two beautiful lives in the presence of your friends & family. Embracing that feeling a little stressed, is part of the day”. – INTERCONTINENTAL NEW YORK BARCLAY
- “Try to enjoy every moment of your wedding day! While it may not be perfect, if you are surrounded by those you love, focus on that and do not spend your energy looking for problems or creating them!” – JOVE MEYER, JOVE MEYER EVENTS
- “Take a 15 minute ‘break’ – seriously! Take a moment to live and breathe in the moment that you’ve worked so hard to create. I tell my couples that the marriage is for you, but the wedding is for everyone else. So steal a piece of happiness for 15 minutes to live in the moment and enjoy the celebration together before you go back to catering to your guests”. – LAUREN GRECH, LLG EVENTS
- “Have a frank conversation about the budget early on and who is paying for what. Gone are the traditions that the bride pays for everything” – LESLIE MASTIN, LESLIE MASTIN EVENTS.
- “Taking the time to enjoy a full meal is almost impossible with guests clamouring for your attention, but a five-minute dinner date — where you grab a few bites and enjoy your new spouse’s company — is more manageable”. – MARIE LAVIGNE, MANOIR HOVEY
- “Surround yourself with competent no-drama people (vendors, family, friends) and remember what is most important (hint: it’s not the napkins or the food).” – PHILLIP VAN NOSTRAND
If you’re planning your luxury wedding this year, then you need to check out Bridelux now. You will experience a spectacular selection of elite wedding specialists from the UK and NYC, all in one day in a truly luxurious setting. You will have the chance to hear from industry experts who will be taking to the stage throughout the day to discuss all things weddings and offer invaluable advice and wedding planning tips. Hear from luxury brands like Vivienne Westwood, Ceci New York, Adam Leffel and so many more on January 12th, 2020.