Matthew David Hopkins:
DOWN THE AISLE - Bringing color into the bride's gown will surely become a trend. Jessica Biel set a high bar with her pink wedding gown. She ROCKED it! Breaking rules is all the rage right now and this is one big rule that we have just started breaking. Also – Further down the line we will see this seep into men's formal wear for the guy who wants to make a real statement.
RECEPTION - Photo ops will be huge in 2013. The idea is to create a small set where guests can take their own picture with a remote control. Our guests are loving it and love the fun pics that come out of it. This idea takes the old fashioned photo booth and blows it out of the water.
WT: How can brides personalize their wedding?
MDH: Personalization will continue as brides and grooms and their families look to add meaning to this once in a lifetime event. The key is to balance tradition with personalization to just the right levels for this specific couple. Color, music, gorgeous handmade elements, meaningful moments – all add to the guest experience.
WT: Do you see any trends with specific colors this year?
MDH: There is an absolute trend in colors this year. For bridal gowns – we are looking at color being added (see above). Also – the Pantone color of the year is Emerald – so we expect that to be big. Beyond that – black will be a huge influence. Color trends are moving to darker, richer colors – all influenced by adding black. This means more formality – so make sure to play against the visual formality by adding some fun twists in either entertainment, lighting or catering. This will make sure the reception feels fresh and not too stiff.
MDH: Custom, custom, custom. The best feeling a man might ever get from clothing is to have a custom suit built. This is because – the fit will look great and feel great. This is the one day to go for it!
Choose dark elegant fabrics and work with your suit maker to choose a style that works great with your body type. Don't be afraid to make a bold statement with either your tie, vest or pocket square.
Of course – my favorite trend for the groom never changes – make sure you make your bride feel special. Standing tall and proud in your own skin (and custom suit) will go a long way toward achieving this.
WT: Most brides want guests to have "fun" at the reception. Are there any trends to incorporate "fun"?
MDH: YES! BREAK THE RULES here and there. The last thing anyone wants is to go to a wedding and reception with no surprises. Think about it. An event with the standard formula of wedding, cocktails and a seated dinner – all done in a formulaic way? NO GO. One huge rule that we see our clients breaking is to forget about the seated dinner. To pull this off - go for a two phased party where cocktails are done with all passed canapes and very little seating. Keep most guests on their feet and moving around. Then, move into the main reception and use gorgeous food stations and bars strategically placed throughout the venue to draw guests to specific areas. Create a few different seating areas like – a lounge area, bar height community tables and then some various sized traditional seating (mature guests will enjoy this area). Add the dance floor and you have a rockin' fun reception!
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