It’s that time of year again – our annual Trend Report. We’ve been collecting ideas, articles and photos like crazy to come up with our predictions for how fashion, interior design and food trends will influence the event industry in 2013 and beyond.
Coming up, we will show you how to incorporate this year’s latest trends into your events. In the meantime, check out our Pinterest boards and these articles to see what trends we’re tracking.
Last month, I took a little holiday over the pond. Here are just a few highlights from an amazing trip to London and Harrogate.
Birthday Dinner at my favorite London restaurant, La Petite Maison; Best Sunday Ritual – Sunday Roast at The Pig and Butcher; wedding gown shopping with @urbanflipflops at Brown’s Bride; wedding venue shopping at Fulham Palace with @urbanflipflops.
A majestic peacock in Holland Park; Baccarat chandeliers at One Marylebone, a spectacular London wedding venue; House of Dior exhibit at Harrods – beautiful and inspiring; cheese-flavored macaron at La Cave a Fromage – genius.
And, the jewel in the crown, seeing Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience. Truly incredible performance and a must-see if you are planning to be in London before June!!!
One of my favorite wedding blogs, United with Love, did a fabulous post about wedding trends expected for 2013. I was thrilled to be asked my opinion and to share the table with so many lovely and talented industry colleagues. Click through for the full post.
Be sure to jump over to Junebug to learn more about what top wedding planners, including yours truly, are saying about hot new trends in 2012.
I have recently returned from a week in Seattle and a successful corporate event for one of my clients. It had been 12 years since I last visited Seattle, and while a lot has changed, it still felt like the charming, small city I remembered. I added the weekend so I could check out some of the sights around town. Here are just a few snapshots of some of the highlights.
I wish I could take credit for planning this, but the weekly sailing regatta just happened to pass by my client’s celebration dinner at Aqua.
Followed by a truly spectacular sunset.
The off-site excursion planned for my client to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was informative and inspiring. I particularly liked this display of charitable intentions and ideas to inspire change. Visitors fill out their own blank cards and hang them on this “tree” and are then encouraged to take someone else’s with them to take some kind of action. The selection ranges from “I support…” to “How have contraceptives changed your life?”
The recently opened exhibit of Dale Chihuly’s work at Seattle Center is one of the best art exhibits I have ever seen. Not to be missed if you are in town!
Seattle is definitely a town for foodies as well. We enjoyed fabulous meals the whole week. From local favorites like Walrus and the Carpenter to downtown hot spots like Lola and Wild Ginger, the flavors reflect the seasonal, local produce, bountiful local seafood, and various Asian influences. Of course, wandering through the famous Pike Place Market is enough to inspire anyone.
This past weekend I was in Stone Harbor, NJ for my client’s wedding. Ashlynn and Gregg were an absolute pleasure to work with and their wedding was AMAZING!
My good friend and staff assistant, Rebecca, did an adorable post on her blog Urban Flip Flops about the quaint town of Stone Harbor with a few pics from the wedding. Check it out here.
I can’t wait to share the photos from Rodney Bailey when they are available. In the meantime, here are a few quick snaps I was able to take.
The beautiful beach at Stone Harbor.
The adorable welcome bags.
The super cute and preppy monogrammed Oxfords the bride gave to her bridal party (and one for me!):
A very relaxed Father of the Bride:
The fabulous getaway vehicle taking the Wedding Party to the reception:
A sparkling send off:
Each year, I like to take a look at the fashion, interior design and restaurant/food industries and consider how their current trends could influence my events.
This year’s runways and red carpets were full of colors, patterns and styles that provided me with ample inspiration for creating a truly stylish event.
Trend: Mix it Up
Florals, Pattern –Mixing, and Color-Blocking were prevalent throughout the 2012 runway collections. When considering your event décor, be bold with your use of colors, textures and patterns.
Inspired by the Diane von Furstenburg image above, this design features bright, bold colors and varying textures to create a modern, playful look.
Trend: Great Gatsby Glamour
The much-anticipated remake of The Great Gatsby was reflected in several runway and red carpet looks.
The HOT color of the season, Mint, with romantic details make this look fitting for the Hamptons crowd of Gatsby’s era.
Trend: In the Nude
Nude was one of the most popular colors on the red carpets this year. From romantic to contemporary, this is one color that does it all.
Inspired by the Dior gown above, this look embodies soft, billowy romance and proves that neutral tones can have big impact.
Trend: Modern Lace
Lace is always a classic choice, but this year we’re seeing lots of lace with modern twists. From laser cut patterns to oversized applique, lace is clearly not just for brides and grandmothers anymore.
The Valentino gown above inspired this design where we combined different lace patterns with the hint of a nude background to create a soft, romantic look.
Trend: Fit for a Queen
Most likely inspired by the Royal Wedding and our current fascination with fairytales, the runways and red carpets were dripping in gold this year. By contrast, there was also a return to basics with simple, but dramatic combinations of black and white.
With a nod to the Alexander McQueen design above, this gilded design would make anyone feel like royalty.
Stay tuned for my next posts on interior design and food trends.
I am thrilled to once again be helping with the Woolly Mammoth Spring Benefit Bash. This year’s event, Wild, Wild Woolly, will be held on April 21 at the newly renovated Fairmont Hotel into the Victorian era American West. Attending cowboys, outlaws, lawmen, saloon girls, dapper gents and elegant ladies will find a Silent Auction filled with unique experiences and items, a custom-designed multi-course dinner from the Fairmont’s acclaimed chef, and a fabulous after party featuring the Wil Gravatt Band, provided by Hill Country BBQ.
Valentine’s Day is next week, so here’s a little inspiration that I pulled together for my clients who are getting married this month. Combining sophistication and romance, it’s sure to be fabulous!
My next two weddings have me feeling the love. Both couples are absolutely bubbling over with love for one another and excitement about their wedding. It makes me feel good just being with them and has inspired me to share a few of my favorite love poems and quotes. From your ceremony program to a reading to cocktail napkins and signs at the reception, there are numerous ways to spread the love on your wedding day.
I Carry Your Heart With Me
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss
Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“I Like You”
by Samuel Stoddard
I like you and I know why.
I like you because you are a good person to like.
I like you because when I tell you something special, you know it’s special
And you remember it a long, long time.
You say, Remember when you told me something special
And both of us remember
When I think something is important
you think it’s important too
When I say something funny, you laugh
I think I’m funny and you think I’m funny too
I like you because you know where I’m ticklish
And you don’t tickle me there
except just a little tiny bit
But if you do, then I know where to tickle you too
You know how to be silly
That’s why I like you
Boy are you ever silly
I never met anybody sillier than me till I met you
I like you because you know when it’s time to stop being silly
Maybe day after tomorrow
Too late, it’s a quarter past silly
Sometimes we don’t say a word
We snurkle under fences
We spy secret places
If I am a goofus on the roofus hollering my head off
You are one too
If I pretend I am drowning, you pretend you are saving me
If I am getting ready to pop a paper bag,
then you are getting ready to jump
That’s because you really like me
You really like me, don’t you
And I really like you back
And you like me back and I like you back
And that’s the way we keep on going every day
And I like you because if we go away together
And if we are in Grand Central Station
And if I get lost
Then you are the one that is yelling for me
“Where are you?”
“Here I am”
I like you because I don’t know why but
Everything that happens is nicer with you
I can’t remember when I didn’t like you
It must have been lonesome then
I like you because because because
I forget why I like you but I do
So many reasons
I don’t know why
I guess I don’t know why I really like you
Why do I like you
I guess I just like you
I guess I just like you because I love you.
Gifts of the Sea
by Anne Morrow Lindburgh
“When you love someone you do not love them all the time, in exactly the same way, from moment to moment. It is an impossibility. The only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity, in freedom, in the sense that dancers are free, barely touching as they pass, but partners in the same pattern.
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what was in nostalgia, nor forward to what might be in dread or anticipation, but living in the present relationship and accepting it as it is now. One must accept the security of the winged life, of ebb and flow, of intermittency.”
by Pablo Neruda
I don’t love you as if you were the salt-rose, topaz or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as certain dark things are loved, secretly, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plant that doesn’t bloom, and carries hidden within itself the light of those flowers, and thanks to your love, darkly in my body lives the dense fragrance that rises from the earth. I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where, I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I know no other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you; so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep it is your eyes that close.
Excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit
By Margery Williams
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
“I suppose you are real?” said the Rabbit. And then he wished he had not said it, for he thought the Skin Horse might be sensitive. But the Skin Horse only smiled. “The boy’s uncle made me Real,” he said. “That was a great many years ago; but once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always.”
Excerpt from Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis
If the old fairy-tale ending “They lived happily ever after” is taken to mean “They felt for the next fifty years exactly as they felt the day before they were married,” then it says what probably never was nor ever would be true, and would be highly undesirable if it were.
Who could bear to live in that excitement for even five years? What would become of your work, your appetite, your sleep, your friendships? But, of course, ceasing to be “in love” need not mean ceasing to love.
Love in this second sense-love as distinct from “being in love”—is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit; reinforced by (in Christian marriages) the grace which both partners ask, and receive, from God.
They can have this love for each other even at those moments when they do not like each other; as you love yourself even when you do not like yourself.
They can retain this love even when each would easily, if they allowed themselves, be “in love” with someone else. “Being in love” first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”
Excerpt from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres
Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.
And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being “in love” which any fool can do.
Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love, have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
Excerpt from a Letter to his Wife Mary
by William Wordsworth
Every day every hour every moment makes me feel more deeply how blessed we are in each other, how purely how faithfully how ardently, and how tenderly we love each other; I put this last word last because, though I am persuaded that a deep affection is not uncommon in married life, yet I am confident that a lively, gushing, thought-employing, spirit-stirring, passion of love is very rare even among good people… O, I love you with a passion of love which grows ’til I tremble to think of its strength.
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
- from the film Moulin Rouge