Top Unique Wedding Trends 2017

Garlands…Everywhere!

One wedding trend that is sweeping 2017 is greenery, and more specifically garlands. They are creating a natural vibe that is still beautiful and elegant. Garlands are being taken advantage of in any and every element of decor. From your altar, to signage, to tables, or bar. Garlands are the new wedding go to.

The Hanging Decor

This element is such a creative, gorgeous look! It adds a whole new level to your overall wedding picture. You can get very out-of-the-box with this as well. From hanging flowers, lights, bottles, and more! Truly whatever your heart and wedding dreams desire. The ceilings the limit!  😉

The Destination Wedding

The destination weddings are getting chicer and bigger every year. It can be a fun lavish travel experience for all guests or a more intimate vacation for close family. Nowadays wedding planners make it so easy to accommodate a wedding anywhere! Couples can hand pick invitations, tourist arrangements, and say ‘I do’ with a view.

Unique Wedding Entertainment 

Entertainment is an element that is really taking a step up in the wedding industry. A DJ and photo booth simply isn’t cutting it any more. There are so many options to make your wedding more exciting, unique, and hands on for your guests. Bringing in live music that specializes a specific genre, a live painter or artist, or a ‘surprise and delight’ catering treat are all great ways to entertain your guests.

How to Plan the Perfect Shower or Bachelor/ette Party

We were honored to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Thumbtack on planning the perfect shower or bachelor/ette party. Our owner, Whitney Valentine, has been planning and producing beautiful showers, bachelor bashes, and bachelorette parties for nearly 20 years. Check out her pro tips to plan your own unforgettable wedding party!

What are popular locations for destination bachelor/ette parties?

Go big or go home is the current trend. Not just for the parties, but across the entire wedding industry. I’ve noticed that weddings are getting smaller and budgets are getting bigger.

Couples really want unique, personalized experiences. Some hot spots for destination parties include NYC, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs, and Napa/Sonoma. Yes, Las Vegas is still a classic location, but it’s not the end-all, be-all anymore. Wherever you go, it’s important to create memorable experiences and customize everything.

Any trends in party favors you’re seeing?

Go above and beyond, but don’t go crazy. Honestly, it’s the little details that make a huge difference. Be thoughtful. If you’re wine tasting in Napa, have an engraved wine opener waiting in each person’s room. People like useful favors they can reuse and think of you when they do.

Another trend is having an experiential event and the favor is the takeaway from that. For example, art classes with wine tasting are becoming a popular party choice. The art the guests make is their party favor.

What’s a fabulous themed party you’ve planned?

Themes are really important for a great party. The more creative and specific, the better. We recently planned a beauty-themed party with a throwback vibe at a venue in San Francisco. We brought in a team of beauty students and set up fully equipped “beauty bars” throughout the space. Guests could get their hair and makeup done while drinking cocktails and mingling. It was such a fun atmosphere with upbeat, retro music like George Michael, Prince, and Madonna.

What goes into planning a wedding shower or bachelor/ette party?

When a client calls saying, “we need your help,” our first job is to uncover their vision for the event. I don’t just mean how it will look, but also what experience they want to have. To help narrow your vision, ask yourself these questions:

What’s my budget? Classic slumber party with old school movies, popcorn, and sundaes? Or big night on the town with a party bus, multiple stops, and an after party? Determining the kind of night you want to have will guide the budget.
What vibe do I want? Sophisticated, playful, sentimental, sexy…this will help steer activities, music, and decor.
Who will attend? Is this a get-wild friend group, or will your conservative aunt be joining? If it’s the former, y’all can take pole dancing classes, the latter…you might want to stick to art and wine.
Once we have these basics, A’Reve creates a few event concepts from which the client can choose. From there, it’s time to start planning.

Why hire a planner instead of DIY?

Planners remember details that DIYers may not consider. We had an event where the hostess handled everything up until we did day-of coordination. The caterer showed up with no plates. It was pretty disastrous. Those little details, the planners handle.
Planners, 9 out of 10 times, pay for themselves in negotiating contracts or finding wiggle room in terms of pricing.
Planners handle all the communications with vendors, guests, and arrangements. Many also offer consultations of 1-2 hours to make sure DIYers have everything covered.
One final tip?

Don’t forget the photos. You need to capture this moment in time. Come up with a personalized hashtag so you’ll have a photo feed you can always look back on and reminisce. Or, if you don’t want to do the social media route, go all-analog with a rented a photo booth and disposable cameras.

It’s Time to Jingle & Mingle

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. We spend this time eating, drinking, and celebrating with ones we love most. Check out some of these easy tips and tricks to make your holiday celebration memorable and fun for all!

Hot Chocolate Bar
Put out some of your favorite hot coco ingredients out for your guests to create their own and cozy up by the fire.

 

Festive Decor
Here are some ideas to make your home look and feel more festive while saving time and money! They are as simple as throwing pinecones in a basket, making arrangements with ornaments, candy, and bows in cases, or secretly cutting off some pieces from the back of your tree and putting them on place settings.

 

Christmas Tree Appetizers
So your can spend more time preparing dinner you can get some easy fruit, veggies, and cheese from the store and set them up as Christmas trees!

 

Streamer Photo Wall
A fun way for guests to take pictures is to cut some streamer pieces and tape them up on an open wall as a backdrop.

Lindsay & Hunter

Another wedding in the books! We had a fabulous time planning Lindsay & Hunter’s big day. The floral arrangements were out of this world, & how stunning was her dress?

 

Photos: Kelley L Cox

Flowers:  LC Floral Design

Venue:  Observation Post at The Presidio, San Francisco

Event Planners:  A’Reve Event Production

NerdWallet’s Western Picnic

We had the *best* time planning & executing NerdWallet’s Western Picnic this past weekend. We delighted 550 of their employees & family members with Western themed catering, full saloon, fun games, & a bar none photo booth. Check out some of our favorite shots by our go-to photographer Jeff Hall.

Wedding Invite Trends of 2016

Setting the tone for your big day, wedding invitations are the first glimpse into your event. Here are some trends of 2016 that will be popping up a lot (& where to get them!).

Modern Lines & Shapes

Give your guests a taste of your contemporary style with bold lines & geometric shapes.

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East Six

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Etsy

Luxury Invites

These are the crème de la crème of wedding invites. Complete sets that encompass the tone you want to set on your wedding day, luxury sets wow your guests with raised detailing, personalized calligraphy, & shimmery cardstock.

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Engaging Papers

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East Six (Recently featured in The Knot!)

Minimalistic Invites

Keep things simple & aesthetically pleasing with straight forward invites.

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Etsy

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Etsy

Bold Florals

Soft florals are so 2015. This wedding season, brides are focusing on statement hues & tones. Check out these modern romantic invites we found!

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Etsy

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Papellerie

Custom Envelope Liners

Nothing says fabulous better than custom envelope inserts & liners. Elevate your invitations with a simple addition to your envelopes.

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Jolie

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Jupiter and Juno