We attended The Special Event Conference (TSE) last week and learned the latest wedding trends for 2015. One thing to keep in mind about trends: they are opinions. As professional event planners, we want to pay attention to them and know what they are, but we don’t have to follow them. Our client’s style and desires are still top priority!
Here are the wedding trend predictions for 2015!
Colors: Pantone sets the color of the year which influences the wedding planning industry. For 2015, the Pantone color of the year is marsala. This sounds like a fancy word for burgundy, but we still like it. It’s easy to see how it will be a great color for some of our client’s weddings and events.
Fashion Inspiration: Fashion trends always inspire and influence the wedding and event industry. Metallic is one of those fashion trends that we are going to see a lot more of in 2015. Metallic furniture, metallic on cakes, and backdrops in gold are going to be very popular this year. Black and white are also a hot combo we are going to see more of this year, especially with linens and lounge furniture at events. Mixing patterns is also a hot topic for 2015 trends. Another fashion trend that is taking event design by storm is a statement piece. In fashion, a statement piece such as necklace or purse takes the focus of an outfit. In event design, this translates into a statement piece at the venue such as a huge floral display (think trees that are adorned in lights with tons of accent florals), a row of enormous mirrors, or just a large lovely floral display that attracts your focus when you enter the room.
Food & Catering: In 2015, it’s all about bacon. And why shouldn’t it be?! Bacon in drinks, bacon in desserts, and bacon as a main ingredient in the entrée are all popular for this year’s weddings and events. We were happy to hear that luxurious comfort foods are still hot for 2015. We love this food trend, especially for weddings. Small plates with more courses are also still popular. Farm-to-table dinners with locally sourced food are a huge trend. For our Colorado weddings in the past 2 years, we have planned and designed many weddings with a farm-to-table inspired dinner. This trend isn’t slowing down at all and we can expect to see it continue through 2015 and into 2016.
Drinks: Craft beers are huge. No surprise there, especially living in Colorado. Bourbon bars are also a popular trend for events right now.
Guest Seating: long banquet tables, often called king’s tables, are the hot seating trend for 2015. This type of seating pairs well with farm-to-table family style dinners.
Florals: Floral chandeliers are still hot along with ombre patters in flower design. Big floral wall backdrops are a popular trend for 2015.
General Design: Bringing the outdoors inside is still a hot trend for weddings and events. Having firepits and outdoor furniture inside creates a great ambiance at weddings and events. Another way to bring the outside in is to use trees and vertical walls of foliage. Both vintage and modern are trendy terms that will continue to see in 2015 event design requests. Creating comfortable lounges (both inside and outside) at all events will be a continuing trend. We will also see technology playing a bigger role at weddings this year and in the future.
The biggest trend discussed was gay weddings. This is much more than just a trend. There are so many opportunities to work in the gay wedding market. This is great news for our industry. At Save the Date Events, we are honored to work with gay couples to plan their Colorado wedding.
Thank you to David Merell from AOO Events for sharing these trends at TSE!
Metallic gold lounge designed by Kamran Hussain Designs for TSE
Beer wedding, guest seating photos, and floral decor images by Jason+Gina Photography. Design for these weddings by Save the Date Events.
Wedding lounge and food photos by Kelli Lyn Photography. Design for these weddings by Save the Date Events.