Groom’s Dinner Days Before WeddingInstead of having everything piled up into the night before and day of, many couple’s are opting to lessen the stress and enjoy the groom’s dinner several days before the wedding day. Where to get: Courtyard by Marriott – Downtown, Delta Hotels By Marriott Minneapolis Northeast, Unique Dining Experiences, Water Street Inn
Intimate GatheringsCreating intimate gatherings often allows for treating guests really well with great food, entertainment, and joyous time with your closest friends and family. Where to get: Erickson Farmstead, Historic Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard, John P. Furber Farm, Radisson Minneapolis/St. Paul North, Royal Foundry Crafts Spirits, Sheraton Midtown, Water Street Inn, White’s Wildwood Retreat Center
After PartiesAfter parties with close friends and family who just want to keep the celebration going after the ceremony & reception are increasingly more and more popular. Late night food trucks coming to your event are a big hit. Make plans ahead of time for the after party. Where to get: Muddypaws Cheescake/Camp Cheesecake Food Truck, Delta Hotels By Marriott Minneapolis Northeast , Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Downtown, Radisson Minneapolis/St. Paul North, Royal Foundry Crafts Spirits, Sheraton Midtown, Water Street Inn
Photo Opportunity Pieces included in decorWhere to get it: Positively Charmed, Festivities, Studio B Floral
Edible Glitter in DrinksWhere to get: Crave Catering & Beverage Service
Cocktail receptions – food & cocktail pairings all over with colors for floralsVisually stunning with coordinating colors is not only for the wedding party and bouquets, but now includes food, cocktails and dessert paired together that share in the visually stunning effect. Where to get: Crave Catering, Unique Dining Experiences, Muddypaws Cheesecake
Distinctive Bride & Groom SeatingWhile this may not be unique in some other cultures, that of having the bride & groom seating stand out from the crowd- this idea that their chairs are obviously the seats-of-honor is catching on here in the States. Anything from a gorgeous couch to love seat, to opulent high-backed chairs. Think royalty and you’re getting into the right mind-set. Where to get this trend: Festivities event rental decor.
Large table seating with familiesLarge tables with many family and friends together; as well as some are opting for family style catering; where large platters of food are passed to each table, encouraging more guest interaction. Where to get: Festivities Rentals Erickson Farmstead , Historic Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard, John P. Furber Farm
Larger Brighter FlowersWhere to get: Bellagala, The Flower Shoppe, Indulge and Bloom, Silks & Images , Studio B Floral, Uy Lennon Floral & Events
Balloon Designs (walls, arches, centerpieces)Balloons are making a come back in a big way. Where to get it: Balloon Artistry by Mandana
Personalizing the details and making an impression is all about this trend; giving guests a sense of what the event will be like before they arrive via custom invitations, special attention to unique signage and displays as they arrive, as well as entertaining by having live artists capturing the event and creating strong visuals.
Details for the BrideMore often we are seeing “something old” that is being sewn into, or restyled into the brides gown, veil or wrapped around the stems of her bouquet, often these pieces are of her mothers or grandmothers wedding dress/veil that are being re-purposed and passed down to their family generations. Make your accessories your own style. On location hair and make up provides a lot of ease for the day. Along with prepping and pampering for the bride and her bridesmaids.
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