Twin Cities Wedding & Event Professionals have been involved in shaping the wedding and event industry since way back in 2009. This year is no different. Here’s the latest from our talented group of event planners & experts who have the pulse of what’s hot in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area in the coming year. Groom's Dinner

Trend 1:

Groom’s Dinner Days Before Wedding

Instead 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 – DowntownDelta Hotels By Marriott Minneapolis Northeast, Unique Dining Experiences, Water Street Inn

first dance wedding

Trend 2:

Intimate Gatherings

Creating 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 FarmsteadHistoric Hope Glen Farm & Vineyard,  John P. Furber Farm,  Radisson Minneapolis/St. Paul NorthRoyal Foundry Crafts Spirits,  Sheraton MidtownWater Street InnWhite’s Wildwood Retreat Center
bride walking at night

Trend 3:

After Parties

After 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 TruckDelta Hotels By Marriott Minneapolis Northeast ,  Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis DowntownRadisson Minneapolis/St. Paul NorthRoyal Foundry Crafts SpiritsSheraton MidtownWater Street Inn

vintage armchair near candles

Trend 4:

Photo Opportunity Pieces included in decor

Where to get it: Positively CharmedFestivities, Studio B Floral

new year celebration champagne

Trend 5:

Edible Glitter in Drinks

Where to get: Crave Catering & Beverage Service

Trend 6:

Cocktail receptions – food & cocktail pairings all over with colors for florals

Visually 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
Luxury wedding couch

Trend 7:

Distinctive Bride & Groom Seating

While 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.

festive table setting

Trend 8:

Large table seating with families

Large 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

large wedding flowers purple

Trend 9:

Larger Brighter Flowers

Where to get: BellagalaThe Flower Shoppe,  Indulge and BloomSilks & Images Studio B FloralUy Lennon Floral & Events 
Balloon wedding trend

Trend 10:

Balloon Designs (walls, arches, centerpieces)

Balloons are making a come back in a big way. Where to get it: Balloon Artistry by Mandana

Leanne Larson paints

Trend 11:

Venue Sketches / watercolor on invites, unique day of signage and display

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. Where to get it: Your Type 3D Life-Size Event LettersT. Aletta Event Stationary

wedding veil lace

Trend 12:

Re-Purposing / Re-Styling

Details for the Bride

More 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. Where to get: Forget Me Not Heirlooms,  Auntie Kay’s Accessories 139 Hair by HeidiRock Your Dermis – Rock Your Life

Bonus Trend:

Being mindful of Entertaining Guests

Engaging guests, social hours, bands, games, music, photo booths, late night food trucks, walking magicians,  bringing entertainment to engage guests, not solely focusing on the bride and groom is the trend.   Hiring an event coordinator / day of event coordinator will ensure these details go smoothly. Where to get it: Availed EventsBellagalaKeyed Up Events ,  Complete Weddings + EventsMirror Me Perfect & Perfect ReflectionsAffordable InflatablesReception JazzPianist for Parties, Camp Cheesecake Food Truck  EMI AudioImagine Lights  – light up dance floor

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