Event coordinators share the wedding trends for 2018
By Vanessa Denha Garmo
With Valentines marking the middle of the month and just coming off the holiday season and New Year’s Day, there are and will be many newly engaged couples. Proposals are very popular from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day. According to WeddingWire.com, included in the top 10 most popular days to propose are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Day. So, now there are weddings to organize. Local wedding and event planners shared what was vogue in 2017 and what is expected to trend in 2018.
Top that Table
Table is the collaboration of Lawrence Yaldo and Andy Keina.
Yaldo and Keina have been not only following trends but they have been topping them in the event planning business for more than a decade as owners of Top that Table. “With any trend, it’s important not to go overboard,” said Yaldo. “Remember that at the end of the day, this is your wedding and you will have these photos for decades to come—the end goal should be a wedding that you’ll love just as much in 30, 40, or 50 years.”
With that said, the duo planners recommend to “try your best to strike a balance with trends that reflect you and traditional elements to keep everything “grounded” and timeless,” said Yaldo. “Finding harmony between the two will ensure that your wedding stands the test of time.”
Food for thought? What to serve at the wedding is definitely part of the planning. “With a plethora of food already being served from the beginning to end, couples are opting for different ideas to provide a late-night snack for their guests,” he said. “The options are unlimited from food trucks to custom dessert stations, leaving guests feeling full and energized to partake in all the festivities for the evening.”
The Mod Mix is trending in 2018. “We love the idea of balancing sleek geometric shapes with soft flowers and natural elements,” said Yaldo. “Aside from the traditional decor, adding in geometric shapes are an unexpected and a totally cool addition to your décor. The chic pairing of modern and traditional is beautiful at weddings to add warmth and contrast.”
A June Event
June Abro of A June Event in West Bloomfield travels for inspiration. “My partner and I look for the best and latest trends so we can service our clients,” said Abro. “We not only look for what our clients are trying to achieve, we look for the unique.”
Working in both the Chaldean and Jewish communities, at A June Event, they work with a variety of vendors so they can offer whatever a client wants. “We definitely were the first to do “oversize” at Shenandoah and probably the last in 2017; our client had a vision,” he said. “We definitely wanted to make things come to life so starting the trend with the Sawa wedding and ending with the George wedding, we bookended with two big statements of the year.”
Abro noted that couples want to make statement as soon as the guests walk in. “I would definitely say A June Event is known for all of the big and prominent seating arrangements,” he said. “We were the first ones to be doing the acrylic boards and an oversize pattern.”
Now into 2018, June noted that people are going more dreamy, romantic and intimate. “White is going to be a big trend this year,” he said. “I think a lot more girls are going romantic. They are not going as bold. They are going simple but still very beautiful. Less of the big cake and more romance and a personal cake.”
With the remodel at Shenandoah this year, June said that couples are anxious to see what new things can be done inside the West Bloomfield country club. Meanwhile, weddings in Detroit are becoming more popular. “People are getting a real feel for the city,” he said. “Brides and grooms are making more money than maybe a generation ago and today they are hosting their weddings.”
These young entrepreneurs are throwing a wedding reception that is more reflective of themselves as a couple then a wedding that was hosted by the couple’s parents. “Parents are letting their kids organize the weddings more,” said June. “They are allowing the couple design the day.”
However, brides more so today are trying to get inspiration from their mom’s wedding day from decades earlier. “They might not wear the same dress but somehow they are incorporating themes from their parents wedding into their own,” he noted. “They might incorporate the color scheme from that time period like mustard yellow or navy. The tradition of wearing the mother’s dress doesn’t really exist in our culture but getting inspiration from their weddings does.”
In addition to be being acknowledged by Hour Magazine as the Best Event Planner for four consecutive years, A June Event is also a preferred vendor at the top destination spots in the Metro Detroit area.
The Event Planner
Dalia Atisha, known as The Event Planner, has a close working relationship with many vendors in the event planning business. “A lot of the wedding tends we have had since 2017 are evolving and creating more of an imprint with the help of vendors providing more options making it easier to create a theme and really get into it,” said Atisha. “We are looking at what vendors are offering as we create personalized weddings for each couple.”
In 2018, the laser cut custom and personalized invitations continue with different types of printing, letter press, foil press and embossed lettering.
When it comes to colors, Atisha is seeing green and whites in 2018 as a more natural feel emerges. “Bold colors are giving more vibrant presentations,” she noted. “Rustic styled weddings are now being altered to feel more woodsy. metallic/industrial Lucite, rose gold, different tones of gold and silver, and the garden-esque look is also popular.”
When it comes to lighting, couples have made it a standard using pin spotting at guest tables. “Gobos to personalize the couple with their logo by branding their wedding and using texture lighting to really set a mood for the evening have become popular,” said Atisha. “In addition, bands and DJ’s tying in lighting with music that creates an unprecedented event.”
It’s not just tables and chairs anymore. “Couples are bringing in family antiques, heirlooms and other personal items that are near and dear to them,” said Atisha. “They are tying it into their wedding décor whether it be the wedding bouquet, at the entrance or even on the head table.”
Couples are renting furniture giving the reception a different look such as placing the wedding cake or late-night snack with props and unique pieces to really set the tone of their theme or presentation they are trying to give.
Speaking of food. Today, couples are looking to create an experience for their guests. “They are doing this by offering nostalgic foods from their younger years or even including their favorite foods and serving them to their guests,” she noted.
Crowd-pleasing action stations and carts are fun and interactive. An Action Station is an interactive display of food, where it’s typically chef attended and gives guests ways to engage and entertain all while heightening taste buds and taking the enjoyment of food to another level.
Food trucks have rolled in and made a big hit as well as favorite and national food vendors have begun setting up stations at weddings.
“Couples are more and more seeking ways to engage and entertain their guests not with just the music, but through other avenues to help create memories of the couple’s wedding nuptials,” said Atisha.
From Fashion to food, Suhair Kallabat from Eventually Yours is paying attention to it all. She notes various changes happening in the wedding world. For instance, the bridal dance during dinner is not a must. “Starting the bridal dance during a later part of dinner isn’t necessarily a new trend, but it’s a trend that is definitely taking over and more so becoming the norm now,” said Kallabat.
Customizing the cuisine has been trending for a while. “Our culture revolves around food and while the foodie phenomena has made its mark on weddings in years past through cool midnight snacks, a trend that my couples and I have been loving this year is the incorporation of new and cool foods into the dinner menu itself,” she noted. “I’ve had a lot of couples this year break away from the standard banquet menu and change the menu to incorporate either their favorite snacks on the table as appetizers including Potato chips, hummus, tabbouleh, shrimp, and eggplant salad at one wedding, to a couple catering in their favorite soup from their go-to restaurant, or another couple serving each table a shareable dish of fries at another wedding. Fun and new foods are definitely a focus at weddings and it’s nice to see couples exploring new dinner options.”
Fashion trends are not just for the bride to follow. “Bride’s aren’t the only ones having fun with fashion on their wedding day,” said Kallabat. “It’s no longer assumed that a groom will be in a black tux now. Grooms have a variety of fun options now which include navy tuxes, and mix and matching their black pants with various colored and patterned tuxedo jackets!”
The dresses will always be the focal part of the evening’s fashion statement. “Bridal Dresses with pockets are actually popular,” she said. “This is probably one of my favorite bridal trends! I LOVE a dress with pockets, so I think it’s awesome to see pockets being fused with bridal fashion. It’s a chic and practical trend!”