With the new year comes predictions of what will be. Since we are closing in on Valentine's Day, I'm posting the Top 12 Wedding Trends for 2012, from the pundits at onewed.com:
#12--Food Trucks--Fun food trucks are rolling in at receptions and after parties with non-traditional food items like fried twinkies and giant pretzels.
#11--Unique Head Chic--Last year's royal wedding turned headpieces into the "in" accessories, as everyone was looking at who was wearing which unique hat at Kate and Will's wedding.
#10--Royal Wedding Inspiration--Not just the headpieces, but this year's wedding styles reflect last year's royal wedding, too (think simpler wedding dresses with lace sleeves, natural make-up, and ivory bridesmaids dresses)
#9--Letterpress with a Modern Twists--Bold colors on traditional paper makes for a popular stationery choice.
#8--Bijou Weddings--Small guest lists mean that couples can afford elegance.
#7--Two Wedding Dresses--One for walking down the aisle, and one for the reception. It's what Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian did (Kim had three dresses).
#6--Scaled Back Centerpieces--Smaller, shorter centerpieces using unique additions like crystals and antique books.
#5--Touches of Sheer--Transparent necklaces, for instance.
#4--Sparkle--Gold and silver accents are being used for everything from shoes to centerpieces.
#3--Mix and Match Mania--Mixing the dress look for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. They don't need to wear exactly the same outfits.
#2--Ditching Tradition--New traditions are taking place of the old and couples are inventing their own traditions.
#1--Not Your Mom's White Wedding Dress--According to onewed.com, "blush is the new ivory".
Read the entire article at onewed.com.
What about music??? Notice that nothing was said about music! No music in 2012? Ridiculous!
I searched the web, and presently, I could find very little about any music trends for 2012 (at least very little about romantic music trends).
So, here are my own wedding and romantic music trend predictions for 2012:
1. Live Music Makes a Comeback--2011 was the year of the iPod. It was used everywhere, for ceremonies, receptions, and all kinds of other events. The pendulum swings back to live music in 2012. A harpist played at Kate Middleton's reception, and since the royal wedding theme will prevail in 2012, so will live music.
2. Ceremony Music to Fit the Bride's Experiences--More brides will opt for favorite songs as their entrance music, instead of sticking to the traditional (just as they will be creating more of their own wedding traditions and not going with the standard white wedding dress).
3. The Use of Less Mainstream Music--Weddings and events will utilize more music that the couple recently discovered, whether it be Celtic Music, music by independent artists, or music that brings a bit of nostalgia to older generations and is new to young couples. It's their way to introduce something new to their guests.
What are your wedding and music predictions for 2012?
Hint: You can gather some great ideas for your wedding music from my book The Bride's Guide to Musicians: Live Wedding Music Made Easy and Affordable, published by Hal Leonard Books. It's also available as a Kindle edition on amazon.com.