Top 5 of the Hottest Wedding Trends for 2015 - by Renowned Event Planner

A new year means there are new trends in fashion, food and . . . of course, weddings. Engagement season is between Christmas and the end of February so that's means there are a lot of new couples starting to make their wedding plans. Since wedding day plans should include some of the hottest trends, Cynthia Pesce {event planner and general manager at the award-winning Inn at New Hyde Park in Long Island, New York} joins us today with her top five 2015 weddings trends.

1. Late-night Dining

This is a trend that started to gain traction in 2014. In 2015, we think a much larger portion of weddings will feature mid night or post reception snacks. After a night of dancing and cocktails, what better than a few comfort or mini foods before your guests head home. A few examples include: sliders, bacon items, assortments of grilled cheeses and more. Also look for infused alcohol in desserts. YUM!

2. Earthy Color Schemes

Look for more browns, tans, warm grays, and greens as weddings will have more of an earthy feel to them. Many earth tones originate from clay earth pigments, such as umber, ochre, and sienna.

3. Rustic Remains Popular

Look for more greenery garden like floral arrangements as brides and grooms focus on a natural clean appeal.

4. Simple Floral Centerpieces

The floral centerpieces will be simpler and less structured. You can also say goodbye to lush colors. We will also see less florals that are in the shape of a ball, as the flowers will be staged together more naturally.

5. Wedding Dresses : New and Old Favorites

Like any fashion industry, each year brings new styles or brings back old favorites. In 2015 brides are looking at more peekaboo lace, dresses with capped sleeves, and ruffled textured dresses {like this one from BHLDN}.

The Inn at New Hyde Park is a luxury event & catering facility that specializes in weddings, private parties & corporate events. They take great pride in practicing & perfecting the art of gracious hospitality, The Inn at New Hyde Park continues its long-standing tradition by setting a new standard of extraordinary cuisine, elegance & uncompromising service. The Inn is a 4 time winner of The Knot’s ‘Best of Wedding’ award for venues and 3 time winner of Wedding Wire’s ‘Bride’s Choice’ Award. Timeless elegance and modern luxury come together to provide you and your guests with the most memorable event experience on Long Island. 

Credits: Mini Burgers from Colin Cowie Weddings, Rustic Wedding Decor Photo by Tony Spinelli Photography, Wedding Centerpiece by Eight Tree Street, Wedding Dress from BHLDN

Pop the Champagne and Gift the Bride & Groom a Personalized Love Story Print

Let's Pop the Champagne, I have a brand new custom printable in my etsy shop {with more to come}. This 8x10 Custom Love Story Printable is personalized and you can choose which colors you would like for the glittered 'Love Story' wording and the hearts. The particular color palette shown in this Wedding Love Story Printable was created for my cousins wedding and these were her wedding colors. This print is custom created with each order and then emailed to you for printing. The frame is not included and I went to my local Home Goods and found the perfect hammered gold frame.

And, speaking of Popping the Champagne - isn't this Pop the Champagne Tee great? I think it would be so fun to gift this to your wedding party {yourself included} and wear them for the Bachelorette Party. Gold Sequin skirt is optional, but looks pretty darn cute with the tee I think.

Pop the Champagne Tee by T&J Designs - perfect for the Bachelorette Party Night / as seen on

A Seaside Themed Handmade Wedding in the UK by Tracey Ann Photography

Today's real wedding feature from Tracey Ann Photography brings us to Robin Hoods Bay, Whitby in the UK for the handmade wedding of Emma and Lee. Emma's mother was super creative and handmade the wedding cake, the table decorations, the wedding bouquet and even the bunting {I love the look of bunting and this wedding had lots of it}. After saying I Do, the couple and their wedding party took a walk through the village for photographs at the beach before heading to their seaside themed reception. This part of the wedding I just love as it's not something you hear about in the US for weddings {at least I don't hear about it}. When dinner was served the bride and groom were invited to light the fuse of a antique canon which fired a canon ball into the sea to honor their marriage.

Since Emma's mother had such an amazing response to all of the handmade items she created, she has now set up her own business called Moira Jane Wedding Artiste where she designs bespoke wedding decor for other couples. For Emma's bouquet, her and her mother gathered the buttons and brooches from various antique shops in Whitby and other areas for her bouquet. She was also given some by family and found other at various online shops.

Wedding Vendors
Photographer: Tracey Ann Photography
Jewelry: black market
Beauty: Body Line Health and Beauty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Dido Bridal
Equipment Rentals: Florida Marquee
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Formally Yours - Wedding Suit Hire Online
DJ: Keith Wallis
Ceremony Location: Swell Café Bar
Dress Store: The Wedding House
Reception Venue: The Victoria Hotel

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

16 Weddings... 16 Islands... One Priceless Day in the Bahamas

You Are Invited to a Bahamaian Wedding

Today is going to be a super exciting day for 16 couples in the Bahamas and my travel editor, Jackie, is there documenting it all for you on instagram. More than 3,000 couples sent in submissions and the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) announced that 16 lucky couples will have their dream wedding, on sixteen of its 700-islands chain, all of which will occur at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015, which is today. The priceless wedding experiences are expected to take place on Acklins, Crooked Island, Abaco, Andros, The Berry Island, Bimini {where the lucky couple Jackie is following will be married}, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador, Bahamas and you are invited to attend. I am thrilled that my blog could be a part of on this momentous journey in the Bahamas. Please be sure to follow me on Instagram for all the photos as Jackie shares the day with us.

A little bit about the island of Bimini {where Christina and Rudy will marry}

Favored by famed author Ernest Hemmingway, and the place where the late Dr. Martin Luther King penned his “I Have A Dream” speech, Bimini has always been known for its tranquil setting. Located just 50 miles east off the coast of Miami, the hook-shaped island, is famous for its bone-fishing, boating, and mystical attractions including its Fountain of Youth, Healing Hole and discovery of the Lost City of Atlantis.
— Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

PS: Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for all the "dreamy" destination wedding photos as Jackie shares the couple's big day with us.

All photos above courtesy of @jackiep_citizenuniverse on instagram

Unique Snowflake Ideas for Winter Wedding Flowers

Today's post is filled with the MOST gorgeous and amazing faux florals for your snowflake themed winter weddings. The prices for these stunning pieces are definitely in the affordable range and the best part is, the snowflakes can be kept as a keepsake after the wedding day.

The above handmade bridal bouquet and the one below {which is perfect for bridesmaids and/or flower girls} are from Bridal Bouquets by Ky on etsy. There's even boutonnieres to match and this single snowflake is $24 {bouquet above is $245}.

The above snowflake brooch from Crystalitzy on etsy would make a stunning boutonniere for the groom and even the groomsmen. This particular one is $12.45 and there's even more snowflake styles to choose from.

Back Issues of Martha Stewart Weddings For Sale

This past weekend I spent time cleaning out my office and getting it ready for 2015. Since I'm planning to create more art this year for weddings {and you}, I need to clear some space and I want to offer all my past issues of Martha Stewart Weddings up for grabs. I have issues from 2002 to present available. You will see it organized by year below for purchase. Simply order one, or more and shipping is already included {for a few issues I have more than one on hand}. PS: I'll even include some cute and fun paper goodies that I've handmade with each order. ORDER NOW

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Giveaway : Win Tickets to the Wedding Salon's Luxury Bridal Showcase

Are you a Los Angeles, California area bride?

If yes, then you will love today's giveaway. I have teamed up with The Wedding Salon who is well known for being the nation’s leading luxury bridal showcase where couples can discover the latest trends and best resources for their weddings. On January 19th, 2015, The Wedding Salon will be partnering with The Knot, BRIDES Magazine and Wedding Wire for an evening of cake tastings, cocktails, beauty makeovers, entertainment, the ultimate swag bag and more.

Here's the Scoop . . . {see below for entry form}

Calling all Los Angeles California brides : I have your chance to win tickets for you and 4 of your bridesmaids to receive VIP entrance to the Wedding Salon's Luxury Bridal Showcase / as seen on

Who: One Lucky Bride and 4 of her attendants
What: VIP entrance with complimentary admission for the bride and four member of her bridal party. There will also be a swag bag for everyone in the group.
When: January 19th, 2015 from 4-8 pm
Where: Montage Beverly Hills, CA
Extras: If you are engaged and want to join the fun, you can register at with code BWB15P for $15 tickets ($75 value).

This travel inspired showcase will assist couples in planning their dream destination wedding and honeymoon. Highlights include:
• The hottest travel locations including Puerto Rico, Puerto Vallarta, O’ahu, Park City Utah and Aspen
• Tastings, cocktails and beauty makeovers
• Couture gown previews from Aerithe and Winnie Couture and the latest men’s formalwear
• Honeymoon giveaways and raffles including dinner for two at the Terra Restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
• The top spots for your destination wedding or honeymoon such as Secrets Resorts & Spa and Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, The Cove Atlantis Paradise Island, Montage Resort & Spa, Playa Largo Resort, Kaua’I Marriott Resort and more
• Top  Venues that include The Broadmoor, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, InterContinetal The Clement Monterey and The Coeur d’Alene Resort  
• The opportunity to score a luxe goody bag featuring the latest bridal magazines and beauty products

This event is for engaged couples and their guest only.
All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.