Spontaneity may not be a word typically associated with some of our city’s most elegant nuptials. But, according to wedding planner Lauren Chitwood, whose client list reads like a who’s who of well-known Louisvillians, it’s exactly what many of her brides are now seeking. There’s definitely a move towards the unexpected and the fun, according to Chitwood. Brides want their guests to relax and enjoy themselves. They’re looking for shared moments that are magical and unique. And they’re looking for ways to inject an element of surprise.
The magic can start at cocktail hour with signature drinks and weave through the evening all the way to the grand exit. Here are just a few of the delightful wedding flourishes Chitwood and her brides have dreamed up:
“Clients are trying to rethink the wedding sendoff. We’ve been using sparklers and fireworks for the past few years but now couples are exiting their weddings with confetti cannons and LED balloons. It’s a fresh and fun way to close out the big night! “
“Clients are still looking for hybrids of a typical seated meal. Family style dining is popular. This format entails guests being served their entrees on beautiful platters that are placed directly on the table.
A new way clients are switching up traditional plated meals, is with “meal flights. This is more of a tasting style menu. We serve entrees in small portion trios. The variety of small bites take the place of one large meal and allow guests to try something new.”
“Bar styling remains important to clients because this is a distinct opportunity for your wedding to express the couple’s style with a lot of visual impact. Along with the dance floor, most of your guests will visit the bar. My team has had fun with elaborate bar fronts and shelving.
Guests are also embracing craft cocktail movement into their bar. This is a fun way to embrace local spirits and mixology at your wedding.”
POPS OF COLOR
Color is coming back. For the past few years, we’ve been focused on shades of white and cream and greenery. But now I’m finding that couples are looking to put a spin on their décor with beautiful color palettes and seasonal florals.
WOW WARDROBE CHANGES
Brides: “One trend that is the removable ball skirt or the convertible dress. Brides wear very grand gowns down the aisle and for the first dance but then the top skirt comes off to reveal an amazing dress underneath. For the rest of the evening, the bride is more comfortable and can move more easily on the dance floor.”
Grooms: “Grooms are moving away from the traditional black tuxedo to a navy blue tux or a beautiful blue suit.”