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Fresh Ideas & Hot Trends For Your Big Day

Planning a wedding really is like having a second job. Between shrinking budgets and growing guest lists, the details can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we’ve done some of the work for you, by highlighting some of the most popular wedding trends:

Vowing love and honor (as quickly as possible)
Vows are getting shorter, leaving more time for the celebration. But no need to sacrifice quality: Today’s couples are finding creative, and often entertaining, ways to express their love, finding inspiration from their favorite books or CDs. Typically, the simplest promises—like vowing to make your wife pancakes every Sunday morning —are the sweetest.

Picking flowers
Whether the scene is a church or someone’s backyard, today’s brides are carrying arrangements that make it look like they just stepped out of the garden. Think vibrant bouquets of wild flowers in varying shades of purple or red. The centerpieces are also reflecting a more relaxed vibe, with cool vases or garden urns plucked from flea markets.

Feeding the masses
One popular food trend is using locally sourced, organic food, which is easy to do in the Central Pennsylvania area, particularly from spring to fall, when fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance. Over at the bar, the traditional wine and beer cocktail menu is getting makeover with specialty drinks, like martinis featuring fresh fruit purees or concoctions created by the bride and groom for their big day. What about dessert? According to popular wedding website “The Knot,” classic white cakes—pared down creations covered in white fondant— are a hot trend for 2010. Simply adorn with fresh flowers or an antique cake topper. Of course, you don’t need to be wedded to a cake; a tower of cupcakes (or maybe Sticky Buns?) is a fun twist on the classic wedding dessert.

Keeping the party going
 Music can make or break a wedding. It takes a lot of time and thoughtful consideration to pick a mix that will entertain your friends without sending the octogenarians in the crowd running to their hotel room. When a friend of mine got married this past summer, he asked the attendees to plan the play list—on Facebook. A single status updated elicited dozens of suggestions, including a few recommendations for the ever-important Do-Not-Play! list. The result was a nonstop dance party (you can always judge how good the music is by the number of women who have kicked off their heels).

Feeding the masses, again
 After all that dancing and glass clinking, munchies are inevitable, and late night meals continue to be a hit with guests. One of my favorite weddings, which took place in Philadelphia, sent guests on their way with hot-from-the-oven cheesesteaks.
Keeping it Green
Earth friendly weddings are growing in popularity, and today’s brides are considering nature-inspired invitations from 100 percent recycled paper, flower bulb wedding favors and even organic wedding dresses. Another way to make a socially conscious statement—and cut down on waste—is by foregoing favors for a donation to a local non-profit that personally reflects you or your spouse. Or use recycled paper to craft personalized thank-you notes for your guests.

Making better movies
We all have our all-time favorite wedding moments: the 85-year-old grandfather who takes off his suit jacket and pulls a bridesmaid to the dance floor, a mother crying as she watches her husband and daughter walk arm-in-arm down the aisle, or the wedding official who murders the bride and groom’s names. All together they tell a story that, captured on film, are more entertaining than anything on your Netflix queue. And, according to “the knot,” the digital revolution means those movies are a major improvement from the dusty VHS tape your older sister is stuck with from her 1983 wedding. Expect high resolution and video editing that has evolved into a cinematic art. What’s more, smaller cameras mean your videographer can hang in the background and capture the moment without ruining it.



AFTER THE WEDDING SHOW: Dealing with Information Overload

It’s the day after the Wedding Show. You’re sitting down with your fiance and in front of you is a pile of brochures and business cards. You had a great time at the Show, ate some delicious food, (hopefully) won some prizes and talked to a lot of wedding professionals. Now it’s time to decide and conquer. Where do you start?

There’s something for everyone at the show, now it’s time to find out what’s for you! As you’re going through the information you received you should organize materials from the vendors you plan on contacting. A binder is perfect for this. Make a list of the vendors you might want to use for your reception.  Keep the binder handy while contacting prospective vendors. Put the following details on your list: vendor name, if they’re available, price range & personal notes.

Prioritize & Budget
Everyone wants the most lavish, amazingly beautiful wedding possible, and part of making that happen is setting a realistic budget and determining where to spend the money. As you contact the vendors on your list make notes on the worksheet and detail everything. If you contact a vendor that you fall in love with and feel will make your reception amazing don’t disqualify them yet, it’s always possible that you can move around money you might have saved in other areas. It’s important to spend more money on things you feel are a high priority. If you’re unsure on what to budget for certain things, including vendors ask a friend who has recently gotten married where they would have spent more money.

Set Up Consultations
Whenever possible meet your prospective vendors face to face. If you’re planning a wedding from out of town or state ask if your vendors can chat with you over the phone or via an online chat like Skype or Google. Ask questions, explain your vision and determine whether that vendor is right for you.

Select Your Vendors
After you’ve met or spoken with your prospects it’s time to cross off the vendors that weren’t a good fit for you and select the team that will transform your vision into reality!

Plan Your Big Day
Good wedding planners are worth their weight in gold and can help you focus more on the fun aspects of your big day. Taking on the task yourself can be an overwhelming undertaking. If you don’t have a planner your vendors should be able to help out in their respective categories.

Breathe Deep, Relax & Have Fun!
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but let’s not forget - it’s a party! Trust your team of wedding professionals and enjoy your big day! Congrats!

Marriage License Guidelines for Centre County

To receive a Mariage License in Centre County, you will have to visit the Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans' Court in the Willowbank Building in Bellefonte.


Willowbank Office Building
414 Holmes St, Suite 2
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 355-6724.



Wedding Shows in Central PA


Bridal Expo of Central PA

January 18, 2015

Brides can meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything needed to create the wedding of your dreams! With over 70 Wedding Professionals, you can see a photographer's pictures, taste samples of cakes and foods from the caterers, and see your future gown and the tuxedo of your groom! Listen to the music of your DJ, visualize the flowers that you will be carrying down the aisle, get ideas for your bridal registry; plan your honeymoon and so much more! In addition to getting lots of great ideas and seeing the latest trends, you will be able to save time and money while also having fun!

Registered brides will also be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes from our vendors! Held at Penn Stater Conference Center & Hotel, (formerly held at Celebration Hall). (site link)



Best Bridal Event

February 22, 2015

Altoona's largest Bridal Show will be held Sunday, February 22, 2015 at the Blair County Convention Center! Join us as a vendor or as an attendee. (site link)


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