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Biggest Wedding Trends of 2018

07.11.18 Weddings

Weddings are arguably one of the most important days in a couple’s life. Traditions are followed, however every couple’s celebration is a little different. Every year, there are new and growing trends in weddings. Here are 2018’s biggest wedding trends.

 

Fun Invitations:

Right off the bat, guests are noticing one of the largest trends this year in weddings: bold wedding invitations. These invites are moving away from the classic white paper and moving towards cursive print with floral designs that are full of color. They generally are a hint to the mood of the upcoming wedding.

 

Warming of the Rings:

One of the newest things Elaine has been seeing at weddings has been warming of the rings. This is where the couple passes the rings around in a bag and asks all guests to hold them and say a prayer over them during the ceremony.

 

Return to Formality:

According to Wedding Wire, more couples are hosting “uber-elegant” events with clean florals, classic tuxedos, and a little bit of sparkle. However, with this trend, it does not bring a stuffy feeling with it. It is still to remain fun and full of life.

 

Asking for Cash:

While this was once a major taboo thing to even bring up, asking for cash is becoming more and more common. Couples will ask for cash through experiences and their guests can purchase the experience (travel, towards the mortgage on a new house, or towards the wedding itself) online through many different websites.

 

Brunch Weddings:

What a fun trend! This is a great trend for those looking to have a wedding on a weekend, yet achieve a lavish event at a lower price point. Plus, who doesn’t want to dance with delicious breakfast food and mimosas in hand?

 

Personalized Elements:

This trend comes in many different forms. Some couples place their monogram on various items during the reception, some create a Snapchat filter or Instagram hashtag for guests to use, or even make a special drink just for their big day.

 

Unplugged Ceremony:

I think this trend is genius. An unplugged ceremony is one where the couple asks their guests not to use their phones during the ceremony for any reason. This even includes pictures! The idea is to get people to actually listen to the ceremony and enjoy themselves. Don’t worry the photographer will definitely take tons of amazing pictures that can be cherished for years to come (especially if you go with Elaine Gates)!

 

Everything Donuts:

Donut cakes, donut walls, donut towers, I love it all. This new trend is being used for a variety of reasons, but guests are loving it! Not only are they delicious, they are also being used as a fun decoration. But really, who doesn’t like donuts?

 

To all engaged couples, I wish you completely and eternal happiness. Congratulations!

 

~Morgan Cunningham

Marketing & Social Media

cunni2me@dukes.jmu.edu

The Barn at Silverstone Wedding Photographer Lancaster PA Allie Wagner Mixed Up Productions John Serock Catering Whimsical Poppy Men’s Wearhouse David’s Bridal Mountz Jewelers {Krissy & Tyler}

07.06.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: The Barn at Silverstone

Ceremony Site: The Barn at Silverstone

Wedding Coordinator: Allie Wagner

Ceremony Music: Mixed Up Productions

Caterer: John Serock Catering

Officiant: Pastor Brand Eaton

Cake: John Serock Catering

Florist: Whimsical Poppy

Lighting/AV: Mixed Up Productions

DJ/Band: Mixed Up Productions

Makeup: Nancy Fazio

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Mountz Jewelers

Five Wedding Traditions and their peculiar origin

06.20.18 Weddings

Have you ever wondered where all of the classic wedding traditions come from? I know I have! Some are so long-established that we don’t even question their origins. After reading this, you might question why we are still doing all of these things on our wedding days. Just remember that some wedding traditions are nice, but don’t be afraid to come up with your own.

 

Engagement rings have an interesting history. Nowadays, these rings symbolize love, but it wasn’t always like this. Romans viewed this ring as a down-payment to the bride. Actually up until the 1930s, a wife could sue the groom for breaking off an engagement. Strange, right? Up until the 1930s, diamonds weren’t found in an engagement ring. In 1938, diamond mining bloomed. De Beers was a manager for a diamond mine in South Africa. He hired people to convince men that diamond rings (and only diamond rings) were acceptable to propose with. They sent lecturers to high schools so they could teach girls that “Diamonds were forever.” You can thank De Beers for your diamond engagement ring. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend!

We have all heard that it is bad luck to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony. This tradition actually comes from the time when arranged marriages were normal. The groom couldn’t see the bride because they wanted to make sure he wouldn’t call off the wedding. That leads me into the next tradition… the veil. The purpose of the veil is so that the groom doesn’t see the bride until the last possible moment.

Many people see a white wedding dress as the most important and classic part of a wedding. You might think this tradition comes from ancient times, but in actuality it is more modern. Originally wedding dresses weren’t a special gown you wore only once, but the nicest thing in your closet. Wedding dresses were commonly black. They were then worn again for funerals or other occasions. White dresses were almost never worn, because they easily got dirty and you could see imperfections clearer. Although this is true, there is evidence of royalty wearing white since the middle ages. White dresses became popular in 1840, when Queen Elizabeth wore white during her wedding. White dresses didn’t become popular for the middle class for another 100 years. It is amazing how fast a tradition can grow.

 

Have you questioned why the happy couple saves the top tier of their wedding cake for their 1st anniversary? If you have than listen to the peculiar origin of this one. We have all giggled to the childhood rhyme, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. It was assumed that once there was a wedding, a christening would follow. Instead of baking two cakes, they just baked one big one. They then waited to enjoy the top tier until the baby arrived. Although we don’t still eat the cake when the baby arrives, we do save it until the 1st anniversary.

 

Just remember take traditions from the past or make new ones but stay true to you when you plan your big day! Happy Planning!

~ Gabriella Gates

Cortland Mansion Wedding Photographer Hagerstown MD RS Entertainment Stephanie Meyers Sagittarius J&B Bridals Men’s Wearhouse Morilee Ludwig Jewelers {Bekah & Aric}

06.18.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Cortland Mansion

Ceremony Site: Cortland Mansion

Ceremony Music: RS Entertainment (Ryan Stahl)

Caterer: Hempen Hill

Officiant: Pastor Frank Duncan

Cake: Nancy

Florist: Stephanie Meyers

DJ/Band: RS Entertainment (Ryan Stahl)

Makeup: Sagittarius

Hair: Sagittarius

Bridal Gown: J&B Bridals

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridal Gown Designer: Morilee (Madeline Gardner)

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Ludwig’s Jewelers

Calvin & Amanda: Peter Allen House Spring Wedding

04.17.18 Weddings

Historic Shady Lane Wedding Photographer Central PA Uncommon Catering Fosters Flowers Newman & Moore Chris Lee Salon NoTi Taylored For You {Taylor & Zach}

02.26.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Historic Shady Lane

Ceremony Site: Historic Shady Lane (Rose Garden)

Wedding Coordinator: Taryn Blake Events (Deb Ayers)

Ceremony Music: Newman & Moore

Caterer: Uncommon Caterer

Officiant: Dr. Reverend Jack Groce

Cake: Uncommon Caterer

Florist: Fosters Flowers

DJ/Band: Newman & Moore

Videographer: Christopher Lee

Makeup: Salon NoTi

Hair: Salon NoTi

Bridal Gown: Taylored For You 

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Designer Suits

Bridesmaids Dresses: Taylored For You

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Zales / Kay

Wedding on Memory Lane Wedding Photographer Hershey PA Melanie Haldeman Muddy’s BBQ Radiance by Ry Victorian Bridal Salon 50/50 Tuxedo Helzberg Diamonds {Maggie & Jon}

02.19.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Wedding on Memory Lane

Ceremony Site: Wedding on Memory Lane

Wedding Coordinator: Melanie Haldeman

Ceremony Music: DJ Nugget

Caterer: Muddy’s BBQ

Officiant: Tina Yarnall

Florist: Melanie Haldeman

DJ/Band: DJ Nugget

Makeup: Radiance by Ry

Hair: Radiance by Ry

Bridal Gown: Victorian Bridal Salon

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Fifty-Fifty Tuxedo

Bridesmaids Dresses: Victorian Bridal Salon

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Helzberg Diamonds

 

Susquehanna Club Wedding Photographer Ray Smith Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs Sarah Klunk Ryan Koser Roots a hair salon J & B Bridals Men’s Wearhouse David’s Bridal Littman {Abigail & Tyler}

02.02.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Susquehanna Club

Ceremony Site: Grace United Methodist Church

Ceremony Music: Ray Smith

Caterer: Susquehanna Club

Officiant: Bryan Leach

Cake: Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs

Florist: Sarah Klunk

DJ/Band: Ray Smith

Stationary/Invitations: Etsy / Vistaprint

Videographer: Ryan Koser

Makeup: Roots a hair salon

Hair: Roots a hair salon

Bridal Gown: J & B Bridals

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Litmans Jewelers

Strock’s Catering Barn Wedding Photographer The Couture Cakery Garden Bouquet Roots Taylored for You Men’s Wearhouse Zales Moore Music {Blake & Matt}

01.31.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Strock’s Catering Barn

Ceremony Site: Hope Grace Brethren Church

Caterer: Strock’s

Officiant: Pastor Andy

Cake: The Couture Cakery

Florist: Garden Bouquet

DJ/Band: Moore Music (Newman)

Stationary/Invitations: Vista Print

Makeup: Roots A Hair Salon

Hair: Roots A Hair Salon

Bridal Gown: Taylored for You

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: Taylored for You

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Zales

Historic Acres of Hershey Wedding Photographer Mixed Up Productions The JDK Group Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs Brandi Hill Salon 40 Blush Bridal Men’s Wearhouse David’s Bridal Mountz Jewelers {Heather & Justin}

01.24.18 Weddings

Thanks to all the fabulous vendors who helped make this wedding so amazing!

Photographer: Elaine Gates Photography

Reception: Historic Acres of Hershey

Ceremony Site: Historic Acres of Hershey

Wedding Coordinator: Molly Unangst

Ceremony Music: Mixed Up Productions

Caterer: The JDK Group

Officiant: Dr. Daniel Shapiro

Cake: Kyrsten’s Sweet Designs

Florist: The JDK Group

DJ/Band: Mixed Up Productions

Stationary/Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas

Makeup: Brandi Hill Make-Up Artist

Hair: Salon 40

Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal

Tuxedos / Men Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

Engagement / Wedding Rings: Mountz Jewelers

Transportation: Wolf Bus Line