2010 is definitely turning out to be a pivotal point in how weddings are being celebrated and perceived by most engaged couples. This seems to be a year where wedding budgets are more important than wedding fashion and intimate weddings are outnumbering grand scale weddings. While the struggling economy is the driving factor in almost every single one of the trends below, a reduced budget along with a frugal mindset is allowing many couples to look for unconventional (and very creative) ways to save money for their big day.
Below, you will find our Top Wedding Trends of 2010 seen not only by a person IN the wedding industry, but also as an individual planning their own personal wedding… me!
Would love to know your thoughts on my thoughts!
Overall guest lists and head counts are getting smaller for the actual wedding event. Southern California brides and grooms are selecting more intimate wedding venues and choosing quality over quantity
Brides are beginning to book their wedding dates more than 12 months out so that they have more time to save up and budget in their wedding day.
Couples are expecting more discounts or sale promotions from wedding vendors.
Friday weddings are becoming just as popular as Saturday weddings since these dates are usually cheaper to reserve a venue in Los Angeles.
Couples are being more sensible with their gift registry choices instead of signing up for semi-luxury items.
Eco-friendly weddings on the rise and are beginning to become more chic and trendy than all-out-formal weddings.
Vintage dresses or wedding hand-me-down heirlooms are becoming more and more popular.
Couples would rather cut costs in many areas to make sure their ideal, but more expensive priority decisions (such as venue choice and entertainment) can still be used.
Dessert bar only receptions are trending towards popularity.
More and more couples are streamlining their reception alcohol bar to be beer and wine only.
We see an increase in the number of brides shopping online or at resale shops for less expensive bridal gowns or rentals.
DIY weddings are the hottest trend in the wedding industry today.
We continue to see a trend in brides ordering flowers online and doing the assembly themselves. DIY centerpieces are big win area.
Brides are opting for a more intimate occasion by cutting their guest list and booking smaller wedding venues.
The debate on Top 40 vs. string quartets vs. weddings djs for reception music still rages on. Although, it seems that more brides understand that flawless wedding entertainment is sometimes worth the price.
Destination weddings in Southern California are increasing.
Honeymoons are still considered a very important part of the entire wedding experience.
Incorporating more family and friends to lend hand to wedding planning and services.
Bridal party gifts are becoming more personal and are beginning to reflect the personality of the married couple.
DIY and eco-friendly bridal favors are popular ways to personalize your wedding while making a chic statement.
More couples are inclined to negotiating bargains with Southern California wedding vendors instead of opt for original package prices.
Wedding videography is starting to be seen as a luxury.
More day-of coordination vs. full service planner packages.
Photographers are seeing fewer hours booked for the day, hi-res CD requests are up and less album prints are being sought.