2013 BEST WEDDING TRENDS

Time goes by so fast! Christmas is nothing but a glitter in our minds, summer has come and gone (just kidding, it’s just a bit cold right now) and the Wedding Season is upon us. For those who decided on a Spring Wedding, you’re dealing with the last details, your theme was chosen way back. But for all of the others that will get married in 2013, maybe you’re still looking for inspiration. A few experienced bloggers have told us that there are many very interesting trends in 2013. I chose 15 of those trends that I particularity like and you can find pictures that illustrate them perfectly just by selecting the links to their boards on my Pinterest.

15. Cool Patterns & Prints

Stripes, polka dots, chevron, black & white, colours, pretty little flowers, on dresses, accessories, bouquet, tables… This trend surprises and charms us, makes us smile and most of all, distinguishes itself with loads of personality.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lovely-romantic-prints/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/colorful-surprising-patterns/

14. Cosy Lounge Areas

Small islands of tranquility & privacy are spreading all over venues, for animated conversations or just to catch your breath. Elegant, romantic, modern, vintage, these lounge areas show many enveloping moods.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lounging-around/

13. Fluttering Garlands

Colorful, with paper, flowers, hearts, garlands gracefully invade ceilings, ceremonies, decor.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/hanging-around/

12. Split Personality Cakes

Modern with a pop of embellishment or bright  with all over appliques, cakes are astonishing and mouth-watering.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/2013-cake-trends/

11. Backgrounds Take the Lead

For ceremonies, pictures, cakes, backgrounds are full of creativity, they shine brightly, they glitter, they drape, they play a supporting role in the show.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/unique-backgrounds/

10. Green is this Year’s Colour: in Emerald & Mint

Green gets romantic, tender, reserved but charming with its mint tone or it exudes elegance, with its rich and sumptuous emerald version.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/fresh-mint/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/precious-emerald/

9. Covered Centerpieces

Glass bells, birdcages, lanterns fill up with flowers, candles, surprises.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/covered-centerpieces/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/birdcages/

8. Brilliant Paper Lanterns

Monochrome ou multicolored, small or big, round or square, paper lanterns flourish in clusters or in garlands around the bridegrooms.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/paper-lanterns/

7. Radiant Rainbow Colours

Completely out there and filled with humor, this trend is in a class of its own with its bright audacity. It puzzles with its multicolored accents that show up on bridesmaid feet and under brides’ dresses, it seduces with its flowers and its lights that brighten up tables, cakes, spaces.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-rainbow-wedding/

6. Enchanting LoveBirds

Two interpretations of this theme are coming back strong with a multitude of superb or delightful details. Feathers, nests, garlands, lovebirds liven up dresses, tables, halls.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/peacock-feathers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/love-bird-wedding/

5. Charming 20s

The roaring 20s influence is transforming events with its Great Gatsby atmosphere, its distinctive dresses, its particular hairstyles, its feathers, glitter and pearls and Art deco accents.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/the-roaring-20s/

4. Bold Flowers

Flowers are showing off bright colours, they explode in sumptuous arrangements, they fall over in cascade out of the brides hands and they turn the spotlight on peonies.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/big-bold-flowers/

http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/a-cascade-of-flowers/

3. Revealing Lace

Everlasting symbol of romance, lace is forsaking simplicity for richness, it wraps tenderly heads, hands, bodies, chairs, tables, invitations, flowers.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/lace-lace-and-more-lace/

2. Elegance is back

With diamonds, draping and chandeliers, elegance is taking a unique place in the heart of the bridegrooms. It relaxes, reinventing and surrounding itself with superb elements, luxurious textures and brilliant ideas.

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http://www.pinterest.com/francemo/an-elegant-affair/

1. Do whatever you want!

Bridegrooms are paying no attention to trends and breaking with traditions, they are bursting with formal or outstanding ideas, they are surrounding themselves with personal and characteristic details, they are creating their wedding in their image.

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BONUS: Beer for everyone!

I couldn’t forget that timid little trend, less widespread, but so laid-back and refreshing in my eyes. Beer takes on successfully a very distinguish aura, it offers itself as a gift, it flows freely making its  often forgotten fans, so happy!

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Got you interested? Come back soon, I’ll develop some of these trends, tell you why they got my attention and which ideas I find particularly creative.

If you want to know more right away, you can click on the links below and read all the references I used to base my opinion.

http://www.weddingblogs100.com/2013-wedding-trends.html

http://www.bridalguide.com/planning/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013

http://www.refinery29.com/wedding-trends

http://eventadore.com/site/2013-wedding-trends/

http://www.weddingelation.com/wedding-reception/wedding-trends-for-2013-colors-decor-theme/

http://www.societybride.com/tag/wedding-trends-2013/

http://www.bridaltweet.com/page/2013-wedding-trends

http://weddingrepublic.com/blog/2013-wedding-trends-ideas-inspiration-for-this-years-bride/

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CHRISTMAS ON MY MIND

I will take a little break from weddings and cakes to share with you another one of my passions… Christmas. Here’s something that will probably change the way you see me, but what the hell: I have a 47 Santa Claus collection, that I display every year, with so much pleasure. Tacky? Noooo! They’re so cute, don’t you think?

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Yeah, I’m a Christmas freak and I totally own that! When, on Halloween, the Dollorama starts to put out their Christmas decorations, I really have to dig my heels in not to buy them right away. And then I start, right at that moment, to think about centerpieces, arrangements and wreaths! It’s a sickness, I know, but a very inspiring sickness.

And what’s more, in the last few years, Christmas is having a blast. We aren’t only stuck with red, gold and green anymore. These colours are still classic, but we can now find Christmas decorations in all colours! Pink, purple, turquoise, lime green! Look how beautiful!

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A big trend that is still going on this year? Feathers! Bouclair has gorgeous feathers  trees and wreaths that will modernize any Christmas decor:  www.bouclair.com/content/holidays2012/.  Actually, you can find there a multitude of beautiful and more than affordable Christmas knickknacks, from the whimsical ball to the sparkling table runner, from the shiny tinny tree to the colorful plates. My advice, wait for the week following Christmas, everything is on sale, at least 50% off. It’s really worth it!

The Dolloramas, the Dollar Max depot in Boucherville, HomeSence and Zellers are all amazing places to find all sorts of decorations, balls, ribbons, bauble, candles, at a very little price. With a little bit of imagination and less than 20$, you can dream up stunning centerpieces and sensational wreaths. That is what I’m gonna show you in the following weeks, with my own creations and the ones I found on Pinterest. Here’s a little taste, a trendy centerpiece I’ve done last year and a very classic one I did last week.

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It’s a date? See you then!










ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 4

VERY TRENDY: CUPCAKES & MINI CAKES

In the last few years, one of the biggest trend in bakery has been cupcakes. Cupcakes shops have multiplied in Montreal, as everywhere. Cupcakes can be perfect interpretations of wedding romanticism, because their frosting can become a rose, a pearl, a heart, anything that represents love and the union of two people.

These are one of my favorites… what woman can resist shoes?

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What is also very trendy is to create a beautiful small cake, to put it on a tall display and to surround it with cupcakes of the same colours and theme. You can go for romanticism or colour. I think it’s brilliant, since every guest gets his or hers own cupcake. And the visual impact is very interesting.

Mini Cakes

If you like the cupcake idea, but you want to be different, you can go for mini cakes, those exquisite little creations, delicate and elegant. They also can be the reflection of the wedding colours and theme.

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The visual impact is as interesting when you display a normal shape cake with all of his little reproductions. Once more, details are in fashion, be it small bows, pretty little flowers or vibrant colours.

Of all of the trends I’ve seen up until now in wedding cakes, I must say that the cupcakes & mini cakes are the ones that really charmed me the most. I love the idea of individual portions and the many shapes and details made me, more than once, gasp “Oh my God!”.

You can find all of these little wonders on my boards, http://pinterest.com/francemo, in “Delicious Cupcakes” and “Gorgeous Mini Cakes”, with their links to their own websites. You’ll also find many other beautiful examples!

Can you believe that I’m only halfway done with the kinds of wedding cakes I want to show you? I’m amazed at the quantity of ideas that I found on that subject and if, like me,  your appetite is still unsatisfied, my next post will fulfil you plenty!

To be continued…

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKE, Part 3

BOLD COLOURS & A DASH OF WHIMSY

If you want to get away from convention and make a big impression, you can choose a wedding cake with bold colours or a surprising shape or with unique decorations. And when you go that way, that is where the master bakers creativity really take flight!

Bright Colours

A few years ago, it was uncommon to see wedding cakes in bright colours like fuchsia, orange, red or yellow. Even if it’s so beautiful!

You wouldn’t have dared combining such a bold colour as fuchsia with orange (trendy!) or…

… lime green (surprising!) or …

…black (modern!) or even…

… purple (brilliant!).

And who would have thought to add some lime green as a third colour (inspired!).

Because lime green was usually used as an accent colour, never with beautiful hues as purple, like these.

Purple was more often classic or romantic, it would go with white or pale pink. By combining it to pops of bright colours, like red, you make it vibrant!

Blue were more reserved, in pastels or navy. They never took the beautiful shade of turquoise and they never dared to mingle with fuchsia or lilac.

These days, there’s no limits to colours combinations, you can go all out,  be daring, you can stun and have a blast, and the results are simply breathtaking!

Unusual Shapes

It’s not only the colours that have evolved, the cake shapes also became innovative, unusual and so creative!

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It is now the new normal to play with colours and shapes and to dare to be different. There’s no limit to whimsical, cakes have become the reflexion of the bridegroom’s personality. Innovation is in, for everyone’s pleasure!

Here’s my favorite! This cake shows its creator’s sense of humor and it’s the perfect conclusion to this whirlwind of colours and shapes!

You can find all these cakes, and more like them, on my Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/francemo, with the links to their own websites.
And I’m not done surprising you with gorgeous wedding cakes… my addiction to them led me to discover real treasures of creativity…
To be continued…

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part 2

JUST ROMANCE

Warning: The beauty of these cakes can be addictive.

Cakes are an essential part of a wedding, they are as important as the bride’s bouquet or the centerpieces in the development of the decor. One of most classic wedding theme is romanticism. It’s a very feminine theme, very delicate, with lace, ribbons and bows, pearls and roses. The colours are very soft, usually white, beige, pink, sometimes black or pastel.

To carry out the romantic theme to cakes, you can choose lace…

You can also use pearls, antique jewels, diamonds or sequins that glitter brightly…
Bows and flowers are also very romantic.
Finally, romanticism can also express itself with a multitude of combinations of lace, bows, flowers, jewels, draping and ruffles.
This is my very favorite, I think it it’s the perfect definition of romanticism, with its hat box shape, its lace, its bows, its pearls and roses.

You can find all these cakes on my Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/francemo/cakes-so-romantic/ and http://pinterest.com/francemo/cakes-sparkling-jewels/, with the links to their own websites. You’ll also find many other superb examples of romanticism.

To be continued…

ART NOUVEAU: WEDDING CAKES, Part1

Wedding cakes have evolved a lot in the last years. Because of television series like Cake Boss & Cake Wars, we all know that everything can be made into a cake and that they are real artists that works in that field.  I must admit that after a few seasons of these series, I was a bit tired of it and disinterested. When I started on Pinterest, I never looked at Cakes boards. Everything changed a few weeks ago.

I was impressed by the beauty and the perfection of the flowers on Andrée & Jean’s cake, which sort of got me into it.

Then I started to look around everyone’s cake boards and I got hooked! It’s been weeks that most of my pins are cakes. But not any cake, I’m VERY picky. I don’t marvel at any sort of embellishment. I like unique, different, colourful, delicate. I’m really not into traditional. I think my obsession just got fulfilled after spending hours on someone’s board which had more than 28 000 pins! I can now share with you my observations and my findings.

First observation: lots of work doesn’t necessarily equal beautiful. Sometimes, too much is just too much.

I have to tell you that this is my personal taste and taste shouldn’t be discussed. If you don’t agree with my observations or my favorites, who am I to tell you that you’re wrong? You’re entitled to your own opinion and I totally respect that.

Second observation: simple can be stunning.

Third observation: it’s NEVER too colourful!

Fourth observation: the line between gorgeous and kitsch is very thin, as you can see with those examples who are, in my opinion, just on the border of good taste.

Fifth observation: traditional, even if it’s not my cup of tea, can be beautiful.

Conclusion: wedding cake making is now a real art form  and we’re not done being amazed by the creativity and talent of the master pastry chefs!

You can find all these cakes on my Pinterest boards at http://pinterest.com/francemo, with the links to their own websites. In my next posts, I will show you gorgeous examples of theme cakes, that will continue to dazzle you!

To be continued…

THE BIG DAY

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012: ANDRÉE & JEAN WEDDING

A Final Sprint

The Big Day is here at last! Ready or not, I have to deliver today! I do the last preparations and it’s a go! I live on the second floor, so I have to go up and down at least 10 times before I’m ready to leave. Sweat is dripping down my back and it’s gonna stay that way for the rest of the day. It looks like it’s gonna be a sprint to the finish line, worthy of Bolt olympic 100m dash.

There’s traffic on the 15, I take the wrong direction exiting the 640 to go get the flowers, get lost in a maze of detours due to, what else, construction and after a few very deep ost… de tab…, I finally find my way and my florist.

I get to the hall at 11h30. Which means I have about 4 hours to get everything done and in place, with maybe an extra 2 hours, during the ceremony and the cocktail. A 80 years old handy man is there to help me. More surprises… one round white tablecloth and three long ones are missing and there’s not enough white chairs for everyone. I still have to adapt to the situation and find solutions. Luckily, my green overlay hides the fact that the tablecloths are not the same colour. I will have to go get long tablecloths for the cake, the bar and the cocktail tables. Monsieur Giroux suggests that I use folding chairs for the reception, so that all the chairs are the same. See, problems solved!

The Ceremony Area

When I’m done positioning the tables and the chairs, I put on the tablecloths, the overlays and the table runners, so that the lady can start setting the tables. I turn my attention to the ceremony area, which has to be ready first, when the guests arrive. Monsieur Giroux helps me put the chairs in a half circle and brings me the arch, which we assemble with a lot of efforts. I garnish it with the orange tulle, I add two green bows and voilà! I lay down the aisle runner, install fours little lanterns to line it, with my two tall arrangements. It’s really windy so I have to make sure that everything is secure… but too late, the arch takes a dive and ends up in pieces! Carlos, the photographer, helps me getting in back on its feet. I see two large umbrella bases and I use them to hold down the arch, so it won’t move again. I try to arrange the tulle, which is not perfect anymore, I add a few bows to the chairs and it’s done!

Photo: Carlos Verrando (Most pictures are mine, except when indicated.)

The Gift Table

I hurry back to the hall to finish it. I prepare the gift table with all of the accessories my sister lended me. I found the perfect lacquered box for the guests cards at Homesense. I added a green lining and the name of the bridegroom, tied with a green ribbon. It will make a beautiful keepsake and will go perfectly in their bedroom decor!

The Escort Cards

After puting on the tablecloth on the cocktail table, I arrange the champagne glasses and tie a place card to each of them with green and orange ribbons. I would have loved to have a better tablecloth (it’s green plastic!) but that’s all I found at the Dollorama, 15 minutes before the cocktail. Fortunately, the escort cards, with their little colored flowers, make for a very cute look.

Photo: Carlos Verrando

The Centerpieces

Back in the reception area, the tables are set, I put together my centerpieces, which are all ready, all assembled, just add water. The result is colorful and really beautiful!

The Main Table

I place 10 square vases on the main table, 5 on each side of my two rectangular vases full of grass and gerberas. I alternate one green and orange arrangement with one vase with a candle and colored water. It looks exactly like the picture I had in my mind, it’s lovely!

The napkins and menus

I set down an orange cloth napkin at each places, I insert the menus… (I have to tell you that the night before, my printer died after printing only 4 menus… I had to stop my setting up and dash to Bureau en Gros to print the rest of the 39 menus.)  Last little detail, a small green leave on the menus.

The Chairs

Finally, I dress up the chairs with a beautiful satin orange or green bow. The lovebirds chairs get a superb tall gerbera, slipped into the bow. My decor is done. And in all modesty, it’s gorgeous!

Photo: Carlos Verrando

Photo: Carlos Verrando

When the doors opened and the guests saw the hall, their reaction was unanimous: WOW, this is beautiful! And the wonderstruck expression on the bride’s face was my ultimate reward. It was a sprint, that felt more like a marathon, but all in all, it’s mission accomplished!

A VERY SPECIAL WEDDING: Part 4

ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES, ONCE MORE

Really, this project is testing my capacity to adapt to any situation and to change my mind. More than once, I had to go back to the starting block and take another direction. More than once…

1) A waisted opportunity

I looked for florists around my client’s region, which I visited before meeting her, so I could give her choices for her flowers bouquet. My favorite:  Foliole (http://www.fleuristefoliole.net/mariage.htm), on Labelle boulevard. The first time I got there, I was mesmerized by all the superb accessories and arrangements. Something caught my eye right away, a bright yellow artificial craspedia spray.

I couldn’t see the price, because the florist was already asking if she could help me and she got me interested in the fresh flowers. But the image stayed in my mind. When I started to create my arrangements on paper, I included these cute little flowers, because I thought they were perfect to set off the other two main colors, lime and orange. My plan was to buy them next time I would go meet my client.

Three weeks later, I went back with the bride to be and, big deception, they were gone! I didn’t follow one of my Golden Rules, if you see something unique and interesting, if it’s not too expensive, just buy it right away. Because you may never see it again! I’m paying for my mistake now. I had to start to search once more for little yellow flowers.

2) Two options for the ceremony

When I first visited the hall, we had decided that the ceremony would be on the dance floor, with the tables pushed on the side. When I met the chef, who was organising the event, he told me that was impossible. He didn’t have the staff needed to set the tables in an hour, after the ceremony. Which meant that the ceremony had to be somewhere else. Two options: either outside on the terrace, which is very nice or inside, in the foyer, in front of the closed hall doors.. We will have to decide a couple of days before the big day, the weather being the deciding factor. The outside option is very cool, beautiful, green and easy to organise. Inside, it’s a bit more complicated… the setting suggested by the chef, in front of the doors, will need some embellishment. So I need to be ready for both…

3) Badaboom, bing, bang, crashhhh!

I wanted to do two tall arrangements to indicate the start of the alley. Last year, I bought 2 pairs of tall vases. I kept 3 of them and lended the 4th to friends who use it in their home decor, with their own arrangement. So I had now 2 vases the same and one different. I started to create my arrangements with colored branches, with my little cat prowling around. She’s crazy about branches, leaves, flowers… I have to be carefull. When I finished, I put a pig plastic bag around the two vases. I don’t know how she did it, but she made them fall and one of them broke into a thousand pieces… Damn! I have to change my set-up again! I called my friends and asked to borrow their vase, which I have to go get in Rosemère, to be able to have a pair of tall vases. After that, I keep my branches & long leaves away from my little one, either out of her reach or very well protected. Even if she checks my every move, she won’t be able to disturb my plan any time soon!

Here you go, these were some examples of all the changes I had to make along the way, and there’s more. It’s really good for my character, these amonts of adaptability that I have to find at my deepest self… See, you can always get some positive out of everything…

To be continued…

A VERY SPECIAL WEDDING: Part 3

AT LAST, THE RIGHT DIRECTION!

At last, I found the basis for my concept, my whole theme. Forget about rustic or wood, and go for elegance, transparency and organic. And all of a sudden, everything settles in my head, it becomes clear, logical, aesthetic.

My starting point is still my little square green and orange arrangements, in which I will add a little bit of yellow, an element of surprise that will set off the other 2 colours.

These arrangements are now at the head table. I got my inspiration from these 2 pictures:

Instead of 2 rows, I will only have one and I will alternate the greenery and gerberas arrangements with candles in orange-colored water, also in square vases. In the middle, 2 rectangular vases, filled with grass and 2 gerberas, a little bit like this picture.

On each side, 5 square vases alternating arrangements and candles, all of it on a row of square mirrors. So, green and orange, an organic texture, with the grass, the leaves, the moss and a lot of luminosity with the candles, the water et the mirrors. I continue with that theme for the round tables, but I adapt it to fit the shape and the space. I give my own spin to one of the very popular trend. A rond mirror, 3 circular vases of different heights, submerged flowers and floating candles.
At last, I know what I’m doing and I know it’s gonna be beautiful! But I need to find the elements. I left for my third shopping outing, my head filled with those superb images. I found the tallest vase at the Dollorama, for only 2$. I didn’t want it to be too high, to interfere with the guests field of vision and this one is perfect! I have a feeling that it will be a bit more difficult to find the other 2 heights. Continuing with my mission, I laid my hand on a gorgeous spray of orange flowers at Homesense, that will be beautiful in the tall vases. As I was picking up the rectangular vases at JYSK, my eyes caught a package of cylindrical shooter glasses… Great idea, glasses as vases, and 6 for only $5,99! With that new idea, I ran back to the glasses aisle at Homesense, but found nothing there. No more luck at Stokes.  But on the way, I picked up my 8 beautiful orange gerberas and my cute little grass balls at Z’Axe and came back home, my hands filled with my purchases and very proud of myself. I then went to the Ikea’s web site to discover the perfect height glasses to complete my trio. 6 glasses for $9,99! Here you go, my centerpieces are settled. All I have to do now is test the flower, the candles and the garnish I want to add to them.