We went to meetings and presentations on all sorts of event production related topics. I attended sessions on floral design, general trends and directions that the event industry is headed, lighting, as well as some on the more nuts and bolts aspects of the business. I feel like my head is going to explode with all the new stuff! :)
So what were some of the trends and directions that weddings are headed this year? Well, according to Pantone--the world renown gurus of color--the color of the year is TANGERINE TANGO! If I had to describe it, I guess I would call it a deep red orange. Now since orange is probably my least favorite color, I'm sure you can guess how excited I was about this news! Fortunately though, it's actually a pretty orange (I never thought I would say that about any orange!) and with the right accent colors it could be gorgeous!
Last year the "color of the year" was honeysuckle, which was actually a sort of dark pinky mauve. We will probably start seeing more of it in weddings this year and next. It takes us a while in Indiana for these things to filter in from the coasts! :)
Silver continues to hold firm as the metallic accent of choice, however gold is beginning to make a comeback. And of course, bling, crystals, sparkly things, are all still huge in weddings.
The three big trends in weddings that we heard lots of talk about?
First, the romantic, blingy, vintage theme is huge. Lots of lace and ruffles, lush linens, extravagant centerpieces and florals with lots of hydrangea, roses, garden flowers, tons of candles. soft colors or even all neutrals.
Another hot trend is the David Austin garden roses. SO beautiful! And they smell awesome!!
Take a closer look at the one in the center--that's called Green Eyes. They are amazing!
When push comes to shove, you go with what you love, and somehow it all ends up working together. That's what's so much fun about weddings and being in "the biz"! We get to play with all these themes and colors, designs and ideas--I LOVE MY JOB!!!!!!
There is so much more to talk about, but I'm concerned that all these photos are going to stop up the download, so I'm going to stop for now and see if this works. I'll write more about the conference tomorrow! As if all of these fabulous sessions weren't enough, they had a huge trade show!! OH MY!!!! So there's lots more to report! Stay tuned!