By Liz Johnson

(Photo by 2020 Happening List Winner Lynda Berry. Location: Lambertville Station Restaurant & Inn.)

Weddings are mostly on hold at the moment, but you can still plan for one of life’s hallmarks. Here are some trends/ideas to consider as you plan during this time, along with some Bucks Happening List Winners who can make the day one you’ll cherish forever.

(Flowers by Always Beautiful Floral Design Studio. Photo by Brittany Boote Photography.)

Flowers

Sustainability meets the non-traditional this year, with dried, painted or bleached flowers being incorporated into bouquets and centerpieces. Greenery draping from the ceiling, flowers tacked to the wall or used as inventive aisle décor are this year’s splurge. Reusable plants are replacing flowers in many weddings. Bucks Happening List Winner Always Beautiful Floral Design Studio in Quakertown has a full array of wedding flower packages, from bouquets to ceremony arrangements worth checking out.

Food as Art

On the sustainability front, locally grown and sourced food, edible flowers in ice cubes, salad and on the wedding cake are now the rage. Elaborate cheese and charcuterie tables are replacing the standard appetizer fare. And long, farmhouse-style tables with more creative settings and centerpieces are replacing roundtops. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Caterer Just Foods in Buckingham has a lot of fun food options, from chef-action stations to offering bar service.

(Gowns from La Belle Mariee. Photo by DaniMarie Photography.)

Non-traditional Wedding Dresses Reign

Capes rather than long trains, exaggerated sleeves,  jumpsuits, and skirts are replacing the more sleek dresses of the past (think: 2019). Mismatched bridesmaids dresses are also proving popular this year. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Bridal Boutique La Belle Mariée Bridal in Langhorne offers couture designer gowns in a luxurious setting, promising the exhilaration of a New York City shopping expedition without having to leave home.

Venues are More Than a Place to Eat in 2020

Out-of-the-box venues provide a popular setting for 2020 weddings – places with lots of space for imaginative elements such as Prosecco trucks, caricature artists and even bounce houses. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Venue Holly Hedge Estates in New Hope offers rustic charm within a classic bank barn or an outdoor garden setting for more eclectic options.

Wedding Fun Just Went Funky

While DJs and bands still rule the dance floor, today’s newlyweds are looking to add a little pizzazz for their guests in the way of interactive entertainment. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Wedding DJ Total Entertainment in Yardley will bring along a photo booth to add to the fun. Other new trends to consider: Mixologist, who add entertainment to serving drinks, are replacing bartenders, while magicians, sketch artists and tarot card readers are enhancing the dance party experience.

(Photo by Lynda Berry, 2020 Happening List Winner for Wedding Photographer.)

Groom's Attire Changes Color

Blue is the new black. Navy, teal and cobalt jackets are replacing the traditional black-and-white tuxedo. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Formal Wear Bell Tuxedo in Bristol will suit up any groom to look his best for his wedding day.

Micro Weddings

With the uncertainty of the coronavirus and the changes it’s bringing to large gathering, smaller weddings are beginning to trend.  Couples are still spending roughly the same amount on their nuptials, but with fewer people – say 40 people or less – they’re able to splurge more on food, gifts and interactive entertainment.  Bucks  Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Ariel Ashton Events in Doylestown can help make your wedding, no matter the size, a milestone event.

 

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Invitations

Bold colors and textured, recycled paper and soy-based inks are part of the new sustainability trend. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Wedding Invitations April Lynn Designs will design custom-made with foils and laser cut invitations ranging from bridal shower to wedding to wedding day stationery and programs.

The Wedding Cake

Hand-painted cakes, ferns and botanical themes, mosaic designs are all trending this year for wedding cakes. Bucks Happening List Winner for Best Specialty Cake Tracy's Custom Cakery makes custom confections for all occasions, including weddings.

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