Wedding Tips & Trends from Planners, Photographers & Bands

Top wedding professionals share their advice for brides and grooms.

As you likely already know, planning a wedding is a lot of work. From choosing a venue to deciding upon a "look" for the ceremony and reception, there are so many things to consider – and that's just the fun part of planning! There are hundreds upon hundreds of decisions you'll need to make for the décor and logistics of your nuptials. If you're hiring a wedding planner, they will certainly be able to help you keep everything organized. However, whether or not you have a team of professionals by your side throughout the planning process, we've compiled some advice and trend predictions from top wedding planners, photographers, band leaders, event designers, and more to share their insider tips with you on everything from the latest décor to advice for your first dance.

Take a look at expert tips and tricks from some of our Editors Circle members below: 

"Bold colors are undoubtedly 'in'! As you plan your special day, take advantage of this trend and pull in various hues in eye-popping ways throughout all your wedding details. Contrast bright color choices with neutrals such as gold, white, silver, grey, or even copper. I believe happy colors equal a happy party!" - Emily Clarke of Emily Clarke Events

"You'll have plenty of opportunities for posed portraits at your wedding, so consider something a little more adventurous for your engagement photos. It's the perfect opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera in a less-formal setting." - Callista Osborn of Callista & Company

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Photo by Oliver Fly Photography

"I always encourage my clients to find ways to work little 'pauses' into the timeline, moments with parents, siblings, or close friends that allow you a small break to truly be in the moment." - Laurie Bailey of Laurie Bailey Photography

"Don't be afraid to have an open dialogue and offer honest critiques to the chef during your food tasting. We've been programmed to believe that we're not allowed to give feedback to chefs and perhaps that's true in an everyday scenario, but when it comes to your wedding food, the planning of the menu should be a collaborative process that takes into consideration your personal preferences and tastes." - Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events

"Sensational sleeves are a standout trend – from wispy, etheral, and billowing, to a fluid pool of voluminous fabric. Add the versatility of being made removable, and you will have a surprise or two up your sleeve!" - Belle Manjong of The Boutique by B.Belle Events 

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Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav

"Pick a first dance song that means something to you and reflects you as a couple. Don't be afraid to think outside the box – this is your chance to set the tone for the whole night. Consider having your guests join you on the dance floor halfway through the song as a great way to segue into the rest of the celebration!" - Danny Chaimson of Gold Coast Events

"Have fun with traditions! A superstition in the South is the tradition of burying the bourbon. The custom is to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down one month prior to the wedding to ward off rainy weather. The morning of the wedding, the groomsmen dig up the bottle of bourbon and enjoy a swig, celebrating a beautiful sunny day." - Kelli Corn of Kelli Corn Weddings & Events

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Photo by Vitor Lindo

"Beverage stations are becoming part of the entertainment with specialized bars now infusing alcohol with different herbs for crafted cocktails. There are even special infusing machines resembling coffee pots that specifically infuse booze with herbs to make uniquely memorable shots." - Nahid Farhoud of Nahid's Global Events

"Hire a local wedding planner for destination weddings! We know our market and will always have your best interests at heart. We have the contacts and insider knowledge, we know which vendors are best for which brides, we know the logistics, we know the island, and we know how to handle the weather." - Lorrie Betsill Nielson of Unveiled Hawaii

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Photo by Wendy Laurel; Planning & Design by Unveiled Hawaii

"As we approach 2020, I expect to see a revival of the roaring '20s and all things Art Deco. Black-gold-and-white color palettes will be accented with dripping crystals, geometric patterns, and metallic accents. For fashion, we will see dazzling bridal accessories such as banded hair clips and diamond bracelets with a touch of luxe detail, such as fur." - Andrea Eppolito of Andrea Eppolito Events

"So many photos are taken at your head table, so splurge on a beautiful backdrop, and then repurpose that backdrop for your photo booth or selfie station when the dancing is underway." - Tessa Brand of Tessa Lyn Events

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Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

For more expert advice, discover what to do once you get engaged, read more planning tips from top wedding professionals, and see more advice and trends here and here.