Six wedding professionals share their advice for brides + the latest trends.
If you got engaged during engagement season, congratulations! We're so excited to provide inspiration for your upcoming nuptials. From wedding planning ideas to gorgeous images from real weddings, we love sharing helpful tips for every part of the process. From choosing a venue to deciding upon a design scheme for the ceremony and reception, there are so many elements to consider. If you're hiring a wedding planner or designer, they will certainly be able to help you keep everything organized and streamline your vision.
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, event designers, and more to share their insider tips with you on everything from the latest décor to advice for your photography timeline.
Take a look at expert tips and tricks from some of our Editors Circle members below:
"I’ve found the best way to create lively bridal party photos is to give people fun things to do while I’m shooting. Forget about posed, static shots. Bring out the Champagne! Take a walk down the street! Make a detour into a beer garden! The most expressive coverage happens between expected poses – when everybody is laughing, talking, and moving in natural ways." - Ira Lippke of The Day by Ira Lippke
Photo by The Day by Ira Lippke
"Brides are focusing on dresses with a wow factor, which I love because it allows the bride to be more creative, truly letting her personality shine through the dress. This trend also lends itself well to different locations and dress codes, from a beach destination to a black-tie gala." - Susan Dunne of Weddings by Susan Dunne
Photo by Anya Kernes Photography
"Seating can often be overlooked as an actual décor element. Use designs that integrate style with comfort. Want to get a bit more creative? Consider chair cover options in an array of colors, textures, and fabrics. To make a bolder statement, add an accessory such as a skirt, rhinestone belt, or a touch of lace." - Jerry Smolar of Chameleon Chair Collection
Photo by Kris Kan; Guest Seating: Chameleon Chair Collection
"Incorporate rose-gold elements in elegant ways and using surprising color palettes. One recent wedding I designed showcased a stunning combination that incorporated shades of cream, blueberry, and light peach." - Linda Howard of Linda Howard Events (See more of this wedding here!)
"Boxwood backdrops have been popular for some time, but the newest trend is to create an installation featuring custom signage, neon lights, or a floral wall. This creates a truly Instagram-worthy moment for couples and their guests!" - Mary-Frances Hurt of DFW Events
Photo by Karlisch Photography
"Go beyond tabletop centerpieces! The most captivating rooms often feature overhead ceiling installations or free-standing focals floating between tables. It creates dramatic visuals that can be appreciated at 360 degrees, all night long." - Rishi Patel of HMR Designs
Photo by KingenSmith; Floral & Event Design by HMR Designs