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Wedding Trends 2019

In 2019, the wedding experience includes more than colors, theme or style. A sincere focus is put on small meaningful experiences that include all in attendance.  This is the era of the “experience” and these trends encourage visual and other forms of engagement for wedding parties and wedding guests.

BOLDER COLORS

Brighter, deeper color palettes are on the rise. Specifically shades of purple are trending for not only floral decorations, but event space lighting. While previous years held on to pastel, rustic and shabby-chic vibes, 2019 is bringing forward a more modern and refined elegance.

GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE

2019 weddings encourage everyone to express a bit of their own, unique style. As with bridesmaids’ dresses that no longer match, groomsmen’s attire is taking personal expression into account.  Expect to see more men in coordinated mix and match pieces.  Look for checkered, dot and floral patterns to flank the groom instead of matching suits or tuxedos.

CEREMONY VENUES

Rustic scenes are taking a back seat to modern industrial.  Green foliage against industrial metallic and architectural backgrounds softens and adds sophistication.  Tailored greenery centerpieces bring coveted green and emerald colors inside for organic beauty.

GO UNPLUGGED

Another trend during ceremony encourages guests to go unplugged. Attendees are asked to power-off or put phones away to engage in the wedding ceremony. Guests share their perspectives, during the reception in real time.  This new “I do” trend is gaining steam as couples, family and friends look for meaningful ways to be “present” during the celebration.

RECEPTIONS

In addition to the bridesmaid and groomsmen mix and match wedding attire philosophy, table settings are being varied as well as wedding registries and more.

Menus in 2019 are offering more individual choice. Smaller plates are paired with more courses to offer each guest low-risk but plentiful food options.  Buffets, food bars, and “build-your-own” options abound – as do mingling and interaction opportunities.  DIY food stations are becoming more popular and creative.  They are tied into wedding themes and increase guests’ interaction, mingling, and experience.

Personal touches like unique, statement place cards create a WOW experience for guests. This is an element that couples can customize to really share a special moment with each guest and recognize them as a part of their wedding.  Creating an interactive, engaging experience for wedding guests allows everyone to enjoy celebrating the couple and their big day.

Favorite Boho Wedding Pictures

Boho wedding table setting with Bohemian flower arrangements and succulent plants

If you love earthy color palettes, organic decor, and free-spirited charm, a boho wedding may be your dream come true.

Earthy, outdoor settings like a park, waterfront, or garden allow nature to take care of your wedding backdrop for you. Add a few DIY personal touches to make your story shine through, and you’ve harnessed a staple of beautiful boho weddings.

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Boho Wedding Dress Trends

The boho wedding trend rooted in whimsical romance, seems here to stay. From rustic to beach boho, this trend is evolving across venues and styles. Each element of a wedding symbolizes the love story you visually tell your guests. One of the most personal details from the bride’s perspective is the bridal gown. If you are a boho bride, here are some upcoming boho wedding gown trends curated just for you and your love story. Read more

3 Extraordinary and Creative Wedding Proposals To Inspire

Cinderella wedding proposals are the stuff that inspires movies and books. But for some, it less about a fairytale and more about reality.  Enjoy these three extraordinary reality-based wedding proposals.  They’re thoughtful, witty and insanely romantic to boot.

1.An Adventurous Proposal

Sometimes, the road to a proposal isn’t a direct one, as Lisa Bridge learned. Her soon-to-be fiancé did plan to propose to her, but not before he sent her off on an adventure to remember.

Before he proposed to her, her fiancé Gilad Berenstein sent her a note telling her to get an Uber to a local hotel. She admitted to a bystander that she thought she was going to meet her love and her proposal, but instead she was surprised by two friends who were waiting to have tea with her.

Then, Gilad sent her to another location, to a salon, where she got pampered in the company of two more girlfriends. This meetup was also unexpected.

PHOTO: NY TIMES

2. My Love is Deep as…

How deep is your love? Sometimes, a gal may wonder how much her guy loves her, but not Alesha, whose proposal was captured on Earth Porm.

Alesha’s boyfriend escorted her into the depths of the world’s biggest cave before he took a knee and proposed to her, surrounded by the rolling rocks and lush, grassy hills of the cave’s depths.

Photo: EarthPorm

And for the ultimate effect, the moment included a swath of sunlight from a natural skylight above to light the moment perfectly.  Sigh… and what a photo op!

How deep is your love, indeed?

3. A Little Girl Makes Three…

Getting married to someone who already has children takes a certain amount of class and sensitivity. Steven DeLuca found himself in such a predicament and rose the occasion with style.

Here’s the scoop.

His intended, Sophia Tang, had a seven-year-old daughter that DeLuca wanted to include in the process of formalizing their new family. So what did he do? He bought her a miniature ring of her own.

DeLuca explained that just as the girl’s mother’s ring demonstrated DeLuca’s devotion to her mother, the heart-and-diamond ring he gave Tang’s daughter represented his commitment to her as well.

Photo: NY TIMES

Definite points for style and class.

Final Words

The most memorable proposals are rooted in the unique aspects of your partner and your relationship. To create a meaningful proposal, look for things in your life that mean the most now and will in the future. These shared and meaningful experiences provide inspiration and will show your thoughtfulness in an extraordinary, personal proposal.

Marrying a Marine: 3 Wedding Traditions Brides Can Expect

Welcome to the Marine Corps.

Many brides include traditions from their families’ religious or cultural background in their wedding ceremonies.  The United States Marine Corps “family” welcomes a bride with wedding traditions unique to the history of the Marine Corps.  Marrying into this family means you’ll probably learn some new jargon and get used to a lot of acronyms.  You may expect some sacrifices like time apart or relocations.  But as in any family, marrying into the USMC family means you’re welcomed with traditional displays of affection unique to the Corps.

Here are three unique Marine Corps ceremonial traditions, their history, and what to expect as the bride.

  1. Arch of Swords: A select group of six to eight Marines stands on either side of the wedding exit to “shelter the bride” as she and the groom walk out. Traditionally, it represents the USMC’s pledge of fidelity to the couple. The selected Marines cannot be groomsmen in the wedding, but they can escort guests of honor during the ceremony.
  2. Spanking the Spouse: Spanking the spouse is a tradition representing a welcoming of the bride into the USMC family. As the couple near the end Arch of Swords, they are blocked by the last two Marine’s swords.  A designated Marine shouts, “Give this Marine a Kiss.”  After they kiss, swords are raised, the couple is announced and they move forward together. When the bride moves forward, the lead Marine lowers his sword and gives a gentle pat on the backside saying, “Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!” In this tradition, the lead Marine honor is similar to the best man and is a coveted honor between friends in the Corps.
  3. Cutting the Cake with Sword: If the bride or groom is an NCO in the Marine Corps, they can choose to cut their wedding cake with a sword. The groom presents the sword to the bride, places his hand over hers, and they cut the cake together.

Marine Corps Inspired Wedding Cake or Grooms Cake

Another way to include the Marine Corps traditions into the ceremony is by choosing a USMC wedding cake. If a USMC wedding cake is too much, include the Corps in a Grooms cake.

Inspired by USMC Blues Uniform, this four-layer cake is topped with white service hat and finished with the bright blues uniform pants. Middle layers display gold service uniform buttons.  Cakes can also have edible EGAs (Eagle, Globe & Anchor) or American flags, as shown in the Marine Corps-inspired cakes below.

Welcome to the Marine Corps Family, ma’am!  Contact our team for cake-design planning for your USMC wedding.

 

“I Do” Don’ts for Military Weddings

Image courtesy of  Elise Abigail Photography

Military weddings are rooted in carrying tradition and history to the altar whether the venue is held in a military chapel or at a scenic location. For many brides, the planning of a wedding can become stressful while trying to orchestrate each detail. Those who are planning a USMC wedding have to coordinate each detail with the current military requirements. This ordeal can develop into an overwhelming task that leads to many mistakes.

The best way to avoid mishaps is to contact the protocol officer and chaplain in order to stay current with the military requirements. If this is not an option for you, you can always hire a wedding planner who will be able to assist in meeting such requirements.

In the meantime, here are a few areas to avoid while planning your USMC wedding.

Attire

You do not want to casually select the wrong class uniform. Mess, Class A uniforms are suited for semiformal and suit-and-tie events. This uniform is typically dark blue depending on the season with optional white or blue trousers.

Remember that the groom/bride cannot wear a boutonniere or place anything additional to his or her uniform.

Do not choose colors that coordinate with the military unit without first checking with the chaplain. You will need to make sure that your colors are acceptable.

Additional items worn during the ceremony are white gloves and swords. Do not plan your date without checking to see which color is used for each season. This could cause a clash with bridesmaid dresses and the flowers.

Location

If you are choosing to get married in a military chapel, you do not want to go ahead and select your flowers and music without first getting permission from the chaplain. Music selections are often coined too secular and are rejected. You may want to be considerate of what is secular before choosing your special song.

Do not go ahead and hire a photographer for the ceremony without checking to see if one is permitted. You will need the permission of the chaplain prior to selecting your photographer. In some cases, you will need to reenact the wedding because photography is not permitted.

If you want to display the American flag, you will need to check with the chaplain, first.

Do not assume that you may marry in a military academy. In order to marry in a military academy, your “soon to be spouse” or parent had to graduate from the desired academy.

Although the chaplain is free, it is customary to make a donation to the chapel. It is also required that you attend one or more premarital counseling sessions. Be sure to check with the chaplain and their availability.

Swords

If you plan on using the famous sword arch in your wedding be sure to know the difference between NCO swords and Officer swords. You want to make sure you have the correct sword for each Marine. Be sure to seal the deal with a kiss at the end of the arch, not the middle.

The sword has also found its way into the cutting of the cake. American Dream Cakes understands the importance of carrying on the traditions of military weddings and can help you create the cake of your dreams.

Seating

It’s important to carefully consider the seating when placing military and nonmilitary guest at each table.

Be sure to pay special attention to the high-ranking officers. Generally, military guests are placed at a table together or very near to the head table. However, they can be placed with the family members but it is best to check with them to find out their preference.

Planning your USMC Wedding begins with understanding that permission is everything. These tips will help guide you to creating that special moment.

I do, Round 1

Love is in the air and we can hear the wedding bells ringing; but this time, they are on the steps of the courthouse.  A courthouse wedding can be intimate and romantic without the lengthy planning and size of a traditional service.  And for many couples in Onslow County, a courthouse wedding is the perfect way to become husband and wife before – or between – military deployments.

Perhaps you’ll have a traditional ceremony later with your family, but for now, you want to make it official without hosting a big affair.  A courthouse wedding is a WEDDING!  So, with a little planning and a few special touches, your day can be just as celebratory and sharable as a church wedding.  Here are a few hints to help you pull off a simple celebration at the Justice of the Peace.

Love & License

In North Carolina, couples are required to obtain a marriage license before getting married.  Your marriage license can be from any county in North Carolina; it does not have to be from the county where you have your wedding.  In Onslow County, you can obtain your marriage license from the Register of Deeds Office at the Courthouse before your marriage date.  After you receive it, it’s valid for 60 days.  Both parties must be present, the license fee is $60 and you’ll need identification.  Don’t forget this one!  No license, no wedding.

A Dreamy Dress

Make your simple ceremony special by wearing a dress and having him wear a suit.  Just because you’ll be in the courthouse, doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the dress!  Encourage guests you bring to wear appropriate wedding attire as well.  A dreamy dress and wedding-worthy attire will make for better photographs and fun memories.

Go Pro Photography

We’re not talking about a camera strapped to your head! Schedule a professional photographer to capture photos of your day.  Having a courthouse wedding eliminates some of the traditional expenses of a church wedding, so budget in a talented photographer who can take amazing photos.  Onslow County’s courthouse is nestled in downtown near parks and historic buildings, so it’s only a short distance to a great photo shoot destination before or after your ceremony.

Tiny Guest List

When it comes to the actual ceremony in the judge’s or magistrate’s office, there may be a limit on the number of attendees.  Inquire with the office and verify limits.  You’ll want to have 2 witnesses to sign the marriage certificate.  If you wish, you can also invite close friends and family to witness your vows.  The guest list is much smaller, but this intimate group can celebrate with you.

Skip the Bridal Party

It’s not necessary to have bridal parties for a courthouse wedding.  Having a maid of honor and a best man as your witnesses are all you need.  Take advantage of the smaller setting and reduced company to save on expenses and formalities.  This day is about a commitment to love, so keep the focus on your marriage and each other.

Reception? or Not to Reception?

Short answer, yes… or no.  This one is completely up to what you and your fiancé desire. There is no big expectation for a traditional reception or party. Some couples want to celebrate privately – and that’s perfectly fine.  Some couples host a small cake-cutting only. Others skip the big wedding expense and invest in a party with friends with a few more traditional touches.

If you want to host a celebration after your ceremony, be creative in how you celebrate with your friends and family.  You can rent a beach house and have your friends and family join you there to celebrate.  Cut the cake, have some fun and the two of you can slip away to your own accommodations when you’re ready.  You are free to create your own style and size of celebration.  From picnic to beach party to fine dining… it’s completely up to you.

Enjoy the one you love and the day you are married.  You’ve got a lifetime to build more memories.  For this day, plan the little details that will make it special for the two of you and your courthouse wedding will be perfectly suited to you.

Wedding Cake Style Forecast

Your wedding date is approaching, the dress is being fitted, the rings have been ordered, and the floral arrangements are planned to perfection.  It is cake time.  While a traditional, white, 3-tiered cake with tiny columns holding every ounce will forever be a timeless tribute to romance, we have spotted gorgeous cake trends emerging in 2018!  We love to think outside the proverbial cake pan and bring to each bride and groom a delicious and awe-inspiring cake.  We’ve collected our favorite styles to hopefully excite your imagination.

Marbled Cake

The natural stone of marble has moved from the counter top to the cake!  A marble design can be dressed up for an elegant, formal feel or dressed down for an earthy, bohemian wedding.  You can trickle your main colors into the design.

In this cake, marbled finish is combined with the geode cake trend, that has been popular in recent seasons.

Naked Cake

 Naked cakes are divine.  This style of wedding cake really shows off the craftsmanship of the cake, filling, and has a very natural, “back-to-basics” feel.

Naked cakes feature the colors of the cake itself and are usually adorned with natural elements like fruit or flowers.  This trend is staying strong in 2018 and 2019.

 

 

 

Gold Foils and Metallic Finishes

Gold foil and metallic finishes add a sophisticated aspect to a wedding cake.  Metallic foils come in gold, silver, platinum and copper.  In this cake, metallic sequins cover the second tier and gold ribbons adorn the top and middle layers. Gold foil can be added in clean sections or streaked into a cake’s design with a modern, edgy flair.

 

 

Painted Cakes

 We are simply in love with hand painted cakes.  From painted textures like this watercolor tier to full panoramic landscapes and painted flowers, this custom-painted wedding cake trend is wildly popular for its originality.  White icing is your blank canvas, and your cake becomes your very own work of art.

 

 

No matter what trend or tradition you’re eyeing for your wedding cake, contact our cake design team for help with planning for size, servings, and style.  We’re here to help.

 

 

 

I Do 2: Planning Your Second Wedding

Getting married for a second time is a beautiful thing.  No one is too old, or too late to find their happily ever after.  We all love second chances, and in romance… sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered.  Planning a second wedding can be as simple or extravagant as your tastes desire, but you’ve done this once before.  Here are a few tips and tricks to help you say “I do” this time.

Wear White
Today is not the olden days.  If your heart so desires, wear a white dress.  White is symbolic of purity for many, but it’s also synonymous with weddings and the commitment you’re making today.  So, feel free to look like a snow princess.

Or Don’t Wear White
Who cares if it’s a white dress!?  This is your [second] wedding, do what you want.  Wear off white, hot pink or neon green.  Show up in a denim dress…well maybe not that one, but, this time, make it more about you and less about tradition alone.

Creative Registry
At this point in your life, you probably have enough dinner ware to last forever, but your guest will probably still want to get you something.  Keep your registry creative and maybe add all the things you’ve wanted.  A luggage set, an espresso machine, tube amp turntable, or skiing equipment.  Be creative.  Use your imagination.

Don’t Count on Mom and Dad

We’re not saying your parents don’t love you, but if they footed the bill for the first wedding, they might not chip in this time.  You’re older, wiser and more independent.  That applies to financing the wedding, too.

Do Get a Cake
This is one tradition it’s hard to skip.  People want cake.  Guests want to admire it.  They want to see you cut it.  Cake is expected.  There are new trends in wedding cakes, though. Mini-cakes, cupcakes, naked cakes, and even tarts and pies.  Explore styles in our gallery and online to see what works for you and your groom.

Don’t Invite the Ex
Enough said.

Blend the Family In

This is important and fun.  Often in second weddings, families are blending.  Each family has its own set of traditions, expectations, and experiences.  Have fun involving family members in little ways, but don’t lose sight of the fact that this is your wedding.

If minor children are involved in the blending of two households, involving them can create a memory for the rest of their lives.  Give each child a small role they are capable of playing successfully.  Don’t stress them out on the big day, but include them in a sincere way.  They may be a flower girl, ring bearer, read a scripture or a poem at the reception, or even a member of the wedding party.  Help them be part of establishing a new home together.

Reception

Throw a party!  Your reception can be formal, casual, intimate or a little on the wild side. This is a renewal, a second chance, a fresh start, — so celebrate it!  Get a band or a DJ to help you celebrate this new chapter of your life with your new family and new spouse.

Bridal Show Kickoff!

Tis the season to plan a wedding!  It’s a new year, proposals have been happening from Christmas through New Years Eve.  Valentine’s Day will be here soon and wedding planning season is in full swing.  Late winter and early spring are characterized by “Bridal Show Season.”

Local bridal shows and expos are coming up, and American Dream Cakes will be participating in several.  These events can make life easier for a bride, providing a one-stop-shop experience for venues, limos, caterers and yes… Cakes!

Here are a few we will be attending in this upcoming season:

  1. Crystal Coast Bridal Fair – Each and every bride is invited to the gorgeous Crystal Coast Civic Center that over looks Bogue Sound and converse with over 50 wedding professionals to help you plan your wedding.

Fashion Shows can peak your interest for future bridal and bridesmaid gowns.  They will be happening intermittently during the fair and they make a great chance to take a break from all the wedding hustle.

Bridal Contests have made a full comeback this year. The bridal bouquet bucket toss is going to test your skills.  The Wedding Cake Treasure hunt will be a delicious treat for all those who participate.  Of course, the grand prize giveaway of a $250 dollar credit to one lucky bride will happen at 2:30.  Each contestant must register online!

Cake Sampling is arguably the best part of the day! Local bakers will be there to feature their most delicious cakes for sampling.  Come on, it doesn’t get much better.

Come find us at the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair!

January 13th, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Crystal Coast Civic Center

3505 Arendell St., Morehead City NC

http://www.crystalcoastbridalfair.com/

  1. New Bern Bridal Expo – Here is another chance for all brides to be to get planning early in the game. We will join 70 other vendors and wedding experts to help anyone navigate their way to the big day. New Bern is home to beautiful venues that have rich historic character, and places like this will sure inspire you and your wedding party. This expo is located at the heart of New Bern at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  Highlights of the convention are Caterers, Photographers, Venues, Event Planners, DJs, Entertainment, Travel, Florists, Health and Beauty, Event Attire,  Party Rentals, Fashion Shows, Entertainment, plus thousands of dollars in prizes and giveaways!

New Bern Bridal Expo

21 Jan. 2017, 12pm – 4pm

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center;

203 South Front Street, New Bern NC

Event Website

  1. Engaged Onslow Bridal Expo – We are proud to be a vendor in our own hometown hosted expo! Engaged onslow strives to provide a magnificent experience for each of its attendees.

Taste Test Rehearsals Tour-  A limousine will pick you up and escort you to local venues to enjoy a 5 course meal, and each course being featured at that location.  This gives you a great experience not only tasting potential caterers, but also seeing the venues themselves!  You have to reserve your tickets soon!

Venue Tour on February 2017- This is a free tour to all who want to participate!  A chance to have a one on one tour from each venue coordinator and talk about your wants and need from a wedding venue, you cannot give this opportunity.

Ultimate Giveaway- Engaged Onslow is giving away a grand prize of $2500 for a very lucky bride to goes towards their wedding and to be used amongst the vendors present.  That is a big chunk-o-change that could benefit any bride for their planning.  You must register before the event though!  P.S. they are giving away other great prizes as well, so don’t be discouraged!

Engaged Onslow Bridal Show

FEb. 16-17

Jacksonville Commons Rec Center

100 Recreation Lane, Jacksonville, NC

http://www.engagedonslow.com/

Stop by and tell us about your Dream Day!  We’ll help you plan a Dream Cake to go with it!