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Thursday, December 20, 2012

If you love Thai cuisine as much as we do, you'll be delighted to know that we have spotted three apt Thai restaurants to hold your function at. Known for their scrumptious cuisine and chic decor, Busaba (Bangsar Shopping Complex), Amarin (Mid Valley) and Celadon (Pavilion KL) can be on your list of must-view venues.

Great to cater up to about 150 pax, these restaurants are ideal for intimate events such as birthdays, weddings and corporate gatherings.


Busaba translates to "flower", or often portrayed as a fine, beautiful young lady in Thai. Here at Busaba, they serve you Thai Cuisine at its finest. Everything is tenderly selected, delicately prepared. Thai delicacies have never been so gracefully interpreted. They also have a VIP room suited for 20-30 pax.

Contact Busaba:

F15, 1st Floor, Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 2093-7708


Situated in the majestic confines of Mid Valley Megamall, Amarin Heavenly Thai offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a whole new evolution of Thai cuisine – both for the eyes and the palate. From the moment you first enter the restaurant, you are treated with the utmost grace that is native to the Thai culture, that you may very well make this your favoured Thai dining destination.

The restaurant's striking, regal decor, inspired by the rich tapestry of Thai artifacts, serves to set the mood for an exotic experience that diners can enjoy at one of the city's more distinctive dining locales.

While you’re enjoying the warm hospitality of Thai customs, the fully staffed kitchen works doubly hard to ensure that each of your selections meets with the highest standards of Thai cooking. And after your meal, you may choose to sample some of Amarin’s yummy desserts to complete your gastronomic journey..

Contact Amarin: 
S045, Level 2, 
Centre Court,
Mid Valley Megamall
Tel: 03 2938 3187


Celadon is known for its high-fired stoneware, which embodies a traditional wood-ash glaze formula discovered in China more than 20 centuries ago. Potters are believed to have been brought to Siam from China by King Ramkhamhaeng around the year 1300 to settle near Sukhothai and Sawankaloke which produced beautiful pieces for more than a hundred years. Keeping tradition alive at Celadon Royal Thai Restaurant, your dining experience will be surrounded by ancient Thai artifacts, complimented with true Thai cuisine.

Contact Celadon:

6.37.00, Level 6,
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur,
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, KL
Tel: 03 2148 8708

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Issuing a request for proposal (RFP) can feel a lot like online dating. Sure, you compile a list of likes and dislikes, but if you’re not speci fic enough or don’t ask the right questions, you’ll end up with a partner who isn’t exactly a perfect fit. In online dating, putting out a vague call for the strong, silent type is just as likely to get you a musclebound mute as it is a rugged gentleman who lets his actions speak for themselves. 

Similarly, when it comes to RFPs, vague requests and unfocused questions are likely to land you with a less than desirable date — err, event company. So it’s important that your RFP contains speci fic, focused questions, details, and requests if you want any hope of finding a match made in heaven. Because asking the right questions — and asking them in the right way — is vital to making sure you end up with the partner you’re looking for. Common RFP questions and requests are often misunderstood or improperly crafted, leaving the event manager and/or the sales department with insuf ficient information upon which to make an informed decision. What’s more, missing details and insufficient information in the RFP can result in a multitude of wildly varying proposals that make the process less like comparing apples to oranges and more like comparing grapes to gorillas.

Todd Simon, former vice president of business development at Chestnut Ridge, NY-based exhibit house MC² , says he’s amazed at some of the questions he’s read in RFPs. “I’ve seen RFPs where people ask, ‘If your company were a cartoon character, who would it be and why?’” 

Simon says he understands that prospective clients are just trying to force exhibit houses/event companies to show off their creativity. But no matter how fun the answer might be, its value in helping you select the right exhibiting/event partner is limited at best.

After years of wading through RFPs, Simon believes exhibit managers need to learn how to ask questions that will provide some qualitative differentiation between one vendor and another. Sure, you’ve heard that there are no stupid questions, but when it comes to RFPs, some questions are de finitely better — and more likely to get you the information you need — than others. 

So to help you navigate the RFP process without landing yourself on a blind date from hell, here are some of the most common “unhelpful requests,” which while well intended, typically don’t get you the information you’re looking for. Learn which questions and requests to avoid and how to hone your search, and you’ll undoubtedly find an event match made in heaven.


The worst mistake most clients make is issuing an RFP without one of the most important speci fications: the budget. Simon says clients omit the budget because they are afraid a dollar limit might scare an exhibit house away from showing its best possible work. Clients tend to think that they’ll get a more inspired or creative proposal if the designer isn’t constrained by budget. 

Unfortunately, what happens is some proposals come back with the-sky’s-the-limit designs while other firms try to make educated guesses about what a company is willing to spend. Bottom line, the playing field ends up anything but level.

“What you get is one proposal at $200,000, and another at $2 million,”Simon says. “If you’re willing to spend $2 million, then that’s not fair to the company that figured you wanted to keep costs down. And if you’re going to eliminate the company that submitted a $2 million design because it’s outside your budget, you’ve wasted that company’s time.”

At the very least, give vendors a ballpark estimate so you’re comparing apples to apples — even if it is Red 
Delicious to Granny Smith. Otherwise, you’ll end up looking at the coolest $2 million proposal you’ll never be able to afford. And if you have a hard cap on your project, make sure the vendors understand that. 

If you mean “Not a penny more than $200,000,” then make that clear, or you’ll be disqualifying a lot of good proposals that come in closer to $201,000. 

WRONG: “Submit a proposal for a 20-by-30-foot exhibit. Budget is negotiable.”
RIGHT: “Submit a proposal for a 20-by-30-foot exhibit that fits the basic design speci fications at a cost of no more than $200,000.”
WHY: When prospective partners return your RFP, you’re going to want to compare apples to apples. So make sure you include a budget, or budget range, to level the playing field and make sure all proposals are within your budgetary parameters.


While you probably have a particular design aesthetic in mind when you send out an RFP, chances are 
you’re not describing it very well. For example, adjectives like “sleek,” “comfortable,” “European,” 
or “conservative” can mean vastly different things to different people. 

“The more information you can give vendors the better,” Simon says. “Explain how you want clients 
and prospects to view your brand’s image in the marketplace. Because in the end, your company’s event should be a refl ection of the image you are trying to project to your clients and prospects.”

According to Simon, a picture is worth a thousand words, and a few photos can go a long way toward 

explaining your vision in a manner that designers — who are very visual people — will understand. You 
can try to define “sleek” until you’re blue in the face, but a little research and a handful of good photos can illustrate your ideas better than a list of adjectives. 

So include any photos of exhibits, retail displays, architectural inspiration, etc. that you feel are in line 
with your brand’s image. If there’s some taboo as far as colours to select or avoid, or what kind of chairs 
your CEO prefers in the conference room, provide that information up front. 

Otherwise your boss may eliminate an otherwise excellent exhibit design because the flooring in the rendering was his least-favorite color.

WRONG: “The booth should have a sleek, modern design.”
RIGHT: “Our company has a unique corporate culture, and the exhibit should re ect that. Here are photos of three exhibits that we feel represent our aesthetic.”
WHY: Adjectives like “sleek” and “modern” can conjure wildly different images in different people’s minds. So rather than getting caught up in syntax, describe your brand’s or company’s image, and include visual reference points to illustrate that aesthetic.

In addition to inquiring about potential partners’ financial status, plenty of exhibitors ask for a list of companies with whom the vendor has previously worked. Asking for a list of clients isn’t a bad idea, per se. Seeing that list of Fortune 500 clients can be impressive. Of course, each company on that reference list is also making demands on your potential vendor’s time. To understand where you stand among an exhibit house’s stable of clients, you might want to ask for a list of the companies keeping each vendor busy, or query each vendor about how its client base has changed over a period of time.

But Simon warns clients to be careful when comparing the responses. While a long list of clients or a sharp increase in business might look impressive, it could also mean your comparably smaller project will be handled by a junior designer. On the other hand, a drop in the client base might show a vendor is losing business, but it could also mean an event company has consolidated around a few big fish that are providing steady work.

Additionally, any potential vendor will have other projects it is working on. But you need to understand when its busy season is. If a vendor has several major shows going on — with several of its biggest customers — right at the same time you’ll need its help, that could be a red flag that your project will take a back seat to those big clients.

WRONG: “Provide references and a list of your 10 largest clients.”
RIGHT: “Which months are the busiest on your calendar, and which shows will you be helping clients with during those months?”
WHY: A list of big-name clients can be impressive, but it can also mean you’ll be a little fish in an ocean-sized client base full of whales. So when asking about existing clients, also ask about peak times when those clients may be most demanding of your potential vendor’s time, attention, and resources.

-Brian Todd

Asking the Right Questions for your Request for Proposal

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We have seen ice sculptures at weddings and other events in shapes of swans, ice bars and ice-breaking launch gambits. Here are more ways to use ice sculptures at your events.

Fur blankets decorated an ice chaise from Iceculture.
Fur blankets decorated an ice chaise from Iceculture.
Photo: Emma McIntyre for BizBash

For the after-party, Iceculture created an eight-foot ice wall at the entrance of the trading floor. Iconic shapes from Karim...
For the after-party, Iceculture created an eight-foot ice wall at the entrance of the trading floor. Iconic shapes from Karim Rashid were cut into the ice blocks and packed with snow. The negative space spelled out "DX."
Photo: George Pimentel

Also placed outside the event's venue was an eye-catching ice sculpture of penguins. The creation of the frozen pieces during...
An eye-catching ice sculpture of penguins. The creation of the frozen pieces during the day drew crowds.
Photo: Courtesy of Discovery Communications LLC

Chile sponsored the reception and served salmon ceviche from an ice sculpture in the center of the reception area.
Chile sponsored the reception and served salmon ceviche from an ice sculpture in the center of the reception area.
Photo: D. Channing Muller for BizBash

The Iceman's subdivision iceFX created the <em>Sharp</em> sculpture, which had copies of the book embedded in the ice.
The Iceman's subdivision iceFX created theSharp sculpture, which had copies of the book embedded in the ice.
Photo: Jason Jajalla

A jagged ice sculpture, created by Iceculture, provided a focal point in the reception area.
A jagged ice sculpture, created by Iceculture, provided a focal point in the reception area.
Photo: Roni Feldman & Associates Inc.

Inspired by Sweden's Ice Hotel and designed to mimic the North Pole, the show's backdrop was returned to its original location...
As a dramatic opening to the show, the enormous white box that covered the stage lifted to reveal the man-made iceberg. Inspired by Sweden's Ice Hotel and designed to mimic the North Pole, the show's backdrop was returned to its original location under a license-to-import agreement.
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

Iceculture created DX-inspired ice sculptures that held votive candles inside.
Iceculture created DX-inspired ice sculptures that held votive candles inside.
Photo: George Pimentel

Ice Sculptures

We have seen ice sculptures at weddings and other events in shapes of swans, ice bars and ice-breaking launch gambits. Here are more ways t...
We at Best Events have always enjoyed organizing small to medium-sized events as these events create a more intimate atmosphere. Guests really get to know the social host or a hosting brand without having to shout (well, not literally) or cross 500 metres to reach the other corner of the room.

Looks like we're not the only ones who prefer small-scaled events. Here's a write-up by Jim Shi for BizBash:

While splashy, celebrity-filled red carpet galas and bashes have a market and are appropriate for reaching a broad consumer audience, 2012 has been marked by multiple soirees that are noticeably smaller in scope. The idea? To focus not on quantity, but, rather, quality, and create a more personal experience for guests.

With events like Marni for H&M's intimate launch in Los Angeles in February, the series of "Feast or Fashion" dinner parties Bon Appetit introduced during the September run of New York Fashion Week, and a discreet affair Harry Winston held at Ai Fiori in October to honor actress Jessica Chastian's Broadway debut in The Heiress, some brands are illustrating that, as far as the adage goes, bigger isn't always better.

Tailoring each of its designer collection launches to the style and roots of the collaborator, H&M feted its Marni collaboration...

Tailoring each of its designer collection launches to the style and roots of the collaborator, H&M feted its Marni collaboration in February with a dinner party in a Los Feliz, California, home that had event producer Alex de Betak of Bureau Betak creating "a chic yet relaxed European mood."
Photo: Courtesy of H&M

In October Veuve Clicquot hosted a dinner at Manhattan's Crown restaurant for a key group of influencers. The night's intimacy allowed guests to feel fully immersed in a tasting experience with the champagne maker’s winemaker, according to Vanessa Kay, vice president of Veuve Clicquot U.S. "In addition to having many stories to tell about the brand, we developed tasting notes that night to guide our guests through the unique tasting experience," says Kay. "Hosting a small event makes guests feel they are a part of a special, personal experience."

Going against accepted dinner etiquette, the champagne house encouraged attendees to use social media to share their experiences during the evening. The event, which introduced several new vintage releases, accomplished exactly what Kay hoped it would. "We introduced our new fantastic wines to an influential list of guests and generated social media and press buzz to coincide with the commercial availability of the wines."

For Target, the decision to launch its fall fashion campaign with an event on the West Coast and another on the East Coast allowed the company to reach two very different audiences in distinctly different ways. Before hosting a large-scale, consumer-driven party in New York to debut the final part of its Web-based, shoppable film, Falling for You, the retail giant held a private dinner for 75 in Los Angeles that was tailored to entertainment media and included a screening of the short followed by a Q&A with its stars.

"The [L.A.] dinner created an intimate, memorable experience for the cast and their close friends and family, which differentiated it from some of our much larger events, which often focus on the red carpet aspect," says Target spokesperson Evan Miller. Miller noted that part of the West Coast event's goal was to also allow "thoughtful media" the chance to interview the cast and crew one-on-one.

Ahead of a larger-scale bash attended by more than 400 guests in Manhattan, Target celebrated the launch of its <i>Falling...
Ahead of a larger-scale bash attended by more than 400 guests in Manhattan, Target celebrated the launch of its Falling for You shoppable film series with an intimate dinner at the SLS Beverly Hills that included a Q&A with its stars Kristen Bell, Nia Long, and Zachary Abel.
Photo: Claire Barrett

According to Chris Bastin, Gant Rugger's creative director, intimacy has always played to the heart of the niche fashion brand, which hosted a dinner and presentation for its spring 2013 collection at New York's Gallow Green in October. "This is menswear at its best to me: friendly and relaxed over good food and wine," he says. Instead of throwing money at a celebrity or making an event feel overwrought with production, Bastin likes to invest in memorable details: a unique location (the event was the first seated dinner on the rooftop space of Skylight at the McKittrick Hotel); a custom one-time-only menu; a creative invitation (Gant made its own bottles of wine); and an unexpected gift (cashmere cable-knit blankets were handed out on the chilly night).

"We are fortunate to have great actors that support the brand, but when we get together to unveil a new collection, we want to be with our friends in fashion, just hanging out and reconnecting," says Bastin. "For me, it's more about making a memory."

Patrón is another that's been using smaller events to build and cement its following, starting the Patrón Secret Dining Society in May 2010 in response to fans who wanted to be more involved with the brand. The meals invite no more than 50 guests, pair courses with tequila cocktails, and typically take place in quirky or historic locations that are revealed at the last minute.

"To be successful with a dining event like this, we purposely wanted to keep them small and intimate, as that's truly the best way to create an exclusive experience," says Greg Cohen, the Patrón Spirits Company's communications director. While the initiative doesn't preclude the tequila brand from being involved with bigger events—including the New York City Wine & Food Festival and Super Bowl parties—the smaller ones allow direct communication with a target audience and bring the versatility of the product into focus. It's also, as Cohen notes, a way of rewarding brand faithfuls.

The Patrón Social Club, an extension of Patrón’s "Simply Perfect" worldwide marketing campaign, put on a series of covert dining...
The Patrón Social Club, an extension of Patrón’s "Simply Perfect" worldwide marketing campaign, put on a series of covert dining experiences, maxing out at 50 attendees, known as the Patrón Secret Dining Society. The meals were designed with the aim to build a community among Patrón enthusiasts.
Photo: Brian Hartman & Photo Elan/Hartman Studio

Although many agree that more intimate events do not directly correlate to lower execution costs, the retention of loyalists is an important, immeasurable aspect that helps build a brand's influence in a crowded marketplace.

How Brands Are Shrinking Events to Create Personal Experiences

We at Best Events have always enjoyed organizing small to medium-sized events as these events create a more intimate atmosphere. Guests rea...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

20 influential wedding bloggers were asked to share their thoughts on wedding trends they personally feel will emerge in 2013.  Below are their opinions and predictions.  How many do you agree with?

20.  Patterns  will  be  hot

For 2013, I think that incorporating patterns into wedding day decor is going to be HOT! I think we’ll surely continue to see chevron and stripes used on everything from table runners to bowties. However, I think we’ll also start to see more and more gingham, paisley and even polka dots. Because what’s not to love? They truly do add a bit of fun and a touch of whimsy. I’m imaging bridesmaids in striped skirts, and groomsmen with paisley ties. There really are so many possibilities when it comes to patterns and we’re so excited to see where they’ll turn up for weddings in 2013!
[Chrissy, The Perfect Palette]

19.  The  Reception  Lounge

The reception "lounge" is a wedding trend we've seen begin to take off in 2012 and expect to see back even stronger in 2013. It offers an away from the dance floor area for guests to eat, drink and mingle in a relaxed setting. From a groom’s perspective, the lounge is a perfect spot to feature a favorite microbrew, signature cocktail or finger food. If you’re planning to include a photo booth, any yard or table games or a build-your-own drink station – the lounge is the place to do it. As always guys, be sure to talk ideas over with your fiancé before you commit.
 [Chris, The Man Registry]

18.   Prints  charming

In my book, prints will be a key trend for 2013 weddings. We’ve already seen a few of these starting to come through, but next year I think this will really catch on– everything from the stripes and chevron of 2012 to delicate florals and bold graphic prints. Look out for print fabrics used as table runners and napkins, print bridesmaids’ dresses (either as one of a mismatched grouping, or a striking collection) and even on groomsmen’s shirts or pocket handkerchiefs. Done right, it’s a great look, and if you tie it into your stationery well, can create a lovely ‘brand’ that brings the whole design of the wedding together. Just don’t go overboard or too matchy matchy – depending on the print itself, less is often more!
[Gaby, SouthBound Bride]

17.  Lace,  lace,  lace

In my opinion, we're going to see a lot of lace in 2013! Lace has been a mainstay in bridal fashion for centuries, but it seems to be making a comeback right now. From full-on lace dresses to just a touch here and there to accent a dress, lace has already started to appear on the runway. Many designers will be showcasing classic wedding gowns with lace details like lacy cap sleeves, illusion necklaces, contrasting color lace and more in their spring 2013 collections. My favorite thing about lace is that it's not just for the gown - lace details in the wedding décor is becoming a hot trend, too. Lace can make an elegant statement anywhere from the invitation to the wedding cake. Lace details can be chic and sophisticated, or when paired with rustic or vintage elements, lace can become a bit more whimsical!
 - [Erika, Borrowed & Bleu]

16.  Less  Is  More

I believe that weddings will become more stripped back and minimalistic. We have seen so much styling going on that I think in 2013 couples will want to get back to basics and let the wedding be more about them. So the old phrase ‘Less is More’ will come into play. Less details, less fuss. So simple minimalistic décor and more relaxed styling. Couples have become swamped with over stylistic wedding ideas so think minimalistic venues,  simple flowers with stripped back table decoration, clean lines, simple rustic elements, un fussy ideas for a couple that want the wedding to be about them NOT the details and styling.
[Kelly, Boho Wedding Blog]

15.  Virtual  Guests

In 2013, technology will play in huge role in how couples will share their most precious moments with friends and family around the world.  Live-stream weddings will continue to gain popularity and next year will be a defining year for this type of service. If a loved one cannot attend a wedding, couples will opt to "broadcast" their event and allow front row access to anyone, anywhere.  It's real-time streaming of a real life event.  It's a great idea for couples who want to include more and more people in the wedding. I often ask planning brides if this is something that they would consider, and most are not even aware that this is an option!  Look for more live-stream weddings to emerge in 2013.
[Rachel, Austin Wedding Blog]

14.   The  Fun  Factor

In 2013, couples will be putting an even bigger emphasis on fun! And that means, lots of creative food stations (i.e. mashed potato bars), snack stations (i.e. DIY Smores, popcorn) and late night goodies. Carnival foods such as snow cones, cotton candy & candy apples will be ever-popular for summer weddings, as will food trucks, ice cream trucks, french fry trucks and taco trucks. Late night barbecue will also be sizzlin'. Along with emphasising the fun factor with food, couples will continue to create make their cocktail hour and reception interactive with games such as corn hole, bocce ball & horseshoes.  Entertainment will also get interactive, with couples hiring everything from live event artists, on-site poets and dance instructors to magicians & tarot card readers. To make the fun last even longer, the post-wedding after party where couples hire a bus or van to take guests to a local night club after the reception, will be big for 2013. - [Christina, Intimate Weddings]

13.  Extended  Wedding   Receptions

One of the biggest trends of 2012 was the “After Party,” a party after the reception was officially over. The After Party came with its own music, food, and sometimes even wardrobe for friends of the bride and groom. Although many couples will be continuing that trend in 2013 others will be looking for ways to bring the younger vibe and fun to the wedding itself, without the expense of throwing a completely different second party. Look for receptions that last a tad bit longer so that couples can fit in a change in entertainment and the ever-popular food trucks. For some couples, receptions will be divided in to three distinct sections, the cocktail hour with low-key music and food, the dinner “hour” (actually two or three hours) with all the expected wedding traditions (except for the bouquet toss, which is on its way out and fast), and two to three hours of fun where it's completely acceptable for Grandma and Grandpa to head on home. DJs and bands will be mixing together in new and interesting ways as couples use these longer receptions to try and please everyone.
[Marta, GigMasters]

12.  Wedding  Dresses...  With  Pockets

Finally, the wait is over!  Pocket wedding dresses will break out in 2013 and brides everywhere will rejoice. Functional fashion is in and fashion designers are coming around to the idea of adding soft, dainty pockets to traditional and modern bridal wear.  I recently spoke to a Very popular gown designer who dished that some very high-profile celebrities will be debuting pocket dresses in 2013. Honestly, I'm stunned it's taken so long for this trend to go pseudo-mainstream. If your wedding is more than 6 months away, you might want to entertain the idea of a wedding dress... with pockets. - [Bridal Snob]

11.   The  Roaring  Twenties

I think the biggest wedding trend for 2013 will be a 1920's vintage look.  The decadence and gayety of the era make it a perfect inspiration for a celebration like a wedding. Plus, with the popularity of shows such as Downtown Abbey and a remake of The Great Gatsby coming out, the 20's will be roaring back into popular culture. The style of 20's fashion is very romantic.  Hallmarks of this look include dropped waist dresses and lace in soft colors of ivory.  To channel this look through your accessories, try long strands of pearl necklaces or gold toned jewelry.  Instead of a traditional veil you could wear a cloche style headpiece or a beaded headband with art deco details.
[Maggie, The Giving Bride]

10.  Localized Weddings

As one year of wedding trends comes to a close another will emerge with vibrant ideas, new methods of entertaining guests and bits of eye candy that will set weddings apart as truly spectacular. These are the trends that will live on and become classic. As we are knee-deep in planning and prepping for marvelous 2013 weddings we look ahead to the localized wedding. You needn’t look too far past your hometown for  sea foods or fresh bounty from farmers or bakers. Caterers will see an increase of delectable menus that are thoughtful and sourced locally, showcasing the best of what’s to offer where their creativity can truly shine.

To truly give guests an incredibly unique experience {at often a fraction of the price for shipping foods cross-country or wine across The Pond}, couples can work with a farmer or chef to personalize favorite food elements in an elevated light. The focus will be on quality, not quantity, and a remarkable experience will ensue!
 [Aleah + Nick, Valley & Co.]

9.  Grooms start spending

In 2013, we expect the average cost of a wedding to increase slightly, partly due to spending by the groom.  As more grooms begin playing an active role in the planning details of their wedding (a growing trend we've seen over the past 2 years), certain items such as groom cakes, groom rings, accessories, intricate honeymoon plans and unique groom gifts could significantly impact most wedding budgets, causing engaged couples to ultimately spend more.  Most of the grooms that we've spoken to state that their bride-to-be is totally on board for this increase in spending since it is as much his wedding as it is hers.

8.  A  Return  to  Elegance

In 2013 we are going to see a return to elegance. 2012 weddings reflected the world economy with a shabby chic, ‘do it yourself’ kind of attitude but 2013 brides will draw inspiration from old world glamour with cinematic and literary influences like The Great Gatsby, Anna Karenina,  Downton Abbey, and A Royal Affair. I expect to see decadent fabrics, corsets, ornate lace details, metallics, costume jewelry, and more formal receptions. This trend is already being reflected on red carpets and runways around the world and I can’t wait to see it find its way back into weddings again!
[Sara, Burnett's Boards]

7.   Custom Wedding  Details

The hottest trend in Australia right now is customisation to create a truly personal wedding day. We're seeing more weddings at the one venue- not reception/ceremony  'all in one' function centres, mind you, but farms and large garden spaces, backyards and inner city, multi level venues. This extends to more unusual venues - art galleries, favourite upmarket cafe/gallery spaces, warehouses. I'm predicting more and more couples opting for blank slates they can truly customise to their own style and vision. This can be through asking a wedding stylist to create a bespoke occasion, or making and creating everything themselves right down to the wedding dress and bouquets. This extends further to bridal gowns and accessories- instead of leaving an off the rack gown as they bought it, Australian brides are adding sleeves, coloured belts, crystal brooches. For some weddings, the bridesmaids are being given a colour and asked to choose their own dresses. Grooms are adding fun bow ties and pocket squares and even the ceremonies are involving less traditional moments and more words that tell a story of who they are as a couple. For Australian brides and grooms customising their wedding day, allows them to tell the wider world that 'as a couple, this is who we are'.
[Ms. PolkaDot - Polka Dot Bride]

6.    Fabulous Florals

Of course for the 2013 wedding trend, I have to speak on the wedding flowers.  For Spring 2013, I think we’ll see soft shades of yellows mixed with grays and lots of pastels for the romantic look and feel.  Come summer, get ready for over-sized and brightly colored blooms.  Picture lush coral or hot pink peonies tied together with lots of pretty ribbons.  Also, the “just picked from the garden” look and feel hand tied bouquet and lush centerpieces will always be a favorite.  And, let’s not forget to use lots of texture by incorporating fruits, grasses, pods, berries and succulents.  I hope we’ll also see more of the monochromatic bouquets.  We can achieve this look with a lush bouquet of pretty tulips, ranunculus and garden roses.  These pretty blooms come in a variety of gorgeous colors and would be the perfect on your wedding day.  And for the DIY bride, let’s not forget all the vibrant color summer blooms at the farmer’s market.  To tie the look all together, lots of pretty ribbons and lace around the bouquet handle.                                                          -  [Janie, The Bride's Cafe]

5.  Economy & Technology  Drive  Choices

The economy will continue to play a large part in how brides and grooms approach planning and vendors. Couples are becoming increasingly selective in a world of more and more options. Online tools and apps like Pinterest propel the availability of creative ideas while social media continues to bring the bride and vendor closer advancing trust and educating both. I sense that we are seeing the trade off of super trendy, bling drenched wed-to-impress affairs for more intimate uncomplicated celebrations that are personal to their families, lives, values and pocketbook.
 [Mindy, TweetMyWedding]

4.  Birds  of  a  Feather

I predict the hot wedding trend for 2013 goes to the birds! We’ve seen bird themed weddings grow in popularity in 2012, but expect to see an increase in bird-themed everything throughout 2013, particularly in the spring.  Some examples include tossing bird seed, bird cages as card holders,  bird themed invitations, and bird’s nest favors (complete with blue Jordan almond ‘eggs’).  Look for bird necklaces, particularly ones with a minimalist look (like single feather pendants or tiny sparrows), both of which are popular and make great gifts for bridesmaids and flower girls.  We’re also seeing an increase in feather-inspired hair accessories (like veils and fascinators) to subtly tie in the theme.  Fans of Portlandia will revel in this wedding theme, as couples everywhere will find a way to “put a bird on it”.  (I couldn’t resist.)
[Emma, EmmalineBride]

3.  DIY  attire

On the do-it-yourself front, I predict couples will choose projects that are more advanced skill-wise and require bigger budget and/or time commitments than they have in recent years. Much of DIY for the last few seasons has been focused on quick and inexpensive but we’re really seeing a swing towards more challenging and sophisticated projects. On the top of the list, I think we’ll see a lot of DIY attire: handmade bridal gowns and accessories, custom ties and pocket squares for the groomsmen, revamped and upcycled clothing.  Shows like Project Runway have certainly fueled an interest in clothing construction and, therefore, sewing. Jewelry-making, especially the advanced techniques like metalsmithing, intricate beading, and metal clays, has been trending in the mainstream craft world for well over a year now and I think we’ll definitely see DIYers embrace these new trends and skill sets wedding world in 2013.
[Khris, DIY Bride]

2.   Low  Key  Soirees

2012 was the year of the detail-heavy 'blogworthy' wedding. Bunting, cupcakes, tents, tipis, mason jars, bicycles covered in flowers... it was the year of weddings with lots of 'stuff'. With so much wedding inspiration around on wedding blogs, I think that engaged couples are starting to feel a certain amount of pressure to make sure they have the right 'stuff' for their day - to make it look a certain way, or have certain things. So my prediction for 2013 would be that couples will start to rebel and we'll see a lot more low key weddings - elopements, small family gatherings, less pressure and less 'stuff'. Weddings taking inspiration from nature and the natural elements around their chosen venue will dominate rather than adding lots and lots of extra 'things'.
[Kat, Rock n Roll Bride]

1.  Food  Truck  Frenzy

In the last year or so I've seen a great increase in new and interesting gourmet Food Truck companies popping up and I think these kitchens on wheels are going to have a big presence in weddings in 2013. Not only is it cool and different but it's also convenient! Imagine a gourmet hot dog or grilled cheese truck providing your guests with good eats at your laid-back park wedding, or an ice cream truck delivering delicious homemade ice cream sandwiches as a late night snack. There are food trucks for every type of food you could imagine, you could even hire a few different ones for your guests to have their pick! It's sure to be a fun way to feed your guests that they will be talking about for years to come. - [Jessica, The Budget Savvy Bride]

Wedding Trends 2013

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