“Not all brides are able to arrive by hot-air balloon, but that hasn’t deterred them from coming up with creative ways to add their personal flair to their special day,” says Amy Myers, vice president of creative services for Things Remembered, a personalized gift retailer.
If you’re planning a wedding or looking for unique gift ideas, here are some trends to keep in mind:
Online invites and more
Nowadays, the Internet is essential to wedding planning. In addition to wedding websites, more than a third of brides use social network sites to locate products and services for their weddings, often paying online or by phone.
And more couples are opting to send e-vites instead of mailed invitations, or requesting that guests RSVP through a wedding website.
Couples want to put their stamp on everything, so many are designing custom wedding logos to be inscribed on everything from programs and invitations to guest books, cake servers – even reception champagne bottles. Things Remembered offers free wedding logo creation with purchases totaling $150 or more. Not only does it engrave logos on champagne flutes, picture frames and other wedding staples, it provides couples an electronic file of the logo to use in other materials.
Brides spend countless hours on every detail of their wedding. Today’s bridal vendors are helping to make the process easier by offering complete collections of bridal products, so that the same beading detail on a wedding dress will be found on the cake server, the aisle runner, wedding invitations and more, creating a special synergy on the big day.
Gone are the days of picking a few prints and putting them in a formal book of 8x10 photo pages. Many couples are choosing digital photo packages that provide all their wedding photos on CDs.
Some brides are opting to get photos printed in coffee-table books that incorporate multiple images with words, captions and design elements. Others are turning wedding photos into works of art by printing them on gallery-quality photo canvases. If you’re a guest at an upcoming wedding, you can even purchase a photo canvas gift card at www.thingsremembered.com, which lets couples work with an artist to create a personalized home décor piece based on their favorite photo.
Smaller is better
Today, many brides are planning smaller weddings, allowing them to splurge more on the details. Destination weddings are also trending smaller, resulting in beach weddings at nearby lakes or resorts instead of large, complicated expeditions to Hawaii.
Couples increasingly are realizing that the small, often inexpensive details can make their big day unique.