We asked globally-renowned wedding and event planner Bruce Russell to share his favourite ideas for couples preparing to say 'I do'...
#1 The top table has had an overhaul
The days of having one main ‘top’ table where the bride, groom and their respective families sit out to face their guests are becoming a thing of the past, increasingly seen as too formal and superior.
My couples are now choosing a more accessible layout such as an oval table positioned more centrally and strategically within the wider floor plan. That way, they are able to strike the perfect balance between being distinctly unique and standing out amongst the other tables, but also being more integrated with their guests.
#2 Bespoke ceremonies are on the rise
The legal ins and outs of a civil ceremony can be a bit dry and I think we will see a greater move towards bespoke blessings that are designed to incorporate cultural and personal elements from each side.
In many cases, these blessings do away with the formalities all together, saving them for a separate occasion (often for a more limited group of attendees) either pre- or post-wedding, the focus instead being on a more personal occasion that truly celebrates the couple’s union.
#3 The wedding day gives way to the wedding days
Weddings are a celebration and so many couples have said over the years that they wish their special day could have lasted forever. To that end, I’m increasingly seeing my couples opting to extend their wedding across two-to-three, or even four-to-five, day occasions, for city weddings too.
So many couples are international or from a mixture of cultures that see guests travelling from all around the world to share in the celebrations, and they really want to acknowledge them, to focus on the overall guest experience and spend time with everyone.
#4 Lights, camera...
Thankfully the days of a one-size-fits-all wedding are far behind us and couples are focusing a lot more on the wider ‘production’ of the day, transforming spaces to make them unique and to offer much more bespoke and personalized occasions.
It’s amazing how lighting, production (think changing the ambience for the evening party) and incorporating a few intricate design details such as bespoke linens, candles and flowers can make even a well-known venue that guests might have visited in the past appear truly unique. It’s all about creating the right experience and making the day(s) your own.