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Amanda Reed Weddings

2019 Wedding Trends with Amanda Reed Weddings

It may not actually be possible to bring you this blog post without making my obsession with Amanda Reed Weddings’ work completely and utterly clear to the world. Guys, this powerhouse of a lady brings beauty and class to literally everything she touches AND she has the biggest heart for her clients and the wedding industry as a whole. As one of the top wedding planners in the Northwest Arkansas area Amanda has her finger right on the pulse of some of the most beautiful events we’re all drooling over, so let’s take a moment to talk about the trends she’s seeing emerge for 2019!

Amanda:

“What’s so fascinating about the trends I am seeing emerge for 2019 is that the only rule is – there are no rules! One giant source of inspiration is the two royal weddings last year, specifically Harry + Meghan.”


DECOR & COLOR

Pantone color of the year – living coral

A bright, sunny, pinky-orange. Do I anticipate this taking over every wedding? Not at all – but I see it as a conscious choice that couples will make in adding splashes of the hue throughout their design.
I see this coming forward a bit more in the fall when we can bring in tones of pumpkin and coriander to complement the coral.

But the flip side to this cheery hue – I am also seeing tons of bolder choices when it comes to wedding color… and that’s so exciting!

Weddings are getting moodier, edgier across the board. This is particularly interesting, since darker, sexier accents are in direct contrast with the romantic blush décor, soft textures, and bright photography that’s dominated the wedding scene in recent years.

Squid ink, emerald (my personal favorite), rich burgundies and midnight blue are everything right now—regardless of the season. Metallics aren’t going anywhere either, might see some iridescent details (like chargers and flatware) make an appearance at upcoming weddings.

With these rich colors will come rich, sumptuous fabrics like velvet (now an almost year-round fabric)

Statement lighting is the “it” rental – getting creative with lighting and thinking beyond traditional options like string lighting, finding inspiration in residential inspired lighting and even inspired by what’s hanging in our client’s home… uplighting gets an upgrade from more bespoke options like basket lanterns, neon installations (still hugely popular).

Balloons are the new flower walls!

FLORAL

Floral trends are going larger than life, floral walls, suspended, indoor trees, bold floral installations with plenty of royal wedding inspiration!

A reoccurring theme is bringing the inside out, the outdoors in – big trees inside cavernous spaces to bring the ceiling down, and lots of soft goods and furniture to make outdoor spaces feel cozier.
Greenery continues to be a classic go-to, with flowers and foliage becoming more organic and lush. Florals will be natural, whimsical and romantic. Natural grasses add a modern boho vibe, and long banquet tables with rows of low flowers add a lush, luxurious feel to guests’ dining experience.

Another exciting up-and-coming trend is real floral accessories – think living jewelry! This could look like supplementing (or replacing) customary bouquets – think gorgeous bib necklaces full of fresh blooms, succulent rings and cuffs, and elegant orchid drop earrings.

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FOOD & DRINK

Brides and grooms continue to want gorgeous, cozy and intimate dinners with their guests via a buffet style, plated or family style meal, charcuterie boards take the place of waiters serving traditional hors d’oeuvres and canapés, grazing tables (usually featuring cheese, meats and fruits), are presented like a work of art.

As for drinks: Gin!!! This liquor is the perfect mixer and a mainstay in classics like the french 75 and negroni.

And for something really fun: high-low bites. Endless pairings and presentation possibilities mashup of fine dining and comfort food (like root beer floats in champagne flutes, mac and cheese cups topped with caviar).

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CAKE

Cakes are another area strongly influenced by royal weddings:

  • Handpainted, metallic touches, personalized monograms,
  • Opulent, statement, museum-worthy wedding cakes
  • Warm bronze, soft gray, pale blue, and gold
  • Amazing array of textures we’re expecting – rippled icing, sculptural, Decorative finishes and show-stopping sugar flowers
  • Unexpected shapes, varying size tiers

INVITATIONS

Clients are loving monograms, custom illustrations of their venue, crests, and other sophisticated artwork.

They use the artwork in multiple ways (save the date, invitation, napkins, dance floor wrap) for a unifying narrative!

Popping up more and more is vellum, to create sheer paper accents in an assortment of ways — calligraphed for escort cards, bands that hold pieces of invitations together, an overlay for invitations, and as envelopes with beautiful hand-drawn artwork on the inside.

We should expect to see other unique mediums, like leather, wood, rough handmade papers, suede, acrylic, and even gold leafing.

UNIQUE CEREMONY SETUPS

Nontraditional ceremony arrangements are making their way to the front line (even for destination or elopements) – weddings “in the round” or a long, winding aisle, private vows followed by the party, or even a surprise ceremony or two in a bar!

BESPOKE: SIGNATURE CUSTOM EVERYTHING

Brides and grooms want to provide unique, personalized experiences for their guests, and all of these trends combine to make this happen!

  • Alternative engagement rings (opals, colored stones, sapphires), groomsmaids, best girls
  • Scenting your wedding – custom blended scents for each stage of the event, spritzed on invitations, infused in venue, given as party favors
  • Smoke bomb exits

It’s all about bespoke and attention to detail – let the your imagination soar and the magic begin. Today’s weddings are all about creating an event to remember—for both the couple and their guests.

In short? Personalization all the way.


Thank you so much Amanda Reed Weddings! I am so excited to see some of these trends and photograph them!







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Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, Arkansas engagement photographer, Arkansas bridal photographer and Arkansas proposal photographer. Corrie has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking Arkansas weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!
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Inspire Arkansas Wedding Show

Inspire Arkansas Bridal Show

The INSPIRE Arkansas Bridal Show by Tanarah Luxe Floral at RECORD (Instagram | Website) in Bentonville yesterday was BANANAS. I mean everything from the runway show with some EPIC looks by Arkansas bridal boutiques, beats from Premier Event Group, a round of delicious hors d’oeuvres with each theme and then just when we thought it couldn’t get any more breathtaking…

…The vendor area opened and revealed it’s majesty. Sky-high floral arrangements by Tanarah Luxe, delicious sweets from Rick’s Bakery and Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe and even more tempting hors d’oeuvres within each gallery of stylistic marvel (styled by the incredibly talented Amanda Reed Weddings) and SO MUCH MORE. Everywhere I looked, I was inspired. And that, my friends, is exactly what a wedding show should be.

Each of the vendors represented at the INSPIRE Arkansas Bridal Show are some of my favorite companies ever (and most are small businesses backed by some INCREDIBLE Arkansas business owners and artists) and they BROUGHT IT to this show. I mean THEY. BROUGHT. IT.

I absolutely can’t wait to see some of the incredible work these folks are going to put out in 2019 and beyond. As you plan your wedding, put a serious consideration in the direction of these guys. They will blow your mind.

Wind

Bridal Fashion: Tesori
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Bridesmaid Fashion: Dillard’s
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Cake: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe
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Cosmetics: Glo Limited
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Floral: Tanarah Luxe Floral
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Event Styling & Design: Amanda Reed Weddings
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Invitations: Shindig Paperie
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Jewelry: Romance Diamond Co.
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Linen: BBJ Linen
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Menswear: Dillard’s
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Mother of the Bride: By Request
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Music: Premier Event Group
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Production: CWP Productions
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Publication: Weddings in Arkanas
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Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals
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Bridal Fashion: She Said Yes
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Bridesmaid Fashion: Dillard’s
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Cake: Rick’s Bakery
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Catering: Heritage Catering
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Floral: Tanarah Luxe Floral
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Event Styling & Design: Amanda Reed Weddings
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Invitations: Shindig Paperie
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Jewelry: Romance Diamond Co.
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Linen: BBJ Linen
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Menswear: Dillard’s
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Mother of the Bride: Dillard’s
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Music: Premier Event Group
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Production: CWP Productions
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Publication: Weddings in Arkanas
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Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals
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Fire

Bridal Fashion: Joon Bridal
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Bridesmaid Fashion: Dillard’s
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Cake: Shelby Lynn’s Cake Shoppe
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Catering: Catering Unlimited
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Gift Registry: Dillard’s
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Floral: Tanarah Luxe Floral
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Event Styling & Design: Amanda Reed Weddings
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Invitations: Shindig Paperie
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Jewelry: Roberson’s Fine Jewelry
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Linen: BBJ Linen
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Menswear: Dillard’s
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Music: Premier Event Group
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Production: CWP Productions
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Publication: The Scout Guide
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Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals
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Water

Bridal Fashion: Unveiled
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Bridesmaid Fashion: Dillard’s
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Cake: Rick’s Bakery
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Catering: The Event Group
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Cosmetics: Dillard’s
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Gift Registry: Dillard’s
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Floral: Tanarah Luxe Floral
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Event Styling & Design: Amanda Reed Weddings
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Invitations: Shindig Paperie
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Jewelry: Roberson’s Fine Jewelry
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Linen: BBJ Linen
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Menswear: Dillard’s
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Mother of the Bride: Unveiled
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Music: Premier Event Group
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Production: CWP Productions
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Publication: Citiscapes Magazine
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Rentals: Eventures Party Rentals
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Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, Arkansas engagement photographer, Arkansas bridal photographer and Arkansas proposal photographer. Corrie has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking Arkansas weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!
Kindred Barn Wedding

– Erin Duncan, Arkansas Wedding Planner –

Guys, I have loved so much showing ya’ll some of my favorite venues around the area (and there are still several coming), but today I’m switching gears a little bit. As a Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer I work with so many great vendors that deserve recognition, so I decided that I’d love to keep using my blog as a place to promote the ones I love from all parts of the wedding industry! Next up: Erin Duncan, an Arkansas Wedding Planner.

I have a pretty healthy mix of weddings with planners and weddings without them, and I can tell you from first hand experience what a difference it can make to have an Arkansas wedding planner helping you plan and coordinate everything on the day of your wedding. It takes an enormous amount of stress and pressure off of the bride and groom (and usually their moms too, real talk) and allows you all to just enjoy the whole wedding process, culminating in a day that has been personalized for you with such care and attention to detail.

Now, this lady right here takes the first spot in the Arkansas wedding planner category. Erin is the sweetest thing and has such creative and beautiful ideas, she’s super classy, super organized and so easy to talk to and brainstorm with. I sent her a little interview so you all could learn a little more about her and what she does (we also did some fun headshots at my studio in Rogers)! Now keep reading!

Arkansas Wedding Planner Erin Duncan

Arkansas Wedding Planner Name
Erin Duncan

Business Name
Erin Duncan Events

Social Media Accounts
IG: @erinduncanevents
FB: Erin Duncan Events
www.erinduncanevents.com

How did you get involved with weddings & events?
My involvement in weddings began when I was in college and majoring in hospitality at the University of Arkansas. I have a friend in Dallas who was working in the industry and started her own planning company. I would travel to Dallas to help her on the day of the wedding and that is when I developed a passion to coordinate weddings. Throughout high school and college I also planned various events for groups and organizations. When I graduated college, I started my own business and began coordinating weddings on the side of my full-time job!

What was your first event?
The first event I ever planned was for my parents wedding anniversary when I was ten years old. I coordinated with the neighbor to host a dinner party for my parents and a few of their plans. I can still remember the little notepad I used to “secretly” get phone numbers of my parents friends. I am sure my parents knew something was up, but I was tried my best to be discrete! It was a really simple dinner but I remember how fun it was to plan something for them!

Are there any services you offer other than planning?
In addition to my planning services, I also offer floral and event design. I love collaborating with clients to create completely customized events that reflect their personality and really wow guests!

What are your favorite wedding trends this year?
I have a very traditional and classic style and I love incorporating trends and unique ideas specific to the personality of my client. For example, one of our couples love craft beer so we created a “Bites & Brews” bar that featured a selection of craft beer and salty bites!

What tips do you have for brides planning a wedding?
-Trust your vendors to do what they love and do best. That’s why you hired them!
-Think of your guests when planning the ceremony and reception. You want to make sure they are comfortable and have fun!
-Don’t get caught up in ALL the details. With access to so many resources and ideas on social media, it’s easy to get carried away.

What has been your favorite celebrity wedding?
Kate Middleton and Prince William! What’s not to love about a royal wedding? Need I say more?

Do you have any advice for wedding planners just starting their business?
You learn something from every wedding and event you plan and coordinate so don’t be afraid to keep improving your planning process.

How do you initially meet with the bride or couple planning their wedding?
I think it is important to meet with the bride or couple face to face. This gives me the opportunity to explain the planning process and answer any questions. It also gives us the opportunity to get to know each other and make sure it will be a good fit for everyone. The wedding planning process is very personal and I always strive to ensure there are clear expectations from start to finish!

Do you have any events or interesting projects coming up?
In addition to some beautiful spring weddings, I have some exciting collaborations coming up! I look forward to sharing more details and inspiration for brides. Stay tuned!

What is your favorite flower?
Orchids. They are so crisp and timeless!

What would you say to a bride that doesn’t think a planner is important to fit into her budget?
I think a planner can be so valuable throughout the planning process and on the wedding day. There are tips and ideas planners can provide that not only help guide the planning process but also ensure a seamless event. With that said, it is important for the bride to decide what is best for her and overall wedding plans.

If you could choose anywhere in the world what would be your dream destination wedding location?
Oh my goodness, there are so many incredible places and venues around the world! I think it would be incredible to plan a wedding at The Palace of Versailles. The perfect venue for an insanely elegant wedding!

How do you like to be contacted?
Email or phone are the best ways to reach me! 972-743-0909 or erin@erinduncanevents.com. I can also be found on Instagram @erinduncanevents or my website www.erinduncanevents.com

 

 

Visit CorrieChilders.com
Like Corrie Childers Weddings on Facebook | Follow Corrie Childers Weddings on Instagram

Corrie Childers is a sought-after Northwest Arkansas wedding photographer, Arkansas engagement photographer, Arkansas bridal photographer and Arkansas proposal photographer (Fayetteville proposal photographer). Corrie has a natural passion for classic, timeless wedding photography in an elegant and relaxed style. Corrie is currently booking Arkansas weddings in Bella Vista, Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Siloam Springs, Eureka Springs and all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as Little Rock, Dallas, St. Louis, Kansas City and beyond!

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