A classic color palette makes a stylish, formal statement (Photo Credit: Jose Villa)
The number-one trend for 2012? Top event designers across the country say that this is the year when formal black tie is making a comeback, a phenomenon they attribute to the enormous influence of the royal wedding. “The glamorous look is here to stay,” says Tara Guérard, a celebrity planner based in Charleston, SC.
Tall arrangements add a grand, formal flourish (Photo Credit: John Seakwood)
Whether the celebration is full-on formal or takes a more homespun, rustic route (still going strong, say the pros), color schemes have gone back to the classics. “Pink will be making a comeback,” says Tara. “You’ll see pale pinks in combination with neutrals such as champagnes and creams.” Chicago’s Debi Lilly, the go-to event designer for Oprah herself, agrees. “The color schemes for weddings always follow fashion. Right now it’s the nudes—oyster gray, pale gold. Just what we’ve been seeing on the runways and in all the fashion magazines.”
Think pink! It's the wedding decor color of the year (Photo Credit: Liz Banfield)
But even as color gets softer, patterns get bolder. “Floral will always be big, because it is such a wedding classic,” says Tara. “But I love doing custom prints for our brides. And bold prints such as chevrons and stripes will be back in a major way.” In San Francisco, event designer Alison Hotchkiss reports that pattern is a big look for table linens. “We’re going back to the basics with our linens, using heavier textures and weights. We’re custom-making them with really graphic patterns on everything.”
As for illumination, luxe candelabras are taking center stage this year. While classic crystal chandeliers—especially used outside—are an important look, Los Angeles designer Beth Helmstetter (who planned Jenna Fischer’s I-do’s) predicts that 2012 will see towering candelabras with elegant taper candles. “It used to be all about pillars, the chunkier, the better,” she reports. But my brides are really interested in the look of tapers right now.”
Outdoor chandeliers impart a wildly romantic appeal (Photo Credit: Victor Sizemore Photography)