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Mason jars. Glitter. Tissue flowers. Burlap runners. If you're looking for the next big thing in weddings, we've got you covered. We looked at how creative couples are getting married today to give you a sneak peek at what you'll spot all over those wedding Pinterest boards soon.
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Americana is the new European Garden Party
What happens when one of the owners of NYC restaurant Fat Radish and a set designer (she's worked with Wes Anderson and Garance Doré) tie the knot in Aspen? Well, in the case of Kate Dougherty and Benjamin Towil you get a festival-inspired love letter to America. Square dancing? American flag decorated barn? Check. Check. Teepees? Yep. There was even a pre-wedding rodeo. Using Americana imagery lends a classic but ultra relaxed feel, which seems fresh right now. It's great for a more gender-neutral wedding than feminine tones like blush and pink.
We still love a glam moment as much as the next girl, but lately we've been inspired by light of the stars rather than glitter and gold. All things astrological are having a moment. Heather and Tibaut used stars on the invite for their Texas ranch wedding. Get a similar look with a letterpress invite from Minted.
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Video Booths are the New Photo Booths
Real Weddings Editor Shira Savada spots every wedding trend way before it's a trend. She's keeping an eye on Speechbooth where wedding guests can record personal messages for the couple. They then edit the footage and send it to you in a high-quality HD video. It's like an NPR Storycorps meets photo booth—and we're into it.
Sally England (the artist behind large scale macramé installations at spots like the Ace Hotel in Portland, Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, and the Stumptown in Los Angles) got married this summer in the hinterlands of Michigan and, of course, she created an amazing macramé wedding arch for the ceremony. With a revived interest in macramé and weaving, we predict an increase in '70s-inspired fibers installations at weddings.
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Vases and dinnerware with organic texture and subtle imperfections are on our wishlists. You can collect pieces from up-and-coming ceramicists by scouring Etsy and Ebay. Or treat your maid of honor to a fun ceramics class (yes—they have classes with wine!) to create a few of your own. Looking for inspiration? We love everything by Suite One Ceramics, Helen Levi, and Clam Lab.
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Marbled is the New Dip Dye
That soft hit of color you get with dip-dye is amplified with marbling techniques. You can marble on paper and fabric—and you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to DIY. (Get the how-to here.) If you're not much of a crafty bride, there are plenty of great sources out there: We love Silk and Willow's soft subtle marbling and the colorful ribbon from Natalie Stopka. Pair it with marbled balloons and you're halfway to a bridal shower.
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Colorful Traditional Textiles are the New Burlap
Next time you take a trip, think about bringing home textiles indigenous to the area. Central and South American countries like Gautemala, Peru, and Mexico have amazing textile finds that you'll treasure forever—and can double as wedding décor. We've spotted Indian saris, Ikat, and African mud cloth in the homes of our favorite designers and you'll soon see them in weddings too. If you don't have a trip planned, you can still get the look: shop Proud Mary for modern takes on traditional global textiles.