Food trends are not always taken into consideration when planning a wedding – and we can definitely see why. After all, you don’t necessarily want to plan a wedding menu that’s fashionable, but one that’s truly delicious and will satisfy your wedding guests.

However, that still doesn’t mean you cannot steal inspiration from the latest wedding trends. For instance, the 2018 wedding food trends are absolutely amazing and you will definitely want to incorporate at least a couple of them into your Big Day. Here are some of our favorites:

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  • Herbal foods, herbal drinks. Next year’s food will be all about Mother Nature and the good greens, so don’t be afraid to incorporate herbals into your dishes. Even more, don’t be afraid to incorporate them into your signature cocktails either – they will add so much flavor and uniqueness!

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  • Flowers on food. We know you are very much familiar with naked wedding cakes, decorated with fresh flowers. But what about dried and pressed flowers on the actual foods? Not only will they make the food look absolutely lovely, but when the right blooms are chosen, they will also add a lot of great flavors into the mix as well!

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  • Dripping cakes. Still thinking of a traditional wedding cake? How about a dripping one? These cakes are usually smaller – but you can get more of them for the same dessert table (and you can even choose to serve mini-dripping cakes). They look absolutely stunning and they are more than inviting too! Plus, they are suitable for almost every type of wedding there is!

 

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Unless you’re planning your Big Day in the same city you were born and now live in, chances are you will have quite a lot of guests coming from out of town. Of course, all of your wedding guests are important – but these out of town ones have gone the extra mile (literally) to make sure they’re there for you on the biggest day of your life. Therefore, you will want to make sure their experience is as flawless as possible.

How to show out of town guests you really appreciate their presence at your wedding? Here are some tips to keep in mind:

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  • Make sure they’ll know how to get around. Offer them everything they need to be able to find the hotel, the ceremony site, and the reception venue – but also remember to offer them tips on how to visit the most important touristic destinations in the area as well (especially since it’s more than likely they’ll spend an entire weekend at your wedding location).
  • If you have the budget for this, hire a shuttle bus to transport your guests from and to the airport, as well as from and to the wedding. They will be immensely grateful for this! Even more, you don’t risk anyone getting lost on their way to your Big Day and not being there in time.

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  • Welcome them with a nice gift bag or box. These wonderful people love you so much they traveled hours and hours just to make sure they’ll witness your big “I Do’s”. Once they reach their hotel, send them a warm welcome note and a gift bag filled with local goodies to show your gratitude for such an amazing gesture of friendship and love!

 

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Planning a wedding can be quite difficult, especially with all the rules that come in and go out of the etiquette guide. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep an open mind and an open eye for the less popular, but definitely acceptable wedding ideas – such as daytime weddings, for example.

Why would you have your wedding during the day, as opposed to the evening? Even more, how to pull this off? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • A daytime wedding can be an amazing idea for a number of reasons. For starters, it will most likely cost less – so if you have a lower budget, but you don’t want to compromise on a designer wedding dress and an elegant wedding, moving it earlier in the day is a solution you should consider. Furthermore, daytime weddings are more adequate for low-alcohol or no-alcohol approaches too. Last, but definitely not least, a daytime wedding allows you to spend your first evening as a married couple together, in intimacy – even if that means taking a nap and attending the hotel spa!
  • In general, the rules of planning an evening wedding apply to daytime weddings as well. You will, of course, have to get up earlier (at around 6 am) and you will wrap up everything by the time 4 pm clocks in – but other than that, you can serve a plated meal or a buffet (yes, that brunch buffet idea you’re fueling right now is excellent!), you can dance, you can serve cake, and you can have all the other special wedding moments you would if you planned an evening event.
  • As for the attire, you can set your standards as high as you want and still have a formal affair. Obviously, formal daytime attire differs slightly from the formal evening attire – but that’s just perfect if you want to keep it low-key elegant.

 

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Sending wedding invitations is one of the first and foremost important steps in the planning process – and it really needs to be done very well. What are some of the etiquette rules all brides and grooms should follow almost religiously when sending wedding invitations? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • Handling plus-ones can be a delicate manner. On the one hand, tradition dictates that only those who are married or engaged get to bring in a plus-one. However, modern wedding etiquette allows people who are in a very serious relationship to bring a plus-one as well.
  • Your RSVP deadline should be about four weeks after the moment you mailed the invitations. However, this can be adjusted according to the type of wedding you’re having. If you plan on having a local wedding with almost no guests coming from out of town, you can set the RSVP at about 2 weeks after the moment you mailed them. If you want a destination wedding, you should allow for 12 weeks (as this will give everyone time to make arrangements and send back the RSVPs).
  • If you don’t want children to be invited at your wedding, make sure you don’t address the invitations to an entire family (so say “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, instead of “The Smith Family”). If, however, you receive RSVPs back that include the children as well, it’s probably best to make a personal phone call. Remember, this situation should be handled gently!
  • Ideally, you should invite all of the people who are dear to your heart – including guests you know from the very beginning that they will not be able to attend the wedding. Inviting them shows you care about them and it helps them send a gift if they want to because it will make it easier for them to find the registry information.

 

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Your wedding menu needs to be absolutely delicious. It needs to look amazing. It needs to suit you and your type of wedding. But probably more than you even realize it, it needs to be really well-planned – and yes, this includes a fair share of etiquette rules as well.

What are the essential wedding menu tips all couples should remember when planning their Big Day? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • Yes, you definitely need to serve food during the cocktail hour. It may seem that it’s just an hour, but given that alcohol will be served, you should at least make sure you serve snacks or hors d’oeuvres. Not only will this set the mood for the big party, but it will also help you and your wedding party to keep things under control.

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  • Include a vegetarian menu. It may seem like it’s a lot of hassle, but chances are there will be at least a couple of guests who will not eat meat – so there should be an option for them too. Ideally, this option should also be gluten and lactose-free (because this way you will be able to cater to all of your guests’ dietary needs). As for allergens, you might want to either signal them or avoid them altogether – you don’t want that kind of accidents at your wedding.

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  • DO serve a late-night snack. Pizza, cookies and milk, sandwiches, a street food cart – the list of ideas is literally endless. Regardless of what you choose, your guests will definitely love it – and it will definitely keep them wide awake and dancing all night long.

 

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Fall weddings have their special kind of charm. Not yet cold, not very warm either, somewhere in between nostalgic and romantic, these events are truly in the hearts of many brides and grooms. From lower costs to splendid natural backdrops, you do, indeed, have plenty of reasons to love a Fall wedding.

What are the most popular wedding themes for Fall, though? Read on and find out more.

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  • You may not think Halloween is a holiday suitable for a wedding, but the truth is that you can pull off something quite unique this way. Of course, you don’t have to go all the way out with the spookiness – you can always opt for a more elegant approach. Gold or white covered pumpkins, seasonal flowers, red, orange, black – these are all elements that can be beautifully incorporated in a wedding’s décor.

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  • There’s something very precious about the colors Fall uses to dress itself up – so why not borrow that for your own wedding too? Jewel-toned weddings are all the rage right now, and they look absolutely breathtaking. We bet you love them too!

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  • Back to school. Looking for a sentimental approach to your Fall wedding? Bring your guests…back to school. Apples, mini blackboards as wedding signs and wedding table numbers, pictures of you and your loved one from when you used to go back to school every Fall – there are a lot of ideas you can use here, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

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Everyone loves a good dessert – especially when it looks absolutely stunning. Of course, you want everything at your Illinois wedding to look super appealing, from the flowers to your very own wedding gown, and no, the candy bar makes no exception from the rule.

How to create a dessert table that looks beautiful, modern, and unique? We have some ideas to inspire you – so read on and find out more.

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  • A two-tiered naked cake in the middle, surrounded by two types of min-pies (pecan pie and berry pie, for example – but it can be pretty much anything as long as you make sure they add a pop of color that looks good with the cake’s design). This dessert table is ideal for a rustic-chic wedding in Illinois!

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  • A chocolate croquembouche tower in the middle, surrounded by mini desserts. The tower will add a dash of uniqueness to your wedding day, without making guests miss out on a truly decadent wedding cake replacement. Plus, it looks absolutely fantastic, especially for a casual wedding.

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  • A crispy rice cake in the middle, surrounded by assorted mini desserts. Looking for a naked cake with a fun twist? Crispy rice cakes are rising in popularity, and for good reasons too: they are really special, they look fun and playful, and they are quite versatile (e.g. they are suitable for multiple types of weddings, from very fun modern weddings in loft spaces to shabby-chic garden weddings).

 

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If you are a bride-to-be, chances are you have a lot of friends pertaining to the so-called Millennial generation – and you definitely want to make them feel great at your wedding too.

How do you do that? What are the things Millennials genuinely enjoy at weddings? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

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  • The vows. OK, these are obviously really important for you too – so you will want to put a lot of attention to detail in the way you create them. However, what may surprise you is that your Millennial friends and relatives are very much into this too. They love hearing a good, emotional, raw wedding vow!

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  • The venue. Millennials like hanging out, and they love it even more when there’s an interesting, beautiful place where they can do it. Choose your venue wisely – the setting, the atmosphere, and the very essence of your wedding will be defined by this.

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  • The big entrance. Make a grand entrance at your wedding and you’ll put your Millennial guests on a good mood from the very beginning. They really value uniqueness, just as you do – so don’t be afraid to add a lot of creativity to the “mix”.

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  • The absolute wedding “trinity”: food, drinks, and music. Millennials may not care about the place cards, table settings, or even wedding exits. But they do love delicious food, good drinks and quality music – so focus on these three before anything else and you’ll make people happy at your wedding.

 

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Having a guestbook is not absolutely mandatory – especially not today, when few wedding etiquette and tradition-related elements are compulsory. However, a wedding guestbook can be a very nice addition for someone who is sentimental and who wants to make sure they will remember their Big Day in a genuinely magical way.

So, what is the best guestbook idea for a very modern, yet unique wedding? We have some tips for you – so read on and find out more.

 

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  • Offer everyone to write down not in your guestbook, . It doesn’t have to be something very expensive or very complicated – just a simple notebook with blank pages and perhaps a personalized cover, so that your guests find this truly meaningful.
  • Instead of asking people to sign on the guestbook, ask them to write a special task for you – such as a bucket list item both you and your loved one will actually add to your personal lists. You can ask guests to share bucket list ideas based on a single topic (e.g. travel), or you can give them all the freedom they need.
  • Doing this is very special – both for the guests (because they will get to use their creativity) and for yourself as a couple. Imagine that you are sent into your married life together with a journal filled with wonderful ideas for fun and unforgettable moments! Now, that’s something all brides and grooms want for their wedding day!

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Some people may be tempted to believe it is only the bride who will be extra attentive with her wedding look. However, this is far from the truth!

As a matter of fact, grooms want to look good just as much as their partners do – so it is perfectly understandable why your SO may feel a little pressured to find a suit or tuxedo for the Big Day.

How can you help him? How can your groom find the perfect attire for the wedding day? We have some tips for him (and for you!) – so read on and find out more.

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  • First and foremost, he should keep in mind that his attire should suit him from every single point of view – and not just personality-wise. The pants shouldn’t be too long or too short, the sleeves of the jacket should end just above the wrist, the shirt should perfectly cover the body. In other words, there should be no creases, no sagginess, and nothing that would be perceived as “too large” or “too small”. This is precisely why it is really important for your groom to attend his final fitting!

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  • Furthermore, your groom’s suit or tuxedo should also fit the event’s level of formality. You cannot dress in a ballgown and ask everyone else to come dressed in black-tie attires if your groom wants to wear a tweed jacket – it will just not look good.

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  • Last, but definitely not least, remind your groom to incorporate his own personality into the attire as well. Even the most formal tuxedoes can be brought to a more “personal” level with a beautiful pocket square, a meaningful pair of boutonnieres, or even a pair of fun socks.

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