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Golden Isles Trends for 2007

Text Box: Once Upon Your WeddingIn an area filled with high-end resorts along the beach or historic hotels that were once the playground for millionaires, The Golden Isles is no different when it comes to wedding trends.  Three beautiful islands tucked away into the coast of Georgia have trends of their own that are popular in the sweet low-country. Sometimes it takes a while for trends to get to us, or we just create our own.

Attending bridal shows gives the bride so much more perspective beyond the typical wooing of wedding vendors.  Wedding vendors are smart—they know that in order to stand out, they have to be the best, have the best or do the best, in order to attract the bride.  This means staying on top of what is hot in their area or observing what has been most popular in their area.  If a bride pays attention closely, she can witness the current trends all in one place.

What’s hot this bridal season in the Golden Isles for 2007:

It’s Hip to Be Square

Square cakes are a big hit here in the area and are becoming the must have.  In addition, having each tier flavored with varying flavors are popular, only with richer tastes. Gone are the simple fruit fillings—instead, white chocolate, caramel, lemon curd, Irish Cream, canoli or Bavarian cream will be a big hit.  Cake flavors, too, are getting an extreme makeover.  Spice, champagne, citrus butter and tiramisu are very rich flavors that complement and excite any menu.  Also new is “cake splashing”.  I haven’t seen much of it here, and am not sure if I will.  Splashing is the concept where a flavor is literally splashed over the cake.??  This works well with complementing flavors. The beach themed cakes we have loved and see constantly are still around.  They have truly become a staple here!

It is easy being green. 

I’m not too sure what Kermit’s beef was, but he would fit in perfectly here!  When chocolate was big last year, we saw a lot of brides pairing it with the turquoises, baby blues and pinks.  Sage green began to work itself in, slowly but surely.  Soon after, the chocolate began phasing out, and the shades of green became lighter.  Now, Golden Isles’ brides are exploring apples and mints in varying textures and fabrics.

Good things.  Small packages.

Caterers are doing their menus in miniature scale. Foods are becoming smaller, but are not losing their quality or taste.  We saw a lot of tiny foods done with huge presentation.  If brides decide to go that route, they should take care to find a culinary designer who can follow through with a “knock ‘em dead” presentation.  Otherwise, you risk having your food display look like it was made for munchkins.

Less Pose. More Action and Motion.

More of our brides are steering completely away from the archaic posed photography and opting only for photojournalism.  I think this is primarily because brides want to remember their special day as it happened—not as it was posed or manipulated.  Additionally, some photojournalists opt for only 15-30 minutes of standard photos: family, bridal party, etc., which frees up more time for the cocktail hour.  Likewise, brides are opting for more dynamic and stimulating videography.  Wanting to relive every moment, it is important that the video does not have the “Uncle Fred’s Camcorder” look. Instead, it should unobtrusively tell the story, while also add a little bit of movie-star flair (titles, transitions, editing, etc.).

Ivory Is the New Black

Several of the bridal boutiques showcased their fabulous dresses, a majority of which were in the ivory family.  Seeing all the models of different complexions and body types, I am convinced that ivory looks good on everyone.  Not only is ivory popular, but dresses with intricate designs and lush fabrics are big here too. These give the gowns a very couture look.  A majority of the dresses were not very “big”—instead, they were form fitting with embellishment. Some had form fitting bodices that extended to the hips that billowed out into mounds of luxurious satins in bustles.  Designer bustle clips are becoming popular as well. We see a lot of Reem Acra and Monique L’huillier here, too.

These are just a few of the hot things that have made an appearance in the Golden Isles.  How long they will be here to stay? Who knows.  All the more reason why it’s important to plan your wedding around you and what you love, than to keep up with trends!


Come and See Us at the Jekyll Island Bridal Show

Be sure to stop by our booth at the Jekyll Island Bridal Show on February 11, 2006 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  The show will be inside the Atlantic Hall.

Stop by and see us!  Say hello, show us your ideas, ask your questions, set an appointment!

Making the Save the Dates

To get started, think all the way back to when you and your beloved first met, and all the memories you’ve had since. What memories and associations come to mind, and what images would be fun to incorporate into your invitation and save the date card? If a collage approach suits your style, use your scanner to incorporate all sorts of found objects and mementos into your creation: informal photos, ticket stubs, programs and menus, maps, wine labels, coins, or anything else that brings up great memories.Or you may want to follow a simpler, more spiritual approach that incorporates images, colors, and quotations that are especially meaningful to you both. Here are some tips:

  • Be thinking about creative formats and textures for your creations, as well. For example, create fun, personalized save the date magnets by printing your design onto 8 1/2 x 11 printable magnetic sheets.
  • If you’re creating a wedding Web site, a save the date card is a great way to let people know the URL — and you may want to add it to your invitation as well. Be sure to use some of the design elements we’re discussing here on your Web site, as well.
  • With the rise of scrapbooking, there are more papers and creative embellishments available than ever, so one great way to get inspired is to head to a scrapbooking store and check out all the amazing supplies that you can incorporate into your invitations.

Eenie, Meanie, Mini-Moon!

If you haven’t taken your mini-moon yet, and you still have some time before your wedding, TAKE YOUR MINI-MOON!

But Terrica“, you say, “What in the world is a mini-moon?

Hold on to your engagement rings, because you are going to heart this. Instead of a honeymoon, you take a mini-moon during your planning period. Why? Well just like in all big times in life, you need a break. Planning a wedding, just like the long arduous process or buying a home or the incubating period of a pregnancy, can put quite a strain on a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, these are happy events that we are working towards. But because it’s in our nature to want everything to be perfect, we stress about little details, incorporations, etc.

Now, enter the Mini-Moon.

The mini-moon is a quick getaway for the bride and groom: 48 hours or more to a great place. This great place can be a vacation getaway or even the privacy of your own home. The deal is to not discuss anything wedding related for that 48 hours! That’s right– not one mention of your dress, six thousand bridesmaids, the peonies imported from New Delhi or the 700 buttercream roses which will adorn the cake.

Instead, you focus on what got you engaged in the first place– the two of you. If you take your mini-moon at home be sure to tell people you’re going a way. Nine times out of ten, people will call you, unaware of your wedding planning hiatus, and will want to talk shop. Lock up your wedding magazines, contracts, etc. Really make an effort to put the focus back on the relationship and not the wedding. After all, the wedding is only one day. The two of you are forever.

Your Own TomKat Wedding

Ever since TomKat, the artists formerly known separately as Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, had their Italian Villa wedding, the new rage is Italian Weddings.  New couples are not going for the typical Caribbean destination wedding.  Instead, they are zooming off to Italy for their blissful nuptials. 

But let’s say you can’t afford the flight, paparazzi, or celebrity guest list.  Look instead for local Italian inspired structures here locally. For example, the Jekyll Island Club’s Italian Renaissance cottage, built for Richard T. Crane and his family in 1917, is beautifully appointed with massive fireplaces, handsome wrought iron details, and beautiful woodwork. Located near the heart of the historic district, Crane Cottage is on the National Registry of Historic Places.  Crane Cottage offers alfresco dining in the fountain courtyard, or inside in a tranquil, intimate setting.

This is a wonderful idea if you love the idea of going Tuscan or Sicilian or any other Italian area, definitely look into different areas around you. Look for decor, blooms, foods, etc. 

Victor & Rolf’s New Line at H&M includes $350 Wedding Dress–  Buying your wedding dress at H&M, the celebrated cheap clothing store, might sound strange. But thousands will be lining up this morning to do just that, when Dutch designer duo Victor & Rolf present their new H&M line, which includes a $350 silk duchesse wedding dress. H&M previously partnered with such designers as Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld – both of their lines sold out within days. Since Victor & Rolf aren’t as well known, you might have more time, but with celebrities like Chloe Sevigny, Carmen Electra, and Kanye West as fans, the buzz about this brand is growing.

The dress isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but I think it could look phenomenal on the right woman. If you’re thinking of checking out this dress today, be sure to factor in the cost of alterations. Getting a wedding dress tailored often means the difference between looking good and looking phenomenal on your wedding day.

See more pictures of the Launch Party.

Monique Lhuillier Branches Out: Lhuillier to Design Shoes, Handbags, and China

Monique Lhuillier has long been a celebrated wedding dress designer, and her work is often compared and contrasted to that of legendary wedding dress designer Vera Wang. So it makes sense that Lhuiller would follow in Wang’s footsteps in expanding her brand to include shoes, handbags, and china. While the china will be available in spring 2007, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the rest of her homewear line. Monique Lhuillier groupies will finally have something to use when they’re not attending a red carpet event!

Spend the Holiday Season at the Historic Jekyll Island Club

From  November 26 – December 27, you can enjoy a warm winter holiday on Georgia’s most romantic Island!

Christmas on Jekyll is a favorite pastime here in the Golden Isles.  We will celebrate with the rest of the island for the Holiday Island Tree Lighting Festival on November 25.  Visit with Santa while singers, vendors, snow, fireworks and horse & carriage rides entertain you. Then, Santa comes in on a boat regatta to light the tree signaling the beginning of the Christmas season. It is the first event in a month-long season of beautiful events on the Island.

If ever you wanted to come down to St. Simons Island or Jekyll Island to do a little wedding venue or vendor scouting, this would be it! Give us a call while you are here!  Our new Make A Wish package will help you take care of everything:  we’ll make your wedding vendor appointments, attend them with you (if desired), and meet with you to discuss how we might help you further.  The package also includes accommodations, dinner and more!  Quite Romantic 🙂

Outlined in thousands of lights against the winter sky, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is a picture of Victorian Christmas hospitality throughout December.

$129.00 Single Occupancy
$139.00 Double Occupancy

    Package features include:

  • Traditional Accommodations with king bed or two double beds
  • Full Breakfast in the Grand Dining Room Christmas
  • Stocking filled with goodies
  • Jekyll Island Club commemorative Christmas ornament (one per person in room)

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