Kiss the Planner, founded by Aviva Samuels, is one of Florida’s top wedding planning companies. Kiss the Planner focuses on Florida weddings and destination weddings. Known for providing “heartfelt concern”, Aviva Samuels’ wedding company prides itself on providing everything from ultra-decadent to small and cozy wedding and reception events that reflect the personal style of each and every client. Now, as 2012 soon comes to a close, Kiss the Planner is announcing the top five wedding trends for this winter wedding season.
“Often, I find that Brides want to be somewhat traditional while still being able to make their own statement when it comes to the style of the wedding ceremony and the wedding reception,” said Aviva Samuels. “My top five wedding trends for winter weddings this year reflect this idea. Each trend can be tailored to reflect a bride’s personal vision for her wedding.
The number five trend is using a private estate or other unique venue. “High-profile weddings, like that of Oscar-winner Natalie Portman occurred at a private home. Actor Josh Lucas’ took place at the Conservatory Garden in New York’s Central Park. In the case of Actor/Comedian Zach Galifianakis’ wedding, it was a farm. Being that you may not have celebrity status, I suggest picking a practical location that works for you. Even if it isn’t the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, shake things up with some non-traditional elements. For example, a beach wedding in Florida is romantic, but not unique. However, a wedding ceremony on a beach, with a reception on a yacht, puts a whole new spin on it.” Companies like Kiss the Planner specialize in turning popular locations into unique settings.
The number four trend is to replace the ever-popular strapless gown. “This winter season look at glamorous gowns with sleeves or the addition of a cover-up. Boleros, jackets and shawls are making a statement this season. Design trends for the winter gown include flouncy ruffled bottoms, details in fur and lace, as well as a heavy dose of glam. Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera are showing looks that are good examples of this.”
Trend number three is destination weddings in warm climates. “Based on what I have seen in the past, as well as industry insight, destination weddings to warm locations is a long-standing trend that will continue this winter and on into 2013. With many people still watching their budgets, the advantage of having fewer guests attend and the ability to combine the wedding with the honeymoon makes a destination wedding a very appealing option. In addition, all-inclusive properties offer very reasonably-priced weddings, such as Sandals and Beaches Resorts. This option is not only advantageous for those fitting the bill, but also for the wedding guest. What a great excuse to get away from the cold and to combine the celebration with a vacation” says planner, Aviva Samuels.
The number two trend for the 2012 upcoming winter wedding season is personalization! Brides have been finding ways to personalize their weddings and this winter is no exception. “Wedding planners, like myself, can help come up with ideas to put your signature on your winter wedding, such as giving a personalized snow-globe or X-mas ornament to commemorate the occasion. Or consider a to-go mug (cup-holder-friendly of course), filled with hot chocolate to be distributed by your planner at the end of the night. Of course, in Florida, where I plan weddings, a different idea such as personalized flip-flops to head to the beach with the next morning, might be a better choice.
Saving the best for last, Aviva Samuels announces her personal favorite. “The number one trend that I see is individuality! To me, individuality can mean having a traditional wedding with non-traditional elements, or it can mean having a completely non-traditional wedding in every way. It can mean a black bridal gown, or it can mean mix and match bridesmaid’s dresses. Brides are passing on the classic French manicure and replacing it with brightly-colored nails. And funky doesn’t have to stop there. While weddings are traditional by nature, the look may be anything but. Reclaimed furniture and flea market finds allow clients to infuse new life into old things and add personal touches to their wedding. Furniture seating, varying shapes and sizes for dining tables and mismatched chairs all spell individuality. Food trucks, all-night cocktail parties and a heavy dose of comfort foods are the current food trends. Dessert buffets have replaced the traditional wedding cake. Imagination, personality and charm have taken over.”
Aviva Samuels of Kiss the Planner is available to speak with the media about destination weddings, wedding trends, and more. The company offers an array of extraordinary wedding services, including event design, destination wedding planning and wedding coordination.