feature dessert; sweets stations; passed desserts, including monogrammed petit fours; and the increasingly popular pie bar. Regardless of the choice of additional desserts, Marcinho says a wedding cake is a must-have. “It’s a critical food and décor consideration. The unbelievable creativity in cake design today is understandably desirable.” He says his couples become ecstatic when he tells them the TV cake designers available to them. After that, he quips, let them eat cake, practically becomes a couples’ motto!
There are changes in beverages coming too. “If a couple doesn’t like Champagne,” Frank explains, “they shouldn’t serve it. Toasting with wine is becoming very popular.” In fact, a wine bar was a special feature at a recent gallery wedding he created. Marcinho says even the water served will change. “Couples want clean water, such as local spring water. He suggests that couples will also be scheduling tastings at local wineries and making decisions from among the local “masterworks.”
Trends for 2010 will reflect the diversity of the LGBT community with ceremony venues ranging from private yachts (top) to a more traditional church setting. Including pets within the ceremony is also a growing trend. Susan & Kelli, wed onboard private yacht in Key West; simple ceremony with no guests. Tropical floral garland encircling railing. Three course meal prepared below decks by a private chef and servers. Wedding designer Marcinho Savant says, “This created an intensely private, personal & intimate wedding for our couple.” Top Image: Peter Estenoz Photography 2nd Image courtesy of Shena Kaye, Poetic Images
One trend reported by wedding planner Frank Andonoplas is the inclusion of family pets in the ceremony. Above, Frank (left) and partner Shawn, and Bichon Frise, Fenwick Ambercrombie Gaylord.
see a duet entrée still very popular, or orders taken tableside, instead of picking on your response card. This costs more, but it’s worth it.” Dessert, of course, is a trend that will never lose importance, and in 2010 there will be new options. Frank says, simply, that dessert should be an event. “It’s a splurge for the guests to indulge in.” If there is a cake, he says he saves that creation for last. “The cake should pull in the whole event.” But he adds other options, saying that in 2010 there will be wonderful plated
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How about a reception with Geishas, Taiko drummers, female impersonators, or living statues? Innovation will become a trend in entertainment, and Marcinho says, “Couples want an unforgettable good time at their reception. It’s their way of thanking the guests who came to share the big day!” Nothing will be too far-fetched. “Why not a famous circus with a French name? Why not strolling dessert tables?” Marcinho asks. “The new approach to events is that it is theater! We’re rejoicing in our recognition!”
What’s new in recording your dream wedding? Responses were unanimous: in with the old. “Couples still want a mix of black and white and color,” Frank explains. “Posed and photojournalistic.”
“Black and white is classic and offers much more depth and texture in many photos,” Marcinho states. “It’s here to stay. And candid is the trend because it is clearly more communicative and ‘real’. “
“By now, couples need to de-stress,” Marcinho says, explaining the increasing popularity of taking some official time off, with Hawai’i and Key West representing new hot spots for honeymoons even if the wedding is held elsewhere. Frank has seen a surge in the popularity in several locations too. “Hawai’i is huge right now. I had one couple who backpacked in the wine country, and Europe, Paris, Italy and Greece are also popular.”
ne final trend
Marcinho offers one final trend for 2010. “GLBTI couples are not bound by tradition because our weddings are ‘uncharted territory’. Our weddings are new and rare and precious and hard won! I would love for a trend for 2010 to be that couples don’t deprive themselves of the day they really want. It’s your day and it must be the way you envision it.” Susan Hart Hellman is a freelance writer based in California. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank Event Design Frank J. Andonoplas 5555 North Sheridan Road - Arcade Level Chicago, IL 60640 (773) 275-6804 email@example.com www.frankeventdesign.com It’s About Time Events / 14 Stories Bernadette Coveney Smith Based in Boston, MA (617) 733-2965 info@14Stories.com www.14Stories.com savvyplanners.com Marcinho Savant Teams in New Jersey, New York City, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Hawai'i and Key West (877) 529-0587, toll-free (732) 790-2605, local firstname.lastname@example.org www.savvyplanners.com