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New wedding trends buck traditions

by Guest User | Jul 16, 2012
As we annually bid adieu to some popular wedding trends, could this be the year we also say goodbye to the famous, traditional style of weddings? With the increasing popularity of Pinterest-style websites and thousands of wedding blogs, having a customized and unique wedding ceremony and reception seems to be gripping the nation. Brides and grooms are choosing extremely personalized and DIY-styled weddings, straying far from the traditional ceremony and reception we have seen for the past few decades. The unique style wedding theme is building stamina, and the Eiteljorg Museum got to host one of these trendy personalized weddings on May 19, as Kara and Gary tied the knot.

With all the different indoor and outdoor options we offer at the Eiteljorg, it appeals as an ultimate venue for couples looking to incorporate unique ideas into their big day. Kara and Gary definitely took advantage of this opportunity and made their wedding one of the most unique and personalized we have seen. The ceremony kicked off this inimitable adventure with the bride walking down the aisle to the popular Beatles 
song “Blackbird”, sung acoustically by a close friend. This far from traditional processional style truly captured the personality of the bride and groom and is a really trendy new idea. Post ceremony the guests moved to the terrace along the canal for a quick cocktail hour as the wedding party gathered for pictures. With the guests feeling refreshed, thanks to the helpful Kahn’s bartenders, everyone moved inside for the reception. 
Keeping up with the trendy theme, Kara and Gary chose silver-gray linens on the reception tables, which is unquestionably part of the hot color palette of 2012. Pairing the gray with teal and yellow, the reception was simply stunning in our Clowes ballroom.  

Yet the most unique, and my personal favorite, aspect of the Kara and Gary wedding was the table names for the reception. Instead of using numbers to guide guests to their dinner party, the table names were words that had special meaning to Kara and Gary. This included tables named “Nightcrawler,” “Dungeons and Dragons,” “Superbad,” “Twisted Ankle” and many more.  Below the name was a brief explanation of how the title of the table is significant to Kara and Gary.  It was a cool idea that really topped off the uniqueness of the wedding. After everyone was delightfully full from the always delectable fare provided by Kahn’s Catering, (which included food stations of a unique variety of cuisines – Mexican, pasta and comfort mini’s), the guests continued the celebration outside on the beautiful terrace on the canal to enjoy the perfect weather and a lovely evening under the stars.  As the wine was flowing and music was playing, guests danced the night away and celebrated the beautiful marriage with the new bride and groom.

 By Lauren Oneill, intern, special events

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