With 2014 coming to a close, we couldn’t help but become a little nostalgic about all of the fun and fabulous weddings this year at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. All of the weddings this year were so different and truly brought in such a variety of personal touches and unique elements that we decided to combine them all into our top 10 wedding trends of 2014 that we saw at the hotel.
10. So Long, Farewell!
Several weddings this year ended their wedding weekend by making sure that their guests left the hotel with a full stomach for whatever travels they had. An early Sunday breakfast or late brunch offer the happily married couple the chance to say their formal goodbye to their guests and can also serve as a great “thanks for coming” or wedding favor to the guests. Plan the meal as drop-in style so your wedding guests can easily stop by before hitting the road! Our catering managers can easily customize your selections to include sweet hand-held pastries to fresh omelet stations to create the perfect combination!
9. Fancy Feet
In 2014, we saw a lot of couples adding a personal touch to their wedding via footwear and we thought it gave the wedding the perfect cherry on top! For beach weddings, some brides wore barefoot sandals that added a little bling, and with garden weddings, brides switched it up with Chuck Taylors and Toms for a more casual, yet personal, option. Wedding footwear was all about style combined with practicality this year!
8. Classic, Casual Elegance
A lot of the weddings this year at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel mixed classical elegance settings like the Crane Garden with more rustic décor such as our handcrafted farm tables and plantation bars to create a winning combination that was all the rage of 2014. For some of our casual weddings, the farm tables even added a nice stylish touch with little effort involved on the wedding planning part! Set among the oak trees, the plantation bars and farm tables will truly give your wedding that southern, rustic touch!
7. Wedding Weekend Extravaganza!
One of our wedding directors had a couple that wanted to offer their guests a weekend full of fun and activities. The wedding weekend was filled with group meals, bike rides, croquet on the lawn, and cocktails together while watching the sun set. We loved the trend of seeing the wedding couple and their guests get to justly enjoy their time on the island and really enjoy each other’s company.
6. Bridesmaid Envy
Fashion and attire are always big trends at weddings that alter every year, but in 2014 we saw a growing trend that we loved. Instead of the bridesmaids all wearing the exact same dress, several bride’s had their girls wearing different colors and styles of dresses without it looking like a hot mess express! By picking a few colors and styles for your girls to choose from, it allows them to be more comfortable on your wedding day and to wear what makes them feel beautiful!
5. For the Food Lover
The pre-reception is typically the time where the couple goes off to take their wedding portraits after the ceremony, but you still have to have something for your guests to do in the meantime. Having passed hors d’oeuvres as your guests arrive from the ceremony was a great trend we saw this year that provided a perfect transition. Having the option of hors d’oeuvres will cure any of those snack attacks any guests have and will comfortably hold people over until dinner is served. It’s also a great option to showcase any exotic food tastes that the couple has and giving the guests the option of trying something new!
4. Touching Moments
There were more special wedding moments this year than we could count, but one stuck out a bit as a great way to thank your loved ones in a special way. A bride this year wanted to honor the special women in her life, so after she walked into the ceremony before holding hands with her groom, she took a single white rose to her mom and also to her sister who her maid of honor and simply said “thank you”. It was touching to watch and gave the ceremony an added special moment in an unexpected way. Moments like these are timeless trends that we hope to continue to witness.
3. Warm Welcome
Nothing kicked off the wedding weekends here this year like the personalized welcome bags! Instead of having to deal with the fuss of it all, your catering manager can easily put together a wonderful welcome bag or basket filled with local treats and maps to make your destination wedding have that special touch for your guests. It also was a great way that the couple said thank you to their guests for coming to take part of their special day.
2. Friendly Competitive Fun
In the wedding crowds, there are always a handful of people who aren’t the dancing type and often look unenthused during the pre-reception and reception. This year, bride’s fixed that problem by providing fun lawn games like corn hole, jenga and croquet for their guests to enjoy. It also proved a great way to have the guests mix and mingle with one another instead of sticking to their usual cliques. We hope lawn games are a trend that will continue into the New Year because some of the most fun weddings hosted this year at the club had them!
1. Floral Frenzy
One of the biggest trends we saw this year was in the floral industry as Bride’s used nontraditional flowers in nontraditional colors, and also used non-flower items as well in their centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres and ceremony arrangements. We saw ranunculus flowers in a bright orange used, which are perfect for fall, and other items like lavender, hops and seashells gave the bouquets a very unique touch. We even saw the trend of cotton and wheat stalks used in place of the traditional rose boutonnieres. Think outside of the box when it comes to flowers and you could become the next trendsetter for 2015!
What other trends did you see this year that you loved? We’d love to hear about them! Our sales department is always looking for the next best thing to make your wedding perfect here at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel!
And that’s a wrap for 2014!