As this year ends, I thought I would compile my personal Top Ten List for 2009:
1. Favourite wedding trend - Personalization. It takes a bit of thoughtfulness, and I love it when couples use their story, their personalities and their hobbies to make their wedding unique.
2. Favourite colour combination - Turquoise and red.
3. Other favourite colour combination - Seasonal. I had two brides this past year that didn't have a very specific colour combination, they used flowers that were locally grown and in season, and that was the majority of the colour at their weddings.
4. Most thoughtful bride - I walked into a reception venue and found a basket of fruit, chocolate, and a kind note from the bride for myself and my team.
5. Word I wish would go away - Faux. Why would you want fake flowers when you can have real flowers, styrofoam cake when you can have real cake, and vintage-inspired when you could walk into an antique store and find something that's actually vintage? I don't get it!
6. Favourite favour - My couples were all about good favours this year, and my two favourites were bottles of homemade wine and jars of Manitoba honey.
7. Best desserts - Variety. I love the dessert tables that were popular in 2009. A mix of cookies, cupcakes, cakes and squares ensured that every guest ate a dessert they enjoyed. The best done dessert tables include varying heights and textures, a backdrop and cute signage.
8. Low-key ceremonies - One of my couples got married at sunset. There was no aisle, no formalities and no pressure.
9. Choreographed dances - I used to think this was cheesy, but now I'm all for it. There are some fantastic dance studios in Winnipeg that can help you put together a dance to "your" song.
10. Top package - Partial Planning. Most of the couples I have worked with have wanted a bit of help along the way, as well as the ever popular Day-Of Coordination.