Couples This Year Look to Technology, Greenery, Unique Eats, Extravagant Entrances and More
Englewood, Colorado – February 18, 2015 – Destination Hotels, the largest owner and operator of independent hotels in the country, has revealed key wedding trends for 2015. Based on the bookings and client requests at properties from coast to coast, Destination’s wedding planners weighed in on the most popular décor, cuisine and more. After analyzing results from wedding and events teams, below are the most buzzed-about elements for this year’s weddings.
In keeping with the times, weddings are also going digital. From electronic invitations to emailed “Save the Dates,” there are endless possibilities for tech-forward couples to modernize their celebrations. This year, couples hosting weddings at Eden Roc Miami Beach, A Destination Hotel are distributing digital invitations that come to life on the day of their wedding in the form of an interactive place card. On the big day, each electronic place card displays an image of the guest and via touch-screen technology, a seat assignment and guestbook appears. Eden Roc is also embracing the big role social media now plays in weddings by introducing their wedding Social Media Concierge. This distinct concierge is tasked with creating unique wedding hashtags and collecting images from Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to convert into a digital album –just for the couple.
Offbeat Drinks & Eats
With the rise of the “foodie” culture, couples now more than ever are requesting to serve unique food and beverage on their wedding day. Recently, Terranea Resort, A Destination Hotel has had many couples requesting specific dishes based on past culinary experiences or vacations they have shared with their soon-to-be-spouses. Terranea sources the freshest seasonal ingredients and artfully designs dishes to truly personalize the menu – both surprising and delighting wedding guests. Quirky culinary requests do not stop with the food; couples are also incorporating lively libations into their festivities. Destination’s wedding planners have seen an increase in requests to serve local, craft beers at wedding receptions. Among Destination’s portfolio Vail Cascade, Stowe Mountain Lodge and Sunriver Resort all offer wedding guests curated beer selections from nearby breweries, providing interesting twists to the standard bar.
Green Thumbs Up
While flowers are traditionally core décor elements at any wedding, this year many couples are looking beyond the average bouquet. At Paradise Point Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel, brides and grooms have been requesting various types of greenery including succulents, ferns and herbs. These unconventional details provide a fresh, rustic spin to bouquets, banquet tables and displays. Many ceremonies taking place in 2015 at Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel will feature birch arch arbors with wild flowers arrangements. Couples are increasingly inspired by gardens and nature, and adorning venues in innovative ways. La Cantera Hill Country Resort even has a number of couples trading in traditional table centerpieces for floating floral chandeliers, creating a whimsical, earthy aesthetic.
Couples like to be involved in every aspect of their wedding, from the ceremony through the reception, and often take the reins and personalize their wedding themselves. Many are finding creative approaches that are small, but can go a long way in showing off their personalities. At Resort at Squaw Creek, A Destination Hotel, couples are creating their own décor displays out of water colors and dip dying techniques. The result is a conversation piece amongst guests that highlights the couples’ unique sense of style. Other popular DIY projects include homemade takeaways – from baked goods to customized candy jars.
Brides and grooms looking to tie the knot in front of a beautiful and serene landscape have a variety of options within Destination’s collections. Whether marching down the aisle at The Woodmark, A Destination Hotel on Lake Washington, or sharing vows at Skamania Lodge, A Destination Hotel, set inside the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area – couples are basing the ambiance on their surroundings. At Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel, brides and grooms are taking cues from the natural scenery and incorporating rustic touches such as wooden tables, signs and benches, hanging tea lights, and using mason jars as décor. This less-is-more atmosphere offers a comfortable, casual alternative for laid-back couples.
Coming In & Going Out with a Bang
Weddings in certain cultures, like South Asian, are known for the bride and groom’s extravagant entrances, occasionally even featuring elephants or horses within the procession. In 2015, couples of all backgrounds and religions are embracing the trend of a splashy entrance. Eden Roc Miami Beach, A Destination Hotel’s wedding coordinators can arrange for couples to arrive in style with exclusive access to luxury transportation – from cars and boats to helicopters. Brides and grooms are choosing entrances to show off their personalities and hobbies, and add individual flair to their wedding. As one of the most memorable nights of their lives, couples not only want to kick off the party right, but keep the merriment going. At the Lansdowne Resort, A Destination Hotel, wedding planners are turning attention to extending the festivities through extravagant dessert bars, late-night snacks and even lively after-parties with more music and dancing – ensuring friends and family end the night on a high note.
Destination Hotels is a collection of more than 40 upscale and luxury resorts and hotels located in iconic locations across the United States. The personality of each property is drawn upon from the unique landscape and culture of its destination, creating unforgettable vacation experiences unlike any other. To learn more about Destination Hotels’ wedding offerings, or to discover the various experiences offered at the brand’s distinctive hotels and resorts, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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Destination Hotels (Destination) is the largest owner and operator of independent hotels, resorts and residences in the United States. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Destination is an industry leader with more than 40 years of hospitality management and development experience. Located in premier destinations, the portfolio is continuously growing with more than 40 luxury and upscale properties from coast to coast. The award-winning company operates 20 golf courses, 19 full-service spas, six IACC-certified conference centers and 105 bars and restaurants. The privately-owned company is a subsidiary of Lowe Enterprises, a Los Angeles-based investment, development and real estate firm. For more information on Destination Hotels, visit www.destinationhotels.com. Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.