Flower Girls And The Ring Bearer: Recent Trends For Every Guest’s Favorite Part of A Wedding Ceremony

We all know the traditional ceremony “drill.” As the last bridesmaid’s dress sweeps across the aisle, every witness turns to watch the ceremonies most adorable 60 seconds (if you’re lucky)  unfold. In enters a 4-foot-nothing ring bearer, buttoned into a miniature suit, wearing a shy smile. He steals the hearts of all of the women sitting in the crowd. Your heart melts as he and the groom lock eyes and then, your attention is drawn to a couple of real-life dolls dropping flower petals. Their hair done-up to compliment their fluffy dresses. 

We may gawk over every wedding detail from the bride’s dress to florals… but oftentimes, the flower girls and the ring bearer steal the show. This wedding season, the RC Events Team has seen many fresh twists on this sweet ceremony tradition.

Madison & Jonathan’s Pinterest-Worthy Flower Girls and Ring Bearer 

Without a doubt, Madison and Jonathan Bergamo are a match made in heaven; their ceremony kiddos… just as heavenly. The kids’ excitement to walk down the aisle before Madison was contagious.

There has been a shift in boutonniere designs from the traditional single-flower with greenery, to minimal florals. Some couples even choose non-traditional styles such as, metal pins, feathers, and bamboo. Flowers By Mae Mae crafted the ring bearers boutonniere, which followed recent male floral trends. To finish the look, he carried a wooden sign that read, “Here comes the love of your life,” along with a small ring pillow. His sweet smile definitely set the tone for the ceremony.

The flower girls spent the early afternoon having their hair done by Hair and Makeup By Sydney with the bridesmaids. Sydney assembled loosely curled, dutch-braided, half-up styles on each of the girls. More and more we are seeing flower girls transition from clean-cut hairstyles to more relaxed, boho-inspired styles. Another new trend we are noticing is, flower girl dresses are not nearly as full as they used to be. In fact, Madison chose for her flower girls to wear simple lace, slim-cut dresses down the aisle. While we did miss tulle a tiny bit, the two looked undeniably precious.

Photos by Jonnie and Garret

Flower Girls and The Ring Bearer Say Goodbye Pleather Shoes & Hello To Clean Sneakers

Clean sneakers are considered appropriate for most weddings these days. This is a great style to implement at your outdoor ceremony. The ones who sport this look the absolute best are of course, the kids.

Amelia and Ryan showcased a fun-spirited toddler as their flower girl. Talk about cuteness overload! Moss Flowers and Garden designed her crown to match the ceremony arch. She wore white high-top converse with ruffled socks and a pale pink dress (yes, THERE WAS TULLE).  

Photos by Katherine Rose 

Our bride Sabrina claimed she and Raul, her new husband, bribed their niece and nephew with toys to walk down the aisle. We pass no judgement… we may keep an extra pack of gummy bears in our emergency bag. The ring bearer was certainly melting hearts with his huge smile and “Old Skool” Vans paired with a bow-tie. Right beside him was his big sister in satin ballet flats, which we found much more stylish than your traditional white pleather shoe. Our favorite accessory of hers was her flower crown by Posh Peony, which totally rocked.

Photos by The Hendry’s
Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

Sabrina and Raul’s Wedding (With An Edge) At The Mission Inn Riverside

Saturday, March 9 was a double-wedding day for the Rebecca Calagna Events team. Half of the team went to Temecula Creek Inn for an midday, outdoor “I do.” The other half executed Sabrina and Raul’s wedding with an edge at the Mission Inn, Riverside. The couple waited 21 years to be wed and did so in a way that was true to their love story. From the candle-lit ceremony in the chapel, to the intimate reception in the Spanish Art Gallery; this celebration of love was artsy and edgy in its personal touches by the couple.

The Guest Favors

The RC Events Team began the day by assembling guest favors. Sabrina and Raul chose to share their love for literature with their guests by giving them a book such as, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Stardust to take home. Inside was a custom skeleton bride and groom bookmark adorned with a tassel of a random shade. This made for a festive display against the stained-glass windows of the Spanish Art Gallery.

The Florals & The Cake

As vendors began to arrive, the art-covered ballroom began to take shape of the couple’s dream day. Posh Peony provided excellently crafted deep red, navy, blush, and cream florals for the chapel and table centerpieces. Also, the geometric-designed cake from Cucamonga Bakery made for a great focal point at the bottom of the stairs entering the ballroom.

The Guest Sign- In

Another unique touch added by the couple was their sign-in table. Rather than providing a guest book, the Encarnacion’s had their guests sign a jet-black guitar with gold and silver sharpies. The guitar case was crafted to detail the wedding timeline and stood on top of the sign-in table. Later, the case was laid on its side next to the sign-in guitar and was used as a small gift and card holder.

The Dress

Of all the details, the most awe-inspiring was Sabrina’s dress. She worked with Bowen Dryden to create a bespoke gown that screamed her name. Her gown was a soft, dusty-blue color adorned by embroidery. The stitched vines, flowers, and birds laid perfectly along the bodice and dramatic sleeves. A long train, a light grey ombre veil by The Veiled Beauty, and a pair of flashy, black-velvet booties completed the look.

 

The Ceremony

To top it all off, Sabrina and Raul followed a Celtic handfasting ritual where the two made a display of their spiritual union by literally tying the knot in front of their guests. This sweet gesture filled the gorgeous, golden chapel with love.

A wedding at the Mission Inn, Riverside is always elegant. However, Sabrina and Raul’s personal touches added an edgy twist to usual wedding celebration expectations. Their big day was just as unique as their love story.

 

Vendors:

Photography: The Hendry’s 

Florals: Posh Peony 

Cake: Cucamonga Cakery 

Hair: Kayla Wagner

Makeup: The Bridal Beauty Pros- Leysi

Venue: The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

Reception Music: Heart of Gold DJ’s 

Photo Booth:  Mirror Me 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

Five Tips For Southern California Brides When A Rainy Wedding Day Is A Possibility

Some say its good luck, some are devastated by it. Whichever perspective you take, you are looking at chaos. That’s right folks, we’re taking about a rainy wedding day in California!

To say that rain in California is rare is to say the least. Yet, this winter has been full of surprise. If you are a beach-vibe bride getting married on the West Coast this Spring, you might be in for an ‘I do’ drizzle. These five rainy wedding day tips will keep the “April showers” from ruining your love parade.

Consider an alternative to your outdoor setting.

We are suckers for an open space and natural lighting. But, if your love story is causing the sky to cry, you’re going to be put on-the-spot to make a decision about what to do next. The best way to handle this scenario is to create a “chance of rain” plan with your coordinator to put your mind at ease. This way you won’t be thinking, “What if it rains?,” the entire day.

When it comes to the day’s schedule, run a tight-ship!

Your lovely wedding coordinator should provide you a timeline of the day’s events. All those tiny events have to happen before the BIG event. If there is anything to make yourself extremely aware of about California, it is that the freeways become grid-locked (that is no exaggeration…).  If your ceremony is taking place on or near any Southern California beach and you will have to drive either the 405, the 55, the 5, the 57, the 15, or the 91, you will be battling traffic to make it to your venue. That battle will turn into an all-out car war if rain starts to fall. So, check your weather app and stick to the schedule.

Your guests will mind the light sprinkle.

You are getting pretty for your big day and so are your guests. If the weather changes during your ceremony, you won’t be the only one wondering if your makeup is running; and we don’t even have to get started on the hair situation. A simple and sweet way to make your guests feel cared for is to stash a small, on-theme umbrella under every other seat. This way, you won’t have mismatched handbags blocking heads in the background of your pictures!

 See The Silver Lining.

News flash! A rainy wedding day means your photographer is going to have a field-day. Clouds diffuse the sun’s harshness and allow for the BEST portraits. There won’t be awkward shadows on your face or even beads of sweat that will need to be edited. If anything, when it comes to the photo-op part of your day, the gloominess will be something to be grateful for.

Stop the train…!

… from getting soaked and muddy, that is. The longer the gown’s train, the more epic everything is; really. The photos, the walk down the aisle, the maid-of-honor scrambling to make sure it looks aesthetically pleasing during the ceremony. All very epic. However, a soiled train, not so epic. This one is simple, ensure your dress has a loop and button option which pulls the train up from dragging on the floor. 

The rain does not have to be devastating to your dream “I do.” Plan ahead and remember what you are in it for. You and your life partner will face a few more rainy days after this one. 

Rebecca Calagna was named a Wedding Wire  ‘Couple’s Choice’ wedding coordinator in 2019. Keep up with the RC Events Team as they celebrate love all over Southern California. Schedule a consultation with Rebecca Calagna and take the first step in planning your dream wedding.

WeddingWire’s Top 5 Trends for 2018

With 2018 in full swing and busy season right around the corner, it’s time to dive into the top wedding trends couples will be requesting this year. We have the inside scoop from Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire’s Associate Director of Content and Creative Services, on the top five trends you can expect to see pop up. Many of these trends may come as a surprise, as couples begin to stray away from the “traditional” and opt for the “unconventional”.

1. Metallics, marbles and geometrics

Photo by Jennifer Weems Photography

So maybe this one doesn’t come as a total surprise, but the biggest decor trend from 2017 will be a highlight yet again for 2018 weddings. Metallics, specifically gold-toned metallics, are still in! Smaller metallic decor pieces, such as votives and charger plates, are as popular as ever because they are small enough to be understated, yet still manage to pack a huge punch overall. Not only do metallics add an extra layer of “umph” to any look, but metallics are a great way to help make everything look and feel more luxe.

Couples are also choosing metallic pieces with geometric shapes to make their wedding feel more modern. Geometric shapes provide a cool break between the ultra-softness and romance of floral elements. Stone elements, such as marble pieces, are also being utilized for the same reason. We don’t care if this is a repeat trend, we love it and are happy to see these favorites stick around!

2. Keeping it casual

Photo by Tracy Shoopman Photography

Weddings are becoming more of a casual affair, believe it or not! Younger couples have been choosing to go for a more laid-back route during their wedding festivities. In what might be the biggest departure from “traditional” style weddings, casual affairs have been trending because they are “no fuss”. Guests are able to feel more at ease and couples have less to worry about on their big day. Ultimately, comfort and simplicity are the main goal of casual weddings, and we think they look great!

Grooms and groomsmen have arguably kicked off the casual trend, as the popularity of less formal male attire started popping up more and more. However, this year, casual groom attire is set to take off. Expect to see less suit coats, more unconventional shoes, and even silly socks on grooms. Females have also begun to adopt more casual styles, too. Brides in particular have opted for more natural, effortless hairstyles for their big day as opposed to the previously popular ultra-sophisticated updo.

Formal styles aren’t the only thing to disappear in 2018. Formal traditions are also becoming less popular with millennial couples. Sorry Mom and Dad, but it looks like the Father/Daughter and Mother/Son dances are quickly fading! Revered traditions like these dances, and even couple send offs (particularly involving sparklers) are now starting to be seen as “outdated” and “cliche” by millennial couples. While it may be sad to see some old traditions go, know that couples are opting to nix certain elements in order to replace them with their own creative and new traditions.

3. Greenery

Photo by Blueflash Photography     

While floral elements have always been a huge aspect of weddings, never before has such an emphasis been placed on natural greenery. From moss decor walls to leafy table runners, greenery isn’t just for bouquet filler anymore. Dare we say it, but greens might even surpass flowers this year! Greenery provides freshness and brightness to any arrangement, and can also can provide a lot of diversity, too. Beyond looking great, greens are also a more cost-friendly option for couples to consider when compared to flowers. So where will you find the most greenery this year? Jeffra notes that our couples are loving their natural greens in large wall or hanging displays, low table centerpieces, and in cascading bouquets.

4. Outdoor space

Photo by Patrick Nied Photography

Couples love outdoor weddings! Outdoor venues have always been popular with our couples, but their popularity is only expected to grow. Garden venues, followed by barn venues, are the most popular places amongst couples for their wedding celebrations. Even though the warmer summer months still make up “prime season”, more and more couples have been hosting fall weddings. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 couples now get married in the fall, and nearly 15% of all weddings take place in October. In many locations, Autumn weather is still perfect for an outdoor celebration, if not cozy. So too, nature’s seasonal change provides the most beautiful backdrop for photos. With the ever-increasing popularity of outdoor venues, your calendars are bound to be filled with outdoor bookings this year!

5. Food displays

Photo by Dana Lynn Photography

We saved the best for last: food! +50% more couples are choosing to eliminate plated service in favor of food displays. Food displays, different from a buffet, are highly stylized tables and offer unique, themed food options where guests can help themselves. Food displays allow for couples to customize their offerings to fit their personalities and can be much more flexible in execution when compared to a more regimented plated or buffet service. From pizza to a bacon-lovers spread, couples are picking these personalized setups over all other meal options because they are easy, fun and most importantly, delicious. Displays are also cost effective, as they can be significantly cheaper than a plated service.

We are so excited to see how these trends adapt and grow in 2018. The biggest takeaway that we have learned (other than knowing that great snacks lie ahead!) is that couples are striving to implement unique designs and traditions that are truly their own. Simply put, customization is important to couples as they plan their 2018 weddings. If you are able to offer custom services or work with your clients to provide them a unique service, you can expect your couple to be over the moon with your work. We hope that this personalization-craze allows both you and your clients the opportunity to work creatively and create incredible new experiences and content. Who knows? Maybe you will set the next big trend.

These tips originally appeared in WeddingWire’s Webinar “2018 Trends: Insights from Today’s Couples” by Jeffra Trumpower, WeddingWire Associate Director of Content and Creative Services. 

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