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Millennial Wedding Trends in 2016: Do’s & Don’ts for Your Big Day the Millennial Way

September 23, 2016

Millennials always seem to have a shortcut for something, from abbreviations to apps…they never seem to be lacking ideas on how-to make this thing we call life, a little easier. We’ve rounded up the Top 6 Millennial Wedding Trends in 2016 that seem to be taking outdated traditions from prescribed, to alive…



Photography by: Willow & Co

1. Weddings Get Techie From wedding hashtags to behind-the-scenes Snap stories, nothing is off limits for the generation that shares their every move on social media. But, the impact of new tech doesn’t stop there. Now couples can create a socially sharable interactive hologram with the bride and groom. #TheFutureIsHere

2 . Registries Revamped
 Weddings aren’t the only thing that are changing thanks to the wants and needs of millennials. For example, more and more couples are living together before marriage, so registry site, Blueprint Registry, now lets couples shop for gifts based on the layout of their home (why didn’t I think of that?!). Millennials are taking advantage of features like their experience and cash registry as well. After all, millennials tend to be more focused on collecting life experiences, not things (think trips, concerts, etc.). So, say “goodbye” to registering for fine china and “hello” to that trip to China you always wanted to take! Plus, features like “group gifting” make it easier for friends to go in on a bigger ticket item together.


Photography: MACADAMEIA

3. A Unique Guest Experience Beats Tradition Millennials are steering away from traditions of generations past and instead, focused on introducing wedding elements that have never been seen (or done) before. 
Throw out the idea of a bouquet toss and cut out the cutting of the wedding cake, because this year it’s out with the predictable and in with the unique.

4. Share & Share alike.
 Now, when it comes to bachelor and bachelorette parties, anything goes. From a road trip to an overnight stay on a boat… the more unique, the better. But what’s really changing the way millennials celebrate is the sharing economy. Now, millennials can rent a car from RelayRides, hit the water on a luxury yacht with Boatbound, or stay in a castle on Airbnb.


Team Bride Hats from Etsy

5. Casual Rehearsal Dinners (Leave the formality at church) Millennials are ditching tablecloth dinners and three course dinners for a more laid-back start to their wedding celebration. Whether that means having a frose bar (yes, that’s short for frozen rose and yes, that’s actually a thing) instead of the usual tableside wine service or ditching long-winded speeches for an open mic night (warning: this can get dangerous after one two many trips to the frose bar) it’s all about keeping things fun and casual. This means the rehearsal dinner isn’t just for restaurants anymore! With food trucks and ice cream carts becoming the new norm, celebrate anywhere from a beach to the pool to a ski slope (and let the food come to you).


Photography: MCG Photography

6. Honeymooning after (I mean, way after) the wedding
 More and more millennials are opting for destination weddings and with that, comes the feeling your honeymoon actually starts as soon as your wedding festivities do! So, instead rushing off to vacay in (another) tropical locale… couples are holding on the honeymoon anywhere from six months to a couple of years to relive the romance long after the walk down the aisle is complete. Bonus: they are also booking with experiential travel companies like Natural Retreats, that have local teams on the ground to recommend restaurants, activities and more based on their specific wants and needs. After all millennials know what they want out of life!


Photography: Michelle March

That Guest.

June 6, 2016

Everyone runs into this problem every now and then. That unexpected extra plus one or uninvited/self-invited guest. It happens every time and today, we are here to share what the ultimate etiquette expert says.


Emily Post says:

“It’s up to you. It’s understandable to prefer to avoid confrontation and possible hurt feelings, and if you feel it’s better to let sleeping dogs lie, that’s okay. For most couples, an unexpected extra guest can be a costly addition, go over capacity limits for the venue or cause problems with other guests who weren’t invited to bring to a date but might have liked to.

It might seem rude to say something to a guest who added an uninvited guest to his or her RSVP, but it’s truly okay to speak up. After all, it was really inconsiderate of the guest to RSVP for someone who wasn’t invited. The trick is in how you go about doing it. Phone calls are the way to go — they are more personal, immediate (rather than waiting for an email reply), and allow for no mistakes in tone of voice.

The guests in question should have known exactly who was invited (and by omission, who wasn’t), based on the name(s) listed on the inner envelope (or outer, if there was only one). But it’s possible they didn’t know this, so give them the benefit of the doubt, but obliquely. You might be right, but an argument about the finer points of etiquette will only make things worse. Instead, say, “Hi, Sarah. We’re so glad you can come to the wedding [open with a positive]. I’m so sorry if there was a misunderstanding [don’t get into whose that might have been, it won’t be productive], but the invitation was only for you [nicer to focus on who is included than who isn’t]. We hope you understand and can still come [again, return focus on what you would like].”

Don’t ask the guest questions like, “Is that okay with you?” because that could open the whole thing up for debate. Your tone should be friendly but firm. The ball is now in your guest’s court to decide whether or not to come.

There is one exception to this: If the guest is married or engaged and their partner wasn’t invited, the mistake was actually yours, as married and engaged couples are a package deal when it comes to a wedding invitation, regardless of whether or not you know or like the other half. In this case, the guest should call to explain the oversight rather than simply adding the partner to the RSVP.”

Need some help on what to say?

“There are so many people we would love to have been able to invite, but we’re trying to keep our wedding small. It means so much to me that you’re interested, and I so wish I could have everyone there with us!”

“We would love for you to be there with us, but because of our tight budget, we weren’t able to invite as many people as we would have liked. But I’d love to find time for a one-on-one visit afterwards!”



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Karen Tran Experience at The Greenbrier

March 29, 2016

This three day, hands-on workshop will offer participants the chance to fine-tune their business savvy, while experiencing and collaborating on the production of a high-end event. The fabulous experience will take place at the remarkable Greenbrier Property.

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  • Getting to know Karen Tran:  her story, challenges and triumph.
  • Creating A Signature Style Wedding. You will learn how to create an unforgettable style that is will appeal to today’s luxury market.
  • Using Social Media to advance your business:  Which platform works best for you?


  • Grand Scale Floral design – In every wedding space there is a feature floral piece.  The flower wall, flower entrance or over size hanging florals. Guests will incorporate one of these spectacular element into our program.  Attendees will receive hands-on experience in creating these artwork.  Learn to incorporate large piece items into your design to capture the luxury market.


  • Designing a ‘Karen Tran’ wedding.  Attendees will work on creating an ‘over the top’ floral pieces using luxurious linens, fine china, custom stationery and fresh flowers to produce an opulent table setting. Guests will return to this spectacular setting to dine with new industry friends.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity! So register today and don’t miss an extravagant learning opportunity for the luxury wedding experience!

Register at HERE for the Floral Experience! 

Mary Phan(3)(1)-2




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March 17, 2016

Congratulations on your engagement! We know this is an exciting time that can also leave you feeling a little overwhelmed or perhaps unsure where to begin. Start on the right foot by creating an action plan that will save you time, energy, stress and money and help you avoid costly mistakes. Our fabulous industry friends have created the FYI-do conference and we know this will be your one-stop shop for becoming educated when it comes to wedding planning. Did we mention, all the proceeds go to a great cause! We hope you will support while learning!

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Sign up HERE

Calling for Submissions!

August 7, 2015

DW readers, we wanted to bring attention once again to our desire to display your real wedding! We are looking for fall weddings to post for all of our readers to see. If you want to submit a wedding, simply go to our Submissions link. We can’t wait to see!

Jennifer Domenick

Also, District Weddings is doing some brainstorming, creative updating, etc. for our fall calendar, so we won’t be posting next week. Check back on our site August 17th for more posts from us with event advice, vendor interviews, and real weddings!


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