Local wedding trends we love

This story first appeared in the Spring/Summer 2020 issue of Columbus Weddings, published December 2019.

We staffers of Columbus Weddings see a lot of peoples’ special days. From sifting through the real weddings found in these pages to endlessly scrolling Instagram and Pinterest to stay on top of the latest crazes, we’re inundated with ideas and inspiration on a daily basis. These are some of the trends worth following.

1. Sky-High Centerpieces
Nothing will make your guests gasp in awe as they enter your reception like a 3-foot-tall arrangement adorning your tables. The key is to choose a vase or stand that is tall and skinny, with all of its width—and that of the floral arrangement itself—focused at the very top, above the heads of your seated guests, to ensure conversation isn’t blocked. Thanks to affordable rental options, you can nail this look with ease, no matter what aesthetic you’re going for. Go ultra-modern with black plant stands adorned with verdant greenery, held aloft by thin vertical rods; romantic with clear Eiffel Tower vases topped by peonies or white feathers; elegant with gold or silver candelabras, complete with lit taper candles—much like the height of the centerpiece, the sky is the limit for your possibilities.

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2. Interesting Activities
Look, some folks just don’t like dancing. (We don’t get it either, but that’s OK.) It’s great when a couple provides an activity or entertainment that can be enjoyed more passively by those with two left feet—or even the dancing queens who just need a little break. From lawn games at a summer wedding (think: cornhole or giant Jenga) to the now-ubiquitous photo booth, we love a wedding that offers a little something extra. Photo scavenger hunts have been smash hits, in our experience, as have cultural performances like belly dancers or Irish step dancers.

3. “Ghost” Décor
Fear not—there’s nothing haunting about this trend. Using clear glass or acrylic for certain décor elements like furniture, signage and place settings has been hot for some time now, and if we’re being honest, we hope it’s here to stay. There’s something elegant about the minimalism of a barely-there chair or a table spread with white linens and clear glass dishes. Bonus: Such a setup needs minimal floral décor as well, which could be very friendly on your wallet if done correctly.

4. Edible Favors
While many couples are eschewing wedding favors altogether—a great way to cut the budget without making a major impact on the day itself—there’s something to be said about thanking your guests for joining you in celebration with a small token of appreciation. A book of matchsticks emblazoned with “It’s a match!” is a cheeky option for the couple who met on Tinder—and utilitarian items like keychains and bottle openers always are handy—but we find ourselves partial to favors that don’t even have to make it home to be enjoyed. That’s right—we’re all about those edible, often sweet treats waiting at the place settings or on a table near the exit.

5. Lush Head Tables
For decades, bridesmaids placing their bouquets in empty vases was de rigueur for the head table’s décor. It’s practical, of course, but can leave the table looking a bit bare. With centerpieces becoming increasingly extravagant, you’ll want to make sure your head table has an arrangement to match. Don’t risk blocking your wedding party off from the rest of the soiree with wide floral arrangements, though. Opt instead to send an opulent runner of greenery and blooms down the center or along the front edge of the table instead.