The rustic look is very popular with engaged couples, many of whom are getting married in remodeled, refurbished barns. The couples are styling the ceremony and reception with vintage and antique props. The newest trend is industrial-chic, so the old venues with large, wooden open beamed ceilings are a favorite. The industrial look is often accessorized with metal chairs and tables, plus vintage and antique props.

Today couples are tying the knot at age 29, so while they are the reason for the celebration, they want their guests to have a dynamite experience. Couples are creating interactive guest experiences and some double as guest favors. Photo booths are popular, then guests take home photos. Candy buffets are very popular; guests scoop their favorite candies into bags. Guests are often asked to write their marriage tips to the couple. Yard games are popular at outdoor venues: corn hole, bocce ball and croquet.

Naked cakes are a new food trend. The layered cakes have colorful frosting that drips over the side of the unfrosted cake. The cake tops are decorated. Many couples get a small wedding cake to cut, and then serve their guests cake pops and cupcakes. Dessert buffets are especially popular with folks who don't care for cake. Caterers are often asked to create food stations to offer various samples of food often with a theme.

Other stylings that are popular at weddings are chalkboard signs directing guests to food and drink, Northwest décor [tree bark, moss, birds], 1920s glamour [think Downton Abbey, The Great Gatsby], and the newest trend is tropical [tropical stylings].

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