Luxe Ways to Wow Your Guests At Your Wedding Reception

Make your wedding guests go “wow” before they even enter and ensure that they leave a little dazzled with these luxe wedding reception ideas!

 

Make your wedding guests go “wow” before they even enter and ensure that they leave a little dazzled with these luxe wedding reception ideas!

Surely your wedding day is something that you and your partner look forward to with all the anticipation and love in your hearts. However, your wedding guests make your wedding reception the celebration that it is. They not only bring with them the good wishes for your happily-ever-after to start with all the positive vibes, but they also bring to the table the happy glow of pleasant company and the iridescent promise of a good time. When you look back at your wedding day decades from now, you will think back to the way your guest cheered as you kissed your lover after you said “I do”, how your aunt made that funny toast or how your college girlfriends rocked the dance floor! After all, it’s all about the warm glow of the people which envelops you and makes your wedding day such a joy, isn’t it?

While the precious names who made it to your guest list add such a precious touch to your special day, you might want to make your wedding reception equally memorable for them! While all wedding receptions are a pleasure to attend, it’s the ones that truly wow the guests over which are remembered forever, the anecdotes of which live on far beyond the wedding day flowers! Here are some amazing ways that you can wow your wedding guests and leave them feeling warm, welcome, and a little mind-blown! It’s all about going big or going home here!

Welcome them with a drink

There is something about a welcome drink that instantly makes one feel special! Consider offering out glasses of champagne as wedding escort cards in addition to your standard welcome drink. Replace traditional escort cards with individually named champagne flutes, which will ensure that everyone arrives at their tables and is ready to toast in one step. This will make a terrific first impression on your guests!

Exit with a bang

What better way to end a wedding reception than with a fireworks display? A jubilant firework show will add excitement to your ceremony exit or nighttime reception. Alternatively, give your guests sparklers and champagne to hold while they accompany you to your getaway car at the end of the night. Remember to check with your location to see if pyrotechnics and sparklers are permitted.

Consider a quick change!

For the wedding reception, the bride and groom dress in a contemporary style. Because all eyes will be on you at the reception, it’ll be a pleasant surprise when you switch from your traditional wedding gown to a shorter, flirtier second dress. You can go for completely different dresses or two-in-one wedding dresses which can be easily transformed. If you wish to keep your wedding gown, make additional style modifications such as letting your hair down, swapping shoes, or adding a few fresh items of jewelry.

Hand out kits!

With wedding favor kits, you can anticipate their needs! Your guests will enjoy it, whether it’s hangover kit wedding favors or a cute emergency kit for the morning after. You might include hangover remedies such as aspirin, water, and energy snacks to help them get back on their feet after a night of celebrating. You can also have summer essential kits, or themed kits as they arrive to get them excited about your chosen venue, theme, or activities!

Add drama with flowers

Big is more when it comes to flowers which impress! How about using cabbage roses as table centerpieces for your wedding reception? On your reception tables, go big with tall, over-the-top centerpieces. Cabbage roses and ranunculus, for example, create a bold impact when paired with a neutral color palette. You can have them arranged in clear glass vases for a clean yet impactful look. If big flowers are not your style, go for flower installations instead! We have a soft spot for Baby’s breath cloud-like overhead installations over here, and it will surely get all the guests to go “wow!”

Provide luxe lounge areas

With a hint of effortless luxury, set up your outdoor lounge area for your wedding reception. Create a lounge space with comfortable couches, chairs, and enough pillows for visitors to mingle between dance breaks. It’s the ideal technique to keep everyone involved in the celebration, even if they’re not dancing. Set up luxe poufs, velvet pillows, and comfy throws, and the more mismatched it looks, the better the effect. This can also be a great area for some dramatic group photography!

Hang low chandeliers

It’s true! A chandelier adds that luxe element to any event! There is something about the intricately cut glasses and crystals that reflect light most gloriously, and makes any setting elegant! If you are hosting an outdoor wedding reception, consider handing low chandeliers and watch your setting light up! When it comes to planning your outdoor event, the options are unlimited. Low-hanging chandeliers and delicate blooms can be used to decorate the space. You can have it glam, gothic, or vintage as you would like, depending on the chandelier you choose. Instead of circular tables, arrange everyone at banquet tables to create a more intimate setting.

A feast for the eyes

Sure, the wedding feast will fill the stomach, but it’s the winning display that makes half the impression! So go all out with your food displays, whether that’s creative salad bars, charming dessert tables, or wow-inducing chocolate fountains and fondue arrangements! This also holds for vintage champagne towers with cascading champagnes making quite the scene! You might also go for a vintage wedding cake presentation with details all around the cake. Use glittering lights, loads of blooms, and a unique stand to dress up your cake presentation. You can also go for cute ice cream trucks, cotton candy carts, and popcorn carts which are not just for utility but hugely add to the aesthetic!

A groom’s cake that impresses

After all, why not? A groom’s cake, whether it’s a Red Sox–themed one or a Star Wars-themed one, will undoubtedly make your guests’ jaws drop. Choose a second cake that appears too genuine to eat and collaborate with your spouse on a theme that best suits you both. Include a non-cake delicacy like doughnuts, varied pies, cookies, or an ice cream bar, as well as an inside joke, a favorite activity, or a favorite hobby.

Late-night bites

Who doesn’t like late-night snacks after hours of dancing, drinking, and socializing? Treat the guests who survive the after-hours and linger a bit longer to prolong the party a bit. Serve them special after-hours bites, whether it is mini ice cream cones, s’mores, or milk and cookies! When everyone thinks the celebration is over, liven it up with late-night goodies that will get guests ready for the after-party. Your guests will adore you for your midnight nibbles, which include ice cream bites, fresh chocolate chip cookies, milk shooters, or a fully stocked taco bar. The extra details will immediately land your special day firmly as your guests’ favorite wedding reception!

Plan games and activities

At your reception, keep your guests, especially the younger ones, amused with the fun and interactive activities. Set up a game of cornhole at your outdoor ceremony, or set up a coloring station at one of your reception tables. You can choose from a variety of wedding games and activities, such as bride and groom trivia, picture scavenger hunts, ring tosses, or good old karaoke! Keeping your wedding guests occupied with wedding activities not only keeps them entertained but also helps to alleviate any nervousness or anxiousness as you transition from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

Have a fun “guest book” to sign

Think beyond the typical guest book, and choose fun instead! You can ask guests to leave a message on a vintage surfboard at your tropical destination wedding, or create a jigsaw puzzle of your photo and let guests sign each piece. You can also have them fill up paper notes filled with advice and wedding tips in wine bottles, which can be opened on your forthcoming anniversaries! You can have a couple of different bottles to be opened in 2 years, 5 years, or 10 years of your wedding anniversaries! Guest book activities are not only fun, but it also lets your guest know that you appreciate their input in your life!

Photo backdrops to remember

A picture speaks in memories and holds the secret of the day for you to treasure. Having the perfect photo booth is a surefire method to catch those candid, silly moments that your photographer might miss. For a summer wedding, use snorkel gear or opera masks and monocles, and for a formal occasion, use opera masks and monocles. This is the perfect way to make a themed wedding truly be remembered as intended. At a bucolic wedding, a vintage Volkswagen photo booth can be the perfect addition, while you can go full flapper girl for a 1920s-inspired wedding! The options are endless, and it’s a fun way for your guest to indulge and have fun!

Wow with lighting

Lighting speaks louder than most of your other wedding decors. Revolutionize your venue with jaw-dropping lighting which will wow your guests. You can go for decadent chandeliers for a touch of eclectic elegance or go modern and sassy with neon light signage! You can have hanging lanterns from a tree that act as the perfect ceremony backdrop or photo backdrop, or you can go full-on romantic with dripping candles lining the stairways as you walk down the stairs! And all things said and done, do not underestimate the brilliance of fairy lights!

Gorgeous installations

Installations that defy gravity or stand out looking all dramatic are something that will have your guest’s attention as soon as they walk in! Whether it is a quaint art installation or a floral installation, there is plenty you can do here! Lush installations, and more specifically floral installations, are a current trend. You can incorporate this trend into your wedding decor in a variety of ways to achieve a chic look, whether it’s with a stunning and jaw-dropping wedding backdrop, edgy and dramatic overhead installations, a modern wedding seating chart with moss, greenery, and candles, or a jaw-dropping art installation that cascades down the stairs looking like a piece of art!

Display towering tiers

It’s either go big or go home! With a vast guest list, you have the perfect excuse to go all out with your cake. Consult your cake baker about constructing a multi-tiered work of art that will wow your guests. For a beautiful wedding, a multi-tiered elegant wedding cake will command all of the attention. When it comes to towering layers, you can go for tall chocolate fountains, champagne towers, or even just your table centerpieces! It will quickly give your big day an opulent feel!

Set up an awesome satellite bar

Offer your guests a celebratory surprise with a cigar rolling station during cocktail hour. If cigars aren’t your thing, any creative, personal satellite bar idea works too, like a make-your-own prosecco drink station or a tequila tasting bar. This is not only a fun activity that your guest can partake in, but it also makes your wedding reception that much extra special!

Unique reception performers

Entertain your wedding guests with style, whether it is with live painters, fire breathers in the evening, an aerialist performer to perform a full in-the-air dance routine, or casually floating above loved ones to give your guest a wow-factor experience! While there is a DJ or a band at every wedding, having a wedding reception performance that is unique and wow-inducing can leave the impression of your wedding in your guests’ minds forever! You can also have unique traditional dance routines performed by professionals or drink servers which will light up the cocktail hour significantly!

Extraordinary wedding favor

Let your wedding guests leave with more than just memories from the day! When you hand out your wedding favors, consider going that extra mile. Whether it is a cocktail kit for a drink after the ride home or a polaroid that captures the guest’s experience perfectly, whether it is a personalized wine glass or the satisfaction of going back knowing that a tree will be planted in the guest’s name, wedding favors which lingers on for that extra time truly makes your wedding day memorable! While things that induce great memories forever are much appreciated, you can also go for wedding favors that are plain old fun, like a mini champagne bottle with a personalized label!

Light up the stars

How about a Tangled-inspired paper lantern ceremony for you and your guests to enjoy? You can do this after the reception is almost over and before you set off towards your happily-ever-after. You and your sweetheart can first light the paper lanterns together and set them off in the night sky, and your wedding guests can follow suit. The whole sky will light up most gloriously, and it will surely leave your guest enchanted! It also sets the scene for some lovely photo opportunities!

Going that extra mile for your guest is worth the effort when you see the look in their eyes which is filled with awe and wonder as if they have just walked into a carnival! They will still be talking about your amazing reception party a month from now, and slowly those awe-struck memories will transform into warm and fuzzy feel-good vibes which will forever be attached to your special day! Isn’t that a lovely thought? So go ahead and treat your guests to a wedding experience that they will take home with them and hold close for a long while!

Incredible Wine Ideas For Your Wedding That We Love

Tinted by wine and high on spirits- Host a wine-themed wedding your guest will remember forever! Click the link to know how!

Tinted by wine and high on spirits- Host a wine-themed wedding your guest will remember forever! Click the link to know how!

 

Do you and your sweetheart have memories of bonding over a bottle of wine, or heading out to a vineyard for your first weekend away as a couple? Do you appreciate the science and complexity of how a humble grape changes into a spirit promising a good time, we have just the perfect theme for you lovers! How about a wine-themed wedding and leaning on your love for the vino? A wedding theme is something that most couples think long and hard about, but sometimes it can be just effortless and laid back, while still being incredibly classy! With a wine-themed wedding, you won’t have to go to extensive lengths to pull it together.

A gorgeous venue gets most of the work done single-handedly, while you can have subtle wine elements with the color choices, witty signs, and usage of wine bottles and corks for various decor elements! Also, we have yet to meet someone who won’t light up like a thousand light bulbs at the mention of wine! Think endless rustic romantic vineyards, gorgeous sunsets, outdoor receptions with bistro lights gleaming overhead, and rustic linens awaiting a feast with friends and family. We have thought of everything from your wine-themed wedding invitations to venues offering exquisite views and authentic vineyard vibes! If you and your partner are looking for a wedding day that is sun-soaked and wine-tinted and heady with the aroma of wine, take notes, because we come bearing ideas!

Vineyard venue

What can be more romantic than a vineyard wedding? Not much, that’s for sure! It only makes sense to have your wedding at a vineyard if you eat, sleep, and breathe wine! These types of places usually provide spectacular scenic vistas in addition to an attractive, laid-back atmosphere. If you don’t already have a favorite, look for possibilities at nearby vineyards and vineyard wedding locations. Consider a destination wedding in a wine-producing region such as Napa Valley or Santa Barbara on the West Coast, or Charlottesville, Virginia on the East Coast, for the ultimate vineyard experience.

Pair the Food With the Wine

Let your guest experience a fully exquisite wine and food pairing luxury! Determine the wines you’ll serve based on your menu with the help of your caterers and bartenders. Include a remark about wine pairings on your menu cards or placards. If guests have pre-selected their entrée, put down the name and wine choices next to each meal description; however, if you are hosting a family-style meal, list the suggestions that pair best with the caterers’ offerings. This will make your guest feel like they are part of an exclusive club!

Wine-inspired florals

For your florals and overall color palette, draw inspiration from the burgundies, mauves, and deep reds prevalent throughout the features of your vineyard location, not to mention the wine itself. The greens and browns of vineyards would look great with dark blossoms and décor. The juxtaposition between the exquisite blooms and the rustic use of a barrel is one of our favorites! When choosing the perfect flowers for your wine-themed wedding, consider all varied shades of purple, maroon, and deep reds, like Dahlia, orchids, daylilies, iris, oxalis, and grasses. These can be paired with fresh foliage for the perfect balance!

Support local vendors

While Napa Valley may come to mind when thinking of a vineyard wedding, amazing wines can be found all over the world! Finding nearby vineyards, depending on your region, might make travel easier for your guests and give your wedding a more local feel. Examine your choices carefully and go for a vendor who is not only worthy but is also able to offer you a wide variety of options to make your experience memorable! This way, you’ll not only be supporting local businesses, but you’ll also be able to sample some delectable, one-of-a-kind flavors!

Wine barrel details

Incorporating wine barrels into your ceremony venue or cocktail hour is a subtle way to integrate the feeling of a winery into your décor. They can be used as tables or as a platform for floral arrangements. The blossoms and the rustic barrel will be a fantastic match for each other. Wine barrels can also be used in a variety of other ways! Instead of a standard guest book, have guests sign a wine barrel head, which you can keep forever!

Let your backdrop speak

If you’re being married in front of grapevines, you won’t need a lot of flowers. Allow the natural beauty of the location to speak for itself by opting for a minimum display of décor. One of the best things about being married at a vineyard is being able to take advantage of the beautiful scenery. This is especially true for photography. Rolling hills, rich greenery, and plenty of natural light combine to create a stunning set of wedding photos.

Personalized labels

We can’t think of a more adorable way to invite your wine-loving friends to your wedding. You’ll get an instant yes if you surprise your bridesmaids-to-be with their favorite bottle of wine with bespoke labels. A bottle of wine from the vineyard with personalized labeling can prove to be the perfect wedding favor if you want to send your guests home with a piece of your wedding memory. If you want to take your personalization even further, go for a custom crest that can be used in all of your wedding stationery!

Cork details

What better way to bring in the wine theme than with corks? Whether it is “Bar” signage made up of wine corks, or it is the cork cardholders, using wine cork for wedding details is a smart way to bring the wine theme to the wedding decorations. We also love the idea of using cork in unexpected ways, whether it is as a save-the-date fridge magnet or cork coasters!

Clear out bar issues

Keep in mind that many wineries restrict the types of bars you can visit. Some wineries only serve their wines, obviating the possibility of serving other sorts of alcoholic beverages. If margaritas or liquor were on your must-have list, double-check before signing the dotted line. You can also host a wine-tasting session for your guests, but if you wish to serve other beverages, you should do so after having a word with your winery or vineyard.

Wine details in wedding cards

The wedding theme starts way before the actual wedding, and the wedding invitation is a good way to announce the theme. How about a wedding invitation with wine splashes or a ring of a wine bottle? You can also go for fun grape watercolor illustrations or rustic details to bring the vineyard rustic vibes to the table. You can also announce your theme with wine corks with the wedding date inscribed in them! With a theme like this, there are many ways you can go!

Wedding favors

The most common way to go about it is to offer your guest mini wine bottles with your personalized labels, but that is not all that you can do! You can go for fun personalized wine glasses, or heart-shaped bottle stoppers if your guests are wine enthusiasts as you are! You can also gift wine-scented candles or luxury grape juice bottles to your non-drinker guests! Either way, the options are endless!

Wedding signage

If a wedding is not a place for quirky puns as signage, what is? Do you and your significant other have similar wine preferences? With humorous wedding signage, you may show off your favorite way with words. You can go for something fun and quirky like “Pour the wine, his last name is mine” or “You’re the cabernet to my sauvignon.” If you are looking for some wine puns, the internet will surely not disappoint you! Talking of signs and saying, why use basic napkins when pink ones with beautiful sayings are available? The fun “yeah way rosé” napkins will have your guests ‘gramming them all night long.

Keepsakes

If you are getting married in a vineyard very close to your heart and serving your exquisite wines to your guest, it can be a great idea to have the bottle for you and your sweetheart to keep and cherish later! You can have your guest sign the label for you, and you can pop that cork open on your 1st anniversary or even your 5th one! This can be a fun way to commemorate the day while making it a memory you can relive years later! After all, they don’t say wine gets better with age for nothing!

Wedding cake and desserts

A sweet table is one of the sweetest and the most anticipated parts of the wedding day, so a wine-themed wedding should include the same. Whether you chose to have wine-soaked berries infused in your wedding cake’s flavoring choices or your wine theme is depicted visually with succulent grapes and berries cascading down a simple rustic cake, the options are endless! You can also bring the wine element with the colors used in the icing, going for ombre brushstroke icing, or subtle grapevine details for a more cottagecore take on the wedding confection. While the cake has been spoken for, you can’t ignore the rest of the dessert table. Infuse some fun with some wine sugar cookies or wine-flavored macaroons for a more Parisian take on the desserts!

Guest book bottle

How do you take the memories of your stunning wedding with you forever? The easier way is with a guest book! Whether it is with a barrel lid with messages from your loved ones, or with a wine bottle signed by your guests, this is somewhere where you can get creative. Another charming and romantic way is to go the “message in the bottle” route and have your guests leave advice, wishes, or snippets of wisdom in empty wine bottles which can be opened in your forthcoming wedding anniversaries. You can set up empty bottles and number them to indicate which anniversary it is intended to be opened, and leave paper and pen for your guests to jot down sweet nothings! This is a gorgeous way to not only make your guests feel their thoughts and wishes are welcome, but it also makes for a sweet keepsake.

Wine color attires

Wedding attires are one of the most fun ways to bring in the wine theme to your special day! Wine is a deep crimson color that is perfect for a sophisticated and romantic wedding. This lovely burgundy color complements all skin tones and looks great on everyone. If you’re looking for beautiful wine bridesmaid dresses, take a look at some of the year’s most popular wine wedding color schemes. The color wine can be found online under the name ‘Bordeaux.’ Creating a coherent lineup is simple with designs and sizes to suit everyone in your wedding party. Alternatively, you can go for something more neutral like blush pink or champagne with the bridesmaid dresses while the groomsmen wear oxblood suits! This combination is especially gorgeous for an autumn wedding, but is classic enough to work around the year!

 

Nothing says “fun wedding” quite like a wine-themed wedding day! With the promise of wide-open vineyards, luscious grapes, wine tasting, and lovely photo opportunities by the cartload, a wine-themed wedding is just as fun as it sounds! Whether your love of wine comes from enjoying a glass of ruby red liquid after a productive day, or it comes from the way the wine theme is so close to nature and brings all the rustic countryside elements with it, you can’t go wrong with a wine-themed wedding! While we tried to cover all aspects of the wedding to fit the theme, the theme is such that it is incredibly flexible for you to include far more than what is mentioned. Just have fun with it, and be creative for a fun wedding in high spirits!

2022 Wedding Trends We Predict Will Go Big!

Wondering what 2022 has in store for weddings? Check out our blog featuring the wedding trends of 2022 that we predict will go BIG!

Wondering what 2022 has in store for weddings? Check out our blog featuring the wedding trends of 2022 that we predict will go BIG!

 

The changes we’ve seen in the post-pandemic wedding ecosystems are expected to reverberate through weddings in 2022. From important wedding decisions like choosing your honeymoon vacation destination to what kind of wedding parties you’ll host and also who you’ll invite, all these factors are going to carry over into 2022. The post-pandemic wedding industry’s new developments will have a direct impact on the wedding trends of 2022. Everything that we do in life, from how we live to how we marry, will be directly proportionate to all the wedding decisions of 2022. As the year 2021 draws to a close, we may notice some significant changes in the wedding planning landscape, from wedding décor to attire.

 

We could see that couples who planned their weddings in 2020 understood the beauty of small-scale celebrations surrounded by the people who matter the most. From the rise of outdoor wedding events with social distancing guidelines still in place to the use of dried flowers and greenery in wedding decorative trends, things are likely to remain the same. With a striking increase in DIY wedding décor featuring details with an inflow of creative juices and a surge in nature-focused weddings, the post-pandemic wedding trends of 2022 will treat all of us with surprises in every corner.

 

Wedding Trends Of 2022 That Are Predicted To Be Big-

 

Wedding Venue Trends 2022

Some of the impacts of the 2020 pandemic will continue to show in our lives even in 2022 and with that, there will be certain wedding trends when it comes to the choice of wedding venue and style. As per wedding venue trends 2022, there will be an increase in outdoor wedding events with certain covid related restrictions and guidelines. Couples planning their wedding in 2022 are also choosing domestic locations instead of destination weddings considering that home is the safest for celebrations.

 

Wedding Dress Trends 2022

Bridal fashion weeks around the world gave us some amazing wedding dress trends for 2022! From bridal fashion designers using pre-recorded videos for their bridal designs as a means to adapt to the current post-covid trends to non-traditional bridal looks dominating the virtual runways, 2022 wedding dresses trends are all about new-age bridal fashion. The new-age bride of 2022 is looking for iterations to traditional wedding gown designs and designing their modern wedding dresses with an edge. Modern bridal fashion is all about high fashion bridal dresses and edgy wedding dresses that can focus on the bride’s unique personality and looking for that princess moment on their wedding day.

 

Wedding Style Trends 2022

As per wedding style trends 2022, couples getting married are most likely to embrace the new normal, leading to the rise of pandemic micro weddings and small-scale intimate wedding celebrations like courthouse weddings, minimony, and elopements. As the pandemic gave us a chance to reconnect with nature, we are most likely to see a rise in nature-focused weddings with a newfound love for the great outdoors. Another wedding style trend for 2022 nods to intimate wedding guest lists where post-pandemic wedding guest lists will be limited to the couple’s family and close friends only. Simplicity and non-traditional weddings are most likely to shine in 2022, meaning we will see simple and intimate wedding celebrations, unlike traditional extravagant and formal weddings. Virtual weddings became a thing in 2020 and the pandemic wedding trend is still going to continue in 2022 weddings. Intimate backyard weddings became very popular during the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue as a wedding trend in 2022. Minimalist wedding styles with creativity as the main focus will find their way in 2022 wedding style trends. Minimalist weddings will most likely include sleek and modern décor, neutral color palettes, pragmatic signage, and blank space wedding venues.

 

Bridal Style Trends 2022

We are seeing a surge of mini wedding dresses and a lot of feathers and floral accessories for 2022 fall wedding trends. For instance, bold floral motifs with three-dimensional textured appliqués are likely to dominate the bridal fashion scene with popular wedding gown designers like Alyne by Rita Vinieris and Marchesa coming up with over-the-top wedding dresses full gowns featuring florals, sequins, and beading. Vintage whimsical wedding dresses with dramatic feathers are providing rights with the opportunity to amp up their traditional bridal fashion look with noteworthy bridal fashion designers like Elie Saab and Naeem Khan coming up with wedding dress designs accessorized with dramatic further details. Bridal separates are one of the most loved modern bridal trends 2022. As a strong nod to non-traditional bridal wear, bridal fashion icons like Scorcesa, Nordeen, and Yolancris are coming up with trendy bridal separates in multiple pieces as an alternative to traditional wedding dresses. These bridal separates are the new alternative to traditional designs and new trending wedding dresses for brides who want to shine and make a statement at their wedding in 2022.

 

Wedding Cake Trends 2022

Wedding trends come and go and they come back again! And one of the biggest predictions regarding wedding cake trends for 2022 is that cool retro wedding cake designs will be a rage. In the luxury wedding cake trends, we will see more couples dabble in wafer paper wedding cakes to make a bold statement. As a nod to retro wedding trends, acrylic wedding cakes will arrive with confections featuring clear acrylic tiers along with a clear and transparent tier. This transparent cake tier will act like a divider which will create an amazing and never-before-seen floating illusion and add to the height of the wedding cake. Just like some of the most gorgeous wedding cakes of 2021, 2022 wedding cake trends will also see a rise in sculptural wedding cakes featuring wedding confections that will mimic an entire art gallery or act as a testament to some of the most timeless arts from around the world. And two of the most timeless wedding cake designs– semi-naked and fondant wedding cakes are going to stay for a while, but we will see certain versatile additions to this trend like beautiful sculpting techniques, hand painting, and an abundance of textures.

 

Wedding Color Trends 2022

According to the prediction by wedding experts, wedding color trends for 2022 will see a rise in powder blues and millennial pinks, which were considered to be prime color trends of the 80s. While the trendy wedding colors of 2021 also saw a rise in powder blue alongside lavender, matcha green, papaya orange, and Tuscany yellow, the prediction surrounding wedding color palettes of 2022 show a resurgence of vintage metallics and moody earthy tones. Color palettes of wedding reception trends 2022 will be a huge comeback from the art deco and all Hollywood eras. From warm earthy hues with colors like burnt sienna and marigold yellow popping up in wedding details to vintage accent colors like gold and midnight blue metallic paint are likely to make a comeback. Vintage accent colors will mostly be seen in details like metallic reception chairs, table sliders, or even Moscow Mule featuring as the signature cocktail and served in copper mugs. We are also most likely to see vibrant jewel tones and moody winter color palettes in the latter half of the year.

 

Wedding Flower Trends 2022

Non-traditional wedding flowers will be hot for 2022! Bohemian and eco-friendly wedding aesthetics like dried flower details will be one of the major wedding flower trends in 2022. Dried wedding flowers can come in many ways to reflect in your wedding color palette and be added to almost every element of your wedding reception- from bridesmaids’ bouquets to reception tablescapes. As the floral industry is getting ready for a smashing wedding season in 2022, we are also seeing wedding greenery as an earthy floral element and one of the most emerging wedding flower trends for 2022. Greenery draped florals, ground installations, staircases, and even wedding altars and aisles are expected to be a gorgeous wedding flower trend for 2022. As dried florals and greenery details engulf wedding décor trends 2022, we are also expecting to see a surge in romantic and dreamy weddings that are reminiscent of the French countryside.

 

Wedding Décor Trends 2022

Wedding décor trends in 2022 will see the increased popularity of greenery and dry flowers in wedding details. As we are going to experience a surge in reduced wedding sizes, with a limited number of people, couples will opt for personalized elements and inspirations. 2022 wedding trends when it comes to wedding décor will be a display of vintage-inspired statement-making wedding details which will bring a dose of beatnik and unconventional flair. We are going to see a lot of statement-hanging wedding décor details like suspended lanterns in ceilings and high back peacock chairs in welcome tables, along with rattan lounge furniture and assorted wicker baskets decking up the wedding décor ideas. Organic style arrangements will also be an integral part of the celebrations as per wedding trends for 2022. This post-pandemic wedding trend in 2022 will be about creating free-flowing and organic style arrangements on a larger-than-life scale. Hence we are more likely to see organic and earthy wedding color palettes, the use of vines and greens instead of traditional wedding flowers, and hanging floral centerpieces as means to bring the outdoors in.

 

Wedding Food Trends 2022

Swaying away from traditional wedding food menu options, wedding food trends 2022 are showing a steep rise in comfort and homemade food, unlike high-end meals coming from big-named caterers. However, wedding food decisions differ greatly from couple to couple, as we see traditional couples still indulging in gourmet food prepared by renowned wedding caterers and budget couples opting for a homemade food menu that is prepared by their close ones. But one of the primary wedding reception trends for 2022 when it comes to food and drinks comfort food is likely to become a hit in 2022. As a nod to nostalgia, wedding food trends of 2022 will most likely have couples prepare their summer wedding cocktails with tasty recipes and served with childhood snacks like grilled cheese sandwiches and chicken sliders. Home staples like casseroles and fried chicken will become wedding staples in 2022! Couples are also most likely to go for vegan catering options and street food vans as a strong nod to DIY wedding trends.

 

Wedding Stationery Trends In 2022

If the pandemic in 2022 has taught us anything, it will certainly be how precious things are! As couples are becoming more environmentally conscious, they are most likely to incorporate digital trends into their wedding plans as a step towards eco-friendly wedding planning in 2022. As per wedding invitation trends for 2022 couples are choosing to go paperless. Hence, instead of traditional invites, we will see a rise in digital wedding invites and several paperless wedding choices like digital save-the-dates and announcements. Most of the traditional wedding stationery details are most likely to be replaced with digital wedding experiences in 2022, from digital reception table arrangement displays to online wedding announcements.

 

In the same way that small-scale wedding parties became more popular in 2020 and 2021, intimate wedding parties will most certainly stay popular in 2022. Outdoor wedding themes will be reflected in post-pandemic weddings in 2022 as couples rediscover the beauty of reconnecting with mother nature. Sustainable and eco-friendly wedding trends will gain traction, and with the advancement of technology, we will see paperless wedding details, digital announcements, and wedding suites replacing traditional wedding stationery.

 

Simplicity will shine in 2022 weddings, unlike traditional extravagant wedding celebrations. With the suspension of formal wedding celebrations due to safety reasons, couples are likely to realize the preciousness of small wedding celebration experiences with neutral and warm earthy tones along with vintage style settings. And due to guest list restrictions, intimate weddings with small wedding guest lists will be the new normal for 2022 wedding celebrations.

 

Minimalist wedding style is another wedding trend that says “less is more” and we are most likely to see blank space wedding spaces with creative wedding signage ideas and neutral wedding décor details. These post-pandemic wedding trends and predictions for 2022 will be flexible for couples and they do not have to compromise on anything related to their celebration. From hosting an extravagant wedding within your budget to going for an intimate staycation in a popular glamping site for your honeymoon, the sky’s the limit when it comes to wedding planning details of 2022.

Mesmerizing Winter Wedding Invites

Looking for impactful invite designs for your winter wedding? Check out these ideas for some gorgeous and impressive winter wedding invites!

Looking for impactful invite designs for your winter wedding? Check out these ideas for some gorgeous and impressive winter wedding invites!

 

Long before your wedding day arrives, it’s the wedding invitation that reaches your guests and graces their letterbox and then gets pinned on their refrigerator in anticipation. While it is easy to think that the wedding invitation is just what it is, an invitation to your wedding, it is, in fact, much more. It is essentially a trailer to your wedding day, a peek at the aesthetics that the guests can expect, a reason to anticipate for the day to come. Sometimes the wedding invitation can create an entire whirlwind of anticipation and curiosity among the guests, especially if you are living out breadcrumbs of hints for your guests to pick on and decipher.

A winter wedding is especially magical, with snow-dusted landscapes, crisp air, festive glow in the atmosphere, and the coziness of snug indoors. While there are many wedding invitation ideas for the warmer days of the year from blooming flowers to chirping birds, waterfront locations, and vintage garden weddings, the winter months are full of refreshing ideas as well when it comes to the wedding invitations. The winter wedding invitation will largely depend on the wedding theme that you have chosen- the colors of your choice, the vibe of your wedding day, the location, as well as your personal preferences. While winter wedding invites are generally assumed to be festive or dark, there are, in fact, many different ways you can go about this. From soft romantics to moody charcoal, from the celestial night sky to the mountain cabin feel, there are many different ways you can go about a winter wedding invitation, depending on whatever suits you the best. Below mentioned are some of our favorite wedding invitation ideas for the winter months.

Dark hues

Dark moody colors are something that is associated with winter forever. Not only does it coincide with the fact that most winter weddings have a darker color theme, but it is also dramatic, enthralled, and enchanting, all at once. Colors like charcoal gray, burgundy, emerald green, and midnight blue work especially well with the winter months. And it does hurt that these colors show off the metallic hues, perfect for metallic foiled lettering on the invite, making for a truly exquisite winter wedding invite!

Woodsy ferns

Preparing for a woodsy forest wedding? Winter tends to be the perfect time for forest weddings as the woods turn to a whole different vibe as the months turn colder. If that is your wedding theme, decorating your wedding invite with woodsy ferns can be a nice touch. One can never go wrong with a wedding invitation featuring foliage and whimsical ferns, both in summer as well as winter, but in winter it takes a cozier and a more magical allure which is perfect for a woodland winter wedding.

Woodland landscapes

Something about the pensive mood of the winter makes one daydream about heading out to the woods. If a woodland wedding is in your cards, featuring a woodland landscape on your wedding invite is a great idea. You can go for enchanting woodland sceneries or more neutral woodland animal landscapes featuring bears, raccoons, etc. For some reason, it is cozy, enticing, and makes one think of a camping trip. This can be a great idea of a wedding invitation if you are planning for a camping-themed winter wedding as well!

Snowy paradise

Look into the invitation suite which feels like stepping into a winter wonderland. An elevated color palette of blues, whites, and grays promise to be both sophisticated and whimsical, while the watercolor snowflakes framing the corners will add to the obvious wintery vibe of the invite. You can also have vintage snowy landscapes in your invite, like asking town, or a couple huddled up for hot cocoa!

Festive reds

Winter means that the festive season is right there, providing solace in the cold winter months. And what better way to bring the festive allure to your wedding day than by bringing the color red to your wedding invite! Whether it is a sparse addition of holly, or it is more intense velvety red with touches of gold, there are a variety of different ways that the festive red color can bring its own cheer to your wedding day. If your wedding day coincides with Christmas, this can be the perfect choice for your Christmas winter wedding!

Velvets

It’s not really the style or color, but the texture which does the magic here! Gorgeous velvet finish stationeries feels luxe and indulgent and makes all the difference. You can also alternatively go for velvet ribbon tying up your invitation suite, wrapping it all in a luxurious bow! Velvet is timeless and perfect for the winter months and will add a bit of indulgence to even the most simple winter wedding invite! Keep it dark with colors like burgundy, evergreen or black and the effect will be enchanting!

Checked in

There is something about plaid and winter that seems like a marriage of its own! Using plain accents in your wedding invitation can be perfect for a winter wedding as it will bring out the festive flair while still being cozy and comforting! There are several checkered or plaid patterns you can choose from, be it black and white, neutral or red and green!

Icy blue

An article about winter wedding invites will be useless without the emotion of snowflakes and icy blue hues! Soft pastel blues reminiscent of the movie Frozen, sparkles, and snowflake designs are perfect for an ethereal winter wedding invite. Straight out of the fairytales and Disney movies, an icy blue wedding invite steeped in gold and silver will be gorgeous for a white wedding where you are expecting snow! You can add more snowy accents to add to them, whether it is a snowglobe with you and your partner featured in the middle, or a loose snowflake sparkles to add to the magic!

Rustic touches

Rustic theme is something that works gorgeously in all the seasons. However, in the winter months, it works especially well because of the neutral color tones that the rustic wedding theme brings about. Whether it is pine cones or burlap, candle lights and seasonal flowers, the true depiction of the bucolic beauty of the season will never disappoint. Think along the lines of hurricane lanterns, wood fires, and wintry landscapes, and put it down on the paper for a gorgeous winter rustic invite!

Marbled and elegant

There is something about a marbled pattern in the cold winter months that is not only seasonally fitting but also perfect for a minimal winter wedding, as there is a quiet elegance to it which is quite beguiling. Whether it is understated like white and smokey gray, or it is more lively like gold and blue, you can’t really go wrong with a marble design on this winter wedding stationery. It is endlessly elegant and full of class, and says “winter” in an understated and sophisticated way! The best thing about the marbled pattern is that it is completely customizable as per one’s wedding colors!

Bare minimalism

Nothing like the winter months to showcase a landscape that is stripped down to the bare skeletal trees and miles of snow ahead and there is a different area to the bare minimalism that winter brings in. Adorn your winter wedding invites with spidery branches of bare leafless trees and minimalistic accents. Sometimes the honest and true minimalism of the winter months is something that is refreshing for the soul and is appreciated by your wedding guests tremendously. This team can work especially well if you are hosting your wedding in the really cold months of winter.

Black and gold

Is there a color combination that is more classic than black and gold? A festive combo perfect for the festive season, black and gold is a duo that can easily be incorporated in many wedding themes. If you are hosting a minimal winter wedding with classic colors and timeless accents, without compromising on the glam factor, black and gold can be the wedding color combination for you! Not only is it easy to incorporate into our wedding day, but it also goes perfectly well with white and evergreen colors, which seems to be another thing that is favored during these months. Together they will work phenomenally for minimal yet fresh and glam wedding invites.

Watercolor illustrations

What’s more welcoming than a soft, hazy color palette? A soft, hazy palette translated with watercolor paint for your winter wedding! Watercolor invitations are gorgeous and are sure to bring a smile to your guests due to the work put into them! Splash your paper goods with the romantic, whimsical winterscape design, whether it’s a traditional winter scenery or a more specific one, and rest assured your guests will save your invite like a piece of art!

Christmas wreaths

It is hard to stay away from Christmas foliage like frosted greenery, holly leaves, or Christmas wreaths, especially in the festive winter months. Let the festive influences touch your wedding invites by committing to festive greeneries and know that your guests will break into a smile when your Christmas wreath invite reaches them! You don’t essentially have to make it Christmas-themed, just a touch of snowy firs and garlands is enough to bring in some cheer!

Mountainscape

What says winter better than the snow-capped mountains and the whistling pines? Having the mountainscape be a part of your wedding invite is something that will add a chilly and welcoming atmosphere to your wedding day. This is especially fitting if your winter wedding location happens to be wrapped up with tall mountains and gorgeous fir, spruces, and pine trees. There are several mountain scape ideas that you can choose from depending on your specific taste, whether it is actually in the middle of the woods, a snowy paradise perfect for skiing, or a more modern hill town!

Gatsby it up

Bring out the ornate and the opulence with a wedding invite which is formal with gorgeous calligraphy writing, gold foiled design, and is packed with the most gorgeous layers fit for a wedding in the times of Great Gatsby. Whether your style is more vintage dark academia or a royal princess vibe, give your glam wedding the perfect kickstart with a wedding invite that feels like a royal invitation to have tea with the queen! So go for opulent colors with scarlet, royal blue, or purple to make a statement!

Celestial night

There is something about the night sky that gleams a little brighter on cold cloudless winter nights. If you are planning for a celestial-themed wedding, take inspiration from the boundless night sky, and you won’t be disappointed! You have the whole of the universe to seek inspiration from, so while the wedding theme is quite particular, it is also abundant in options! While one can seek to be inspired with the familiar like the stars, the moon, clouds, and the magical midnight sky, there is a whole lot we are not familiar with too, which can add a bit of whimsy and mystic charm to a wedding! A celestial wedding is a perfect blend of whimsical and bohemian, and the deep blue and the sparkling silver will work perfectly well for a winter wedding!

While it is easy to label off a wedding as a winter wedding, there are many different nuances that define it. Whether the couple is hosting their wedding in a rural or an urban setting, whether they have planned for a casual or a more formal wedding, whether their personal style is bohemian or vintage, whether they are whimsical or glam, it is just some of the many factors that can influence the choice of their winter wedding invites. Winter is a beautiful time for a couple to celebrate their wedding day, however, winter can look different for different people. This is why the above-mentioned wedding invite ideas are just some of the many out there. You and your partner will find that there are different ways that you can express your wedding day, and the right wedding invite designer will ensure your specific thoughts are emblazoned in the paper in just the perfect way! After all, it is the wedding invite that whispers promises of what is to come, so a little effort to make it just perfect is worth it!

Ways to Incorporate Celestial Ideas in Your Wedding

Looking for celestial ideas for your wedding? Check out our blog featuring some magical celestial themes for a unique wedding!

Looking for celestial ideas for your wedding? Check out our blog featuring some magical celestial themes for a unique wedding!

It was when the stars aligned in that perfect way that you met that special person, and your world hasn’t been the same since then. It has become all kinds of magical overnight and has only gotten better over time! So when the day comes when that lover of yours proposes to you with a ring that sparkles like the stars embedded in the velvety night sky, you know he is the one you want to spend all your eternity with! For the lovers who are stargazers and wish on the falling stars and marvel at the poetic beauty of the moon, we have the perfect theme for your wedding! We will spare you the “out of the world” analogies, but what better way to get married to your one in a million partner than incorporating and committing to a celestial wedding theme? There is something dreamy, romantic, and enchanting about a celestial wedding theme with its dark and moody color palette teamed with the glittering and starry lighting which makes this the perfect setting for the dreamers among us! The celestial wedding theme is a decor aesthetic with inspiration borrowed from the cosmos, the stars, the sky, and astronomy! A moodier sister of a boho wedding, a celestial-inspired wedding leans more towards a romantic vibe with its sultry, midnight blue colors to iridescent details. You have the whole of the universe to seek inspiration from, so while the wedding theme is quite particular, it is also abundant in options! While one can seek to be inspired by the familiar like the stars, the moon, clouds, and the magical midnight sky, there is a whole lot we are not familiar with too, which can add a bit of whimsy and mystic charm to a wedding! A celestial wedding is a perfect blend of whimsical and bohemian, with a quintessential touch of moodiness and magic. Read on more to know all that there is to know about hosting a wedding inspired by the celestial bodies!

Colors to choose

For a celestial-themed wedding, the colors are inspired by the night sky, with a lot of navy blues, deep greens, and purples with colors borrowed from the sunsets like pinks and dark oranges. Icy blues of the moonlight, milky whites, and metallic silver, gold, or bronze elements are also included to add an accurate cosmic depiction of the day. However, these are just the traditional colors associated with the celestial theme, and you can go for your own unique spin, whether you choose a dusty pink with rose gold, or the ethereal white and silver, there are various micro color combinations that work just as well with this theme.

Celestial invitation

The wedding invitation is like a trailer of the actual day and is always the perfect platform to establish a wedding theme. So setting the right foot forward with a wedding invitation that drops some jaws is the perfect way to get the ball rolling. You can go for something simple like a quote with the theme in mind and your wedding colors and a sprinkling of celestial details, or you can go for something more specific like a lunar calendar marking your wedding date, a zodiac match of you both as a couple, moody invitation suite with loopy metallic fonts with dreamy translucent layers, and clever details like a bottle of sparkles as moon dust, crystals or a mini telescope!

Fun interactive ideas

People are usually invested and awed with a wedding theme that is a little out of ordinary, and want to fully immerse in that experience! So having a celestial wedding theme with some interactive exercises will entice your guests and encourage them to get involved. You can go for zodiac-led seating arrangements, tarot reading, predictions, forecasts, and such, which will ensure that your guests head home with a striking and memorable experience from your wedding day! This will also make them feel like they were really a part of your wedding vision. Another fun idea is to have your wedding guests sign your guest book in a creative way as they sign on a visual print out of the night sky on your wedding night! This can be a beautiful keepsake!

Magical night ceremony

While day weddings are usually the norm, there is something about a night ceremony that really brings the theme together. With the dark and moody play of aesthetic lighting, the cosmic sparkle, and an evening reminiscence of the night sky, there is something about a night ceremony that is quite a sensory experience, unusual and exciting! Also, this offers tremendous opportunities for some amazing photography! Whether it is you and your partner or the whole wedding party, the pictures captured as the sun sinks on the horizon and the moon has just come up are just magical!

Galactic decor

The decor is one of the most important parts of the wedding experience, especially when the wedding leans to a particular theme. For a celestial wedding, there is so much that can be done for decoration, be it creating the wooden lunar cutouts for a more authentic experience, creating a dreamy ceremony backdrop that makes the couple look like they are really floating in the cosmos, and dancing with the stars as they say “I do,” or various hanging star installations. And that’s just the start of it! Seek inspiration from the great unknown and let your creativity take you places you never dreamed of! The devil is in the details, so let the details spill out on the wedding reception tables, the welcome table, the aisle, the cake, and everything else! There is a lot to be said, so put out those dreamy signs so that quotes like “love you to the moon and back” can be put out in all their glory! It is the stardust here and the moody grays of the moon there all tie in the theme together to be truly out of the world!

A dreamy dress

With a wedding theme as magical as this, you know you have to dress the part, right? For a truly outer-worldly experience, go for floaty dresses with lots of starry details, translucent layers, shimmers, and embellishments! Also, don’t shy away from glitter! The movement of the dress should be easy, yet the presence should be impactful, and going for a long dramatic train might be a great idea! While you can make even a white and cream dress sufficiently celestial, if you are feeling bold, you can also go for a silver or gold sequinned dress, icy blues, or deep midnight blues for the maximum impact! If you want to keep your dress more or less classic, you can play around with celestial details in your wedding veil! A long cascading veil with pearl details, starburst, fluid shimmers, and luminous and iridescent glow flowing after you gracefully can really make a statement! Your bridesmaids can work together to bring your celestial bridal party to life with glimmering celestial bridesmaid dresses.

Starry accessories

While the outfit provides a ubiquitous ode to the theme, it is the little details of the accessories which make the theme seem intentional and well-thought-out! Whether it is a Game of Thrones-inspired headgear with rhinestones and precious gems, or whether it is a whimsical sprinkling of stunning hair accessories, there is a lot that you can do to add to your outfit and amplify it. A set of beautiful galaxy-inspired hairpins, a charm bracelet with the moon phases, or a set of more magical starry earrings, all are little details that leave behind a memorable image in the mind of the guests. You can also go bold and hold a galaxy-inspired hoop instead of a bouquet as you walk down the aisle. There are so many celestial-inspired hair accessory options out there, and accessories like brooches and rings, that you are sure to have all kinds of options for you to choose from!

Best face forward

One word when it comes to celestial wedding makeup– shimmer! Your celestial-themed wedding allows you to play with glitter, shimmer, and face stickers, and allows you to live your best celestial goddess dreams! While there is still the option to wear a more minimal face of makeup and go for classy golden or silver accents on the eyes, you can have fun with midnight blue lashes and smokey eyes for a more intense look, or go ethereal and fairy-like with golden freckles, highlighter with shimmer and tiny star-shaped face stickers. The theme provides you all reigns to have fun, so go ahead and let your lunar goddess or medieval celestial goddess come through!

Stardust Hair

Just like makeup, there is a lot of fun to be had while creating the perfect hairstyle for your celestial wedding! You can go for updos with celestial hair accessories, forehead bands, or crowns for a more formal look, so go for airy bohemian vibes with constellation-inspired barrettes, or tiny stars speckled throughout your flowy lengths. You can team your sparkly hair accessories with a bare-there veil embellished for a peek-a-boo effect if you are wearing a veil at all! On the other hand, you can go basic with the hairstyle and let your veil do the talking with enchanting embellishments!

Light it up

The lighting of the celestial wedding is something that should be paid close attention to! One of the gorgeous ways to run the celestial wedding theme is by adding abundant string lights overhead for a starry night feeling. You can also add star-shaped glass tealight holders for the effect of floating stars! Also, oversized sequins in shimmery drapery can reflect light and add a magical starry effect. You can also hang metallic stars and crescent moons so that the light can reflect off them as well, creating a beautiful ambiance! In addition to that, candles never go out of style! However, you can try incorporating candle holders with star cut-outs so that there can be stars dancing all over. Strategically placed disco balls, starry night projectors, and moon-shaped neon lights are some other stunning ways to light up the wedding day with the brilliance of all the stars in the sky!

Stars in your plate

Another fun way to add magic to your celestial wedding theme is by introducing it to the food and drinks, especially the part of the reception dinner which is set out for display, like the sweet table or the bar area! This is a really fun way to bring the theme into your plate! There are so many celestial wedding cakes out there for one to take their pick from. From crystal-inspired cakes to dark and moody constellation cakes to simple white and gold ones, there is a lot to choose from. You can top it off with a cute cake topper! While the wedding cake is the perfect way to tie a theme together, you can also do so with celestial-themed cupcakes, moon pies, gemstone truffles, moon-shaped macarons, and more! There are also many creative celestial drinks to take your pick from, and you can accessorize it all with cute stirrers that fit the theme perfectly!

Soon, it will be time for your guests to leave, so let this magical dreamy wedding of yours stay on longer in their minds by sending them off with the most fitting wedding favors! Think along the lines of a small customized bottle of moonshine, a small telescope or binocular for stargazing, a pack of tarot cards, or a small bottle of “stardust” which can be a bottle of honey mixed with edible glitter! There are so many wedding favor options for you to get creative with!

The world is full of wonders and miracles, and sometimes we just need a reminder! After all, we are walking on a tiny blue planet circling around a ball of fire and are just a speck of dust compared to the massiveness of the universe! That is a miracle enough in the fact that we exist, and we should thank our stars for the same. And then there is love, another wonder that exists in this universe! Whether you are looking inward or outward at the unknown, there is a lot of magic strewn in the most random and seemingly normal functions of life. If you and your partner are awed by the beauty and the grace of this universe every day and want that to be a part of your special day, a celestial wedding theme brings in that sense of wonder to your special day quite beautifully and aesthetically! A celestial wedding is sure to provide a couple a slice of wonder, mystery, and magic smack dab in the middle of the ordinary!