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2011 a year to remember

17 January 2012

We expect 2012 to be even better!

2011 has come along pretty well for Elite Marquees tent rental and events, and ended on a high note with a tremendous increase in business.

The social and corporate market have proven to be on an upswing, and we expect the trend to continue through 2012.

Since its founding in 1984, Elite Marquees Tents offers a broad range of temporary structures. Clients can choose from clear span frame,beduion/freeform or peg and pole tents along with furniture, glassware, linens, lighting, staging, flooring, equipment and accessories.

Wedding trends for 2012.

Wedding Themes:

-Vintage glamour
-Winter wonderland
- Beach and garden themes
-Tiffany Blue (aqua)
-Sparkling diamonds
-Ethnic-influence celebrations(especially in South Africa) also remain a popular choice
-Going green is important in almost every area of life including weddings. Many couples are choosing
Organic fabrics, flowers, food that has been locally sourced and environmentally friendly invitations,
Let's hope this trend is here to stay!

Colour Trends:

- Black & White
- Yellow
- Fuchsia
- Deep Red
- Slate Grey

Wedding Reception Decorations:

-Centrepieces that are in the same colour tones, but of different sizes.
-Changing the shape of the tables, mixing round with square. Head tables are replaced with a small table for just the bride and groom.
-Popular confetti: Faux raised petals, diamond confetti and shells and mini star fish.
to choose whatever they like. -An increasingly popular trend is the candy or ice cream buffets, this consists of a variety of candies or treats placed in varied sizes of glass containers and grouped on a table. Pretty silver spoons or scoops in each container allow guests to choose


- Candles are always a popular choice. Since some facilities do not allow candles, alternatives include faux tea light candles or battery operated LED lights.
-Chandeliers in different shapes and heights.
-fairy Lights
-Par can floor lights
Wedding Favours:

-Favours can be ready-made items, although currently popular are hand-made items embellished with
Ribbon & assents that coordinate with the wedding theme or colour scheme. This is definitely an aspect of weddings that has gone DIY in recent months.

Wedding Dresses:

-Romantic, flowing dresses in floor-length styles remain popular.
-Dresses with flowing, soft fabrics, ruffles, satin sashes (at the waist), and delicate floral details.
- Most dress silhouettes are refined and include the delicate overlaying of fabrics such as chiffon, tulle and lace. -----Gowns with crystal, cubic zirconium, and/or pearl embellished bodices are also very popular.
-The modified A-line skirt also remains prominent on the fashion runways (slim through the waist and
Flared at the bottom)
-Strapless gowns are perennial favourites.
- This season has also brought back the off-the-shoulder dress.

Wedding Accessories:

-Shorter trains and veils (especially the bird cage veil) are popular.
-Boleros and shawls for colder weather,wraps of faux-fur.
-Pearls, diamonds, rhinestone and crystals remain the top jewellery.
-Crystal brooches are also a popular accent for wearing on the dress and in the hair.

Wedding Hair Styles:

-There are no clear trends in hair styles, although wearing the hair in long romantic waves or loosely
pulled back are popular choices for brides with long hair.
- The 60’s up dos are also coming back.
- Hair ornaments such as hairpins, brooches, flowers, and hair vines made with crystals, pearls, rhinestones, and/or silk flowers are also popular.
- Some brides are placing their veils directly on their hair or using a single silk flower for a
simple, classic look.

Wedding Bouquets:

-Ninety five percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied, where the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in satin ribbon.
- Brides wanting more glamorous bouquets choose beads, brooches, jewel pins, pearls, crystal/rhinestone picks, and monogrammed ribbon to dress up plain ribbon wrapped stems and blooms.
- With the continuing popularity of the beach and garden themes, brides wanting a more rustic and natural look to their bouquet add elements such as shells/starfish, feathers, berries and pinecones.
-The rose continues to be the most popular and elegant bouquet flower.
- Lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, tulips and orchids represent the trendier choices.
-Arrangements with a just-picked and looser casual look have replaced the more tightly-bound bouquet shapes of previous seasons.
- Vivid flower colours will continue in popularity.

 Children's Attire:

-Flower girls are sporting fairy wings and cute wands, although baskets of rose petals, posies, pomanders, and dainty purses remain popular
-. A-line dresses and dresses accented with chiffon overlays steal the show
-. Floral head wreaths or dainty tiaras finish the look.
-The tuxedo is still the most popular choice for the ring bearer.

Wedding Transportation:

Limousines, exotic cars, and horse-drawn carriages are top picks for wedding transportation. More
unconventional choices include motorcycles, horses, two-person bikes, hot-air balloons.

Wedding Ceremony:

-A current trend is for couples to walk down separate aisles during the ceremony and meet together in
front of their guests.
- They write their own vows and incorporate their children( in the case of second marriages).
- Pets are also part of the day. Brides riding their horse in outdoor weddings or walking their
dog to the altar are not unusual.
-Grooms typically escort their mothers down the aisle.
-Brides are escorted by both father and/or stepfather, or by her mother, mother and father together, or
grandparents or by a significant person in their life.
- Traditional guest books remain popular.
- However, a trend that has been around for many years is to display the couple's engagement photograph on an easel at the ceremony entrance.

Wedding Cakes:

-Cakes decorated with handmade icing flowers, dots and scrollwork remain popular.
- Couples are choosing cakes that fit with the location, theme and season of their wedding.
- Four to five layers are the average size for a wedding of 150-200 people.
- Butter cream or smooth fondant frostings are most common.
- Popular cake flavours include lemon, chocolate, carrot, spice and "white" although some couples are choosing non-traditional flavours such as gingerbread, espresso and hazelnut.
-Flowers, sculptures, and large monogrammed letters are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.

Wedding Photography:

- Capturing the day's events as they happen helps tell the story of your wedding.
-Naturally, posed pictures are still enjoyed and requesting that some of the photos be black and white is common.

Wedding Stationery:

-Stationery adorned with ribbon, beach, feather, bamboo, rhinestone buckles, or floral accents remains in high demand.
- Ribbon is used for decoration, or to simply hold the invitation together.
–Handmade stationery is a more personal, and with the popularity of scrap booking, stamping, and various computer programs available, there are endless creative options

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