InTents April/May 2023 - 34

STEMWARE
STATEMENTS
A
t many wedding receptions
today, people are serving
drinks as a piece of art. They
are using cut crystal cocktail
glasses and vintage stemware to
serve various signature cocktails.
" Sticking with the color palette of
the wedding seems to be trending
more than just choosing one of
your favorite drinks, " says Amber
Lamkin, owner and lead planner
at Blush and Blossom Events
LLC. " I'm seeing lots of herbinfused
cocktails and botanical
drinks. Crystal-cut rocks glasses
are wildly popular right now, as
well as champagne coupes over
traditional flutes. Clearly the
champagne tower is also trending. "
Katie Thomas, sales and event
designer at Beachview Event
Rentals and Design, agrees that
signature drinks are the " hottest
trend, " as is having a unique way
of serving them.
" Couples are using drinks that
are important to the couple or
relate to how they met, " Thomas
says. " I had a New Year's Eve
wedding that served mint julep
cups, as it played into their theme
of lots of silver, clear and white.
Even heavy disco balls were
installed in the tent ceiling. "
White on white linens may be traditional, but they are still very much on-trend, creating a clean
and elegant look suitable for all occasions. Photo courtesy of Grand Central Party Rental.
Lamkin also always encourages her
clients to upgrade when it comes to linens,
napkins, glassware, chargers and flatware,
in that order. She feels the plates aren't
as large of a priority because typically
they aren't part of the tablescape until the
catering staff brings out the meals or until
the guests go to the buffet.
So what size of wedding receptions are
industry experts seeing and how does
that affect today's tablescape designs?
Many industry experts agree that smaller
receptions were on the rise as the
pandemic first emerged, but now larger
receptions are continuing to be a favorite
among couples.
Lamkin is seeing 150-plus people as
the " sweet spot " in reception sizes. " I
think with around 150 to 200 guests, you
can still incorporate personal touches
without completely breaking the bank, "
says Lamkin, who is seeing more plated
meals, rather than buffets.
" The table settings don't drastically
A couple of stylish Bohemian
Embossed vintage stemware in
royal grey can accent a wedding
color palette nicely. Photo: ©
Tuliakova | Dreamstime.com
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differ between buffet and plated because
with both, the plates are not on the table
when guests arrive, " Lamkin says.
For Thomas, over the past year, she has
seen larger weddings that still have many
design details. " I think in response to
COVID people wanted to go big, " Thomas
says. " I still see some big weddings
coming up, but I anticipate that they
will get smaller but keep the elaborate
details. Cutting down the guest list will
help on budget, but still be able to create
the desired look. "
And as budgets continue to tighten in
this downturn economy, there are some
things that can be omitted from
the tablescape.
" Simple is best, " Pedersen says.
Overcomplicating the " mix and match "
trend can lead to spending unnecessary
money with elements that most likely
wouldn't bring any added value or
substance to your event.
" Stick to the basics and add one or
two upgrades instead of choosing the
top end in every category, " Pedersen
says. For example, clients may choose
a more basic tablecloth and splurge on
glasses and flatware since it is the one
thing you see on the table before the
guests sit down.
" Glassware is an easy way to elevate
the table to be luxurious, but it can also
get pricey, " McConaghy says. " I would
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