By Kim Higgins
2019 can be remembered by blue suits and dessert elegantly displayed on walls. One thing is certain, 2020 will see more curated trends, especially when it comes to elopements and intimate weddings. Each vendor is hand selected and generally all have the same “vibe”. Instead of spending hours researching which vendors you want to work with, a curated package includes vendors who typically have worked together previously, attract the same type of bride, and fit a specific esthetic style. It’s easier to find a bohemian vegan curated package for instance, than to find each vendor individually.
Think of it as a vendor referral. These vendors have spent countless hours and lots of time hand selecting other vendors that they really enjoy working with. There is still so much a bride can select from within these curated packages, however the stress of finding these vendors is lifted. Photographers and planners scout the perfect location, help with hotel accommodations, legalities, and can make a stunning picnic amongst a breathtaking backdrop. This is ideal for the bride planning an out of state elopement who might not be able to fly out and personally meet with vendors multiple times.
Another trend is a curated event, different than a wedding package. During a curated event, a bridal business will “host” the event at their shop or pop up location where brides can come and enjoy light catering, drinks, browse a dress collection, have a mini makeup and hair trial, and leave with a swag bag of wedding essentials for a fee. It’s a great opportunity for brides to become more one-on-one with vendors, test products in a smaller intimate setting than a bridal show. It’s all about creating connection and experiences, and this is exactly what a curated event does.
Wild And Wed is a boutique New Hampshire elopement planning company that teamed up with adventure photographer, Corey Lynn Tucker, to create a pre-curated elopement package. A videographer, calligraphy artist, baker, florist, officiant, hair and makeup are all included in the curated package, making it an easy choice for couples who want to escape to the White Mountains. These hair and makeup artists are selected based not only on their application, but choosing products built for longevity, knowledge of the climate the couple chooses, and sweat-proof products in case any hiking is involved. Many of these vendors lead a sustainable, ethical and plastic-free lifestyle that is incorporated into their business model encouraging others to be environmentally friendly.
Brides and their BFF can attend Hudson Valley’s Bridal Boheme Collective on January 26th at Wild Blooms Bridal. Modern brides who are not bound by tradition, who love bohemian authentic styles will love this curated event. Browse a whimsical dress collection, visit a boho floral and braid bar, have a mini makeup trial, all while sipping and munching on delicious treats! Brides leave with a personalized swag bag filled with wedding planning essentials, beauty products, engaged t-shirt, and more! These curated events have limited availability and pre-registration is often required. RSVP here
The curated trend seeks to alleviate the stress of wedding planning, focusing on intimate experiences and connecting more on a personal level. Brides will be able to really focus on the feel of their wedding and be completely in the moment. Vendors who have all worked together, create a smoother timeline and flow the day of, understand each others’ strengths, can really create a memorable time for YOU!
Photos Courtesy of Corey Lynn Tucker Photography
Kimberleigh is the owner of Eye For Beauty LLC, specializing in travel makeup + hair services for brides who love non-traditional elements, adventurous vibes, and authenticity- those that don’t want to cover freckles, and want to embrace who they are- wherever their love takes them! Located in Connecticut, Kim travels all over the country striving to be affordably adventurous! Kim went on two road trips a year growing up and enjoys the journey getting to the destination just as much as being there. When she’s not working, she loves cooking with her family, writing, sipping tea and being in nature. Read Kim’s articles