What are the hottest colors for weddings? According to 6 South Designs' Sara Smith, it's the colors one finds on a peacock's plume.
"The rich blues and greens and purples of a peacock feather are finding their way into many centerpieces this year," she explained.
"Glitz" and "glam" are in, this season, Smith said, and it can be attained whether you're working with $2,000 or a bank-busting $40,000 budget.
"People think you need to plan your wedding at least a year in advance," she said, shaking her head. "A dream wedding can be easily be planned in eight or nine months."
Smith recommends securing the sites for the wedding and reception months in advance. Plus, securing the services of a disc jockey right away is also advisable.
As for the rest, she said, take your time but keep it personal.
"Weddings can be a hectic time for any couple," Smith said. "My best advice is to have the wedding and reception reflect the personalities of the bride and groom. You don't need a magazine-ready reception if you don't want one. This is your big day, so make reflect who you are."
(Sara Smith holding calla lilies)
Say it with flowers, said 6 South Designs' Sara Smith, and the bigger, the better. Summer flowers such as calla lilies can make a stunning statement, either as a centerpiece or as an aisle decoration at the site of your wedding reception.
What better way for "love birds" to say "I Do" than with a feather from a peacock. Smith said the rich palette of a peacock are the "go to" colors for brides this summer.
Think leaves are the only thing you'll see on trees? No way, said Smith, sleek and shimmery crystals also top trees seen at 6 South Designs. "Weddings are a perfect time to go over the top," she said, "and nothing is more dramatic than crystal."
(Crystal and rose centerpiece)
Want the "wow" factor? Every bride wants it for her wedding, Smith said, and nothing says "wow" more than beautiful roses set off in a glittery, crystal vase. "Don't be afraid to play with color palettes and lights at your wedding," she said. "You want your special day to be memorable for both you and your friends and family."