News for the Hospitality Executive
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (July 26, 2011) – As the region’s weddings capital, The Carolina Inn reveals today’s hottest trends. The historic hotel on the UNC Chapel Hill campus has been hosting weddings for the past 87 years and hosts more than 125 weddings annually.A Favored Cause. Brides and grooms are opting for a donation to their favorite charity -- breast cancer awareness, SPCA, UNICEF and Disaster Relief in lieu of providing their guests with favors.
Photo Booths. Nothing better than a vintage tradition than allowing the guests to take a minute and capture the fun they had on this special day.
Lighting. From custom-cut gobos of monograms and graphics to projected wallpaper, weddings are taking advantage of lighting to add a whole new dimension to their décor.
Originality. Brides want a variety of locations within their venues where they can create different moods and experiences for their guests. Gone are the days of being stuck in your chair for two hours.
The Food Truck. The idea of having something special at the end. Weddings are taking it to a whole new level by having a coffee truck or Krispy Kreme show up to top off the party.
Comfort. It’s less about trying to impress and more about having fun. Parties are choosing flip flops over high heels.
Lounges. Comfortable seating is not just for high-end receptions anymore.
Feasting Tables. Perfect for family-style service … another hot trend.
Don’t Take the Cake. Brides are opting for wedding cake alternatives such as cookies, gelato bars, cupcakes, whoopee pies and French macaroons.
Go Green. All items have a sustainability factor as brides want to be environmentally responsible.
“It’s all about telling your story” said Heidi Werner, director of catering at The Carolina Inn. “Brides and grooms really want to showcase who they are as a couple and are creating their wedding receptions based on their lifestyles and interests. Wedding rules are out the door and replaced with trends of comfort and community. A whole new generation has ushered in limitless options of originality."
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