What are 2 trends in the event planning industry that you’re excited about?

If there's one thing that's constant in the event industry, it's change. Keeping up with or ahead of trends is critical. We asked experienced event pros what their favorites are currently.

Texture lighting is one of the hottest trends right now in the event industry.

Texture lighting is one of the hottest trends right now in the event industry. I absolutely love this style of lighting because it completely transforms a venue. There are also so many different ways to use texture lighting. For example, project palm fronds on the walls to create a tropical ambiance, or display snowflakes on the ceiling and walls to set the mood for a winter wonderland. The possibilities are endless! Check out this link HERE to learn more about texture lighting.

Another popular trend is animated GIF booths. This is a fun twist on the traditional photo booth. Guests take a series of photos, but instead of receiving a printed photo strip, they get an animated image, similar to the Boomerang effect on Instagram. Guests can receive their image via text message or email and share to social media. As a special bonus, hosts can setup a custom hashtag to automatically post every time a guest shares their image on social media! Check out this link HERE to learn more about GIF photo booths!

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Marie Kubin

Founder and CEO

Rent My Wedding,

CCE is loving the photo op areas! It’s so fun to see the guests take photos and share it on social media!

CCE is loving the photo op areas! It’s so fun to see the guests take photos and share it on social media! The photo op areas are endless with ideas on how to personalize for your event!

We are still loving the mixology experts for the events. From Champagne experts to Bourbon, it’s incredibly knowledgable and fun for the guests!

"CCE is loving the photo op areas! It’s so fun to see the guests take photos and share it on social media!" @christinaevents Click to Tweet

Christina Currie

Owner/Event Producer

Christina Currie Events, Barrington, IL

Clients and companies pay more attention to where supplies come from and what carbon footprint they leave.

Being environmentally conscious is something we will continue seeing for years to come. Clients and companies pay more attention to where supplies come from and what carbon footprint they leave. It is buying seasonal, local produce when it comes to catering, or buying flowers from local nurseries.

In the luxury industry, clients are leaning towards unique experiences rather than buying items. It’s all about the memories and valuing time, which is the modern-day luxury in a world that’s connected nonstop. We can see that trend overlapping with the events industry as well, where clients want us to create something unique that will have guests connecting with each other. We book name talent all the time, and usually, it is a band the client loved in their younger years. It’s about connecting to the moment, reminiscing with friends and being present rather than being on your phone. Great entertainment will add that personal touch to any event as most people can relate to a certain song, joke or game.

"Clients and companies pay more attention to where supplies come from and what carbon footprint they leave." @Hollywood_Pop Click to Tweet

Brett Galley

Director of Special Events

Hollywood POP Gallery,

Two industry trends I'm excited about are around lighting and food & beverage service/presentation.

Two industry trends I’m excited about are around lighting and food & beverage service/presentation. These aren’t two specific trends of the moment per se, but they’re two areas that continue to see constant innovation and I’m continually inspired by what I see in the industry. Coloured lights, LEDs, patterned gobos, uplighting, and other lighting elements can transform a room with relatively little effort and budget. Meanwhile, the ways we present and serve food and drinks continues to amaze me – from an upscale tiki bar, to a server in costume, to an ingenious buffet set-up, and more… The best is yet to come!

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Aidan Henry Brink

Owner & Creative Director

Brink Events, Victoria, BC

Day of Coordinator for weddings has been trending lately and I am all for it!

Day of Coordinator for weddings has been trending lately and I am all for it! It is one of my favorite things to do. It is a really long day, but to know that the bride/groom and bridal party can all relax and enjoy their day and not worry about if there are enough chairs at each table, really makes my heart happy. I’m also a really big fan of the donut wall trend. It is such a simple idea that companies and brides have turned more elegant. It’s a surprising yet enjoyable trend, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in the market.

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Owner of Monica Lattimer Events

Monica Lattimer

Owner

Monica Lattimer Events,

I feel that the growing awareness of food justice is going to lead us as a community into a more sustainable environment.

I’ve always focused on using premium ingredients when it comes to my products and I am happy to learn that more consumers are willing to pay more if they can understand and see the quality in baked goods. I am also attempting to personally transition to a plant-based lifestyle. Recently, I revamped some of my recipes to include plant-based ingredients. I tried Country Crocks’ plant-based butter in my buttercream recipe and the response rate was very high. I feel that the growing awareness of food justice is going to lead us as a community into a more sustainable environment.

"I feel that the growing awareness of food justice is going to lead us as a community into a more sustainable environment." @DelorCakery Click to Tweet

Kayisha Shoshana Thompson

Cake Executive Officer

De L’or Cakery Corporation, Bronx, NY

We are thrilled that more people are embracing plant-based cuisine and zero-waste events.

We are thrilled that more people are embracing plant-based cuisine and zero-waste events. Clients are becoming more mindful of the impact they make on our planet and are realizing how wasteful events can be. By using locally sourced and organic produce, minimizing the use of plastic, and finding ways to creatively decrease our waste, we are able to help our client create events that have a smaller carbon footprint than most events.

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Joyce Malicse

Co-founder

Pink Salt Cuisine,

The idea of bucking trends all together!

The idea of bucking trends all together! Couples these days are really about what they enjoy. It could be an unusual location or getting rid of the typical timeline where they go from the wedding right into the party, forgetting about the cocktail reception, introduction, and even the cake cutting. I have a couple that is integrating pieces of favorite things into the event. The groom loves Knob Creek Bourbon and Cigars, so we have a cask of Knob Creek being delivered to the hotel. We will use this, not only for the bar but also integrate it into the meal and the favors for the end of the night including a bourbon-infused cotton candy for the late-night party.

Other cool pieces include a close hand magician who is going to come to the ceremony so he can look like a guest and then at the cocktail party do his magic in small groups as if this was a guest’s hobby. I’ve got a bolder piece like a fire eater that will entertain guests during the cocktail reception and a fusion band for the dinner, all in the backdrop of the Biltmore Hotel.

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Keith Willard

Owner/Designer

Keith Willard Events,