Just as the buds on the trees have suddenly sprung to life, so too, has the busy Berkshires wedding season! And it’s my guess that you’ll soon be seeing elegant tents popping up throughout the County, dotting the back roads and busy highways alike. What’s under those tents—or inside those venue walls—however, is as unique as each couple that unites underneath them. Let’s take a look at some of this year’s top trends:
Rustic-Chic—This is the perfect style for a couple with a fondness for anything vintage. From vintage, mismatched china and retro elements, to lace and burlap linens and—yes, the ubiquitous Mason jar—this type of décor, if pulled together correctly, actually becomes quite elegant despite its rough-around-the-edges name! Perfect Berkshires wedding venues—Gedney Farm, Stonover Farm, Chesterwood, Jacob’s Pillow and Hancock Shaker Village.
Roaring 20’s/Art Deco (i.e. a nod to the formality of days gone by)—Think waiters with white gloves, chandeliers dripping with crystals and dance bands with a big-band style. From glamorous Gatsby allure to the clean geometric detailing of Art Deco, many couples are opting for the theme that takes them back to this classic era. By incorporating headpieces and attire adorned with pearls and feathers, and perhaps throwing in a cigar lounge and bar that laughs in the face of prohibition, it’s positively guaranteed that this will be a fete to remember! Perfect wedding venues in the Berkshires-- Edith Wharton’s home The Mount, Blantyre, Wheatleigh, Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.
Bo-Ho/Bohemian-Chic—This bride will likely be donning a floral crown and strumming a guitar. The Bohemian-Chic couple will plan their big day with an unwavering determination to be true to their values. By using organic materials for the wedding party and table linens, serving locally sourced foods and choosing eco-friendly stationery and décor, they will be able to celebrate in style while reducing the carbon footprint of their big day. Perfect Berkshires venues—Bucksteep Manor, Santarella.
Modern/Industrial-Chic—If masculine lines paired with feminine florals, raw metals, exposed light bulbs and warm wooden elements is your idea of great décor, then chances are you’re a couple inspired by the modern/industrial-chic movement. This look is really trending right now and is best executed in an old warehouse or revitalized mill complex. Think exposed bricks, shiny duct work and bold, monochromatic centerpieces all rolled into one…this wedding theme is perfect for pulling off an event that is simple, edgy and cozy all at once! Perfect Berkshires wedding venue: MASS MoCA.
Tara Consolati is a marketing and public relations professional living and working in the Berkshires. Founder of the Berkshire Wedding Collective, Tara is an expert in her field and devotes much of her time raising awareness of the Berkshires and consulting with couples looking to wed in this emerging destination hot-spot. For more information about the Collective, visit her website or call 413-281-7492.