Wedding Floral and Centerpiece Trends 2016

The Flowers & Linen

The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements in 2016.

Thank you Bridal Guide for keeping us all on trend!

Arrangements that feature both whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. Sometimes couples request a “wild” look, say Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles. “What they’re after are freshly picked blooms.” These free-form bouquets and centerpieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers or fruiting vines to serve as exclamation points.

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Tone-on-tone explosion

A concentrated cluster of one color lends a graphic impact to centerpieces. Ask your florist to choose three to five different flowers in the same shade — the slight color variations create an ombré effect. For an uber-romantic feel, stick to the opposite ends of the color spectrum — either pale or deeply saturated. To set the table for fun, pick a hyper-vivid neon or a playful sorbet shade.

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Flowers not always necessary

Potted trees, succulents, ferns, lavender sprigs and decorative leaves (such as magnolia, begonia) are no longer reserved for anchoring flower arrangements — these days they can become the focal point of the décor. Flowering plants and blooming branches (think flowering quince, crab apple or cherry blossom) also work well as creative centerpieces. And a budget-friendly elegant idea is to adorn bare branches with crepe-paper flowers or sparkly jewels.

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Try this trend

Mix up your centerpieces. “All tables need not look the same,” say Amber Karson and Emily Butler of Karson Butler Events in Washington, D.C. and California.

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Romance awaits you at our CITYCENTRE hotel

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE has created a variety of Italian inspired romance packages that allow you to celebrate love all month long! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, our romance packages include luxury accommodations at our boutique hotel, champagne, dinner at Radio Milano and more!  For shopping, dining and nightlife, make Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE part of your lifestyle and part of your perfect Valentine’s Day!

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Wedding Planning & Picking your VIV’s – Very Important Vendors!

Now that you’ve decided on where, when, how many guests and who will be capturing the most special day of your life with photos, it is on to the next very important vendor.

With this there is some flexibility, dependent on how far in advance that you begin planning and what is included within your venue. For example, if you are going with a “bare bones” rustic barn or old warehouse in the city, they probably will not include catering, tables or chairs. This should be the next step as catering and the setup staff will be a HUGE portion of the budget. And let’s not forget that people in the South love great food! On the other hand, if you are opting for a museum or an upscale hotel venue such as Hotel Sorella, the catering, staffing, setup, tables and chairs will most likely be included. The next important vendor in line here would be the DJ or Band. Of course, people in the South love entertainment too.

Advice from Elle: “Ask prospective caterers for a tasting, even if there is a small fee. Also, ask your DJ if they have any videos or recordings from previous wedding that they have played at!”

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Hotel Sorella offers creative catering menus featuring delicious Southern food stations. Contact Elle Hutchinson for rates and availability at 713.827.3508 or by email  at

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Picking your VIV’s – Very Important Vendors!

Once you have determined your “when, where and how much” the fun really begins! While I would personally like to dive right into gorgeous blush hydrangea bouquets and tasting of lemon curd cakes with buttercream icing, first things first. For me, this was the Photographer. Remember, after the Wedding day is over you will have your wonderful memories and pictures of the day. This is one vendor that I recommend selecting as soon as possible, as some companies can book as far as two years in advance.

Advice from Elle – “Photography can be one of the priciest parts of the Big Day! While it’s easy to think that you will be able cut cost on another vendor later down the road, this may not happen. Don’t book an overly expensive photographer that doesn’t fit within your budget. There are GREAT photographers at many price points.”

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The first steps to your last single days…

After the initial excitement of becoming newly engaged subsided, I needed to make a few important decisions, and rather quickly. First, when are we hoping to get married? As many venues book 10-18 months in advance. Second, how many guests are we planning to invite? As this will affect the size of your venue. Third, what’s our wedding budget (dun dun dun)… This can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it is absolutely necessary.

So I’m not going to sugar coat it. Those first three steps were very stressful on me, and I’m a professional. If you become stressed, it’s natural. Reach out to a wedding planner or the coordinator at the venue you are interested in. Just know, after you and your fiancé (perhaps with your families as well) come to an agreement on the above you will get to enjoy the FUN and begin planning the BEST day ever!  

Advice from Elle: “Be sure to discuss the above questions with all parties involved in the Wedding planning. It would be so unfortunate to reserve a venue, on your favorite date that will not accommodate all of the guests you and your families hope to invite.”

Don’t forget to check availability for your dream wedding Hotel Sorella! We would love to assist with planning your special day!  Call me today at 713.827.3508. 

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Always a bridesmaid…this time…a bride!

I am sure so many wedding professionals working in the industry never think that their BIG day will come. Well mine recently has!

As I am so full of joy and excitement, I just cannot wait to share my insight with you regarding my own special day! Stay tuned for my personal trendy touches that I’ve learned from working within the wedding industry at Hotel Sorella and planning dream weddings for other brides.

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Spring Weddings at Hotel Sorella

Spring is in the air and it smells so sweet!

With the sun finally shining over Houston, I thought it would be a fabulous time to show a few of my favorite spring cakes from recent events at Hotel Sorella.

Contact Elle Hutchinson,  by e-mail, or by phone at 713.827.3508, for Sweet Spring Deals on Wedding Packages!

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Wedding Specials at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE

With the Holidays coming to a close and Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we know that engagement season is coming to an end! As you start planning your dream wedding, don’t miss out on great Wedding specials offered by Elle Hutchinson at Hotel Sorella. Our gorgeous La Scala Ballroom will couple perfectly with any style! Contact Ms. Elle today by e-mail, or by phone at 713.827.3508, to find out about Special Offers and to reserve the La Scala Ballroom!

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Wedding Color of the Year 2015: Marvelous Marsala

Each year Pantone introduces a new Color of the Year in January. Marsala is the token tone for 2015! We love the way Marsala is being used to compliment neutral Weddings with a deep and sultry pop. We know that this dramatic color will look just wonderful with our gorgeous black chandeliers!

Dream weddings happen at Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE. Contact Ms. Elle today start planning yours!

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Engagement Season is here!

Happy New Year from the Wedding team at Hotel Sorella!  To celebrate the New Year and engagement season, happy couples can enjoy great offers and limited time specials! Contact Ms. Elle today for details and to start planning your dream wedding at our boutique hotel in Houston!

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