Selecting the right wedding vendor takes time and research. They will help you find exactly what you are looking for and make sure your wedding is the best day ever. We talked to several Lake area vendors about what they are seeing trending in the market, asked if they have any advice for couples planning their march down the isle.

Streamline decorations, simple greenery and candles are popular centerpieces. Linens are less fussy and clients are choosing matte finishes on tablecloths versus shiny satin. Natural and organic are buzz words heard a lot when clients are describing the style they are trying to achieve.
- Susan Duncan, owner of The Party Proper

When it comes to ordering a wedding cake, the options are endless. While some couples want lots of color and a bold design, the most common cake ordered is a three-tier white cake with simple texture and flowers. Each tier is usually a different flavor with the most popular being champagne, raspberry, chocolate or vanilla.
A lot of people order a smaller cake (about 36 servings) and add other desserts such as cupcakes or donuts. The icing can be customized with a certain color and flavor.
For couples looking to do something different, ombre and drip cakes are a good choice. It’s helpful to bring examples and pictures of what you are looking for, and color schemes you like.
- Brittany Smith, cake designer at Hy-Vee Osage Beach

When it comes to wedding DJs, over the last several years couples have grown to expect more than just a person that plays their favorite songs during the “party portion” of their event. The trend has moved toward a more complete experience offering total event leadership with a focus on emceeing a timeline that keeps the evening  interesting, timely and exciting.
Most people prefer some well-placed up-lighting, theatrical spots at the head table or cake tables, and controlled, moving lights to add personality to a space. Monograms or the wedding couple’s names in light have also been very popular.
In the last few years, clients have asked for more games, and personalized music and mashups.
- John Marsi, owner of Elite Lighting & Sound

The most popular style in floral is a lot of greenery with a little bit of flowers and pops of colors. Gray greens are preferred such as seeded, silver dollar eucalyptus and dusty miller. Gone are the weddings of the past with structured, tight balls of flowers. Couples are looking for a more natural/boho look. Vintage and rustic touches are still all the rage but are being mixed with a bit of glitz and glamour.
Unusual focal flowers such as protea and garden roses are being requested also. The wildflower, just-picked look is not as popular as in years past. Anything in deep eggplant colors are gaining strength but all whites, and blush pinks are still strong.
When planning weddings, it is best to find seasoned local professionals that have years of experience. Professionals that have “been there, done that” and know what to do in an emergency.
- Janine Bullock, owner of Janine’s Flowers

As far as trends it is typically a personal request or vision the bride has. Braids have been popular the last several years and look as though they are still in vogue. Most brides want a romantic style that will last throughout the day and into the night.
We have a unique technique where we hand sew the hair into a long-lasting updo, requiring either no bobby pins or just a few, so at the end of the evening or the next morning, just a snip of the thread unravels your hair.
Humidity is a always a challenge with a wedding at the Lake which can be controlled with humidity-resistant styling products.
- Donna Comelli, owner of Bella Donna Salon

When talking to a caterer about what you’ll be serving, come prepared. Know your budget, your guest count, and if the venue will allow outside caterers. When you sit down with a caterer you’ll be able to select a menu but also consider any extra services you may want for you and your guests. Do you need a drink station? Bar service? Bus service? Dishwashing service? Do you need to rent linens, dinnerware, glasses and other items for your tables?
Who’s cutting the cake? This alone can take up to 1.5 hours and is messy, so having a family member do it is not recommended.
Add a personal touch by purchasing extra greenery when you order flowers to embellish the buffet.
- Angela Tuley, owner of Angela’s Catering

Simple and classy designs are what’s trending with halo mountings being the most popular choice. This setting has a stone in the middle with diamonds all around. Oval is currently a popular shape, but round-cut diamonds have always been the best seller.
Customers are spending anywhere between $500 to $10,000 but bigger stones are being purchased, indicating people are spending money.
By far the most popular custom ring flying off the shelves has been a peach morganite ring in a rose gold setting. Colored diamonds such as canary yellow are also trending, too. For those favoring colored stones ruby, sapphire, emerald and birthstones are the most popular in the Midwest.
For the groom, simple wedding bands are the most common but many are choosing non-metal bands such as silicone which are sturdy, affordable and versatile. They come in a variety of styles and colors and can be easily found online.
- Eric Odell, owner of Karats & carats Custom Jewelers