Tater Tots, Indoor Fireworks, Gift Rocks: Meet Newest Wedding Trends

By John-John Williams IV
The Baltimore Sun

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Couples are taking a less traditional approach to weddings and receptions, even when it comes to bigger-budget nuptials.

The Baltimore Sun

Rahmie Santoso and Zack Baumel wanted a wedding that showcased their personality. That meant incorporating their love of gemstones and rocks.

Their September wedding reception featured tables where guests could paint rocks and create necklaces made from gemstones. Their cake was decorated with edible crystals and a gigantic candy amethyst.

“The guests loved that,” said Baumel, a Baltimore native who co-owns a Washington, D.C., software start-up with his wife.

The couple hands out crystals instead of business cards. “It just felt like us. The whole party was a celebration of the love that we have together. The first thing that people said was, ‘That is so you.’ Everything was hand-crafted, other than the cake. It was the most fun wedding they had because it was interactive.”

Including natural, outdoor elements like stones, foliage and fresh-picked flowers are just some of the fun, new wedding trends. Couples are ditching traditional elements while incorporating new aspects such as having indoor fireworks; carrying a wreath instead of bouquet or serving doughnuts as opposed to a traditional tiered cake.

At the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore in Harbor East, a number of weddings there reflect the newer trends.

“I can’t even tell you the last time I saw someone throw a bouquet or cut a cake,” said Melinda Redling, director of catering and conferences for the hotel. “I’m kind of seeing more of that casual approach with how they are decorating the room.”

Couples are taking a less traditional approach to weddings and receptions, even when it comes to bigger-budget nuptials, according to Elizabeth Bailey, owner of the Cockeysville-based Elizabeth Bailey Weddings.

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