by Audrey Isaac, 100Candles.com
With 2016 right around the corner and Pantone color announced, it’s an exciting time for all event industry professionals as we get into gear to welcome in a new year of trends. When you hear the word ‘trends,’ your head is surely filled with images of mason jars, chalkboards, and many other décor-related pieces. However, lighting is another facet that cycles through ‘what’s hot’ and ‘what’s not.’
2015 was the year of chandeliers and Edison light bulbs – those gems were lighting up dance floors from coast to coast. So, what exactly is in store for the New Year? Let’s take a look.
Going “green” with environmentally conscious décor has been popular for some time, but we’re just now starting to see the eco-friendly push into the lighting aspect. While battery-operated candles are naturally ‘green,’ some couples find it hard to give up the warm glow of a natural wax candle.
Come to their rescue with just the answer – soy and beeswax candles are especially clean, as they come from a renewable source. In fact, beeswax candles even clean the air with negative ions! If your clients are looking to take advantage of green candles, opt for a cotton or wood wick for the cleanest burn.
Above and Beyond
More and more, couples want to dazzle their guests upon entering the event space and what better way than to really amp up the lighting effects? Popular options for bold lighting effects that ‘wow’ include uplighting, patterned gobo washes, and monogram washes. Each of these adds an extra special touch to their big day and will be sure to create the perfect atmosphere for your celebration.
LED string lights have always been a popular option due to their affordability, but couples are beginning to become more creative with their bistro lights throughout the event space. Whether indoors or outdoors, string lights aren’t just for running across a tent or grouping of trees. Weave simple string lights through greenery for a glowing effect or, rather than stretching them out, coil up a strand for a dynamic feel at the bar or on the cake table. The possibilities are endless!
Trends are especially useful in the wedding industry, as couples tend to stay up-to-date with what’s ‘in’ and will often want to incorporate the hottest styles. As Pantone unveils its color of the year and numerous style guides start sharing the latest in wedding fashion, it’s especially prudent for wedding professionals to take upcoming trends into account.
Audrey Isaac is the spokesperson for 100Candles.com, an online market that pairs high quality candles with unmatched customer service. From weddings and birthdays to holiday parties and fundraisers 100Candles.com has enjoyed celebrating life’s biggest moments along with their customers since 2002.