For over 20 years Hollywood’s A-list, including Hilary Duff, Lala Vasquez and Jennifer Lopez, have called on Mindy Weiss to help them plan their big day. Mindy’s work has been seen in countless magazines, books and on hundreds of Pinterest boards, inspiring brides as they plan their wedding ceremony, reception and after party.
The Vera Wang Gang spoke with Mindy about what are the new and exciting designs and must-have details couples should consider for their wedding. Here’s what she had to say:
What types of locations or settings are very popular now?
Several of my brides still are looking for a unique location for their weddings. Outdoor large garden areas that are filled with trees and views are the most popular. Often when the client finds out the cost of renting a unique location we end up in a venue that has a lot to offer such as tables, chairs and a kitchen. Barns for me are still the rage and I don’t see them disappearing anytime soon! What’s better than a rustic barn and a Vera wang lace gown?
How can a couple create a unique centerpiece for their reception table?
I love when the bride likes the idea of mixing centerpieces. My favorite is still using a mixture of interesting vessels — about five — and filling them with a variety of florals and unique votives or glass candle containers.
Mixing modern containers with vintage florals whether high or low is always magical. Add a bowl of winter berries and you have a memorable centerpiece. Still so inspired by the Great Gatsby movie.
Are sit-down multiple courses popular or are couples choosing a more imaginative way to serve their reception meal?
Sit down dinners mostly at my weddings…family style really only works served French style so that there could be centerpieces. My favorite right now is a 3 course meal and the entree being the 2nd course. I love serving baskets of french fries and delicious bowls of roasted Brussels sprouts or sweet corn. They are small enough that they can sit on the table.
What are popular drink options today?
Not doing many signature drinks but more classic cocktails. Dirty martinis, vodka on the rocks…
How do you make the after party stand out from the reception?
I think the after party is a let your hair down and tie your dress up moment. If there isn’t a budget for a separate room for the after party we change up the lighting. It’s dimmed down but the moving lights begin.
What are some wedding details you “insist” couples include in their wedding, and what are some that you try to avoid?
I’m a detail fanatic! Oh I love so many details. A must for me is just incorporating something from the past. A vintage anything brings warmth and history and I just can’t explain, but from a locket to old pictures to vases out of a forgotten closet — anything even at the most modern reception will work.