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The Westin Poinsett, Greenville
120 South Main Street · GreenvilleSouth Carolina29601 · United States  • Phone: 864-421-9700 · Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8108
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"I Do"

Modernly Vintage:

Recently the Westin Poinsett hosted the Upstate Bridal Association. Here many wedding vendors in the Upstate came together to enjoy a few new displays and hors d’eouvres Chef Curtis prepared along with some motivational words from Natalie Bradley. These pictures display the elegant, charming Gold Ballroom. 

The theme of the event was designed to provide a vision for future weddings with design. During the next few months we will be seeing more of a vintage chic theme for weddings. This has and old-timey, vintage elegance feel and look.  We will be seeing a lot more lace incorporated in weddings, from wedding dresses to the elegant touch of lace on the wedding cake. Simple but tastefully selected floral arrangements would be a perfect touch alongside an heirloom centerpiece. 

Vintage is definitely in right now, not only has it hit the wedding world, but has been in inspiration in all areas of decorating and art. As a historic hotel, our ballrooms provide the perfect backdrop for this vintage style wedding.

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- Sarah Locke - Social Catering Sales Manager, The Westin Poinsett, Greenville

A Splash of Color:

Spring time is finally here! Lets get a little POP in that wedding! Now is the perfect time for brides to have a lot of fun with their color scheme. Oranges, bright yellows, blues, and greens are in right now. Have fun picking out your flowers and bridesmaid dresses! Maybe add a little color to your wedding with bows and table décor.

Have a little fun with your springtime wedding. There are so many options to spruce up your Reception! Special summer drinks are a great idea. You could have a lemonade bar with different types of lemonade with fresh fruits to garnish the glasses. Signature cocktails are also a great way to personalize your wedding. Create a cool, refreshing drink and name it for your guests.

Don’t want to just serve cake at your wedding? Maybe offer your guests some white chocolate covered strawberries as a light dessert instead of wedding cake. Candy Buffets are also a great way to add color to your reception, and is very fun for your guests. 

Have fun with your wedding, and don’t be afraid to add a little color!

- Sarah Locke - Social Catering Sales Manager, The Westin Poinsett, Greenville

8 New Wedding Trends for 2012:

Kate Middleton’s wedding has definitely started some trends in the wedding world.  The Royal Wedding set the path for many new brides to follow. Kate’s elegantly laced sleeves and her Maid of Honor, Pippa Middleton’s, white bridesmaid dress are two things we will see this year.  Indeed, this “fairy tale” wedding has inspired brides!           

On the topic of wedding dresses, we started to see a trend of brides wearing multiple dresses for the big day. Kate Middleton, favored Alexander McQueen and wore two dresses for her wedding: one for the formal ceremony and the other for the reception. Other celebrities have also mirrored this wardrobe change. I have seen this a few times here at the Westin, brides definitely want to feel comfortable for eating and dancing.  

Technology has taken wedding planning to the next level. Several wedding apps have been created to help the modern day bride plan for the biggest day of their lives. Facebook has also created a new window for wedding announcements, sharing of photos, finding vendors, and research on different wedding designs through friends. From wedding hairstyles to the centerpieces on the tables, pinterest has opened a completely new gate for researching ideas for weddings.   

All couples have very unique personalities. We have seen a lot of imagination and creativity in engagement photo shoots, bringing out individual personalities. This can be very fun and exciting for the couple to express who they are together. Put the album together for an adorable guestbook! Your guests will definitely enjoy looking through these pictures.   

Now we get to the fun part… RECEPTION!! We all look forward to the dancing, drinking, food, and fellowship after the ceremony. Here are a few things that have become very popular for the reception. Candy Buffets have become a huge hit with all different types of candy, maybe even color coordinated with your wedding. If you are still trying to figure out a favor for your guests, this is a great idea! Late Night Snacks are a great idea. After everyone has been drinking and dancing a while, a miniature beef slider or miniature bbq sandwich will help curve the appetite.           

This New Year will be a year of setting trends. There are so many resources for brides to help find ideas and make their dream come true. Enjoy the process! Planning can be fun, and doesn’t always have to be stressful. Happy Planning!

- Sarah Locke - Social Catering Sales Manager, The Westin Poinsett, Greenville

Every girl dreams of the day she will walk down the aisle and say “I do” to the man of her dreams.  Throughout the years, many women have gone through the process of planning the biggest days of their lives. It is easy to get caught up in all the details from the gown to the flowers. Needless to say, the bride has a lot of decisions to make. These are not easy decisions and it is quite the task that is laid before them.

In my time planning weddings, I have come across many unique ideas and circumstances. There is never a dull moment in the event of planning! My goal in this blog is to open the mind of brides, letting them explore their imagination and create the most magical day of their lives. I will be updating this blog, sharing the hottest trends, timeless techniques, and industry secrets. I look forward to blogging with you again soon!

- Sarah Locke - Social Catering Sales Manager, The Westin Poinsett, Greenville