Happy New Year! 2013 is finally here. 2012 is now history, but what a year it was. The economy is finally ramping up again and brides and grooms all over Colorado were getting married at rates not seen in years. From all indications, most local wedding professionals I’ve spoken with noted that they were hired for more weddings in 2012 than 2011. There were even five new Colorado wedding venues that opened up in 2012. This is good news for couples as they have more and more choices of venues to host their big day.
As far as trends go, I’ve noticed a few things were different this year at my weddings. Color-wise, purple / eggplant was huge in 2012! I normally match my tie color with the couple’s wedding color and I lost count how many times I wore my purple tie this year. Maybe it was just a coincidence. Signature drinks were huge, too. In case you don’t know what that is, it’s when the bride and groom come up with their own customized specialty drink (generally an alcoholic one), usually in their wedding color, give it a cute moniker highlighting their last name, and make it available at the bar all night long. One of the more memorable drink names from this past summer was called the Slater Slammer. I don’t drink, but I heard it was delicious! Finally, photo booths were huge as well (see my September blog).
Music-wise, there was lots to party to in 2012. My #1 request overall was Cupid’s “Cupid Shuffle”, a perennial dance floor favorite. The #1 “new song” request was Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” followed closely by K-Pop superstar Psy’s international hit “Gangnam Style”, who’s video just surpassed the record-breaking one billion views mark on You Tube. Pretty amazing for a song that is sung 95% in Korean. Couples had plenty of new love songs to choose from for their first dance selection. Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up” was by far the most popular followed by country newcomers Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted” and Scotty McCreery’s “I Love You This Big”. Check out the official 2012 Mobile Beat Top 200 party songs compiled by DJs across the nation.
As I normally do after the wedding season ends, my wife and I took a vacation in December. This time, we went to the Bahamas. While there, I picked up some new Bahamian music I’ll use at an island-themed wedding I have coming up in June. We also visited the #1 wedding location in the Bahamas, The Atlantis Resort just outside Nassau. This place was impressive, to say the least. Acres and acres of manicured grounds, award-winning beaches, three ceremony locations, plus a huge indoor convention center with a massive casino and an aquarium where you can swim with sharks (hmmm…maybe next time, or never). We even ran into a couple that had just gotten married. I have no idea who they were, but they insisted I take their picture. Nice dress, BTW.