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A Welcome to Wedding Season

Jun/03/2023 / by Habibur Shohon

Couples have taken trends into their own hands this year with creative takes on old traditions

The month of June brings the summer wedding season into full swing, with new trends, old traditions, and love at the heart of every celebration. This year, wedding planners are seeing an uptick in creativity, as couples plan the events that feel special and unique to them.

We spoke to Bruce Russell of Bruce Russell Events who directs $1M+ luxury Indian and cross-cultural weddings to see what his clients have been planning this year.

(New) Destination Weddings

“Couples today are considering destinations that they’ve never been to for a wedding or a venue that their wider guest list may not have used for a wedding,” says Russell. “They want something different.”

Cross-Cultural Cuisine

“Fusion menus satisfy the elder generation, while providing options for younger or non-Indian guests,” he says. “Couples might choose one event or meal where they serve a very traditional Indian menu and then serve something a bit different for the next event.”

Shorter Ceremonies

“More and more couples, and even their parents, are opting for a condensed version of the main wedding ceremony,” says Russell. “Traditionally it can last for hours, but negotiations with the pundit can now reduce to an hour or less.”  

More Detailed Programs

“Couples and their families often choose which ceremonies, rituals, and prayers are important to them. A detailed wedding program can talk through each ritual and ceremony, explaining to guests what is happening at that moment and its significance,” he says. “Non-Indian guests or even the younger generation, if they haven’t been married, may not fully understand what’s happening. This is a wonderful way to involve everyone in attendance in the full experience.”

Trends on the Rise: 

Unplugged Ceremonies (no phone pics!)

Signature Cocktails

Vegan & Gluten-Free Food

Trends on the Decline:

Wedding Favors

Bouquet Tosses

Identical Bridal Party Outfits

box: In the US, more than 10% of couples get married in the month of June, the highest of any month. 

$30,000

The average wedding cost in 2022 

source: The Knot

Glamp It Up

A new high-end camping experience feels immersed in nature thanks to some mirror magic

Just 24 minutes from downtown Asheville, NC, a new mountain retreat offers a connection with nature in high-end cozy comfort. Mirror Hotels, created by the same team that runs Asheville Glamping, includes 18 unique mirror cabins across 55 acres of land. 

The cabins each have reflective panels that help them blend more seamlessly into the natural surroundings, making for extra special mountain views and stargazing magic on the outdoor decks and patio. The mirrors are even covered with a special coating that signals a barrier, ensuring they’re safe for birds and other wildlife. 

The inside of the cabins are just as luxurious as the outside, with full kitchens, indoor bathroom (a must for glampers), and Wi-Fi to stay connected or to binge the latest Bridgerton. During the day, visitors to the area can hop on the Appalachian Trail, visit the beautiful Biltmore Estate, or explore the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Completed with the help of crowdfunding, the project was the most funded lodging campaign in Indiegogo’s history, raising more than $1.4 million. Set to open this summer, the cabins are already taking pre-bookings, which start at $729 for a two-night stay. mirrorhotel.com 

Nearly 17 million households went glamping in 2021—a 155% increase compared to 2019, making it one of the fastest-growing travel options.  Source: KOA Campgrounds] 

5 SPFs to Save Your Skin

Amp your summer glow with these innovative picks

With the summer rays coming in hot, it’s more important than ever to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays to help save skin from dehydration and hyperpigmentation, and to prevent skin cancer. Thankfully today’s SPF products are more versatile than ever, providing makeup-friendly protection and no chalky residue. Here are a few of our favorites:

ILIA SUPER SERUM SKIN TINT SPF 40

This amazing product is sunscreen, moisturizer, and foundation all in one. Made with hyaluronic acid, squalane, and niacinamide, Ilia’s Super Serum Skin Tint helps hydrate and moisturize your skin while offering sun protection and buildable coverage. $48. Iliabeauty.com

BLACK GIRL SUNSCREEN SPF 30

“Made by women of color for people of color,” this chemical sunscreen was created specifically for melanated skin and is formulated with protective and moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil, cacao oil, and avocado oil. $19. Blackgirlsunscreen.com

UNSEEN COLORESCIENCE SUNFORGETTABLE TOTAL PROTECTION BRUSH-ON SHIELD SPF 50

If you’re wearing makeup, it’s difficult to reapply sunscreen as often as we should. Enter, sunscreen powder. While sunscreen powder shouldn’t be your first line of defense for protection, it’s great for touch ups throughout the day. $69. Colorescience.com

SUPERGOOP! SUNSCREEN BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 40

This lightweight sunscreen offers protection against UVA and UVB rays and the blue light that is emitted from our phones and computers. The gel-like formula is completely clear, making it great for deep skin tones. Did we mention it also acts as a primer for your makeup? $36. supergoop.com

HYDRATING MINERAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 FACE SHEER TINT

A great choice for dry and sensitive skin, this mineral sunscreen is made with 100%-mineral titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for UVA/UVB protection and contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, three essential ceramides to help protect skin and lock in moisture. $17. Cerave.com

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