The Royal Park's partner vendors, including floral and event designers, join with the hotel to showcase the latest event trends. Here, an elegant wedding.
A long view of the wedding vignette.
Luxury looks return
The rustic look is fading, the Royal Park team says, being edged out by a return to elegance and luxury.
Mix of textures
A rich mix of textures marks this floral design.
Submerged tulips add charm.
Gleaming floral vessels
A mix of gleaming vessels and tall candles.
Colorful lanterns make a lively tabletop.
Yellow and white palette
Creamy tones of white and yellow make an elegant statement.
Branches add drama
Jerome Raska (right) of Blumz by JRDesigns says that textures are popular in the event industry, but burlap is a fading trend: “Now it’s all about the naturals mixed in with glamour.” Raska’s observation is reflected in Blumz’s display, which features blush linens with a lace and sequined overlay, as well as a birch branch centerpiece intertwined with votive candles and fresh florals. At left, Blumz' Robbin Yelverton.
Branches soar in centerpieces
Another mix of branches and candles.
Suspended crystals take the tabletop to new heights.
All in the mix
Mixing textures and textiles is a popular trend found among the designers at Ballroom Bliss. Colonial Event’s Todd Hardiak layers two textures of draping for his display with chandeliers hanging at eye level in between.
A longer view. Bellisario Florist created the floral wall of roses and hydrangeas at rear right.
A closer view of the floral wall from Bellisario Florist.
Smash Station offers bruschetta options
The Royal Park Hotel unveils its take on the popular 'avocado toast' trend with a bruschetta bar--the Smash Station--featuring four types of bruschetta served on warm grilled breads and garnished with zesty, vibrant micro greens. The Smash Station options ranged from the already trendy avocado, lemon juice, olive oil and salt combination to more complex variations: white bean and thyme puree with eggplant carbonara, as well as herbed goat cheese with pickled beets.
Craft cocktail array
“While some may have thought the art of craft cocktails is a disappearing fad, this trend isn’t going away anytime soon,” says Royal Park Hotel senior social catering manager Kathleen Reid, who was recently named Catering Professional of the Year by the Detroit chapter of the National Association for Catering and Events. The hotel introduced three of their newest craft cocktails: Elderflower Lemon Drop, Seasonal Red Sangria and Royal Hawaii Mai Tai. The new drinks are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients.
Pick your favorite potato, then top it as you please.
Colorful lemonades make for a pretty display.
A trend that stays strong: a pie buffet.
Social media 'pin to win' contest
As a nod to the power of social media at events today, the Royal Park held its first-ever 'Pin to Win' Pinterest contest at Ballroom Bliss, encouraging guests to re-pin photos from the hotel’s Pinterest account. The strategy prompted guests to share their photos and favorite moments on social media, continuing brand engagement even after an event.