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Trend Alert: Celestial Accents for Summer

There’s nothing quite like a warm summer night under the stars—the chirp of crickets, soft music, and it seems like there isn’t a care in the world. We can sit in peace and watch the night sky unfolding, guessing at the mysteries that lie far above our heads. It’s this blissful experience that has influenced events around the world as clients seek to infuse their celebrations with all things celestial.

From string lights to glittering metallics and moody jewel tones to velvet-textured fabrics, there are countless ways to achieve this ethereal, starry look. One thing that is special about the celestial trend is that many of the current trends already fit into the design scheme and, with some creative combinations, you can weave in multiple trends while maintaining a fully unique and personalized style.

Here are what the experts have to say about current trends and how they translate into an otherworldly vibe.

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Geometrics have been around for a while, but we see them in new settings each year for a fresh take on the trend. Now, expect to see geometric shapes to be projected through things like star charts and constellations. Destination wedding planner Amy Abbott of Amy Abbott Events agrees, stating: “Geometric elements are still making their way into design schemes and now they are mixed with celestial pieces that will make any bride and groom starry-eyed.”

Rich colors

Jewel tones are a fantastic way to embrace the celestial vibes—especially a rich sapphire blue. “We are seeing deeper wedding color themes instead of the traditional rustic, pastel theme,” says luxury event planner, Brit Bertino. “Jewel tones have progressively been making their way into wedding design, with any various colors such as amethyst, rich magenta, emeralds, ruby, and sapphire blues.”

The great thing about jewel tones is that any of these lush hues can carry the moody vibe well. We’re particularly partial to a gorgeous amethyst—paired with some stunning agate or crystal accents, you can create a beautiful design that brings together celestial elements with earthier pieces.

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Art deco

Gatsby-specific themes may have fallen out of favor, but that short-lived trend left behind a wealth of art deco elements that add a certain je ne sais pas to any celebration. It’s about embracing the culture of the 1920s and 1930s without the gimmicky, overdone details that we’ve seen for too long. Bringing in celestial accents can really transform an art deco design into something special and one-of-a-kind.

Gina Holz of Gina Holz Designs, Inc. suggests: “Tufted, jewel toned furnishings mixed with black and white geometric patterns provide drama and a mix of masculine and feminine glam. Velvet sofas, fringe accessories, gold accents, and tassels give a luxurious yet whimsical vibe to any space.”

The newest metallic

Even the metallic trends are shifting to align with the stars. Joan Wyndrum of Blooms by the Box tells us: “While rose gold has become almost too trendy, copper is a much more timeless metallic that we foresee being used at weddings this fall.” We’ve seen the rise and fall of gold, silver, and now rose gold, so we’re excited to see what copper has to offer.

Not just for signature mules, copper is the ideal shade for highlighting celestial displays, like hanging star and moon fixtures or constellation-inspired seating charts. The orangish tint of copper makes it a bold complement to a deeper-hued backdrop, perfect for alluding to the expansive night sky.

This summer, be prepared to bring the stars indoors as celestial accents find their place in the events industry. Outdoor events can get in on the fun, too; with a clear night, you can even let the sky do most of the talking. Either way, get creative and don’t be afraid to blend different design styles for an unprecedented look that will sweep your clients off their feet.

Kylie Carlson

Founder / CEO, The Wedding and Event Institute

Kylie Carlson is the CEO of the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning. With six locations globally, the academy boasts an internationally recognized accreditation program that brings professional training to wedding planners, designers and stylists.