5 New Party Trends to Steal for Your Wedding

They haven't hit Pinterest yet, but they definitely will.
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by Rachel Sylvester
rachel sylvester the knot real weddings expert
Rachel Sylvester
Real Weddings Expert
  • Rachel Sylvester is a Senior Editor for Real Simple.
  • Rachel is an editor with experience covering fashion, weddings, and lifestyle.
  • Rachel spent over six years with The Knot, serving as an Editorial Assistant, Associate Editor, and Real Weddings Editor.

Every now and then, The Knot throws local parties with awesome wedding pros for some face-to-face idea swapping and trend spotting. The result? Truly trend-forward cocktail parties filled with enchanting florals and drool-worthy menus. Here are our five favorite trends from the most recent soirees that you should definitely steal for your own reception.

We even threw in all the event hashtags for even more inspiration.

1. Over-the-Top Aquatics

Acrobatic poolside performer wedding reception idea
McCune Photography

Acrobatic poolside performers from Revel Society made a splashwhile staying afloat during an impressive water show at our Los Angeles affair at Paramour Mansion.

2. Can't-Miss Bar Signs

Neon 'cheers' bar sign wedding reception
Being Joy Photography

In Chicago, a neon light reminded guests to raise their glasses as they sipped wine at an alfresco rosé bar created by Limelight Catering. We'll toast to that.

3. Laser-Cut Hashtags

Laser-cut hashtag wedding decor
Eric and Jenn Photography
Put a textured twist on traditional signage by transforming your one-of-a-kind wedding hashtag into a 3-D wood sign, like Post-Studio Projects did at our Houston mixer. (Extra points if you can make it into a photo backdrop!)

4. Custom Cups

Custom logo cups for a wedding cocktail hour
Being Joy Photography

Not just for backyard barbecues, these personalized cups are proof that plastic drinkware has a place outside of rowdy college tailgates. Just ask your stationer to create a logo for welcome cocktails or for the wedding day, like Maxe Designs did for our Chicago soiree.

5. Chic Swings

Whimsical swing idea for wedding decor
Eric and Jenn Photography

F. Dellit Designs put a leafy twist on traditional seating by suspending verdant oversize swings from the ceiling at our Houston bash. If these don't flood your wedding hashtag, we don't know what will.

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