2015 Wedding Trends and the Dixon by Sarah Schiavoni

Whether you’re into rustic details, like burlap and mason jars, a more formal design with rich colors and modern accents, or something in between, the Hughes Pavilion serves as the perfect backdrop for any sort of wedding theme. With its cream-colored walls, warm brick exterior, and floor-to-ceiling windows, the venue can handle a variety of flowers, linens, and décor, including all of the latest and greatest trends popping up in 2015. I’ve scrolled through countless wedding articles and blogs about this year’s freshest wedding ideas and picked some standouts that would work wonderfully in the Hughes Pavilion and other indoor-outdoor venues.    

Design, Accessories, & Overall Theme 

“Eclectic elegance,” “British Invasion,” and “Crisp and Bold” are all different wedding theme concepts floating around on the Internet, and they can all find their place at the Dixon. To achieve a balance of fun and formal, try mixing more traditional elements—like metallic Chiavari chairs and chandeliers—with unexpected elements, like mixed-and-matched china instead of a single set of dishes or an ice cream sundae bar in addition to the wedding cake. For something a little more traditional—perhaps with a royal feel—consider using Pantone’s stunningly attractive color of the year, Merlot, and pairing it with elegant metallic and cream accents.

Elegant, yet a little rustic and eclectic. Photography by Lindsey Lissau


More wedding designers, planners, and florists are encouraging couples to build their theme and colors around seasonal blooms, as not only are they more affordable, but the variety of blooms available each season can satisfy couples no matter what month they’ve chosen for their big day. Tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, and sweet peas are beautiful choices for a wedding and help bring the outdoors inside at a space like the Hughes. Another 2015 floral trend is the use of greenery, which can be achieved by adding leaves and greenery to the bride’s bouquet, draping guests’ chairs with verdant vines, or adding a spray of fresh herbs to the groomsmen’s’ boutonnieres. With the cove of trees circling the Hughes, adding touches of green to your wedding design is a simple, yet impactful, way to pull in the scenery around you. 

The bride and groom’s chairs are highlighted by fresh greenery Photography by Belathée Photography 

Food & Drink 

Food stations have become increasingly popular, as more traditional seated dinners are falling by the wayside. Cocktail-style receptions offer couples a chance to serve a variety of beautifully displayed food and add fun and movement to the reception.  It also removes some of the not-so-fun sides of a seated dinner, such as the scary questions of “who sits where?” and “what if someone hates their seat?"  To jump on the food station bandwagon, try having a drink station with tastings, rather than a traditional bar, or have a “build-your-own” station with grits, baked potatoes, or even burger sliders. Don’t be afraid to really mix-and-match—have a sushi station and a BBQ station, or have a candy or cookie table as well as the wedding cake.  It's your day and you should feel the freedom to make it what you want, with or without regard to the "rules."

Another popular idea is to give out late night snacks or food-focused favors at the end of the evening, and with all of the fantastic eats in Memphis, the possibilities are endless. Who wouldn’t want to end a night of dancing and fun with donuts from Gibson’s Donuts, cupcakes from Muddy’s Bake Shop, or even something special created by the caterer or family of the couple?   

A food station with fruit and cheese. Photography by Photography by Christen Jones Photography       

It’s easy to become overwhelmed scrolling through pages of picture-perfect weddings on Pinterest and stunning photographs on wedding blogs, but don't focus on perfection.  No wedding is perfect, but they are all beautiful.  Enjoy the design process and have fun with it! In the end you’ll have a beautiful—and enjoyable—day that you and your guests will love. 

-Sarah Schiavoni, Rental Coordinator

Posted by Chantal Drake at 3:55 PM
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