5 Hot Event Trends for 2014

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From décor to themes to corporate event ideas, these five event trends are gaining steam in the new year. Discover what fun ideas are hot for 2014!

1. Marquee Signs
Whether it’s spelling out words like “LOVE” and “BAR” or exaggerating initials, marquee signs are being used all over in events and décor. The retro displays can be used as signage throughout the event landscape and as sweet announcements incorporated into any style event.

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2. Events for a Cause
2014 may be the year where charitable events skyrocket in popularity. More and more event professionals are finding ways to incorporate charitable donations into their events, from using vendors and suppliers that offer incentive-based platforms to offering donations based on participation to organizing community events as part of their marketing strategies.

If you use philanthropy in your event plans, tell us about it! Take this quick survey and your ideas could be part of the Eventhropy session by Paul Wolman at #CSES2014.

3. Shapes and Patterns
Gone are the days of single color themes! Well, not really, but you can at least expect to see a greater use of patterns in the coming year. Geometric shapes, fun patterns like houndstooth, floral prints and polka dots are playing a role in many events as designers and clients work to create statement pieces. Color blocking is also transferring from the runway into more events, both with multiple colors and with simple black and white designs, making it a little easier to take those dramatically different colors and combine them into one cover-worthy event.

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4. Rustic Modern Décor
The conventional idea of taking a rustic look and adding décor elements to create an upscale appearance is still going strong and will continue through the beginning of the year. Using mirrors, metallic centerpieces, marquee signs and feathers in your décor can add that modern touch to your traditional rustic event complete with mason jars, exposed wood furnishings and farm-to-table catering. Adding an industrial flair to traditionally rustic designs is also increasing in popularity, using rusted pipes, natural stone, chrome finishes and exposed engineering (think Steampunk) to create a modernized Industrial Revolution-style design.

5. Unique Venues
Traditional banquet halls and religious institutions may see a decline in event production as consumers look towards unique venues for their events. The Gatsby sensation of 2013 has turned clients on to venues with opulence and majestic features, such as old-style mansions and country clubs. Clients are also trying to make a statement with their venue by finding unique properties like museums, warehouses, concert venues and college campus hotspots.

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2013 was a great year for new trends and although some major concepts have died down, they have lead to many additional spinoffs that will gain momentum in the coming year. What ideas or trends are you getting requests for this year?

 

Learn more about this year’s trends at the 2014 Event Solutions Conference & Tradeshow. Click here for more information and to register for #CSES2014.

About the author : Alyssa Brooks

Alyssa Brooks

Alyssa Brooks is the Marketing Manager for Event Solutions and Catersource. She enjoys planning and marketing events and is always seeking fun and creative new ideas to share with the industry.

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1 comments
George A.
George A.

mm... Well, but how about the costs? Don't using event venues or decorations with many details increase the cost of the event? How are event planners managing this?