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Wedding Trends

Fashion Trends

*Simpler styles-such as strapless sheaths-are featuring one bold detail like a vintage-style brooch.

*Colorful petticoats are adding whimsy to bridal gowns.

*Ribbon details are hugely popular, especially on the waist or hips of gowns.

*Fine-feathered trends are now hitting the bridal scene with dainty plumes accenting everything from dresses and shoes to purses and hair.

*Fashion-forward shrugs and capelets give brides a chic, sophisticated look.

Beauty Trends

*The natural look is big; brides are staying away from foundations with too much matte or shimmer and going for instead for a fresh, barely made-up face.

*Pastel eye shadows in baby-blue, lavender and grassy green are ultrapopular.

*Thin-brows are out; a fuller style that widens the eyes is in.

*Hot getaway-inspired colors-especially fuchsia, coral and violet-are showing up on honeymoon ready toes.

*Cappuccino, caramel and buttery blonde are the hottest shades in hair color, both for highlights and all over; they warm up the skin tones and result in a more natural look.

Reception Trends

*Flowers - Highlighting the bouquet as an accessory, many florists are adding wired rhinestones or crystal accents to the flowers, or adhering them to petals, for sparkle.

*Decor - Everyone is getting the head of the table treatment these days with all guests being seated at a long, banquet-style tables

*Food - For foodies, tastings are a popular alternative to traditional menus, with four or five smaller courses replacing the usual three-or an entree made of two or more main items, rather than one.

*Beverage - For a new take on the signature drink trend, couples are serving chilled shots, such as iced Limoncello in square shot glasses.

*Entertainment -The acoustic guitar is jazzing up ceremonies, in place of the more typical flute, piano or small string ensemble.

Travel Trends

*Wedding gifts to go - Online honeymoon registries are letting couples enjoy a wish list of fantasy perks. Some of the most popular: Starwood hotels (starwoodhoneymoons.com), Sandals resorts (via weddingchannel.com) and adventure outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek (mtsobek.com).

*Two for the Road - More and more couples are embracing the idea of going on adventure honeymoons and travel companies are catching on. No longer the province of solo travelers, now lovebirds looking for an exotic itinerary can travel as a duo courtesy of companies like Destinations & Adventures International (daitravel.com) and Travcoa (travcoa.com).

*The gang's all here! - For honeymooners planning a destination wedding and are social butterflies, bringing friends and family along on the honeymoon helps to prolong the party. Hey, not everyone needs privacy!

--Modern Bride


Trends for Summer Weddings 2005

Banish Bridezilla: 2005 is the year of the relaxed bride-to-be.

Menu and decor: The buffet is back. Sweet tables, sushi stations, carving stations, martini or champagne bars and interactive stations where the food is prepared in front of you.

Asian and Pacific Rim influence: From the setting, decor and flowers to the menu.

Serve it in stemware: Food is being served in stemware.

Lots of flowers: Using mounds of flowers in the same shade or lots of one type of flower is hot right now. This look uses no greenery for filler, just loads of flowers shaped into balls or linear shapes.

Make a colorful statement: Bright colors are the trend and the anchor color for most arrangements is green. Bold colors - Bright apple green, turquoise, aqua and lime green are used around other bright colors. Bold pinks, orange and reds are all used in combination with green.

Interior design features: Draped tents, mood lighting, chandeliers, lanterns and conversation pits are all stylish trends.

No need to match: Mix and match, or match everything and go monochromatic.

Sparkle: Using beaded linens to add a subtle shimmer to the evening is trendy.

Wedding gowns: Ribbons and brooches - Look to wedding designers to pick up on popular trends from the catwalk and red carpet.

Silhouettes: Trendy trumpet or fluted skirt (also known as a mermaid) or two-piece skirt and top.

Tuxedos: For the men, it is a return to elegance.

Invitations: The hottest trend in invitations today is letterpress. Letterpress is a centuries old craft that has been passed down generation to generation.

 

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