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Wedding Trends 

What’s glam? What’s hot? What’s the wedding excitement for this year – the year of political change, of economic mystery, of eco-conscious lifestyle? The buzzwords are: green, budget-conscious, vintage, creative, intimate, cozy and fun.

Modern vintage is our summation for the next year of weddings. The cliché “less is more” will be the matrimonial motto. With a growing number of wedding blogs, couples are finding creative ideas for their wedding events. They are opting for fabulous details meant for smaller, affordable weddings. Having fewer guests, they can afford more opulence, such as elaborate favours, local wines and fresh local cuisine.

Country-style weddings compliment this ode to vintage, personalized weddings. Outdoor weddings – on a farm, in a vineyard, or even in the backyard make for fun, easy going affairs. The décor options are bountiful, including: antique vases filled with fresh-from-the-garden flowers, mismatched china in bright colors, vibrant lanterns, chandeliers of different sizes, homemade wooden signs, gingham tablecloths and letterpress stationery.

Fashion, too, is revisiting the past for inspiration. Brides are wearing their grandmother’s or mother’s wedding gowns. Designers are embracing this nostalgia and creating gowns with delicate fabrics, satin straps, keyhole halters, lace sleeves, halter necklines, cap sleeves, and ruffles.

Wedding gowns are getting raised hemlines – as short as the mini-skirt (or knee-length for the more modest bride) – a nod to the sixties and seventies. Short, clean-lined flapper-style wedding dresses are being embellished with large bows to feminize the look.

On the opposite spectrum, is the southern belle frock-style dress – great for lush, outdoor weddings. Adorned with a sash, this fresh romantic look is complete with a straw hat or lace bonnet instead of a veil.

For sophisticated, formal weddings, flared dresses are making a comeback. They are fitted from the neckline to the knees and flare out to create a bell look. The look is a fresh spin on the classic form-fitting dress.

For headwear, brides are opting for birdcage veils and feathery fascinators. These headpieces are classic yet modern, whimsical yet formal.

Heirloom jewellery, like Grandma’s colourful peacock brooch is all the rage for vintage weddings. Brides are reveling in the spotlight wearing fun accessories that show their playful side.

Playful vintage extends to wedding rings. Brides are choosing rings with colourful gems, such as sapphire, ruby, topaz, garnet or emerald, surrounded by mini-diamonds. The hot style is an antique-style band or a real antique (your great-grandmother’s dinner ring). What’s old is definitely new again.

Bridesmaids’ dresses in 2009 are eclectic, playful, personal and “rewearable.” Think mini-skirts and cocktail dresses that can be worn on other occasions. Jewel tones, such as ruby or topaz – in monotone or two-tone are popular. Brides are letting their attendants purchase their own gowns in specific colours. A beach wedding, for example, can have the bridesmaids in knee length dresses in various shades of blue – reflecting the colours of the ocean.

Chocolate brown is finally taking a side seat as the neutral accent colour, making room for gray and black. Gray, while on its own may be dreary, when teamed with bright colours, like butter yellow, cherry red, or hot pink can serve as a sophisticated foil. The most popular colour for next season is purple, from pale lavender to eggplant and every shade in between.

Foodies will be delighted with this year’s trend in wedding cuisine. Creative tasting bars are growing in popularity, like wine and cheese stations staffed by sommeliers to provide their expertise on wines and pairings with specific cheeses. Another fun station is the champagne and juice bar, where guests can concoct spritzy cocktails.

The green trend is still going strong. Couples are buying conflict-free diamond rings and recycled gold wedding bands. They are opting for handcrafted accessories using sustainable materials. They are serving locally grown, free-range fare. And they are honeymooning at eco-resorts.

2009 weddings are about fun and creativity. The more creative and personalized the wedding, the better. We will leave you with some great ideas we discovered in our research for this year’s upcoming trends:

Towers of macarons: A new twist on the cupcake wedding cake. A tower of colourful macarons makes a beautiful, vibrant wedding cake. These tasty French almond-flavoured cookies can be made in a range of great colours. They make great favours too.

Chandeliers and creative lighting: Consider hanging chandeliers in different sizes, add colorful lamps and shades to tables, line the room with strands of twinkling lights, and use lots of candles.

Groom’s Cake: Traditionally, this cake is given by a bride to her groom as a wedding gift. It is supposed to be a reflection of her future husband’s interests, or profession (boat, racecar, hockey stick, etc). The cake is made from dark, rich, and fruity ingredients. Legend has it, that any single lady that takes a slice and puts it in a box underneath her pillow will dream about the man she is supposed to marry. Photo booths: Bride and grooms are making their own photo booths at their receptions. To make a photo booth, drape the background with fabric. Add couches, chairs and plenty of props (hats and scarves). Ask a trusty friend to be on hand with a digital camera.


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