No matter what the economy is doing, despite national disaster, come wind, rain, sleet or snow, there will always be people in love getting married. While nothing seems to stop the ceremony, each season brings about new changes and trends. Will this fall’s brides buck the strapless dress? Will cupcake tiers be passé? It’s hard to guess, but curious minds can’t help but take a gander.
The green wave will only to get stronger as couples opt for more eco-friendly and economical options. Fresh ideas and open minds have created a generation of do-it-yourself brides making very small footprints with their dancing shoes. Smaller weddings with organic hors d’oeurves will be the rage. Backyard venues, parks and wooded lots will replace fancy country clubs for many as couples convene with nature for their nuptials. Even favors go green with plant-able place cards, festive fruits and colorful veggies gracing guest tables. Sustainable and home-grown are the keys with brides shopping within walking distance of venues and keeping it local.
Couples are drawing closer to family and friends and the truly important elements of the day and tossing the trussed-up details. Heirloom items can be seen walking the aisles, gracing the tables, and even steaming on plates. Brides take “something old” and “something borrowed” to a new level by integrating grandpa’s watch chain into the bouquet and grandma’s teacups into the reception. Others collect treasured family recipes from every generation to truly entwine their heritage.
The economy certainly plays its role too as budgets descend from the astronomical to the affordable. Centerpieces are more than a pretty focal point, serving dual purposes from appetizers to favors, even entertainment. Brides are opting for simpler dresses and hairstyles while many grooms sport owned suits instead of rented tuxes. Everything from invitations to veils will be hand-made, hand-sewn, and hand-baked as brides reign in familial and friendly talent to become their own stylists, planners, caterers and designers. Savvy brides are shopping smart by converging on sales and buying in bulk to split with their other engaged friends.
Non-traditionalists are ruling the scene with ever more impressive alternatives to spice things up. From steampunk style, to guerrilla venues, brides and grooms are stepping out of the silk-lined card box to create an event that reflects their personal flair. Themed weddings bring the funk with pinstriped details or choreographed dances from the bridal party.
Those with a philanthropic bent are also making a dent in time-honored tradition by foregoing gift registries, favors, and even honeymoons in order to give back to the less fortunate via their favorite charity. As needs rise, romantic hearts spread their love throughout their hometowns and the world.
No one wants to have a forgettable wedding and this fall’s brides are raising the creative bar while keeping the credit cards in check. Kudos!