Seen and heard lately….

Some interesting new trends I’m hearing about from my couples this year…

People are definitely feelings a lot freer about their clothing choices. A really great way to not only get more value out of your investment, but also express yourself, is for the men to purchase suits instead of renting tuxes. And bridesmaids are wearing less, well, ‘bridesmaids-y’ dresses, and more real dresses that they can wear again. And they don’t even have to match … although it is nice to have them selected in the same colors. It’s a ‘green’ choice as well, a way to invest in something you will use again and again.

If Michelle is wearing it, you know it's fashionable!

If Michelle is wearing it, you know it's fashionable!

Speaking of colors, this year it’s definitely purple! And that goes for men as well, as a purple tie is fabulous and even purple shirts.

Purple even for men - it's hot this year!

Purple even for men - it's hot this year!

Couples continue to speak with me about unique ritual ideas for their ceremonies, and I’ve been blogging about that a lot. Last week I wrote about sharing wine, water or foods such as bread and salt. I also wrote about how important your vows are, and how they express something important and personal about you.

What about your ceremony music? I have one couple who are using some of songs from Sting’s ‘If On a Winter’s Night’ album – nice choice!  Another couple chose ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ for their recessional. It’s just a favorite of theirs. Don’t take too much from the words.  Speaking of the recessional – this is where you can really mix it up, musically. This is a very upbeat and joyous moment, so a really ‘up’ song can add a lot of energy.

Purple can be traditional as well.

Purple can be traditional as well.

More people are choosing not to have a receiving line, and let me encourage you to feel free to discard this tradition if it doesn’t work for you. There is no ‘must’ in weddings. Do what works for you. Many people feel frustrated waiting in the receiving line. Just be sure to visit every single person at the reception!

A Simpson's Cake Topper would be perfect for me!

A Simpson's Cake Topper would be perfect for me!

Even cake toppers are getting more unusual. It’s just another little way to put your personalities into your big day.

The purple dress is here.

The purple dress is here.

A cool cake topper for the right couple.

A cool cake topper for the right couple.

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