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The following trends have been compiled from hundreds of sources in both North America and Europe to help guide you in your selections and to inform you of the vast array of options available.

Wedding Dress: Although vogue for many seasons, elegantly cut dresses in floor-length styles are making way for ruffles, pleats and sashes.  Colorful fabric hand painting, understated bows, silk flowers, satin ribbon, and ornate brooches add unique style to today's dresses.  In some cases, the entire dress is a light shade of pink, champagne, blue, peach, silver, or gold.  Longer trains remain top picks as well.  The "mermaid style" skirt is also making a comeback although it is a much softer, flowing look then in the past.

Many brides choose simply cut dresses and accent them with pretty wraps or shawls.  Winter brides choose faux fur wraps or velvet cloaks and hand muffs.  Fall brides choose velvet.  Spring and Summer brides choose lighter fabrics in soft solids for their bridesmaids.  Popular fabrics include silk, chiffon, satin, organza, and lace.   Faux fur, ruffles, crystal, pearl or glass beaded accents are used with restraint on purses and other accessories.
Wedding Colors: Brides are choosing exciting colors for their wedding party attire and reception decorations.  

Bouquets: Ninety percent of wedding bouquets are hand-tied; where the flowers are gathered together and the stems are wrapped in ribbon.  Beads, pearls, charms and monogrammed ribbon are dressing up plain ribbon-wrapped stems.
The most popular and elegant flower selection continues to be the rose.  Gerber daisies, colorful lilies, peonies, hydrangeas, and gardenias are more trendy choices, as are arrangements with a more just-picked or casual look. More and more mothers are seen carrying small posies instead of wearing the traditional corsage.

Equally popular choices include solid and mixed colored blooms.  Unconventional bouquet accents include berries, fruits, ribbon, pearls, crystals, rhinestones, and feathers.  Silk flowers are quickly gaining popularity for their versatility and life-like appearance.

Budget: Today's couples most often pay for their own weddings, and make their own decisions about what they want for their wedding day.  They want to enjoy a wedding that is uniquely theirs, and one that displays their own sense of style and personal taste.  Personal touches extend to the entire wedding and include attire, favors, decorations, stationary, photography, themes, flowers, gifts, and locations.

Children's Attire: Flower girls are sporting fairy wings and cute wands, although baskets of petals, posies, pomanders, and dainty purses remain quite popular.  A-line dresses and dresses accented with chiffon overlays steal the show.  Head wreaths made of roses and ribbon finish the look.
The tux is still the most popular choice for the ring bearer.  Ring pillows often come in colors other than white and include bead, ribbon or floral accents.  Popular fabrics include velvet, lace and satin.

Transportation: Limousines, exotic cars, and horse-drawn carriages are the top picks for wedding transpor-tation.  More unconventional choices include, motorcycles, horses, two-person bikes, hot-air balloons, and sleighs.

Locations: Mansions, churches, country clubs, resorts, hotels, public gardens, museums, yachts, and private homes are still the most popular locations for weddings.

Ceremony: A recent trend is for couples to face their guests during the ceremony.  They write their own vows and incorporate their children in the case of second marriages. Pets are also part of the day. Bride's riding their horse or walking their dog to the altar is not unusual.

Grooms typically escort their mothers down the aisle.  Brides are escorted by both father and/or stepfather, or by her mother, mother and father together, or grandparents or by a significant person in their life.

Traditional guest books are popular, however, a trend that has been around for a few years is to display the couple's engagement photograph on an easel at the ceremony entrance.  The photo is matted, framed without glass and takes the place of a guest book when guests sign the matting.  Some couples ask their guests to sign a scroll which they have framed later.

Reception Decor: Brides are choosing centerpieces that are in the same color tones, but of different sizes.  This gives the reception tables a more interesting look and a less "coordinated" feel.  Break-away vases are also a current trend and are basically smaller glass or silver vases of flowers gathered together in the center of the table.  They double as favors when the guests leave.

Faux rose petals are the hot new confetti for table decorations and sprinkling confections on the table or placing them in bowls throughout the reception area creates a fun atmosphere.  Flowering vines or individually cut flowers are placed directly onto table linens and chairs are decorated with either fabric overlays, floral swags or ribbons.

Bolts of white or ivory tulle are typically combined with white lights and/or floral garlands for draping between pews and decorating banisters and ceilings. Candles, always a popular choice for centerpieces lending a romantic feel to any room.  Other trendy choices include pillars, tea lights and tapers.

Other popular decorating items include faux ivy and balloons.  Fresh flowers on the wedding cake are replacing the traditional bride and groom cake top.  Icing scrollwork and artistry are replacing fresh flowers on cake layers.  Disposable cameras, placed on each table, allow guests to capture candid moments.

Head tables are replaced with a small table for just the bride and groom.  Many couples plan weekend weddings that start on Friday and go for the entire weekend.  Dove releases and add drama and excitement to the wedding.  Butterfly releases, despite the environmental issues, also remain popular.

Favors: Gone are the monogrammed matchbooks and napkins.  Couples are now opting for more unique, useful, and personalized favors.  In many cases, the favors do double-duty as place-card holders or centerpiece arrangements.  Candles, boxes, glassine bags, soaps, place card frames, flower/tree seeds, and confections are very popular.

Favors that fit with a particular wedding theme, such as shells, or Christmas ornaments suit some occasions.  Bath salts, lavender sachets, and custom wedding CD's also catch the attention of brides wanting an upscale favor.  Small bottles of bubbles, bells, ribbon wands, designer wedding rice, lavender buds, and rose petals are popular items for guests to use as the couple leaves the reception.

Photography: The photo journalistic approach to wedding photography is a current trend, in addition to requesting some of the photos be in black and white.  Some brides request more candid pictures, with the photographer capturing the day's events as they happen.  Of course, some posed pictures are still enjoyed.

Hair: For brides with longer hair, wearing the hair up is the most popular choice.  Hair ornaments, such as hairpins and combs made with crystals, pearls, rhinestones, and/or silk flowers are starting to become very popular.  Beautiful tiaras made with either rhinestones or pearls continue to be the top hair accessory.

Jewelry: Pearls, rhinestones, and crystals remain the top jewelry choice for necklaces and earrings, however, velvet or satin ribbon chokers, made with a single silk flower or feather accents, are the choice of many chic brides.

Themes: The top wedding themes of 2004 are "beach", "rose/garden", "fairy tale", and "butterfly". Destination and ethnic influenced celebrations also remain popular choices.

Stationary: Stationery with ribbon, feather or floral accents remains in high demand.  Ribbon is used for decoration, or to simply hold the invitation together.  Handmade stationary is a more personal, and with the explosion of "scrap booking" and various computer programs available, there are endless creative options.  Many couples choose to add this personal touch to their wedding.

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