Brides tossing wedding traditions along with bouquets

bouquet.tossingWeddings these days are much ado about nothing – as in nothing traditional, nothing classic, nothing orthodox. Think neon-colored cakes. Two-piece wedding gowns or pantsuits. Hashtags on invitations so guests can tweet the wedding.

As the season of matrimony draws near (June is the most popular month to tie the knot, followed by September and October), searching for what’s trending in weddings in 2014 took place.

Not everyone wants their wedding broadcast to the world. But in this day of social media, many couples adore the idea of having memorable tweets and Facebook posts from that special day. Brides and grooms are creating blogs and Facebook pages to fill people in on everything related to their wedding. Some couples include hashtags on their invitations for guests to use when uploading photos or tweeting.

The more serious social media types are installing cellphone charging stations at tables or behind the bar (displayed creatively, of course, throughout their reception).

Save-the-date Cards: Nope. It’s not quite time to send those official wedding invitations. But the bride and groom want to make sure the valued people in their lives show up for their big day. Enter the latest trend in wedding stationery: A pre-invitation or save-the-date card. It’s usually a fun postcard that couples send to their invitees, asking them to save their wedding date on their calendars. Many of these cards give guests wedding websites, blogs and Facebook addresses to check in for further details. And many are packaged in a fun (albeit expensive) way, coming as a message in a bottle or with a photo collage of the happy couple.

Cake Conversion: Variety is in – colored cakes, themed cakes, box-shaped cakes, staggered in tiers. Even cakes based on interior designs for the home.

Organ Be Gone: Replacing that keyboard of pipes and pedals is the elegance of string quartets and brass groups. “The strings’ great strength is the grace, elegance and sheer beauty of sound that can only come from a group of live musicians, there is also a highly artistic element. Many couples are asking for contemporary music rearranged in a more elegant style suited to the harp. That way, the music that is important to the couple can be used, but still sounds like it fits in at a wedding. Many guests still recognize the melody but appreciate the elegance the harp brings to the music.

Half Up, Half Down: The wedding hair style question used to be a no-brainer. Why, of course, sweep that coif off the neck into an up-do. But flowing hair from those romantic-looking woodland weddings has taken over, with a twist. Keep those locks down, but pin a few strands up. It’s called the half up, half down style. It’s a perfect solution for the indecisive bride. The new hair style goes along with a broader trend in weddings — to look natural, to look like yourself on your wedding day.

Disco Fever: These days, wedding reception dancing is a production in itself. Many wedding parties are opting to kick off the boogie time with their own version of the Harlem shake. Others have choreographed entire disco routines that even include grandma getting down with a move or two.

And there’s more:

• Radiant orchid is the color of the year, according to the Pantone Color Institute, so expect to see varieties of this beautiful, rich purple in all aspects of weddings, as well as in fashion and interiors.

• Chop that dress in half. Two-piece wedding gowns with cropped tops that show a little midriff are popular. Some brides are opting for shiny white pantsuits.

• No more black and white tuxes. Think of this get-up, recently featured at the expo: a charcoal gray tux, satin turquoise vest and a black-and-white checkered bow tie.

• Food stations have been the trendy way to dine at weddings, but 2014 will see more couples asking for family-style dining at their receptions.

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