weddings arenít getting through the recession unscathed. Gone are
the lavish, over-the-top weddings in which budget just wasnít an
issue. Weddings in 2009 are smaller, more intimate, and more
creative, with lots of color and personality. If youíre a bride on a
budget but still want your big day to be stylish and fun, take a
look at some of the new bridal trends sweeping 2009.
Rustic and outdoor settings
Vineyards, beaches, farms, and backyards can all be perfect
locations for a fun, casual wedding where you and your guests can
relax in the great outdoors. Less expensive than traditional wedding
reception halls, these unconventional sites also offer benefits like
fresh fruit, good wine, clean air, and the excuse to kick off your
Raid grandmaís trunk or go digging in a vintage clothing store.
Whether you end up with a flirty, full-skirted ball gown straight
out of Grease or a demure Edwardian tea dress, youíll be timelessly
in style Ė and firmly within budget. Remember, a wedding dress can
be whatever color and shape you want it to be.
If youíre a bride with tree-hugging tendencies, thereís a growing
sector of the wedding industry that can offer you a green
alternative to a traditional wedding. Reuse, reduce, and recycle:
pick a location that wonít require your guests to travel very far,
go for local and organically grown food and flowers, pick out rings
that donít involve dirty gold or blood diamonds, and send your
leftover food to charity, not the garbage bin.
Bright accent colors are in: a splash of tangerine, turquoise, or
berry can brighten up your whole wedding. Gray is a popular color
choice this year; itís a cool, sophisticated color that helps
balance the brights without the harsh contrast of black. (You donít
want to remind anyone of the 80s, unless youíre going for a retro
wedding!) Bright, non-matching patterns can also jazz up your tables
Instead of going abroad, more couples are choosing to stick closer
to home, where many of the inconveniences and expenses of traveling
abroad can be avoided. Fortunately, the US doesnít lack for
beautiful scenery or romantic spots. Rent a beach house, stay at a
vineyard guesthouse, or go for an extended hike in a national park.
Your options within the US are limitless.
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