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Hottest wedding trends

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What's in and what's out

When planning your wedding, draw inspiration from the latest wedding trends and then infuse your own personality and style. So, how do you know what's hot and what's not? Here are some of the latest wedding trends from a number of the industry's top experts. They cover everything from wedding food and budget tips to weddings that go green.

Wedding colors

Trendsetting designer Joyce Scardina Becker, Wedding Designer of Events of Distinction and author of Countdown To Your Perfect Wedding offers these interesting ideas for wedding colors.

  • Tangerine with Azure Blue and a shot of Espresso
  • Sky Blue, Navy Blue, Celadon Green and a splash of Purple Wine
  • Glossy White, Metallic Gray, Bold Magenta and Sleek Black ... very Chanel
  • Dark Cocoa, Seafoam Mint, Metallic Silver on Ivory
  • Blueberry, Raspberry, Lavender, Black and Charcoal Gray
  • Jewel tones mixed with antique metallic for fall and winter
  • Reinvent the wheel on Black and White, add a splash of Apple Green -- or if you've already seen enough "green" weddings, try Citrus Yellow instead!

Check out Wedding color trends: Violet and lemon yellow >>

Brides on a budget

What's in and what's out

Lesley Mattos, Founder of Adesso Albums, offers these fabulous tips for budget-conscious brides.

Skip the five-course meal and just do appetizers and/or a dessert bar. Way more fun for your guests to mingle and get to know each other, rather than getting stuck at a table for two hours with Uncle Henry!

Forget the high-priced professional band! Contact your local college music department and give the musicians a chance to show off their talents. You can pay them with dinner and lots of applause!

Photography can easily take up a big chunk of the budget.

Have your guests help create your wedding album instantly with Polaroid instant photos.

Ask them to give their handwritten sentiments in an instant photo guest book like those from Adesso Albums.

Up next: Expert wedding tips from Preston Bailey

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