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From lighting to decor and dresses to flowers, Carolyn Garcia of WedgewoodBanquet.com talked to us about a number of hot wedding trends for 2011. As you'll see, many of the trends are stepping away from the traditional.
Date and time
Off-season wedding dates (January, March, April, November, December wedding dates)
Friday and Sunday (day and evening) weddings
Changes in the traditional timeline – bride and groom being entered into the reception and going straight into their first dance together (instead of waiting to dance until after dinner)
Color and style
Brides wearing colored wedding shoes instead of the traditional white shoes
Sashes and dual color bridesmaids dresses
One shoulder dresses and side chignon hair styles
Animal fusion - feathers (peacock/ostrich) in décor/centerpieces/bouquets; animal (zebra) print incorporated into decor
The new 2011 color: Slate
Jewels and other "significant" items in brides' bouquets (i.e. a hummingbird floating atop the bride's bouquet in honor of her late grandfather who LOVED watching hummingbirds drink from flowers outside his window)
Monograms; initials (crystallized) cake toppers
Uplighting, monograms/designs cast across the event space wall or dance floor
"End of night" appetizers (i.e. Kobe beef sliders, french fries, cookies and milk, etc.)