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Hot wedding trends for spring/summer 2012

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

On trend wedding tips

Here at SheKnows, we love weddings and we work hard to bring you the hottest trends when it comes to saying "I do." While many of the top trends haven’t changed too much from last year, there are a few new and exciting options to consider – and we have them here. We turned to Emily Reifel, wedding planner for the Plaza hotel, who shares her top five wedding trends for this year.
Bride wearing romantic veil

Return to romance

This year is all about embracing your feminine side and opting for elegance over anything experimental. “Lace gowns, long gloves and soft flowing veils are back,” Reifel tells us. Something tells us a certain royal wedding last year might be the catalyst behind this more refined twist on wedding glamour. We saw designers using lovely lace and gossamer-light fabric at Vera Wang and Monique Lhuillier to name just a few.

Back to classic

Like the aforementioned return to romance, this year is all about going back to classics where decor and accessories are concerned. “It’s all about out with the new and in with the old,” Reifel says. “Traditional china and gorgeous candelabras are replacing white square plates and untraditional centerpieces.” The result is a more sophisticated, delicate look that offers a timeless appeal.

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MacaroonMove over, cupcakes

While we still have a soft spot for cupcakes, they’re making way for a new sweet wedding treat, Reifel says. “Macarons are the new mini cupcakes,” she tells us. “They look lovely as petit fours or can be a pretty passed sweet on the dance floor.” Think about matching your macarons to your wedding colors or offering them two to a box as favors. Hot flavors to try: Blackberry, caramel, mango or lemon-lime.

Minimalist approach

Less is more this year when it comes to the menu. While we saw an influx of options the past several years, it’s time to scale back. “Instead of adding more stations, passed hors d'oeuvres or more specialty cocktails, truly enhancing three stations by adding specialty food items or even having special wine or cocktail pairings at each station can be more impressive than having six stations,” Reifel explains.

Interactive dance bands

Gone are the days of traditional bands or DJs. This year things are getting a little more interesting. “Couples are hiring bands that have musicians and singers that will interact with the guests on the dance floor throughout the night,” Reifel says. This is a great way to get everyone involved and ensure the evening is full of fun and energy.

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