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Brides weigh in on spring wedding trends

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Let's talk wedding trends

Wedding season is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. To help inspire your planning process, we put together some fun and fabulous ideas to incorporate into your big day. From food to flowers to decor, we have the inside scoop on what to try now. We also checked in with some real brides to get their take on the trends below.
Bride with wedding sign

To find out more about the latest and greatest trends when it comes to tying the knot in style, we turned to Bláithín O’ Reilly Murphy, wedding consultant and author of Distinctive Weddings: Tying the Knot without the Rope Burns. She shares her insight into what’s hot when it comes to weddings -- and some brides and brides-to-be share their own thoughts on what's hot this season.

Decorative signage

Over the past few years, we’ve been seeing more and more signs being incorporated into ceremonies big and small. It’s practical but it can also act as a stylish addition to your decor. The signs can state anything from ‘wedding this way’, ‘reception that way’ to the couple’s name. “Signs are still a big hit with couples planning their weddings,” says Murphy.

Real brides speak: "We had rustic-looking signs handmade for our wedding, including one that said 'Drinking Mandatory' that went above the bar," says Christine, from Toronto, Canada, who got married last August.

Vibrant flowersRich color combinations

Every year we see different colors enter the spotlight when it comes to wedding decor, invitations and flowers. This year, think rich yet feminine. “Big colors for the season will be cherry and lime, plum and olive and coral and gray,” Murphy says. We love the idea of having a more subtle general color scheme with smaller pops of something bright and eye-catching as accents.

Real brides speak: "My fiance tends to like more neutral colors, like gray and navy, but we will definitely be having bright colors at our wedding. Raspberry, lemon or bright blue at least for accents and flowers," says Melissa from Ohio, getting ready to walk down the aisle in September.

Two extremes of the bridal gown

This season we’re seeing two extremes when it comes to dresses. “Victorian-inspired wedding dresses, with corseted bodices and ruffles will be big, as well as short wedding dresses,” Murphy tells us. The dress you choose depends largely on your personality type, but also the type of wedding you’re envisioning. Something fun, playful and full of color? Go short and sassy. Something classic, elegant and timeless? Consider a show-stopping Victorian-inspired dress.

Real brides speak: "I have been obsessed with finding a Victorian gown. I can't get enough lace and corsets," says Laura from Newark, getting married this summer (in June).

The love story invite

The love story invite will explode in 2012 and 2013, Murphy says. If you haven’t yet been introduced to the concept, it’s basically a more in-depth invitation that offers some background on the couple. “It tells the story of how the couple met, fell in love, got engaged etc. sharing with their family and friends the lovely journey to their big day,” she explains.

Real brides speak: "A friend of mine did a more in-depth invite for her wedding this winter and I just fell in love with the idea. So much that I convinced my fiance that we needed to do one, too!" says Simone, from Chicago, getting married next fall.

Patterned bridesmaid dressGet-noticed bridesmaid dresses

Gone are the days of covering your bridesmaids in pink taffeta. “We're seeing two distinct and very different trends for bridesmaid dresses,” says Murphy. “White and ivory dresses are huge, popularized by the Royal and Kardashian weddings, and patterned bridesmaid dresses are growing in strength too,” she says.

Real brides speak: "I wanted my girls to get noticed! They are my best friends so I wanted their dresses to stand out in a good way. They all wore simple but totally flattering yellow dresses that really popped," says Sarah, from New York, who tied the knot last July.

Mason jar flowersMad about Mason Jars

There are endless uses for jars of any size and brides are continuing to use them in their weddings. “Mason jars at weddings are still, big, big, big, particularly DIY projects,” Murphy says. She shares several simple projects on her blog, from candle holders to centerpieces to wedding favors.

Real brides speak: "Mason jars will be featured heavily at my wedding. I think they add a really chic but rustic charm," says Addison, from Orange County, getting married at her family's farm in July. She'll be using the jars as candle holders and to hold cutlery.

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Shorter honeymoons

Not everyone has time or money to go away for an extended vacation right away. “The mini-moon will hold its popularity with many couples still choosing a short weekend break immediately after the wedding, with the big honeymoon taking place anything from six months to a year after the wedding,” Murphy says. “The idea is really to go somewhere really nice, that doesn't cost the earth but still has that 'honeymoon' feel. I expect the general consensus is staying local and saving the difference for the honeymoon.”

Real brides speak: "We just didn't have time to go somewhere for two weeks so we took a six-day trip into Manhattan. It was really romantic and we both had an amazing time checking out the sights in the city," says Bree, from Buffalo who got married last winter.

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