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11 Wedding trends gaining popularity

If you’re a bride-to-be who likes to think she has her finger on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, you might want to check out some of these 2014 wedding trends quickly gaining popularity.

Couple at their wedding with sparklers
Photo credit: Leonora Saunders/Cultura/Getty Images

Food to go

Get ready for your tastebuds to party. Fusion street-style food on the go is where it’s at. Say goodbye to being confined to an indoor reception venue, because with a food truck, you have a mobile catering service ready to follow your wedding party off the beaten track — be it the beach or a paddock in the middle of nowhere.

Spectacular rooftop views

This year is all about unusual wedding venues. Tying the knot on top of a high-rise building in the middle of downtown Sydney, or any city in Australia, is not your run-of-the-mill location to exchange I dos. The views will be nothing short of spectacular as the sun sets over the city.

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Buffets for the sweet tooth

This is our favourite trend ever. Who doesn’t love going crazy in a lolly shop? Fill big glass jars and bowls with assorted sweets, from old-fashioned Gobstoppers to sour worms, and give guests printed paper bags and scoops. You can even colour-coordinate your lollies to your wedding theme.

All-you-can-eat ice cream

Bring dessert to your function with a mobile ice cream van. Guests of all ages will adore being treated to all-you-can-eat gourmet Italian gelato or good old-fashioned Mr. Whippy soft serve.

Surprises for wedding guests

A treat the guests aren’t expecting is always a big hit. It might be something as extravagant as a plane spelling out your names across the blue sky, an unexpected fireworks display or the bridal party dancing down the aisle.

Casual picnics replace receptions

Say no to stuffy formal receptions and seating plans. Picnics are a great way for guests to mix and mingle. Throw in a game of croquet, lawn bowls or garden chess for entertainment.

Shades of pink

Pink bridesmaids, pink bridal dresses, pink flowers, pink frosting — can you guess what colour is trending this year? We’re not talking fluoro pink; think blushes and pastels. Even The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco joined the trend and wore pink at her wedding.

Real fruit cakes

Extremely non-traditional and very healthy, real fruit cakes are becoming increasingly popular and can be a great alternative when you are catering to guests who are gluten-free and vegan.

Electronic invitations

You can save hundreds by sending your invites by email and also reduce your carbon footprint. It’s good for your pocket and even better for the planet.

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Bite-sized food

Say farewell to awkwardly trying to balance a plate of buffet-style food while juggling cocktails. Bite-sized morsels are the cool, new way to keep your guests’ appetites sated.

Social-media-free weddings

It’s becoming more of a trend that, before you’ve even exchanged the vows, photos of your special day are plastered all across Facebook. It’s becoming more popular for couples to request that guests leave their digital devices at home and enjoy the ceremony and the reception without worrying about which photos will make great Instagram pics.

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