The single hottest trend for 2011 weddings is the do-it-yourself ceremony. You heard right. Don’t worry if you’re unsure of how to bring it all together by yourself — we’ve got seven additional great ideas that’ll make the DIY wedding (or any wedding) manageable and fun! Check out these great trends:
1. Color where it has never been before: the wedding dress. If you are one of those brides-to-be who just can’t stand the boring and expected, add a splash of color. The focus factor really comes into play when the wedding dress itself has a metallic blue trim. Not ready for metallic? Just try a colored satin trim on the dress. A subtle embroidery design in color also works great without venturing too far from traditional. A red crinoline underskirt stirs excitement on the dance floor without affecting the formal pictures.
2. Sparkling veils are dramatic and draw the eye up. A hot trend is the diamond or rhinestone veil. DIY brides can find a dramatic and unique bridal veil on eBay. Getting the veil online keeps you from choosing the one your neighbor refused from the local bridal shop. And when the veil is the standout piece, you want one nobody else has.
3. A touch of whimsy gives the bride a chance to show her fun side. Bring in an old family recipe for the reception for a fun way to include the extended family in the DIY wedding. Maybe granny will cook it up and enjoy everyone’s compliments.
4. Winter weddings are the best opportunity to bring in faux fur. Make sure it’s high-quality fur, even if you have to settle for less. Use fur cuffs or a fur neckline — just enough to think about your favorite season when you look at your wedding photos.
5. Use non-traditional colors. Tired of yellow, pink, and 1970s baby blue? Then we have good news: Warm, rich orange and chocolate browns are in. Don’t use them together, though. Bright orange is tacky, so stay away from that, but choose the bronzy, deep orange in conjunction with a cream color. You can also try getting bold with red as the accent.
6. All 2011 weddings must have video cameras. These are a big hit at any event but especially at weddings. You can save money and keep in your DIY style by cutting out a videographer. Put one camera on every table so the guests can record a special message to the bride and groom. Bring all of the footage together when you return from your honeymoon with easy-to-use video editing software.
7. Some brides in areas of recent tragedies ask guests to donate to local charities in lieu of wedding gifts. The guests are encouraged to bring a card indicating a donation has been made in the name of the couple.
Bringing personal touches into the wedding is what makes a DIY wedding trendy, practical and quaint. Do you think a DIY wedding should incorporate some of the groom’s personality?