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1. Invitations: Instead of embossed invitation
cards, most couples are sending invitations via
email. While this may be cost-effective for them,
some may not access email and find it is not ac-
ceptable. Choose your audience carefully and
cater for the people among them who are not
2. Fitting: Many of today's couples are ordering
their clothing online or choosing to rent their
outfits. Nothing beats clothing that fits well on
your body type, so be sure to double check the
size listings to find your fit.
3. Wedding Styles: Clothing has deviated from
black or white to various colours and prints.
Dresses can be long or short, with sleeves or
sleeveless, have high necklines or bare a little
cleavage. Wraps and shawls are optional. Gloves
are becoming archaic for our tropical climate but
some brides opt to wear them. Veils used to be
long and flowing, but today's brides are using
tiaras or glittering hair accessories.
4. Footwear: Shoes are no longer matching the
bride's gown, nor are they typically low-heeled.
Couples are choosing footwear they can use
again and again, and are wearing heels that are
comfortable. Men are also opting for lifts so that
bride does not tower over them.
5. Jewellery: Brides are choosing different wed-
ding sets and don't always choose to match
their engagement rings. We're even seeing birth-
stones being incorporated into wedding jew-
6. Flowers: Because fresh flowers may not al-
ways hold up in hot weather (especially if they
are delicate), brides are selecting silk flowers for
bouquets and decor. The bouquet the bride will
toss can also be an artificial one.
7. Pictures: A photo-booth with funny acces-
sories can be used to entertain guests and oc-
cupy time, as opposed to having the
photographer around you constantly.
8. Memories: Instead of guest book, a life size
photo with room for guests to sign is often
used. The couple can frame it and preserve it as
9. Photos: Couples are seeing each other before
the wedding to pose for photos instead of keep-
ing guests waiting longer than necessary during
10. Style: Couples are now using a rainbow of
colours with dresses in any colour they wish
with bridal party not matching in clothing, hair-
styles and jewellery.
11. Seating: Guests are sitting where they like
for ceremonies and receptions. There is hardly a
bride and groom's side anymore except for re-
12. DJ: Some weddings have dancing, others
don't. Choose music that everyone can enjoy
and not just your tastes. If you are having a
band, make sure that they have mass appeal
and not only play rock or country.
13. Aisle: Both parents are now walking bride
down the aisle as opposed to male relative.
14. Flower girls: There is no limit now to how
many flower girls or ring bearers you can have.
Just remember kids may tire easily, soil clothing
and be bored. Have snacks and other things to
retain their interest.
15. Vows: Personal vows are now written or ex-
pressed instead of repeated from the Minister.
16. Entertainment: While you may not want
your wedding to be a bazaar, you should not play
too many games or create possible embarrass-
17. Emergencies: Have a contingent plan for as
many smaller events and situations that can
crop up, like extra food and drinks, maps for
those out of area, back-up power supply, umbrel-
las, mats, pins, needle and thread, glue, stain re-
movers, make up, etc.
18 Services: Always confirm with service
providers- baker, cameraman, videographer, Min-
ister, caterer, limo company etc. If using plastic
chairs, order extra in case of safety and weight
19. Parking: Arrange where possible for trans-
port if parking is limited- Shuttle service etc.
20. Registry: Couples are clearly choosing a
bridal registry. Information about financial gifts
will also be appreciated. Depending on guests in-
vited some may find it tacky to demand what
Whatever you decide, plan well and make it a
Hello everyone. I hope that all is well with you all.
I thoroughly enjoy getting feedback from our readers. Some amuse me,
some surprise me and some even bring me to tears, but that is just fine.
This month, I am sharing many suggestions sent in by our readers
(and included a few of my own). I would like to add that sometimes it
may be worth it to break with tradition and create a wedding that is a re-
flection of what the couple really wants. I do not mean that you should
do away with photo booths or such, but do what makes sense to you.
Please continue to send us your comments, advice and words of wis-
dom to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Instead of guest book, a
life size photo with room
for guests to sign is often
used. The couple can
frame it and preserve it
as a keepsake."
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