WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Further demonstrating itself as a thought leader, WeddingWire Inc., an online platform designed to simplify wedding planning for engaged couples and wedding vendors, has identified a number of trends slated to significantly impact weddings currently being planned for Summer 2008, in addition to those embraced by couples marrying in the near term.
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"Today's wedding takes 12 to 14 months to plan, so couples need to be proactive about understanding next year's trends," said Timothy Chi, CEO at WeddingWire. "WeddingWire works closely with every bridal category and is well equipped to share what is currently happening or is on the cusp of the market. We know that couples want to plan personalized nuptials and our aim is to share information to help them meet that goal with flair."
In addition to three major trends that will affect both engaged couples and wedding vendors over the next 12-24 months, WeddingWire also recognized trends having an immediate impact on the bridal industry. According to WeddingWire, the market is seeing an evolution in bridal registries whereby engaged couples use their registries to establish honeymoon funds or even to contribute to their favorite charities. Additionally, some brides-to-be are expressing their independence by not only choosing their own engagement rings, but in some cases by purchasing the ring themselves. And in a significant shift, modern brides are embracing a 'live in the moment' attitude and are opting not to seal their wedding gowns after the ceremony. Instead, they are taking deconstructed photos wearing their gowns in the ocean, climbing a tree or even doing menial tasks like washing the car or mowing the lawn.
It looks like WeddingWire reads the Dish. Wedding trends (and when we chronicled it):
-Green Weddings, June 6th
-Destroying Wedding Gowns, July 5th
-Women purchasing their own rings, June 6th
-Destination Weddings, April 4th
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We’re just glad that they didn’t ‘clue us in’ that a whole mess of people were going to get married on 07.07.07. Sure we ‘missed’ the ‘trend’ of forgoing a wedding cake. But is it really a trend? And couldn’t any idiot see how popular cupcakes are? When are we going to get our due? An invitation to Best Week Ever might, might make up for this slight. Might.