Their traditional slow dance segued into Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel." "We wanted our wedding to be a great party…it was important to us to have everyone on the dance floor the entire night," the couple says. So they set the tone. See it for yourself here!
Then there's the "nobody puts baby in a corner" reenactment: Julia, 32, and James, 34, re-choreographed the final song from Dirty Dancing at their 2005 wedding—right down to the famous leap. "I'm just glad I found a wonderful man who was willing to fulfill my seventh-grade fantasy," says Julia. (Watch her dream come to life here.)
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Here Comes the…Bridesguys?
Ten years ago, your best guy pal would end up as a groomsman, while your hubby-to-be's baby sister stepped up as your maid of honor (even though you had just met her a month ago). But today's bridal party follows no such rules.
Some couples are opting for all-male bridesmaids (bridesguys?) or all-female groomsmen (groomsmaids?). Others go for a completely co-ed lineup, with a "best woman" taking her rightful place next to the groom's rowdy fraternity brothers.
Fashion-wise, the key to making it work is to avoid forcing a unified look. Instead, try matching bridesmens' pocket squares to bridesmaids' dresses, or pick a cohesive color palette for the entire party.
Trashing the Dress
Okay, here's one trend that'll either make you rejoice or recoil: Post-nuptials, brides lately are donning their wedding dresses to soak in ponds, roll in the sand, and splatter them with paint Pollock-style. Photographer Mark Eric's website, Trashthedress.com, documents the trend—which he says is more about relieving stress than destroying beautiful gowns.
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Kayla, 18, says she "trashed" her dress in a pond because after all the wedding-day stress, she wanted to let go and get some fun pictures. And after seeing how outdated her mother's old dress looked, she decided to forgo the tradition of saving her gown for a future daughter.