Although weddings may seem timelessly romantic, every wedding season ushers in a series of new trends: doggie attendants, YouTube invitations, dry receptions. Now, it seems that Project Runway-channeling brides are adopting "design it yourself" wedding and engagement gear as the latest in wedding trends.
Reaching trend status often requires a celebrity endorsement (remember what happened when Ivanka Trump wore a wedding gown with sleeves?). Cue tennis star Maria Sharapova. Engaged to LA Laker Sasha Vujacic, Sharapova recently announced that she would design her own wedding shoes. On her big day, Sharapova, a Nike/Cole Haan spokesperson, will be wearing a pair of customized shoes from the brand collaboration. 5 Things To Know Before You Plan A Wedding
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Other celebs are slightly more daring. Actress Jennifer Hudson announced in 2009 that she would design her own wedding dress. Although she and fiance David Otunga have kept mum on the details, we'll see for ourselves how that turns out when the couple marry later next year. 5 Unique Wedding Invitations We Love
We'll admit that, at first, we were a little skeptical about the idea of designing our own wedding accoutrements. Isn't planning a wedding enough work? Not all of us have a naturally artistic eye or fashion knowledge beyond our Project Runway opinions. We are, however, sold on the idea that no other bride will wear the same wedding dress or ring as ours.
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Websites that let you design your own wedding things are cropping up everywhere. Designyourweddingrings.com uses a ten-step interactive tool to help you create a ring design from an array of edges, finishes, metals, and shapes. Our favorite self-designed wedding ring story comes from science fiction writer Cory Doctorow, who enlisted the internet to help him design a code for he and his wife's crypto-decoder wedding rings. Each ring has two rotating bands and one static band with dots and letters of the alphabet in some kind of cipher. Don't tell us that isn't nifty!
Would you design your own wedding dress/shoes/ring?