7. Weddings replaced the circus. The tasteful, intimate affair is so early '00s. What with the traveling circus falling out of public favor, fame-seeking newlyweds everywhere stepped it up to fill the void. Choreographed dance numbers at weddings, which were then "leaked" to YouTube, became commonplace. This trend became so pervasive that it was even skewered in an episode of The Office. And getting down on the dance floor ain't the half of it. In addition to dance numbers, we also saw a rise in ridiculously themed weddings, elaborate marriage proposals and—in the case of Katy Perry and Russell Brand—tigers. The 7 Most Outrageous Wedding Stunts
8. Weird infidelity-related lawsuits happened. Like the case of the woman who sued her husband's mistress... and won $5 million. And then there's the woman who sued her phone company... for inadvertently exposing her infidelity! Ladies: look within (or at least look look at the jerk you're married to)!
9. Spurned lovers used their creative juices. The last time we had our hearts broken, we drowned our sorrows in trashy TV and oatmeal cream pies. This past year, however, people got pretty creative with their payback. Among the many stories to grace the headlines was the one in which a married man's mistress put up a billboard declaring their love after her mister went back to his wife. And then there's the guy who created a bonfire with his cheating girlfriend's wardrobe and laptop. Or the one in which a love triangle turned lethal during a fatal parachuting "accident." Even Taylor Swift got into the act by allegedly writing a song about John Mayer's poor treatment of her. Talk about going public with your dirty laundry. 10 Outrageous Ways To Get Revenge On An Ex
10. Finally—possibly due to all the other crazy trends mentioned on this list—we saw an explosion of divorce trends. There's the saga divorce, in which couples split after the age of 50 because their children have finally left home. There's divorce clustering, which tells us that divorce is—gasp!—contagious. And one of our favorite trends of 2010 was the shift—if ever so slight—from divorce being the most feared, criticized, horrible event in one's life to an experience that, while feared, criticized and no-question horrible to go through, might actually be for the better, both for the happiness of the individuals involved and their families. From the uptick in Japanese divorce ceremonies to a host of authors writing about the upsides of their divorces to celebs like Christina Aguilera divorcing for the kids, we hope that the "good divorce" is a trend we continue to see in 2011. The end of a relationship is hard enough; there should be at least some positives to it. In Defense Of Starter Marriage
We can only imagine what 2011 will bring!
Did we miss an important 2010 relationship trend? Let us know in the comments below.