Keeping things small and simple nowadays seems to have some appeal. Contemporary weddings are getting the 'back to basics' treatment as the average age of brides and grooms increases.
You're probably thinking: What could possibly be weirder than recreating cartoon characters for your wedding? Here are wedding trends that are way worse and much weirder.
According to bridal trend watchers, ruffles, bows, lace, accent beading and tulle are all posed to make a comeback in 2011, as are fairy-tale princess ballgown skirts. One trend, however, may surprise you: a return to long-sleeved gowns. Why are they coming back now, and more importantly, could you rock one?
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. Are you into this trend?
When self-pleasure surpassed the regular stuff. Bozo gets dumped for letting his girlfriend take a foul ball beaning for him. Statistical signs he may be cheating. More on manscaping. The extra benefits of a vasectomy. Escaping a boring relationship. Worst wedding trends. Where wedding planning and fantasy football meet. Can men and women be friends? Signs she's faking an orgasm. And some tough love for women who dig married men.
Many brides feel the pressure to look like a movie star when they walk down the aisle. According to a 2007 study from Cornell University, more than 70 percent of brides-to-be want to lose weight before their wedding. We investigate what's behind the trend, and how to lose weight the healthy way.
Not everyone has his or her heart set on tying the knot in a traditional way. It’s becoming increasingly common for couples to seek out locations that are a bit more unique and memorable. These six awe-inspiring places—from simple to simply over-the-top—are sure to leave you and your guests breathless.
If you were a bridesmaid—or even just a wedding guest—in 2009, you know that some of the year's hottest knot-tying trends were truly trying. Personally, if we never see another multi-tiered-cupcake cake, bride-and-groom karaoke number or cutesy custom cocktail (the Matt-'n-Tina-tini, anyone?), we could die alone and happy. But just when you thought it was safe to go back to the chapel, here's a forecast of some of the most annoying things you'll most likely be asked to embrace at weddings in 2010.
Word on the street is that Khloe Kardashian will be tying the knot with her LA Lakers boyfriend Lamar Odom this upcoming weekend. If these rumors are correct, that means the two will be agreeing to spend the rest of their lives together after only about a month of dating. But is marrying someone after such a brief time really such a terrible idea? Or does doing so have its benefits? We've thought it over, and come up with some reasons in favor of and against marrying someone you hardly know.
For some soon-to-be-married people, the most important thing about choosing the wedding date is the weather. For others, it's the availability of loved ones. But for those who place a special value on numbers, it's something a bit more straight-forward: the auspiciousness or memorability of the date itself. And for those particular couples, it doesn't get much better than today: September 9, 2009 (or 9.9.09).
When you get down to basics, marriage is about money. Pounding hearts, sweet nothings and lazy Sundays in bed are all well and good, but legally, a marriage creates one financial entity where there once were two. So it makes sense that the economic downturn would affect all stages of marriage, from the beginnings (the wedding) to the end (divorce). The New York Times proves this point in two style pieces this weekend.
Weddings may be all about the details, but gone are the days when fretting over minor points was constricted to the colors of candied almonds and what dresses the bridesmaids will wear. The New York Times reported this weekend some couples now dictate what guests should wear. Everyone knows never to wear white to a wedding, but now some guests are instructed on their wedding invites not to wear outfits that will clash with the flowers, candles... and other guests. Couples are asking friends and fam to wear all white, or pastels, for example, presumably so no one clashes in photos.
Think Miranda in Sex and the City, for example, who wore black to her garden wedding in the show's sixth season, not caring to promote a false sense of virginal purity with her son and seasons of bed partners in tow. Color has slowly been working its way onto wedding dresses, in the form of sashes or trim. Ever the trend setter, Gwen Stefani wore a white-and-rose-colored Galliano gown for her 2002 wedding to fellow rocker Gavin Rossdale (pictured above, courtesy of wedlog.instablogs.com). Now, brides are making statements with entire gowns--and websites devoted to them--in red.
We're happy to find that more and more engaged couples are planning an environmentally conscious wedding, complete with fuel-conserving hybrid limosines and worm-friendly dresses. Makes sense, considering that aside from a possible new house, the wedding is probably the heftiest expenditure that the new couple will fork out for.
You wore Vera Wang—he wore Boba Fett? Or maybe he wore powder blue, and you were Seven of Nine. Either way, it seems there's a new trend in wedding attire, and it's anything but chaste and white. In fact, the cool kids at Wired have gathered a fantastic collection of geeks at the altar. And, as I seem to have stirred up a lot of unwitting controversy with my recent article Why Geeks Are The New Chic, I'm here to tell you about it. So that I can just say this: See, I know geeks have game. They get hitched. And they live happily ever after in dual-joystick households. Now I just have one question: If you say "I do" in Klingon, is it legally binding?