Wedding Tips And Trends


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 12:37 p.m.

Here's the scoop on the latest wedding trends and ideas from Angela Renick, owner of A'vie Weddings and Events.

Party favors with a conscience: Instead of spending money on bags of Jordan almonds and pencils and notepads emblazoned with the newlyweds' names, some couples are opting instead to donate to a charity in the wedding guests' honor.

The personal touch: Couples are sharing interesting tidbits of biographical information about themselves with their guests. For example, the wedding program may include brief bios about the bride and groom. Or instead of table numbers at the reception, each table may be named after a particular flower or significant dates in the newlywed's lives.

Footing the bill: No longer is the wedding tab solely the burden of the bride's parents. Now, anything goes. One professional couple who had married after they'd been away from their parents' homes for a number of years decided to pay for their wedding themselves, Renick says. Sometimes, the bride's and groom's families decide to split the bill right down the middle.

Flowers: Move over roses and hydrangeas. Make way for thistle, amaranthus and curly willow. Traditional wedding bouquets and tabletop centerpieces at the reception now come with a new twist: funky flowers and even tree bark.

House of worship decorations: Pew decorations were once used to mark the pews reserved for the bride's and groom's family. Not anymore. Now, all of the pews may be festooned with decorative adornments such as kissing balls.

Seeing green: Many couples are going green with their wedding plans. When it comes to weddings, green comes in many shades. For some, it means using paper products made of recycled materials, using local vendors, recycling family jewelry, recycling their wedding attire, serving locally-grown produce and organic foods or using flowers that haven't been treated with pesticides or herbicides. Just remember, says Renick: Going green may cost you more greenbacks.

New venues: Couples now are often thinking beyond the traditional church wedding. Now people are choosing new settings for their nuptials, such as Rustic Manor in Newberry, Kanapaha Gardens, the Austin Carey Forest and even the Hippodrome Theater and area museums.

New photo ops: Many couples are now opting to pose for their wedding pictures either before or after the day of the ceremony, and in places that have meaning to them, such as the place of their first date.

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