We love weddings, but we also know how much time, effort and careful consideration it takes to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch. After the initial excitement of your engagement wanes, you'll need to get down to business. That's where we come in.
We've got the inside scoop on the top 10 trends to follow before you hit the altar — whether your big day is weeks or months away. After all, trying out one or more of these trends is sure to make your wedding a stylish success (let's be serious, who doesn't want to throw a celebration of epic sartorial proportions?).
Take a look at the top wedding trends of 2013 courtesy of the experts at The Wedding Co. and let us know which ones you're going to try. Don't forget to check out the details of their upcoming weekend-long wedding show.
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Make your wedding even more meaningful by hosting it at a venue that is close to you and your soon-to-be-spouse's hearts. It could be the location of your first kiss or date. If you're high school sweethearts you may want to consider tying the knot in your high school library or gymnasium. Love art, coffee or wine? Try an art gallery, cozy cafe or vineyard.
Craft An Intimate Guest List
No, you don't need to invite your second cousin's brother-in-law's folks. This is your day and that means you decide who's in and who's out. Getting married is one of the most intimate experiences you'll have and that's why more couples are choosing to celebrate their weddings surrounded by those who are nearest and dearest.
There's truth behind the line, 'only fools rush in' and that's one of the reasons why a lot of couples are waiting to tie the knot. Some even live together and have kids before they walk down the aisle. Take your time and get married at your pace.
Book an engagement session. It's a wonderful way for you and your fiancee to celebrate your engagement in an intimate, less formal way. The photos you take are guaranteed to capture your relationship's unique personality.
Sexier Bridal Gowns
Ladies, back skin is in. More brides are choosing wedding gowns that bare their backs or offer illusion-back detailing. This is an exquisite look when pulled off right. Just don't bare too much — show skin strategically.
Grooms, meet your brides at the altar in style. Be bold and add a pop of colour like a vibrant boutineer, socks, tie or belt. This will perfectly accent your look.
Low And Lush Floral Arrangements
Your center pieces will be a hit if they're kept low, lush and floral. If they're too large, they'll act as a barrier for conversation between guests.
Creative Guest Seating Charts
Where your guests sit matter, but so does how they find out. Create a fun and personalized seating chart to add a unique spin on your wedding day. Try something creative like using a chalk board or window panes to do this.
Who Doesn't Love Donuts?
Move over cupcakes, donuts are the new favourite. This is the perfect sweet treat to impress and delight your guests. Add a unique twist by making heart-shaped donuts.
There's always room for dessert — especially if you've been dancing the night away. Surprise your guests with a dessert truck or late-night gourmet snacks like poutine or burgers.