Here Come the Trends

The economy might still be in the tank, but the wedding must go on! Here are five stylish, fun and functional ideas for your special day.

1. Wedding - Dress

Trash Your Dress

You can let your gown languish in the closet or get it preserved and boxed, but here’s an alternative. “Trash the dress” photo shoots give you another chance to wear your wedding gown—but it will go from pristine to wet, muddy or torn. It’s an edgy, unique way to preserve the memory of your dress, if not the dress itself.


2. Wedding - Veil

Retro Veils

While gown styles come and go, it seems like the veil never gets much attention—until now. Sometimes called a birdcage veil, this cropped style is all the rage right now. Popularized in the 1930s and ’40s, the modern versions often fall just below eye level and can be embellished with feathers or flowers.


3. Wedding - Margarita Glass

Favors with Flavor

How traditional do you plan on making your wedding? Whether you decide to go all out or just want touches of latinidad, thoughtful favors like mini-cafeteras, colorful margarita glasses or organic chocolate espresso beans from Ecuador will do the trick.


4. Wedding - Save the Date

E-mail Invites

Evite.com might be great for casual parties, but it’s not really sophisticated enough for your wedding invites. Enter companies like Paperlesspost.com and Myinvitationlink.com. They design beautiful invitations that get e-mailed to your guests, and will even make it easy for you to set up a wedding website. Bonus: You get to save a little cash and go green.


5. Wedding - Centerpiece

Forgo the Flowers

There’s no denying that flowers add color and warmth to table settings, but depending on the number of people you’re having, they can be pricey. Candle centerpieces can add a romantic touch to the event for way less money. Just stay away from scented candles—you don’t want your guests eating their dinner with an overwhelming scent of sandalwood wafting through the air.