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Our Favorite Wedding Trends For 2011

Posted on: February 3rd, 2011 by admin 1 Comment

Well, it’s 2011 and that means bridal shows and expos! That means we at Wedding Guide Alaska are getting to see all kinds of fun trends for this year. Here are our favorites:

Favorite Color Trend: Coral and Gray


Photograph by Kellie Kano, via


Do It Yourself

If you’ve read our blog or used our book, you know how much we love a DIY bride.  This is one of the biggest 2011 wedding trends, and for good reason. It’s definitely the more economical way to go, but it also adds a special element to have handmade invitations, decorations, or even dresses in your wedding.

Outdoor Venues

There is nothing like taking your vows in a natural setting, such as by a crystal blue lake or a sprawling mountain, or in a charming vineyard. What is great about the outdoors is that a creative couple has endless possibilities for personalizing their special day.




A vintage theme is timeless, but this year it’s on fire, and we LOVE it!  Wedding dresses are popping up in beautiful textures, like organza, tulle, and lace with  ruffles or cap sleeves. Bouquets and centerpieces are made with a mix and variety of flowers that may not have traditionally been paired together. Incorporate ornate details, such as charms and jewels in your bouquet, enlist your bride’s maids to help you make your own unique invitations, and don’t forget fun things, like one-of-a-kind shoes, or fun socks for your groom to show off in pictures.


Old-school photography is making a comeback and is perfect for a retro wedding. Also, consider renting a photo booth. It’s a crowd-pleaser, a great personalized favor for your guests to take home, and you will have fun for years looking at these little preserved memories.



On the flip-side of the vintage trend, many couples are opting for  more contemporary-style nuptials.  Color is the word–from the stone in your wedding band to a dress in a beautiful hue, instead of the usual white, champagne, or ivory. Edgy dress styles are also big this year from short cocktail dresses to one shouldered. Consider letting your bridesmaids pick out their own dresses  in their favorite style, and let color tie them together, or don’t worry about matching color either. This will create a fun, funky, eclectic bridal party, great for pictures. Modernize your décor, as well, mixing table shapes and sizes, simplifying centerpieces, and choosing cupcakes instead of a wedding cake.


It’s going to be a creative wedding season! What are some of your favorite trends or new ideas for this year?