From surprise weddings to adventure honeymoons, check out the newest and hottest wedding trends for 2011.
Many of these trends are focused on a new appreciation for quality not quantity, getting the most for your money and doing things that best reflect the couple's personality.
The 2011 wedding hot list:
THE WISHING WELL
As most engaged couples are likely to have been living together, and won't be setting up house from scratch, wedding presents and registries are changing. Once considered taboo, it's now quite common to ask for money instead of gifts. Plus a wedding wishing well makes a cute addition to your reception venue styling.
Whether reflective of leaner financial times or simply a response to people's desire for intimate celebrations, the backyard is proving a popular spot for weddings. Relaxed and personal, your own yard (or that of a friend or relative) may also hold personal significance.
THE EXPERIENCE MOON
African safaris, a ride on Japan's Shinkansen bullet train or elephant trekking in Thailand are high up on the list with couples who are increasingly signing up for honeymoons with adventure components. Brideto Be has a list of honeymoon destinations in its Wedding Directory.
Fancy heading to an engagement party and coming home with bomboniere? Bride to Be predict the rise of the surprise wedding in 2011. Stemming from a desire to do something different and combine engagement and wedding celebrations - many couples are springing surprise nuptials on their unsuspecting guests.
CUTTING GUEST LISTS
Not to be mistaken for a cost-cutting measure, many couples are choosing to celebrate their wedding in the kind of high-end style that only big bucks can buy. So they are trimming the guest list in order to create an unforgettable experience with the people that matter most to them.
Filled with local produce, free-range poultry and Fair Trade coffee, many couples are going green and are choosing wedding menus that have been created with ethically sourced, sustainable ingredients.