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Amy Eisinger, WeddingChannel.com (MCT), Published March 19 2012

9 hot wedding trends for 2012

Find out what’s hot (and what’s not) for weddings this year.

1. YOUR STYLE

What’s Hot: Country-Chic, Waterfront Weddings and Napa Nuptials

What’s Not: Vintage Everything

Some recent celeb weddings offer style ideas that step away from the overdone vintage theme. Be inspired by Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth’s country-chic wedding that took place at her rustic ranch, where guests were seated at long wooden tables, served mustard-grilled chicken and herb-roasted lamb and danced to the sounds of a bluegrass band. Or take a cue from Brooke Burke and David Charvet, who exchanged vows on a 77-foot yacht in St. Barts with an intimate guest list and ended the night by sending a handwritten message in a bottle out to sea. Wine lovers? Look to the Napa nuptials of Seth Rogen, Tamera Mowry or Nikki Reed for a truly romantic celebration.

2. YOUR DRESS

What’s Hot: Coy Coverage

What’s Not: Dare-to-Bare Necklines

Although designers have been creating dresses with sleeves for years, Kate Middleton brought the trend to the rest of us. Don’t consider long sleeves your only option. Capelets, illusion sleeves, sheer backs and even boleros can create a demure, “come hither” wedding day look. “Every bride wants a gown and wedding that is uniquely theirs,” says Randy Fenoli, star of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal New York. “They no longer desire to be that cookie-cutter bride, but wish to express their individual style and taste.”

3. YOUR FLOWERS

What’s Hot: Textural Bouquets

What’s Not: Behemoth Bouquets

Don’t be afraid to go green when it comes to your bouquets. Think mixed greenery with lots of texture such as bupleurum, hellebores, green hydrangeas and green dianthus for a monochromatic arrangement of lush foliage that differs from the traditional floral bouquet. You can even incorporate greenery into your bridal party look, like Kate Moss did with lush, green head wreaths. “Bouquets that are textural and interesting, yet not busy are in for 2012. Remember, it’s about you, then the dress, then the flowers. Not the other way around,” says Todd Fiscus, owner and creative director of Todd Events, whose clients include Tony Romo, Eli Mannng and Jay-Z.

4. YOUR FOOD

What’s Hot: Global Proteins

What’s Not: Bacon, Bacon and more Bacon

Go ahead – think outside the usual steak and chicken options. “Lean global meats like goat, kangaroo and antelope will be big,” predicts Peter Callahan, creative director of Peter Callahan Catering, whose clients include Will Smith, Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin. “Nothing takes on Moroccan, Mexican, Greek and Middle-Eastern flavors better than goat.” And while bacon is always a crowd-pleasing classic, we suggest keeping it to a minimum.

5. YOUR CAKE

What’s Hot: Hand-Painted Details

What’s Not: Towering Tiers

Having an over-the-top wedding cake that actually towers over the bride a la Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries is so last year. Skip the desire to break a Guinness World Record for tallest cake and concentrate on the details instead. Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery and star of TLC’s “Cake Boss” predicts, “In 2012, hand-painted designs will give brides a new medium to add detail and personality to their cakes. Whimsical designs can be painted on top of fondant, and can be as subdued or as bold as the bride wants.” In other words, it’s just one more personalized element.

6. YOUR INVITATIONS

What’s Hot: Interactive Invites

What’s Not: Ribbon Embellishments

Thanks in part to Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo’s airplane ticket wedding invitation to their Necker Island nuptials, dual-purpose interactive invitations are on the rise. “Airline ticket invites for destination weddings, invites that double as fans for an outdoor affair and comic book save-the-dates that tell the engaged couple’s story are definitely in for 2012,” predicts Ceci Johnson, founder and creative director of Ceci New York, who’s designed invitations for Diddy and Katherine Heigl.

7. YOUR REGISTRY

What’s Hot: Charity Registries

What’s Not: Reckless Registries

If your registry includes things like a $1,200 serving spoon, $500 teapot and nothing under $100 (we’re looking at you Kim Kardashian), you’re sure to upset a few of your guests. Instead of registering for the most expensive items you can find, take a cue from Kate and Will and create a charity registry. At a time when most couples are feeling so thankful for what they have, the Charity Donation Program on WeddingChannel.com is a near effortless way to give back to those who are less fortunate.

8. YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY

What’s Hot: Stylized Shoots

What’s Not: Trash the Dress Sessions

Trash the dress photo sessions where a bride steps back into her gown postwedding to swim in the ocean or play paintball with her husband have definitely run their course. In for 2012 is the stylized postwedding dress session – a photo shoot where you restyle your wedding dress with a totally different look. You could add chunky colorful jewelry, sultry makeup, wild hair or over-the-top heels – anything to create a look completely different from what you walked down the aisle in. “Maybe it’s the accessories that didn’t make the wedding day cut, or the hairstyle your mom didn’t approve of that you’re now able to rock in a restylized postwedding shoot,” says Robert Evans, celebrity photographer for Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise and cofounder of WeddingPhotography411.com. “It’s like the bride gets to style and star in her own magazine spread.”

9. YOUR VIDEO

What’s Hot: Bride-to-Be Roasts

What’s Not: Choreographed Bridal Party Dances

Definitely out in wedding videos this year? The choreographed bridal party dances we’ve seen time and time again. Expanding beyond the popular “Sh*t Brides Say” YouTube video, brides are having a blast making fun of the silly (and sometimes ridiculous) things they’ve said and done during their wedding planning via Comedy Central-style roast videos. We won’t be surprised if more of these videos pop up at bachelorette parties where bridesmaids have the opportunity to “roast” the bride-to-be as a fun send-off before her big day.

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