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Modern brides, consider this your ultimate wedding trends checklist to stay on point during your wedding planning process! From color palettes to food displays to fashion to your engagement ring, here’s the top trends industry pros are seeing across modern weddings!

1. Spectacular food moments.

“Culinary showstoppers are growing in popularity and will just keep going! Wow your guests with multi-course feasts, unique displays, curated menus, and intentional food decisions beyond the usual “chicken or steak.” Our personal favorite is a fresh seafood tower station! Include lobster claws, colossal shrimp, shucked oysters, blue point crab claws, and littleneck clams to provide the biggest hits. We also love providing a variety of dipping sauces –think seaweed butter, mignonette sauce, and a Dijon mustard sauce to offer something for everyone!” - Michelle’s Catering

2. Online planning.

“If you’re a modern bride planning your wedding, you can’t get much more modern than taking the traditional suit or tuxedo rental process out of the store and putting it all online. Don’t spend time wrangling everyone in your wedding party to make sure you have their looks coordinated for your wedding. Build their looks online, text them a direct link to do their easy online fitting for the look you designed, and you’re done. Check out Generation Tux for a modern experience, and modern looks for your wedding party. Get the newest colors, fashionable fits, and trending accessories to color coordinate your wedding party with fun colors or patterned ties and bright pocket squares that will take that suit or tux to the next level.” - Matt Ramirez, SVP of Marketing, Generation Tux

3. Warm colors.

“Warm color tones continue to be popular and go well with any season: dusty rose, burnt orange, golden yellow. They can be incorporated in the florals and bridesmaid dresses as pops of colors alongside neutrals such as gray, white, and of course lots of greenery.” - Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography

4. Décor incorporating mirrors.

“Mirror decor is a trend that won't be going away any time soon. Not only does it add an element of elegance to your wedding, but it's also a way to add a personal touch with customized writing; for instance, a mirror with seating assignments at the entrance of your reception or a small framed mirror at the bar with your signature cocktails written on it.” - Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography

5. Twinkling lights.

“Expect to see more twinkling lights at receptions as more couples decide to have outdoor weddings. They add a fairytale look and cast a beautiful goldenlight over the tables and guests. You can never go wrong with these.” - Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography

6. Individualized dining experiences.

“An individualized dining experience is becoming the norm once again instead of a buffet or family style dinner. And it doesn't have to mean something formal; many couples are opting for a food truck or catering from their favorite restaurant.” - Lisette Gatliff, Lisette OC Photography

7. Bridal headbands.

“At Bliss-On, we believe the details make all of the difference. After all, our founder, Kat Platt, dreamt of creating a swimsuit that brings the intricate details from your wedding gown into swimwear. We are particularly obsessed with the oh-so-hot headband trend. At our latest photoshoot, we made sure to include an embellished headband to perfectly complement our swimwear. Consider using your statement headband on your wedding day and for your hot honeymoon swimsuit pics (can we suggest the Elsa from our collection?)!” - Kat Platt, Co-Founder + Designer, Bliss-On by Kat Platt

8. Delicate engagement ring bands.

“Our 2021 bride is loving elongated diamond shapes with simple, thin bands that help lengthen the fingers, making the hands look dainty and letting their rings shine. The oval cut diamond has been trending for a few years now and continues to beby far the most requested for engagement rings. Other elongated shapes including cushion, radiant, and emerald are also gaining popularity. These fancy shaped diamonds typically face larger meaning regardless of the carat weight, the stone looks larger than life on your hand.” - Kaeleigh Testwuide, Owner and Founder of The Diamond Reserve

9. Three stone rings.

“Three stone rings are making a comeback! Accompanying your center stone with petite, complimentary side stones is a modern take on a classic three-stone ring. A solitaire setting lets the center stone’s beauty steal the show but if you want something a little extra to compliment your diamond, round or pear side stones are the perfect addition. We are seeing many stunning ovals set with smaller round and pear side stones that perfectly harmonize with the elongated center stone. Emerald shapes with tapered baguettes add a touch of vintage flare for the classic meets modern bride.” - Kaeleigh Testwuide, Owner and Founder of The Diamond Reserve
The Diamond Reserve
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10. Yellow gold.

“Rich and vibrant, yellow gold is the highest requested metal. It is a classic for fine jewelry and looks amazing on all skin tones. We recommend setting your diamond in a white gold basket with a yellow gold band to encompass the look of a yellow gold ring but allowing your diamond to look bright and clean. Yellow gold will endure the test of time and look forever classic.” -Kaeleigh Testwuide, Owner and Founder of The Diamond Reserve

11. Eternity bands.

“Paired with your engagement ring, eternity wedding bands continue to prove that they are here to stay. Timelessly beautiful, emerald cut and chunky round eternity bands add the right amount of sparkle to your ring set or can still make a statement on their own. Bold brides are embracing their personality and choosing to mix diamond shapes in their band for a fun and unique look.” -Kaeleigh Testwuide, Owner and Founder of The Diamond Reserve
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