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Happy 8th Birthday to WeddingWire!

Posted by Alexandra on May 01, 2015

Today marks eight years since the launch of WeddingWire—and that’s certainly cause for celebration! In honor of the occasion, we thought it would be fun to look back at the some of the wedding trends we’ve seen and loved over the past eight years. Let’s take a walk down memory lane…

Photo Courtesy of The Pastry Studio

2007: Marie Antoinette Inspired Details – This trend was influenced, we suspect, by the eponymous movie premiered previous year. Chateaus and historic mansions were the venues of choice in 2007, and brides accessorized with cameo jewelry and layered pearls. Decor was all about shabby chic china, Baroque tabletop accents, neoclassical furniture, opulent feathers, and feminine pastels mixed with lots of gold. For dessert, gilded fondant cakes or French confections like macarons, petits fours, and croquembouche were a must.


Gown by Maggie Sottero

2008: Gowns with Pick Up Skirts – The glam ballroom style was huge in 2008, and pick ups were a perfect way to give wedding gowns that full, fairytale look brides were after. Pick up detailing works beautifully with satin and taffeta, two favored fabrics that year.


Photo Courtesy of Pop the Cork Designs

2009: Eco-Friendly Details – Environmentally conscious weddings certainly haven’t gone out of style (and we hope they never do!), but they were especially hot in 2009. Couples used recycled paper for their stationery, decorated with repurposed objects (think glass bottle vases and newspaper poms), incorporated moss, succulents, herbs, and greenery into their arrangements, and thanked their guests with plantable seed favors.


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2010: Birdcage Veils – The vintage wedding trend came into the spotlight in 2010, and brides everywhere seemed to be swapping traditional lengths of tulle and lace for crops of Russian netting. These statement pieces were typically embellished with feather fascinators or beaded appliques for an extra shot of retro glam.


Photo Courtesy of The Sunday Sweet

2011: Rosettes – This pretty three-dimensional design adorned everything from bridal gowns, shoes, and sashes to boutonnieres, table linens, and buttercream cakes! The sculptural, floral-inspired swirls added instant romance and texture.


Photo by Riverland Studios

2012: Creative Catering – Mini foods were a huge deal in 2012. Everything from tacos and pizzas to ice cream cones and pies were downsized and to cute, bite-size versions of themselves. Soup shooters, shrunken sliders, grilled cheese finger sandwiches, petite salad cups. Interactive food stations (make your own s’mores, build your own crostinis), food trucks, treat cones, elaborate dessert bars, and candy displays were all the rage. And don’t forget cocktails! The signature beverage trend also hit an all-time high around this time.


Photo by Swanky Fine Art Weddings

2013: Rustic Chic Details – As barns, farms, and ranches became more popular settings for weddings, it only made sense that organic decor and country chic details came into play. Natural materials like burlap, birch bark, barn wood, and grapevine took center stage. We saw lots brides carrying colorful wildflower bouquets, bridesmaids rocking cowboy boots, and guests sipping cocktails from mason jars. Haystacks took the place of traditional ceremony seats and everyone went crazy for chalkboard signs.


2014: Unstructured Bouquets – Big, lush, garden style bouquets took over last year and we don’t see them going anywhere soon. Brides are loving that romantic, unpolished, free-spirited look. Symmetry and perfection is out; texture and creativity is in!

Photo Courtesy of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers Ltd.



There is a 100 percent chance you saw the worldwide premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey with your fiance on Valentine’s Day this weekend. Maybe even re-read the book too? Now that your dinner- and movie-night out is over, we want to know: are you Anastasia Steele or Christian Grey when it comes to wedding planning? Don’t be shy, we dare you to take our quiz here.

50 fresh wedding ideas for 2015

Forget mason jars and burlap bunting! Make your wedding stand out from the crowd with new decor, entertainment, and tradition ideas that haven’t completely overtaken Pinterest just yet. From fun fact cocktail napkins to the most unique spot for engagement pics, wedding details that will be big in 2015 await in WeddingWire’s just-released WinterBook.


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Congrats! You’re engaged! Our advice: celebrate with a little treat for yourself before the wedding planning process completely consumes you. From stylish agendas to sentimental jewelry, the items in this round-up are lovely, functional, and all-around perfect for every bride-to-be. (Psst—There’s even something in there for a groom-to-be as well!)


#JustSaidYes? Enter to Win a Mini-Moon!

Posted by Kim on Jan 06, 2015

tirzah-photographyPhoto by Tirzah Photography

Did you get engaged over the holidays? If so, big congrats to you! Once you’ve told your nearest and dearest your big news, it’s time to spread the word! And what better place to do that than on Instagram? Lucky for you newly engaged folks, WeddingWire has made sharing your updated status even more exciting! Simply follow @WeddingWire on Instagram, post a photo of your engagement announcement, tag it with #JustSaidYes and you’ll be entered to win a free mini-moon! Even Whitney Port has gotten in on the fun. So head over to Instagram to post your photo, and visit our #JustSaidYes contest page to see other entries!

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