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Do Be Modest

Wedding dress designer Jin Wang said she's seeing less strapless mermaid gowns and more A-line and ballgown-ish dresses with straps and sleeves (like Amy Smart's gorgeous frock, pictured). But Jin shies away from using the word "modest," saying brides still want to look sensual, just unique from the sea of strapless dresses. She added that the royal wedding may be responsible for influencing this touch of elegance.

Photos by Harrison Studio via Green Wedding Shoes

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Fresh Look

Using real flowers to garnish small cakes and cupcakes is gaining popularity, said Stephanie Scheff of Kara's Cupcakes. She added that other cake trends that are sticking around include customization with monograms etc., rustic and indie styles, and DIY.

Photos by Jerry Yoon Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Time to Shine

The bride won't be the only one glowing this year, as Floramor's Laura Little said weddings will be full of champagne colors, candlelight, shimmer, glitter, and sparkle!

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Captured Emotions

Photographer Jim Vetter said wedding photos are becoming more about showing real emotion between the happy couple and less about perfectly posed shots. It's all about the relationship between people and not so much about the background and the scenery.

Photo by Sarah Maren via Ruffled

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Birds of a Feather

Alicia Falango of Alicia K Designs says weddings this year will be full of casual elegance with modern, edgier flairs like feathers and antlers.

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Aw Shucks

Bridal consultant Amy Nichols says it's all about the oyster bars during cocktail hour this year. She adds that dinner has gotten much more casual, with family-style service taking precedence over sit-down dinners.

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City Love

Lia Lafreniere and Christina Loff of Hello!Lucky said one of their most popular designs is their cityscapes (pictured), especially since more and more couples want to add their personal touch through icons and monograms that can be used on all their big day paper goods.

Photos by Meg Perotti via Style Me Pretty

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Ooh La La

Floramor's Laura Little said themed weddings are big this year, and she's got a Victorian carnival one as well as multiple Marie Antoinette ones she's doing in 2012.

Photos via My Sweet and Saucy

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All Nighter

One of the big new food trends at weddings is to have a simple dinner and then late-night food for the last ones standing, said bridal consultant Amy Nichols. But whether it's a food truck, sliders, or tacos, Amy adds to make sure you serve it well after dinner.

Photo by Braedon Flynn and Elysium Productions via Style Me Pretty

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Shades of Gray

"Gray is the new black" when it comes to weddings this year, said Alicia Falango of Alicia K Designs. And don't be surprised if you see bright oranges and yellows and some '80s inspiration at big days in 2012, she adds that with '80s fashions coming back, weddings inspired by the decade are soon to follow.

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Hairy Situation

The big wedding hair trend is that there aren't any hair trends, said Cheryl Kasovsky of Salon CK. She said anything goes, from ponytails to messy to updos. But one unexpected thing she is seeing on brides is pops of color!

Photo by Daniel Krieger via Rock 'n' Roll Bride

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Fun Lining

Colored and patterned lining is a big invitation trend according to Papineau Calligraphy. And it adds an unexpectedly fun element to your paper goods!

Photo by Alice G Patterson Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Color and Bling

Event consultants from Classic Party Rentals said the days of white on white weddings is over, and it's all about bringing in pops of color. But they also said they're seeing touches of bling on tablescapes and beyond.

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Disposable Dresses

Many were shocked about bridal boutique chain Priscilla of Boston closing at the end of last year when its parent company decided to focus all its efforts on David's Bridal (dress by David's pictured), but designer Jin Wang says it's just a sign of the times. She said we live in an era of disposable clothing, with a new generation of H&M and Forever 21 buyers choosing to buy cheaper wedding dresses for practicality. The tradition of making a big fuss over visiting a boutique with your mom who buys your dress is a thing of the past, she adds, as today more and more working women are buying their own dresses and often reselling them after the big day.

Photo by Pat Furey Photography via The Wedding Chicks

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Sweet Thing

While red velvet's popularity isn't going away anytime soon, the ladies from Sibby's Cupcakery (pictured) dished that one of their newer popular flavors is dulce de leche. They also added that gluten-free cupcakes are gaining momentum.

Photos by Gia Canali Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Au Natural

Wedding photographer Elizabeth Hurley said the type of photos her brides want is editorial and lifestyle shots. These aren't overly processed and include a lot of natural light. She adds that couples are more discerning now about the quality of their photos and are willing to spend a lot of time to get great shots.

Photo by Elizabeth Hurley Photography

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