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Top 10 Wedding Trends for 2011

This year is all about saying c'est la vie to the cookie cutter wedding, here are some top trends to help you do that! By: Rachel Sandall

The wedding of 2011 should be infused with personality, beautiful details and enough style to keep the guests talking long after the wedding day.  The brides getting married this year should use as much imagination as they can muster to plan an event that's full of unique touches and style. Here are some inspiring trends to watch out for!

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Comfort Food

Whether it’s because of tightened purse strings, a rejection of the health craze or just something different, 2011 is about good old fashioned comfort food. And if we are all honest, biting into juicy burger is just as good as lobster voulevant ! It is no longer necessary to try and wow guests with gourmet delicacies; a simple burger will be just as acceptable. Make your comfort food extra chic with sliders, chips wrapped in mini-newspapers or a pig on a spit. 

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Colourful Shoes

The last thing you expect with a pristine wedding gown is a pair of orange stilettos...but it works, and it is definitely in for 2011! So add chic style to a simple or classic look by getting yourself a killer pair of bright heels.

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Chinese Lanterns

These lovely lanterns instantly spruce up a bland venue and bring bucket loads of ambiance to an event. You can find different colours to add a bit of flair or plain white ones to get a stylish, clean look. Hang them from the ceiling or along the wall to add dimension to a room, or hang them over a dance floor to get a great atmosphere!

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Signature Cocktail

Add some glamour to a champagne or drinks reception by serving specialty cocktails. These could be named after the bride and groom, include some of your favourite flavours or reflect the season. If budget is an issue, try a large bowl of wedding punch with fresh fruit slices.

Letterpress Stationery

Letterpress wedding stationery is hugely popular in the US and is quickly becoming the next big thing for Irish weddings. It ticks all the boxes in stationery trends. The cotton paper is handfed through a vintage press onto soft pillow paper. Merging old world printing techniques with creative design, Letterpress stationery can be completely customised to compliment any wedding style.


Personalisation is the key to making your wedding stand out. Find ways to infuse personality and taste into your big day. Cover your bouquet stems with your grandmother’s vintage broach on the outside or get a locket and put pictures of your lovely H2B inside. The possibilities are endless!

Dessert Tables

Say hello to the trend revolutionising wedding confectionery. Instead of serving a traditional dessert, you can have a whole table full of treats, sweets and pastries on vintage plates, cake stands and serving dishes. Not only does it act as a decorative focal point for your reception, it tastes amazing as well!

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Table by One Girl Cookies

Statement Jewellery

We all know accessories are important, but for 2010, they are a necessity! Think bold, think vintage and think shock value...and you’ll be on the right track.

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Necklace by Vera Wang

Fruit Centrepieces

Fruit centrepieces are unique, stylish, and cheap.  Apples, cranberries, pumpkins, oranges and blueberries will give a table a splash of colour and work particularly for autumn and Christmas weddings.

Unique Venues

Ever since the Civil Registration Act in 2004, alternative venues have taken centre stage. Whether you say ‘I do’ at Dublin Zoo, Croke Park or at a stately country house, finding a unique venue is the ultimate quest for couples.

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Photo from the Dublin Zoo


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