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Trending: 11 Hot Wedding Trends for 2016

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Photo by Amy Lynn Photography

  1. HAVE FUN WITH YOUR GETAWAY RIDE.

    When it comes to how you and your groom make your grand exit from the party, think a little outside the box. For Chelsea, that meant capping off her beachy wedding with a drive in her groom’s family’s 1978 VW bus. (Bonus: a fun car makes for a great photo prop!) For more of this wedding, check out Carlsbad Real Wedding: Chelsea & Matt.s'mores galore

    Photo by Garrett Richardson

  2. MAKE S’MORES GALORE.

    Take a cue from Krista Morrison at A Joy Forever Events, who styled this shoot, and turn your dessert bar into an interactive event station with all the fixings you need to customize s’mores. “They’re always a huge hit with guests, and I love when a couple incorporates their favorite candies or garnishes for a personal touch,” she says.

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    Photo by Singler Photography

  3. CUSTOMIZE YOUR THANK-YOU.

    Instead of jewelry for your maids, consider something more personalized, like these caricatures Samantha commissioned for her closest friends on her big day.

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    Photo by The Boudoir Divas

  4. SPICE UP YOUR GROOM’S GIFT.

    A handwritten love letter is sweet… but we have an inkling he’d also enjoy a sexy boudoir shoot from The Boudoir Divas. Don’t be scared–they’ll make you feel confident every step of the way.

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    Photo by The Hearts Haven

  5. FOCUS ON JUST ONE AMAZING FLOWER.

    For a wowza-level bouquet like this one from Mar Weddings, you have to think big–like with this white king protea taking center stage with a mix of greens and baby roses to finish it off.

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    Photo by Scott Clark Photo

  6.  GET FRUITY.

    For a beachy party, a pineapple at the table is a fun way to hold up a table number (not to mention budget-friendly!). “We spray-painted it white for a fun twist,” says Vanessa Van Wieren of Alchemy Events, who designed the look.

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    Photo by Natalie Bray

  7. THINK ABOUT A PRINT.

    Okay, this might be a hard sell–but if you’re the kind of bride who cringes at a traditional gown, allow up to propose a neutral-and-white print, like this Rue de Seine one from The Dress Theory, that still says “bridal” without saying “boring.”

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    Photo by Bryan Miller

  8. EMBRACE THE MOONLIGHT.

    Why hide under a tent all night if you can invite the moon in as a special guest? Learn from Luxe Events and finish off your space with tons of candles.

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    Photo by Singler Photography

  9. SAY CHEESE.

    Want a creative and gluten-free alternative to traditional cake? “Tier a couple of cheeses based on the natural rind and coloring to resemble a wedding cake,” says Marci Flores of The Cheese Store of San Diego.

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    Photo by O’Ryan Empire Photography

  10. PLAY WITH THE HEM.

    Can’t decide between the cute cocktail number that lets you move and a ball gown for your dream princess moment? The Bustle Boutique has you covered with this short-yet-long gown by Anne Barge.

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    Photo by White Haute Photography

  11. CONSIDER TOPICAL FLORA.

    Peonies are out of place in a wedding that screams island getaway. If that’s your theme, a bouquet with anthuriums, by Bespoke, sets the right tone.

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