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Ten biggest wedding trends of 2012

Princess Stephanie de Lannoy of Luxembourg was only one of many who followed Kate Middleton's long sleeve bridal gown, making it one of the biggest trends of 2012.
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Curious what wedding trends were popular this year? Here are some of the most common trends that emerged or continued in 2012. Many of them will extend into next year, so if you are planning a wedding, take a look and see if you find any ideas for your own.

Pinterest: Pinterest is a place to find inspiration for just about anything these days. Weddings are definitely no exception. Followers plan weddings, or dream of one in the future by pinning their favorite dresses, cakes, photos, and more, spreading their favorites across the web.

Wedding dress sleeves: These weren’t very common until Kate Middleton wore it last year for her traditional look, but this year brides followed suit with long and cap sleeves.

Non-traditional bridesmaid dresses: J Crew and The Limited are just two of the stores offering options that bridesmaids can truly wear again without obviously re-wearing a bridesmaid dress, and brides liked the styles this year. Read more about these dresses here.

Non-matching bridesmaids: This trend is done in a variety of ways. Dresses in the same color, but different styles is one. Dresses in different shades of the same color is another. Varying colors that work well together can even be used like all pastels or shades of blue, green, and teal.

Groomsmen socks: Socks became a fun addition to some groomsmen wardrobes. They wear coordinated or matching bright socks that are usually hidden under pants for the ceremony, but make unique photos later.

First look photos: The tradition of not seeing the bride before the wedding is a long standing one that has been broken a lot this year. Sometimes it makes sense for the timing of the day. Sometimes the bride and groom like the idea of the private moment with only the photographer, instead of being in front of everyone.

Cake alternatives: Cupcakes, cake pops, and candy or dessert bars all showed up instead of a large traditional wedding cake. Read more wedding dessert ideas here.

Late night snacks: Hot chocolate bars, cookies, and even food trucks showed up late at night to receptions.

DIY weddings: Some brides have always made the choice to create their own favors and décor in order to have personal touches to their weddings, but a trend Pinterest has encouraged with ideas galore only grew in 2012. Here are some DIY favors ideas found on Pinterest.

Long tables: Several long tables linked end to end create a communal feel while everyone sits together a one giant table.


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