Out-of-control bachelorette parties, life-sized cakes modeled after the bride, extreme theme weddings - excess is the new rite of passage for the bride-to-be. Here, the 9 craziest wedding trends.
1. Bridal Diapers
Perhaps the most startling new trend of all, bridal diapers alleviate the need for a bride to awkwardly maneuver around yards of fabric and crinoline in order to relieve herself on her special day. Hey, moisture-wicking technology has come a long way in the last few years.
2. Requiring Bridesmaids to Get Plastic Surgery
From Botox to breast implants, an increasing number of brides are insisting that bridal attendants undergo cosmetic procedures in order to look perfect for the wedding. Suddenly a teal and canary taffeta bridesmaid's dress doesn't sound half bad.
3. Bachelorettes Gone Wild, Way Wild
Male strippers, phallic cupcakes, drunk tabletop dancing.... Today's brides are becoming increasingly shameless. In fact, Katy Perry publicly asked Rihanna to strip at her bachelorette party, while some especially crazy girls' nights out have resulted in arrests (like in Kansas and Colorado).
For couples short on cash, but all about the sack of 10, retail weddings are a growing trend. Staging nuptials in places like Taco Bell, TJ Maxx, and White Castle could save each couple a few hundred bucks. Apparently love is far from priceless.
5. Doggy Wedding Attendants
K9 ring bearers are a fad we'd like to see run its course. It doesn't matter how cute the dog is, he doesn't belong in the wedding party.
6. Boudoir Books
Before the big day, the bride and the wedding photographer establish comfort with each other during a private, "sensual" photo shoot, where the bride undresses and models lingerie. It sounds a little creepy but fear not, grooms̵, you'll be presented with the fruits of their labor - the boudoir book - on your wedding night, a constant reminder that your wifey got naked in front of another man right before she said, "I do." Hot.
7. The YouTube Aisle Procession Dance
Post a YouTube video of ill-advised wedding procession dancing and suddenly an entire nation is inspired to "boogie" down the aisle. Ladies and gentleman, bridesmaids and groomsmen, for the sake of your own dignity, stick to the traditional march.
8. Themed Weddings
Is this a growing trend or is it just the fact that we're exposed to them more often on Facebook these days? Common interest and shared hobbies may have brought the bride and groom together, but a wedding isn't the ideal place to pay tribute to a mutual love for extreme sports, Disney characters, Vulcans, or The Lord of the Rings.
9. Life-Sized Bride Cake
Okay, maybe it's not a trend per se (at least, we hope not). But one woman did manage to take bridal hubris to a new level when she commissioned a five-foot-tall wedding-cake replica of herself dressed in her wedding gown for the renewal of her wedding vows. She told the UK's Daily Mail newspaper that having a cake modeled after her likeness had been a lifelong dream. Huh.
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