One that he really likes is the mixing of vintage items, such as linens or china, with more traditional pieces. "It personalizes the wedding. Personalizing is a huge trend right now.” Going green also extends to weddings, with recycled paper invitations, organic menus and flowers grown locally. In lieu of favors, some couples make a donation to a charity or organization in the name of the guest. When it comes to colors, Kemble said brides seem to favor the three-color combination. One favorite combo is taupe, navy and linen. Another is shocking pink, orange and brick. One that he thought was especially pretty was strawberry, chocolate and vanilla. The bride wore an ivory dress with a brown sash and carried pink peonies. The colors are then incorporated throughout the reception. Lighting is becoming more important to brides, too. "It can totally change the whole dynamics of how a space looks,” Kemble said. "Lighting can create this wonderful, wonderful atmosphere. Along with lighting is the use of candles in all different shapes and sizes. There's no better way to create a wonderful, dramatic, sexy and romantic atmosphere. It's the most cost-effective way to do it.” Kemble sees it all at weddings and helps plan much of it. One couple asked valets to put a special compact disc in the cars. It had a thank-you message from the couple and featured music from the reception. Another couple put magnetic bumper stickers on the guests' cars. The stickers said Amanda loves Richard. It was kitschy but fun, he said. One of his favorites was a surprise to the couple's parents. The bride and groom's first-dance songs were the songs played at their parents' weddings. "All that personalization makes a wedding special and fun,” he said. What makes Kemble cringe? "Those pastel mints. I love to eat them, but I don't want to see them at a wedding.” For more of Steve Kemble's thoughts, go online to Linda Miller's blog at blog.newsok.com/fashionmatters.
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