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Top 5 wedding trends for 2012

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Don't you just love a good wedding? The beautiful bride, the handsome groom, the outpouring of love, heartfelt speeches and last but certainly not least -- the cake! A fabulous wedding can take months or even years of planning, patience and inspiration. To help you with the inspiration bit, Canadianliving.com's Relationships editor, Tasia Rivero scoured a local wedding show in search of the latest and greatest wedding trends. Without further ado...Tasia, take it away! -- Jen Melo Top 5 wedding trends for 2012 by Tasia Rivero Last Friday, I attended The Wedding Co. Show at the Carlu Hotel in Toronto where 125 vendors met with happy couples looking for the best wedding wares. Organizer Catherine Lash hand-picked her favourite apparel and accessories designers, event organizers, photographers, pastry chefs and more to highlight the hottest wedding trends for 2012. Here are the top five trends you need to know if you're planning a wedding: 1. Fascinators reign supreme [caption id="attachment_8263" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Headpiece by David Dunkley, KCs Hats. KCsHats.com"] Headpiece by David Dunkley, KCs Hats. KCsHats.com[/caption] The modern fascinator continues to be a hot wedding trend for Canadian brides. For 2012, expect to see brides in short veils ("bouquet-length"), birdcage netting covering part of the face, or feathers and/or floral headbands and hairpins.

2. Personalized bridal wear

[caption id="attachment_8250" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Blue sponge necklace - also available as hanging earrings -- imported from Italy by Rue Pigalle. "] cl_colour_400[/caption] This year, brides-to-be are keen on breaking up an all-white look with a touch of colour. Think dresses accented with gorgeous silk sashes, gem-coloured shoes to peek out from under full skirts, and showstopping coloured jewelry. 3. The sweets table [caption id="attachment_8252" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Decadent sweets table, Truffle Cake & Pastry. Truffletoronto.com"] cl_sweets_400[/caption] Wedding cake no longer stands alone. This year, expect to see an entire spread of toothsome treats: gourmet, colour-coordinated bowls of candy alongside baked goodies like cupcakes in regular and mini sizes, meringues, madeleines, macarons and cookies. Mmmmm.

4. Hand-crafted stationery

[caption id="attachment_8253" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Calligraphy by Rajiv Surendra, Letters in Ink. Lettersinink.com"] cl_handmade_stationery_400[/caption] Wedding stationery was a huge part of the show. This year, couples have plenty of options when it comes to their save-the-date notes, wedding invitations and thank-you cards. Many of these items are uber-personalized, featuring quirky block letters with custom graphics and colours, or sophisticated, hand-drawn calligraphy.

5. Communal dining tables

[caption id="attachment_8254" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Communal table setting, Gorgeous Events. Gorgeousevents.ca"] cl_table_400[/caption] Long, communal dining tables are perhaps an unexpected trend at the show. This year, couples are embracing intimate receptions. Get the look by setting up a long, straight table, adorned with low floral arrangements to allow for unobstructed chatter between your guests. Which of these top five wedding trends is your favourite? Least favourite?
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