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When it comes to "Aisle Style," white isn't always right anymore

In years past, bridal gowns were limited to white and ivory, but now brides are having a lot more fun with their color choices and embracing new trends - from shades of pink and champagne to interesting prints. In fact, new this fall, David's Bridal will be debuting a brand new "Petal Pink" color to please the softer, feminine brides that want something a little different, yet still blatantly bridal.

For the bride who is tinkled pink... try this ultra-feminine, dramatic and elegant strapless ballgown. The figure flattering ruched bodice detail is perfect for hiding any "problem areas," while the stunning full tulle skirt and sweep train creates a breathtaking look that rivals any princess.

Strapless Ruched Bodice Tulle Ball Gown
Available in Stores and Online
Featured Color: Whisper Pink
Price: $599

For the bride who is privy to prints... she can go all out with this elegant and modern blossom wedding dress. The strapless satin ball gown features a gorgeous cherry blossom print from head to toe and the flattering pleated skirt with pockets creates a stunning silhouette. Alternately, she can stick with traditional (in ivory), but with a twist in this vintage-inspired strapless organza ball gown. The dropped waist ball gown with ruched bodice features a corset back for a slimming effect and the pale blue and blush water color print throughout paints a unique and individual look that no bride has had before!

Blossom Print Satin Ball Gown
Available in Stores and Online
Featured Color: Pink Blossom Print
Price: $549

Strapless Organza Print Ball Gown
Available in Stores and Online
Featured Color: Ivory/Multi
Price: $549

Bridesmaids can match their bride's style, too, without making her blush with embarrassment

Similarly to bridal style, the petal trend is popping up in bridesmaid wear, too, as the hottest hue this season. This flowy chiffon dress is perfect to match the cosmetic palette theme of a pink-loving bride, without stealing her thunder in too similar a shade. The crinkle chiffon flows to create a front cascade full of movement and dimension and the short, cocktail length doesn't compete with the bride's long, ball gown.

Short Crinkle Chiffon Dress with Front Cascade
Available in Stores and Online
Featured Color: Petal
Price: $139

And if the blue shoe fits, wear it!

For brides just looking for a little pop of color, it's become a trend to wear blue shoes (sandals, heels, etc.) underneath their gown. Looks great in pictures and gives brides a new avenue to wear their "something blue!"

Maribelle
Satin Peep Toe Platform High Heel with Bow
Available in Stores and Online
Featured Color: Malibu
Price: $49

Grooms and guests are having their turn with something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue, too!

Grooms are wearing their father's cuff links or carrying a blue handkerchief that their bride has embroidered for them. Couples are sending their guests off with a blue reminder of the wedding - offering blue fondant petits fours and favors wrapped in blue paper and bound with vintage ribbon

Dessert doesn't have to be a Piece of Cake

Many couples are bucking tradition when it comes to their dessert. Especially for brides and grooms with friends who are culinary-inclined, there have been several weddings now with "wedding party potlucks" - having each member of the wedding party prepare his/her favorite dessert (cupcakes, cookies, cronuts, etc.) to bring to the table.

Having Dad AND Mom do the Honors

Of course, every bride looks forward to her walk down the aisle with daddy, but nowadays brides are having dual-escorts in their father and mother.

Tossing Out the Garter and the Bouquet
Instead of doing the "traditional" garter and bridal bouquet toss - to honor all of the single guests (with the chance of flashing a little too much in front of impressionable guests) - some couples are opting to honor married couples. Having something as simple as an "anniversary" dance, inviting all the couples up to the dance floor and "gifting" the longest married couple with the bridal bouquet - as a true testament of long, enduring love.

Website: www.davidsbridal.com; Store phone: 616-222-3966

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