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At weddings, what’s hot and what’s not

April in Glenwood
April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
April E. Clark

I must have wedding on the brain.

Since attending a few ceremonies this summer, I’ve been nosing around the Internet and reading up on trends. No, I’m not engaged.

Although marrying myself, Lifetime-movie style, is always an option.

I just love a good wedding, especially when the bride and groom take the time to show friends and family how much they appreciate them. According to the uber-cool wedding website, one of this year’s trends with guests in mind is having a photo booth at the reception. This involves renting a photo booth or staging an area with cloth backdrops and props. This clever idea could really get crazy after the open bar runs dry and the bridesmaids and groomsmen decide to switch clothes. Or wear nothing at all.

Anything can happen with free-flowing gin and tonics.

These days, there are so many funky ideas to bring to the wedding planning table. There are gourmet coffee bars at the reception and cocktails in hues to match the color scheme. Maybe the Grasshopper will finally make its comeback. It was so far out in the ’70s.

In all their red-white-and-blue glory, Pabst Blue Ribbon cans really make a statement, too.

Another trend in weddings is hosting a green event. That doesn’t mean reusing the paper plates and plastic forks from your first wedding. Or the wedding dress and ring. A green wedding encompasses invitations on recycled paper using soy ink, organic food and flowers, and ride sharing to the ceremony.

Just make sure the old college roommate Bob who likes to drive fast and flip people off on the highway doesn’t pick up great-grandma on his way.

The Knot also reports outdoor weddings – a popular choice here in the mountains -are all the rage in 2009. Things could get interesting if the venue borders a nude beach. Or even the open seas. A friend of mine once attended an outdoor wedding on the beach in Florida. Guests saw more than an exchange of vows. Some guy on a boat decided to hang out behind the ceremony to sunbathe naked while the bride and groom became man and wife.

It’s a good thing he wasn’t in charge of holding the ring.

A lot has changed since my friends and I were all married in the ’90s. I’m really aging myself here, but cell phones were not so mainstream then. Today, practically everyone has a cell phone, and they hardly leave home without it. Even Emily Post offers cell phone etiquette on her website, One of the suggestions is to announce, “Please turn off your cell phones – the ceremony is about to begin!” How are guests supposed to post Twitter updates from the wedding with their phones off?

Very very quietly I suppose.

I can imagine the tweets now:

“Moms just lit candles to start ceremony. Bride’s mom obviously a cougar, eyeing my 27-year-old date.”

“Best man and matron of honor walking down aisle. Look of horror after hooking up Spring Break ’99.”

“Oldest ring bearer I’ve ever seen. Just saw him hock the ring for a Rolex and a pack of Lucky Strikes.”

“Bride looks pissed. Just saw the groom’s mom in front row wearing a white dress. So much for the wedding night.”

“Minister just asked for objections. Father of the bride just started the wave and is doing the YMCA.”

Of course Emily Post suggests guests always be on their best behavior at weddings. So Twittering probably isn’t the most respectful thing to do. Unless you’re attending the wedding of the Twitter inventor.

Then tweets would be a sign of respect.

Something tells me grinding on the bride’s mom during the reception – Cougar or otherwise – is not Emily Post’s idea of good behavior. Either is the maid of honor standing up to give her wedding toast on stage and saying, “Well, I guess this finally proves she and I are not gay.” That joke does not go over well.

Trust me on that one.

April E. Clark has officially scared the holy matrimony out of her boyfriend. She can be reached at

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