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With everything from cheese wheel wedding cakes to pet ring bearers, brides are keen to create a unique day, stamped with their own signature style. In 2019, modern-day brides are looking for both practicality and comfort in their dress with many choosing jumpsuits and gowns with pockets.
Gone are the days of the photobooth with artists now taking their place, completing a live painting of the happy couple throughout the course of the reception. And of course no wedding element is safe from the onslaught of Pinterest inspiration - not even the bridal party.
Bold decorations and colour schemes are in, as are eco-friendly, sustainable styling options inspired by the plastic-free wedding of Princess Eugenie last year. Couples are opting to have a non-traditional bridal party with many including the opposite-sex on the alternate side of the altar.
Brides are including their brother or best mate as a man-of-honour with grooms including their "gal pal" in their party as best woman. Bride-to-be Emma Childs is having her brother Robbie as a 'bridesman' in her wedding and said it was important for her to have him play a significant role in her big day.
"He's a huge part of my life and one of my closest friends," she said. "It's great to let him know how much he means to me and I can't wait to have him standing up there next to me".
Carol Ganley has worked as a civil marriage celebrant for ten years and said she has seen plenty of wedding traditions change over the years. "I enjoy my role as a marriage celebrant it is an honour to marry a couple and be involved in their special day," she said. "Traditions have definitely changed - the seating of guests is the main one. Brides also don't wear their veils over their face as much anymore".
However, Carol said the most unique addition she has seen were a pair of furry guests. "My bride and her attendants entered flanked by two alpacas," she said. "It was a mother and baby with a satin cushion with the rings attached around the neck, it was a difficult to untie the cushion, but it was all good in the end".