Monday, February 23, 2009

Get Married and Celebrity Event Designer Colin Cowie Offer Wedding Tips and Trends to the Budget-Savvy Bride

/PRNewswire/ -- Weddings are an evergreen business, yet are not recession proof, and brides are more conscientious on their spending to ensure they make the most impact for their special day. Nearly 2,220,000 weddings are estimated to take place in the U.S. in 2009, according the The Wedding Report, Inc., which ultimately translates to brides and wedding planners looking to spend for the big day. Despite the soft economy, the total estimated market value of the wedding industry was more than $62 billion last year alone. Get Married, a leading multi-platform entertainment and wedding resource, is at the forefront of wedding trends and understands that planning a stylish, memorable and personalized celebration can be done within a budget.

In any economy, and especially one that is down, brides want to know how to do the most without spending the most. For brides looking for the latest trends to make their weddings spectacular, without over-spending and under-wowing, Get Married's show on Lifetime Television and provides them with inspiring ideas, quality connections and fantastic finds, including tips and trends from leading industry experts.

Get Married teamed with Colin Cowie of Colin Cowie Lifetsyle, internationally known as the arbiter of style, to offer brides the latest wedding trends. "Your wedding is an opportunity to make a statement of style, it's a complete personal manifestation about who you are," said Cowie, lifestyle expert, celebrity wedding designer and host of Get Married on Lifetime Television and "The only rule is that taste and good style should prevail in everything you do."

Cowie showcases some of the biggest trends in his latest book Wedding Chic and, together with Get Married, offers 7 Tips for the Budget-Savvy Bride who seek smart solutions for planning an extraordinary wedding:

1. Dream big: Small ideas get small results, so put budget aside while
envisioning your dream wedding, then figure out what you can afford.
2. Cut your coat according to the cloth: It's better to do 5 things
correctly than 10 things on the skinny.
3. Consider a destination wedding: Weddings can take place anywhere, so
think beyond the exotic beach and think about a bed-and-breakfast or
country inn.
4. Opt for a fantastic DJ: Instead of a big orchestra band, find a great
DJ who can create great background music and just as easily keep the
guests moving on the dance floor.
5. Invest in a trusted wedding planner: A professional is there to ease
some of the pressure while bringing your vision to a reality.
6. Design a signature drink: Rather than serving an open bar, offer guests
a specialty beverage that is as delicious as it is memorable.
7. Create monochromatic flower arrangements using one type of flower: When
bundled en masse in short ceramic vases, whether roses or carnations,
tulips or spider mums; these flowers are beautiful and impactful.

"Weddings are a time to celebrate and share with your nearest and dearest friends and family, so including them in your event is one of the most important elements to preserve," said Stacie Francombe, CEO and founder of Get Married and . "Today's brides are incredibly innovative and progressive, and they seek ideas that they can make their own. Inspirations are free, and Get Married's industry experts offer brides the big ideas that can be personalized and tailored to meet their style and budget."

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