Weddings are full of excitement, planning, loved ones and style. Over the last few decades, fashion in general has changed, but more specifically new wedding fashions have emerged as trends, religious practices and tastes have changed.


In recent decades, weddings have become more unique and less like the traditional ceremonies of the 19th and 20th centuries.


According to “The Knot” Fashion and Beauty Editor Shelley Brown, bridal fashion is all about personality and finding ways to make a bride’s style more unique. The same can be said for bridal party fashion.


“Now we are seeing couples having a lot more fun with their wedding day and using their fashion choices to express their personalities,” Brown says. “For example, we’ve seen brides wearing capes in lieu of veils, shorter dresses, colorful dresses or even suits. There are no hard and fast rules for weddings anymore when it comes to wedding day fashion.”


The hair trends for flower girls range from flower crowns, fishtail braids, ballerina buns or simple curls.


Traditionally, a flower girl tosses petals as she walks down the aisle before the bride. Today’s youngest bridal party members are opting for something a bit more modern.


“Couples are having their flower girls hold a pomander, a basket of flowers or a mini bouquet that matches the bride,” Brown explains.


As far as new trends for ring bearers, “The Knot” website says ring bearers are not carrying little pillows anymore. It’s more likely for the ring bearer now to hold up a sign that reads, “Uncle Sean, Here Comes Your Bride,” or have them hold the rings on something a little more secure than a pillow, such as an engraved box.


While the world around us is changing at a fast pace, some Grayson County brides prefer to hold on to more traditional aspects of the ceremony.


For Bridal Treasures lead bridal consultant Laura Neal, colors, traditions and requests from bridal parties are still rather simple.


“Most ring bearers are either wearing black and white tuxedos, or wearing tuxedos that match the bride’s colors, ” Neal says.


In her experience, flower girls generally wear fairly traditional gowns with an attempt at matching the bride’s colors.


“Burgundy has been the number one color for the past year and a half,” Neal talks about what she has seen in Texoma. “So far this year, lilac or lavender and steel blue — which is light blue with a little bit of grey — has been a big request.”


For North Texas weddings, the groom and his groomsmen still want to wear their boots and jeans with a vest, button-up, tie and jacket on the big day.


Down the aisle, Neal adds, country chic is still in.


“A lot of brides will have their baby flower girls in wagons,” she says.


And sometimes, furry friends can take the place of the ring bearer and flower girl.


“Some families are also incorporating their dogs down the aisle and have it wear a tux,” Neal concludes.