Tying the Knot Reveal the Disastrous Wedding Trends to Avoid in 2013

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Wedding trends tend to come and go, but there are a few current trends that may prove rather embarrassing when a couple look back on their big day.

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To help newly engaged couples get their wedding planning off to a good start, Tying The Knot, the UK's premier online directory of wedding venues and suppliers, has compiled a list of the wedding trends that couples should avoid in 2013.

The first trend to avoid is over-the-top, expensive and alcohol-fuelled hen and stag parties like Coleen and Wayne Rooney's £250,000 extravaganzas in Dubai and Las Vegas. Even on a much more modest budget, it's best to leave the table dancing and strippers for another time.

Next up is the disturbing trend of requiring specific beauty enhancements for members of the bridal party, including everything from Botox and face peels to teeth whitening and spray tans. This practice will more than likely alienate friends and even family members.

Another growing trend better left in the past is the themed wedding. Based on a common interest of the bride and groom, theme weddings may be uncomfortable for the rest of the bridal party and the guests.

Zombie weddings and dressing up like Shrek and Princess Fiona may sound fun, but are both more suited to Halloween celebrations.

The YouTube.com procession aisle dance is next on the list. Initially, dancing down the aisle to an upbeat hip-hop tune appears amusing, but for the sake of your dignity, it's best to leave the dancing for the reception.

A spokesperson for Tying The Knot said: "It's easy to get caught up in the latest wedding trends, but we encourage couples to try and avoid the more unusual ones. There are so many different ways to make your big day special without it becoming tacky or forced.

"Careful planning is the answer, and Tying the Knot is a great place to start to find inspiration for the way you want to express your individuality, whether through a particular colour theme or unusual wedding venues."

For most couples, creating a wedding day they'll be happy to reflect on in the future starts with choosing that perfect venue.

So whether that's choosing from the wide range of quality Tying The Knot wedding venues in Cheshire or planning a getaway to the Lake District, it's important to plan carefully. Visit http://www.tyingtheknot.org for more information.

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