From invitations to the reception band, couples are spending more to put their personal stamp on every detail, said Kellie Gould, editor in chief of The Knot, the well-read wedding magazine which conducted the survey. Those personal stamps include such things as a custom signature cocktail created for the bride and groom, photo booths, fireworks, musical performances, dance performers, cigar rolling stations, wine and liquor stations and midway games. The Knot predicts that aerialists, acrobats, portrait painters, food trucks, live farm animals and gospel choirs will be part of this years wedding trends, along with metallic gowns for brides and their attendants. The survey also revealed that 15 percent of the brides and 18 percent of the grooms reported they got drunk at their wedding, while 19 percent said some guests found a love interest at the event. Nine percent of the couples had a former lover or significant other attending their wedding while 4 percent said their best man had insulted someone during his toast. Technology is also coming into play. A personalized website for the happy bride and groom is not enough. The survey reports that a fifth of the couples streamed their weddings live on the internet, used aerial drones to record wedding footage or tucked miniature video cameras hidden in the brides bouquet for a you-are-there effect. American couples are not rushing for the altar: the average age of the bride is 29, the groom 31. They invite an average of 141 guests, have five bridesmaids and five groomsmen. The favorite months to tie the knot are September and October, the favorite wedding theme colors for bridesmaid dresses and decor are dark blue, gold and light pink.
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