The most important wedding party trend in 2010 weddings is that matching is out and coordinating is in. You’ll notice a definite move towards the non-traditional.

Maid of Honour and Best Man: More and more often these days you’ll notice that instead of Maid or Honour and Best Man on the wedding program, you’ll find the new terms Woman of Honour and Man of Honour instead. It makes perfect sense when you think of it. A bride may have a brother or a close male friend that she would like to stand up for her and conversely the groom may have a sister or a close female friend that he would like to stand up for him. I was at a wedding recently where the bride chose to refer to her sister as the Woman of Honour instead of the Matron of Honour. She thought that Matron sounded too much like a guard in a woman’s prison.

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: They don’t have to be identical and to take it one step further, they don’t even have to be the same colour anymore. One trend that is catching on is to have the maid of honour in a patterned dress and to have the bridesmaids each choose a dress in a different colour found in the pattern.

Groomsmen’s Attire: The day of the bow tie and cummerbund seem to be going the way of the dodo. They are being replaced by long ties and vests.

Wedding Party Flowers: Bridesmaids’ bouquets do not have to be identical; they have to coordinate. They can each choose a flower from the bride’s bouquet and have a bouquet fashioned from that flower or carry it as a single bloom. The groomsmen can each wear a different boutonniere that will be the same as the flower in the bouquet of the bridesmaid that they are escorting down the aisle. Or, as an alternative, boutonnieres of wheat, herbs, or leaves are becoming quite popular.

Kids Only in the Wedding Party: In lieu of bridesmaids and groomsmen choose to have ring bearers, flower girls and junior groomsmen. You won’t have to worry about offending anyone and no one will complain about the price of a bridesmaid’s dress or tuxedo rental.