ShutterBooth in the Free Press – Trends to Marry By


Trends to marry by – Couples examine options from photo booths to cupcakes to specialty lighting

The rows and rows of displays by photographers, cake decorators, floral designers and everything else you could possibly want for a wedding nearly overwhelmed Rana Mansour of Sterling Heights and her fiancé, Rashad Saleh of Dearborn.

Fortunately, they knew exactly what they’d come to check out at the Brides-to-Be Expo in Dearborn — photo booths.

The couple, who plan to marry on May 30, stepped behind the curtain of ShutterBooth, owned by Nolan and Kimberly Gottschalk of Royal Oak. Out popped a print of Saleh as he planted a kiss on Mansour’s cheek, a keepsake that looks like a book mark.

Photo booths will be big at weddings in 2010, says Cyd LaChiusa, producer of the Brides-To-Be Shows, one of several presenters of bridal expos that get going in January.

Other trends sure to be popular, according to wedding planners and couples: Cupcakes, lighting that shines the couples’ names or initials around the reception hall, live entertainment and dancing to or from the altar.
Expect brighter, richer colors too, a reflection of the brighter economic forecast expected in 2010, says Tom Schoenith, owner of the Roostertail, on Detroit’s riverfront.

Brides are requesting jewel tones, Tiffany blue and other brighter colors — a marked contrast to the more subdued browns and beiges popular last year, says Schoenith, whose establishment has hosted weddings and reception for 52 years.

Julie Raimondi, editor of Brides Michigan magazine and, says gray will be a popular. “Higher-end grays and neutrals can be incredibly elegant,” she says. “I think you’ll also see patterned and printed bridesmaids’ dresses.”

Expect to see brightly colored shoes, she says — red and bright blue with the white and ivory gowns.
Couples still want beautiful weddings on a budget, but they’re going for special touches that reflect who they are and offer lots of fun and memorable moments.

That’s why Mansour, 29, and Saleh, 31, plan to have a photo booth.
“It’s a great way for everybody who comes to enjoy themselves and get a keepsake from the wedding,” says Mansour, a doctor, who met Saleh, a chiropractor, at a get-together with friends about a year and a half ago.

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