WBEZ | trends http://www.wbez.org/tags/trends Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What weddings look like in 2013 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/what-weddings-look-2013-108908 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/slow%20motion.png" style="height: 348px; width: 620px; " title="Still from a viral video by newlyweds Quang and Ellie, who had a slow-motion video booth for guests at their wedding reception. (Vimeo/Super Frog Saves Tokyo)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Romantic partners of the Pinterest and Etsy era are waiting longer to tie the knot, adopting more unconventional ceremonies, and sometimes breaking from tradition altogether to keep their weddings inexpensive and quirky.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>According to a study released this summer by Bowling Green State University&#39;s National Center for Marriage and Family Research, the <a href="http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/bgsu-mrl071813.php" target="_blank">U.S. marriage rate</a> has hit a new low at 31.1, or 31 marriages per 1,000 previously unmarried women. In 1920, that percentage was 92.3.&nbsp;</p><p>Meanwhile, the average age at woman&#39;s first marriage is 27, its highest point in over a century.</p><p>Other differences in wedding style are the direct result of changing social mores, from gay marriage becoming legal in <a href="http://gaymarriage.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=004857" target="_blank">14 states</a>&nbsp;to a gradual decline in religious commitment (roughly <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2013/07/02/growth-of-the-nonreligious-many-say-trend-is-bad-for-american-society/" target="_blank">a third of U.S. adults</a> under age 30 do not identify as &quot;a&nbsp;religious person,&quot; according to the Pew Research Center) likely contributing to more secular ceremonies as well.&nbsp;</p><p>So, which customs have millennial couples decided to preserve, rewrite or throw out for their nuptial day?</p><p>Here&#39;s just a sampling of 13 wedding trends that stood out in 2013:&nbsp;</p><p><strong>1. Public proposals.</strong></p><p>While I&#39;m fairly certain that I would die of embarrassment if proposed to in this manner, the recent spate of viral proposal videos has only escalated in cuteness over the years. For example, this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4HpWQmEXrM" target="_blank">flash dance proposal</a>,&nbsp;filmed at a Salt Lake City Home Depot in September and now amassing over 10 million views on YouTube,&nbsp;proves that the fad is here to stay&mdash;at least for now.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>2. Creative photoshoots.</strong></p><p>If unmarried folk must suffer through a barrage of lovey-dovey Facebook albums come wedding season, then they might as well be interesting. Kudos to <a href="http://www.neatorama.com/2013/09/26/Movie-inspired-Engagement-Photos/#!luyRl">this duo</a>&nbsp;for going full movie nerd in their engagement photos, and to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/12/zombie-engagement-photo-_n_3916649.html" target="_blank">this wedding party</a> for staging a &quot;bloody awesome&quot; zombie-inspired shoot.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>3. Slow motion.</strong></p><p>After the footage from this couple&#39;s <a href="http://jezebel.com/well-this-is-one-very-adorable-wedding-video-1218944786/1225260547" target="_blank">Brooklyn reception</a>&nbsp;went viral, the clamoring for slow-motion video booths at every hipster wedding from Austin to Portland began in earnest.</p><p><strong>4. Wedding movies.</strong></p><p>Professional videographers who can make any wedding ceremony look like &quot;The Notebook&quot; or an Instagram-filtered version of Taylor Swift&#39;s &quot;Love Story&quot; are in high demand these days. Some of these mini-movies might be a little too high on the schmaltz factor; but in my opinion, beautiful videos like <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/03/devon-jordan-gay-wedding-video_n_4037542.html" target="_blank">this one</a>&nbsp;are reason enough to keep the trend alive.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>5. Out with the garter and bouquet toss.</strong></p><p>These <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/29/bouquet-toss_n_3354144.html" target="_blank">centuries-old customs</a>&nbsp;have fallen out of favor with many a modern couple, because let&#39;s face it: throwing a bouquet to a rabid horde of single ladies is<em> </em><em>so</em> 1950s, and reaching under your wife&#39;s skirt in front of 100+ guests is more than a tad bit awkward, not to mention tacky.</p><p><strong>6. In with mint green.</strong></p><p>From bridesmaids&#39; dresses to floral arrangements to trendy ombre cakes, the thousands of Pinterest boards devoted to this popular shade don&#39;t lie: a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pinterest.com/3dmemoirs/hot-wedding-trends-for-2013-1-the-color-mint/" target="_blank">mint vogue</a>&nbsp;is upon us.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>7. Foot your own bill.</strong></p><p>With more partners choosing to marry later in life (i.e. when they are more financially stable), the old rule of the bride&#39;s parents paying for the wedding has fallen by the wayside. Considering the not-so-subtle ties to fathers selling their daughters back in <a href="http://offbeatbride.com/2010/12/the-dowry-tradition" target="_blank">dowry times</a>, this update is a decidely welcome change.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>8. Live-stream it.</strong></p><p>Can&#39;t make it to an out-of-town wedding? No problem. In the age of all things digital, you can virtually attend a loved one&#39;s ceremony via Skype, FaceTime, or a streaming company devised for this very purpose, <a href="http://www.idostream.com">I Do Stream</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>9. More desserts.</strong></p><p>Why buy just one or two very expensive wedding cakes when you could have a more cost-effective candy table, cupcake tower, platter of cronuts, bouquet of cake pops, an ice cream sandwich bar, or my personal favorite, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bridal-guide/sweet-as-pie-15-wedding-i_b_2875646.html" target="_blank">wedding pie</a>?&nbsp;</p><p><strong>10. Food trucks.</strong></p><p>Forget the fancy catering service. All you need is a food truck of delicious tacos, barbeque or <a href="http://glo.msn.com/living/hottest-and-wackiest-wedding-trends-7337.gallery?photoId=57004" target="_blank">In-N-Out burgers</a> to keep your hip and hungry guests thoroughly satisfied.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>11. Spectacular sendoffs.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Throwing rice may be the old standard for departing newlyweds, but modern weddings have kicked the tradition up a notch with sparklers, flower petals, bubbles, and even <a href="http://offbeatbride.com/2011/09/rice-tossing-alternatives" target="_blank">glowing lanterns</a>&nbsp;released into the sky for extra drama.</p><p><strong>12. No bridal party.</strong></p><p>Back in March,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.today.com/style/death-wedding-party-couples-scale-back-1C8923876" target="_blank">Today.com</a>&nbsp;reported &quot;the death of the wedding party,&quot; citing a trend of more couples deciding to scale back financially and skip the stress of bridal parties altogether. Apparently, &quot;the days of having 15 bridesmaids are over,&quot; although no word yet on whether the amount of bridezillas will also decline as a result.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>13. Mason jars.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>In case you hadn&#39;t heard, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/mason-jar-ideas_n_3943075.html" target="_blank">mason jars are the new wine glasses</a>.</p><p>What other wedding trends have you noticed this year?</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. You can find Leah on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>,&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp;and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">&nbsp;Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-10/what-weddings-look-2013-108908 Most Terrifying Teen Trends http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/most-terrifying-teen-trends-105418 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/7110334649_5f79086503.jpg" style="float: right; height: 300px; width: 300px;" title="Flickr/Vancouver Public Library. Another teen runs amok." /><span id="internal-source-marker_0.4914306960887159">You may have never heard of &quot;vodka-facials&quot; or &quot;fires,&quot; but chances are your kids are familiar with these dangerous trends. Here are</span> some of the potentially deadly activities to look out for. (If they deny knowing anything about it it&#39;s a sign they&#39;re already addicted!)</div><p><br /><strong>Vodka facials:</strong><br />Teens pour a shot of vodka on their face and wait patiently for their pores to absorb the alcohol.<br />Danger: Missing out on the homework they could be doing while they wait for the liquor to absorb.<br /><br /><strong>Butt Smoking:</strong><br />Teens purchase cigarettes and in order to escape detection from authority figures, use their rectums to inhale and exhale smoke.<br />Danger: Cigarettes are expensive and will do damage to teen bank accounts, plus there is a risk of cigarette burns to otherwise pristine teenage tushies.<br /><br /><strong>Somersaults:</strong><br />The new planking. Instead of walking, driving, skateboarding or rollerblading, teens travel by performing continuous 360&deg; flips down the street.<br />Danger: High risk of dirtiness, neck injury and silliness.<br /><br /><strong>Teabagging:</strong><br />This is not what it sounds like--teens have a habit of giving activities vulgar nicknames. Teens suck on teabags in order to enjoy an extreme herbal, sometimes caffeinated &ldquo;rush&rdquo; when hot water is not available.<br />Danger: Choking hazard.<br /><br /><strong>Belts:</strong><br />Teen girls like to &ldquo;belt&rdquo; their baggy tops, but what is to prevent them from doing it too tightly?<br />Danger: Broken ribs, organ failure.<br /><br /><strong>Souping:</strong><br />Teens don&rsquo;t believe in a middle ground, hence they&rsquo;ve taken the good feeling most normal people get from a good bowl of Campbell&rsquo;s Chunky Soup and ingest it in extreme doses, which fills them up wrong.<br />Danger: Sodium overdose; urge to play football, which is also dangerous.<br /><br /><strong>Fires:</strong><br />Teens gather twigs from the forest, assemble them in either a &ldquo;teepee&rdquo; or &ldquo;house&rdquo; form, stuff them with newspaper, apply a match and a bit of oxygen and then, as simple as that, they&rsquo;ve got a fire.<br />Danger: There is no way of knowing whether the marshmallows they roast over the fire are gluten-free.<br /><br /><strong>Exercise:</strong><br />The hot new trend these days are endorphins. Teens exercise until they develop a &ldquo;natural high,&rdquo; known by its street name &ldquo;second wind.&rdquo;<br />Danger: Unacceptably high self esteem, shin splints.</p></p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 09:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey/2013-02/most-terrifying-teen-trends-105418 The Weekly Guide: Spotting Chicago street style fashion http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/weekly-guide-spotting-chicago-street-style-fashion-90174 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-05/Chicago street fashion flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Clothes might make the woman but some people’s outfits might also make for good laughs. An outfit so out there, so weird, it just begged for documentation–-and photographers did just that. Like Amy Creyer who snaps style for her blog, <a href="http://www.chicagostreetstyle.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Street Style.</em></a></p><p>She planned to focus her lens on <a href="http://www.lollapalooza.com/" target="_blank">Lollapalooza</a> over the weekend but she also had plenty of other ideas for spotting fashion on the go. Creyer served as the latest <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide" target="_blank"><em>Weekly Guide</em></a> in a special fashion edition.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 16:08:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-05/weekly-guide-spotting-chicago-street-style-fashion-90174