WBEZ | style http://www.wbez.org/tags/style 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 Everyday Icon: Book dissects Michelle Obama's style http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-14/everyday-icon-book-dissects-michelle-obamas-style-83662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-14/Michelle Obama Getty Win McNamee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>First lady Michelle Obama&rsquo;s fashion has made headlines around the world. She&rsquo;s known for taking risks - with color, accessories, cardigans and lesser known designers. But this connection between fashion and the first lady goes way back &ndash; all the way to the original White House inhabitant Mary Washington. So is all the scrutiny and celebration of Obama&rsquo;s fashion unprecedented?</p><p><em>TIME </em>magazine&rsquo;s <a href="http://katebetts.com/" target="_blank">Kate Betts</a> says the Chicago native is a trailblazer in some aspects. She&rsquo;s been keeping her eye on the fashion choices coming out of the White House and finds a reason and a rhyme to it all. Betts decodes Michelle Obama&rsquo;s style in her new book, <em>Everyday Icon: Michelle Obama and the Power of Style</em>, and she joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about First Lady fashion.<br /><br />Betts <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thebookstall.com/">will read from her book Tuesday afternoon</a> at the Women&rsquo;s Athletic Club of Chicago.</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 12:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-14/everyday-icon-book-dissects-michelle-obamas-style-83662 Photographer captures the rockabilly lifestyle http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/photographer-captures-rockabilly-lifestyle <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/rockabilly.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><a target="_blank" href="http://www.jennifergreenburg.com/jennifergreenburg.com/index.html">Jennifer Greenburg </a>knows her pompadours and poodle skirts. The photographer traveled the country documenting the style-and lifestyle-of rockabillies for her book, &quot;The Rockabillies&quot;. And while she says her aesthetic sensibilities first drew her to this stylish bunch, she learned what beliefs and ideas brought this group of people together. She talked to Alison Cuddy about the subjects of her book earlier this year at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nightanddayvintage.com/">Night and Day Vintage</a>, a frequent haunt for those looking for the rockabilly style. <br /><br />Jennifer Greenburg currently has work up as part of <a target="_blank" href="http://johallaprojects.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/the-daley-show/">&quot;The Daley Show&quot;</a>, presented by Chicago Urban Art Society and Johalla Project. 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