Thursday, February 17th, 2011...11:00 am

And the Bridal Survey Says…IN THE NEWS

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A recent David’s Bridal survey reveals some interesting trends among brides-to-be.  For starters, over-the-top weddings are becoming a thing of the past, and brides are now opting for more intimate affairs that will allow them to save for the ever after.   Other highlights:

Less is More: Nearly 9 in 10 (89%) brides have considered having a small wedding, with 80% saying their reason for considering the smaller ceremony is to save money.

How Small is Small: 80% of brides-to-be believe a small wedding is 50 guests or less and almost half (44%) define it as a wedding with 30 or fewer guests.

Nuptial Necessities: Of those who had to reduce their budgets, 61% said the wedding planner was the first to go, followed by décor (59%) and venue (57%). Brides identified alcohol as the least likely to be affected by budget cuts.

Saving for the Future: 32% of couples agree that their top economic priority, aside from the wedding, i

Starting a New Tradition: Borrowed traditions are quickly becoming a thing of the past, as nearly 4 in 5 (79%) brides reveal they have a wedding tradition they wish they could do away with.

Alternative Aisles: 2 in 5 (40%) respondents would marry outside a church or synagogue in a non-religious setting, and two-thirds (66%) have considered having a family member or friend deliver their vows.

Eliminating Expectations: Additional traditions brides-to-be would like to do away with, include wedding speeches (37%), wearing white (25%) and choosing something old, new, borrowed and blue (22%).

Reality Check: While watching wedding reality shows may be a guilty pleasure of brides, 69% said they’d never let their wedding be featured on a controversial reality show in order to save money and get five minutes of fame.

Eco-Chic: 78% of respondents would take steps to make their weddings more environmentally-conscious.

Shades of Green:  37% of brides plan to serve locally  sourced dishes, decorate with locally soured flowers (35%) or pursue other green-friendly wedding plans.