Recently, I came across three different articles which focused on current trends in weddings: the first displayed a gallery of sheer dresses that left little to the imagination; the second informed readers that the current trend in ceremonies is to have a friend or family member officiate, especially if they are used to public speaking; the third suggested that having wedding guests use their cell phones to capture the nuptials would save money that would otherwise go to a photographer! Please, please don't follow a trend just because some wedding guru claims this is the "hottest"! You will look back on your wedding and regret sacrificing quality for fleeting fashion.
Let's start with the sheer wedding dresses. The models flaunting them were stick thin and knew how to walk so that the fabric provided discrete coverage in both front and rear; even so, fashionable or not, there was a shock value to these dresses that would be magnified if the bride were even a few pounds heavier than the model. Not only would the "flesh spillage" be ungainly, but any bending or stretching would mean an instant "wardrobe malfunction" and public indecency. Enough said.
Then comes the issue of inviting a friend or family member to officiate. Having a loud voice or the ability to read well does not make for a good officiant.
Dr. Elizabeth-Anne Stewart, Chicago Wedding Officiant