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Preparing for your wedding should be a fun, not stressful, experience.

The experts share their advice for the latest trends and gorgeous styles - including top tips for nipping potential dramas in the bud.

So what's popular on the wedding scene right now?

Jenn Veza, The Original Wedding Company owner and wedding planner, said common trends for the upcoming spring/summer wedding season included a slight shift away from vintage.

"It's been such a popular wedding theme for a long time but currently weddings appear to be trending more towards Hollywood glamour and themes that are a bit more sophisticated," Ms Veza said.

As far as colour themes went, she said strong tones and stripes were in - particularly monochromatic themes.

Ms Veza said this wedding season a lot of weddings and receptions would go with black and white.

"It is such a timeless sort of colour palette, regardless of trend."

One interesting aspect is a growing tendency to forgo the tradition of bridesmaids and groomsmen.

Ms Veza said this was not a budgetary choice but more because couples preferred not to choose favourites, especially with so many special people in their lives.

Cocktail wedding receptions were popular a couple of years ago but the swing was now towards a more traditional sit-down formal dinner - with a twist.

Under the new reception trend, entree and main meals were sit-down and formal but the dessert was a buffet.

"I think brides and grooms are more conscious of getting people up and mingling, and a lot of venues are offering that as an alternative," Ms Veza said.

When it comes to the ceremony itself, wedding celebrant Lionel Yorke said he conducted wedding vows in two ways: a good way and what he called the "better-better" way.

He described the good way as basically traditional wedding vows, two or three words at a time, which the couple repeated after him.

Alternatively, the "better-better way" involved having the couple write a love letter to each other, without knowing what the other had written, then reading it aloud on the day in front of family and friends.

"It just makes it more personal for them, and more personal for the people there," Mr Yorke said. "It is lovely and it really makes the wedding."