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Wedding Ideas From The Knot's Experts: Colors, Catering, Venues, Trends, Save-the-Dates, Reception Table Shapes, Taco Trucks & More

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Earlier in the week we introduced you to the beautiful ladies at The Knot. Well, they're back, but not in a spooky Poltergeist way, but in a super helpful chock-full-of advice way.

Here are their tips on wedding decor, fresh ideas such as taco trucks, a wedding venue that's the first and only USDA certified organic events facility (it's in Austin by the way), and ever-important insight on wedding fashion trends. Just in case you forgot what those smiling faces look like, we posted a gallery of pictures from our photo shoot above with a few shots you probably haven't seen before.

Lifestyle Editor, Sarah Newell's wedding décor tips:

· Gray! Gray! Gray! It’s a perfect soft base color, allowing your accent colors to seriously pop next to it.
· A new take on the vintage trend has been to incorporate library elements to your décor. Stack books under your centerpieces or have escort cards displayed in card-catalog drawers.
· Think beyond the standard round reception tables. Farm tables are having a huge moment in wedding décor. Not only are they rustic and awesome, but your guests can actually have a conversation across them!
· For added sparkle, try hanging collages of gold-framed mirrors on your venue walls. The lights bounce off for a really cool effect.

· A different form of the vintage look, mid-century modern furniture is huge right now in reception décor. Think sleek lounge areas with stark white couches and red accent pillows. Site Editor of and, Anja Winikka's wedding ideas:

· We all love a good quirky save-the-date, but my current obsession is printing your name and date on guitar picks. “Picked” puns a must.
· The modern wedding is back! Like Sarah said above, it’s all about the mid-century modern look—clean lines, lots of Lucite. Then throw in a whiskey bar for added Mad Men sex appeal.
· Surprise your guests with food they’ll actually like—Mexican! Specialty margaritas, a guacamole bar, even a taco truck. You can’t not have a good time with Mexican food.
· Ombre cakes! Just like dip-dyed fabric, only in fondant icing. So cool and unexpected.

Senior Editor, Kristin Koch's local wedding tidbits:

· New York City: It’s no secret that New York has the best wedding venues in the country, but if you’re looking for something off-the-beaten path, we’ve had our eyes on a super buzz-worthy space, 632 on Hudson—a 164-year-old mansion tucked away in the West Village. Rent out their lower-level garden space for a quaint ceremony and reception or actually just the entire place!
· Los Angeles: We are obsessed with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. Just take a look at this wedding video (above) —couldn’t you die?
· Chicago: Did you know that Cracker Jacks and Twinkies were both invented in Chicago? Add a few packs of Wrigley’s gum (a nod to the beloved baseball field) and you have one hell of an out-of-towners welcome bag!
· Austin: The first and only USDA certified organic events facility (in the nation!) is of course in none other than Austin, Texas—Barr Mansion & Artisan Ballroom. Also, the 100-year- old Eastlake Victorian mansion just underwent a complete renovation to its glass-front ballroom.
· Miami: South Florida parties are known for getting a little steamy. Cool your guests off with a late-night treat of Feverish Ice Cream’s mini ice cream cones! Or vegan popsicles. Or sorbet in real fruit shells. They have the most diverse natural flavors.Editor of The Knot China, Jennie Ma's wedding style tips:· For gowns, the “frothy” look is everywhere this season. Light-as-air, this style is great for summer weddings but still creates enough volume to be truly stunning (Reem Acra and Marchesa both do gorgeous work with light layers).
· We love the idea of a wardrobe change during your reception. Go for a flirty white mini (Amsale, Melissa Sweet, J.Crew, and BCBG all make adorable short dresses!) or wear a traditional dress from your culture.
· Of course we couldn’t live without the Monique Lhuilliers and Oscar de la Rentas of the world, but it’s so nice to see chic options at a lower price point, like White by Vera Wang for David’s Bridal, BHLDN for Anthropologie, White House | Black Market, and The Aisle.
· Bridal jewelry doesn’t always have to be delicate—we say statement pieces all the way! Maybe layered necklaces from Dannijo or a killer cocktail ring from Erickson Beamon—you should have fun with your style.

· And on that note: incorporate colors! Fun shoes are an absolute must (no questions asked), but also consider other bright accents like a fuchsia cymbidium orchid in your hair or a dramatic lipstick (MAC Russian Red!).· The Knot [Official Site]
· All Weddings Week posts [Racked]