Weddings aren't what they used to be. For one thing, nearly 26% of
proposals these days are made in November and December. Today's couples
are older, more established and more likely to pay for their own
nuptials. In The New American Wedding (Viking; 256 pages), Diane Meier
Delaney describes new ways brides and grooms are finding to tie the
knot with a personal twist.
CAKE TOPPERS Youtopthecake.com models its keepsakes on your pictures; customizes for same-sex and interracial couples; offers classy caricatures
INVENTIVE INVITES Make your own, and you'll save some money. For ideas and materials, check out invitesite.com or paper-source.comFrom the Dec. 05, 2005 issue of TIME magazine