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Homespun Chic will be giving way to Retro Glamour,” predicts Carley Roney, editor in chief of The Knot. “Many of the year's top wedding trends reflect an obsession with the sophistication of the 1950s and '60s.”

But, despite all the elegance, brides still want to give guests something to talk about! Quirky surprises, inspired by couple's unique personality, or of-the-moment pop-culture crazes -- like 3-D!

HERE'S A LOOK AT WHAT'S COMING DOWN THE AISLE FOR 2010

RETRO GLAMOUR…

BLACK, WHITE & BALL GOWNS: From black-sashed dresses and ball gowns to tulle and high waists, the look of the season is all about Grace Kelly elegance, right down to the accessories: ladylike gloves and pearls. For the guys, traditional tuxes are back.

MAD MEN-INSPIRED BEAUTY: Channeling the likes of Betty Draper and Audrey Hepburn, brides will be opting for statement-making hairstyles, like bouffants, French twists, and even beehives, with chic cage veils. As for makeup, matte base, black eyeliner, and red lipstick complete the look.

RAT PACK COCKTAIL RECEPTIONS: Couples are skipping the sit-down dinner and going for supper club-style cocktail parties instead. Think: big-band music, heavy appetizers, and old-fashioned cocktails, like Manhattans, sidecars, and dirty martinis.

ART DECO COLORS: Black -- paired with emerald green or ruby red -- will give weddings a dramatic, sophisticated feel.

STATEMENT CAKES: Cupcakes will always be cute, but the big news right now is stately cakes, from towering layers to splashes of metallic details.

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When it Comes to Sex, Quantity or Quality?

Revealing everything from how often they have sex -- and more importantly how good it is -- to bedroom attire and more, the results released today kick off “Spice up Your Sex Life” week on TheNest.com (TheNest.com/greatsex) featuring 5 days of sexy giveaways and expert sex tips.

Highlights from the survey results include:

THEY'RE HAVING LOTS OF SEX -- BUT SHE'S NOT SATISIFED (AND HE KNOWS IT!):
Although 50 percent of couples claim to have sex several times per week, an astonishing 47 percent of women admit that they don't orgasm every time -- and he knows it!

HER BEDROOM ATTIRE BELONGS TO HER EX:
Think she's wearing sexy lingerie to bed? Think again. A whopping 64 percent of women admit to wearing flannel pajamas or a T-shirt and boxers that might even be from an EX!

THEY'RE ALLOWING OUTSIDERS IN THEIR BEDROOM:
Couples' bedrooms are loaded with sex distractions -- from the TV (over 63 percent of couples have one in their bedroom!) to BlackBerrys to magazines. Is staying busy keeping them from getting busy?

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WHAT'S THE "IDEAL" AGE TO HAVE A BABY AND A SUCCESSFUL CAREER?
First of its kind survey from TheBump.com & ForbesWoman.com reveals insight into this hot topic

“We find women on TheBump.com always asking each other the age-old question of whether there's ever really a 'perfect' age to have a baby,” says Carley Roney, editor-in-chief of TheBump.com. “As women balance biology with modern goals like a fulfilling career, bustling social life and happy marriage, there's no doubt that women are increasingly trying to find that sweet spot on when to become a mother and have it all.”

Highlights from TheBump.com and ForbesWoman.com “Working Moms” survey results include:

25 TO 29 IS THE SWEET SPOT WHEN IT COMES TO THE “IDEAL AGE”
42% of women surveyed responded that 25 to 29 was the “ideal age” for a working woman to have or adopt her first child. Women aged 30 to 39 were most likely to think 30 to 34 was the ideal age for a working woman to have or adopt her first child.

FINANCIAL SECURITY, NOT FERTILITY, IS THE TOP REASON WHEN CHOOSING AN “IDEAL” AGE TO HAVE A BABY.
Despite all the ongoing research surrounding fertility and age, interestingly enough, fertility is not the number one factor when it comes to deciding when to have a baby. The top two reasons were financial security (33%) and being emotionally “ready” to become parents (31%).

YOUNGER MOMS MORE CONTENT WITH TIMING OF THEIR FIRST CHILD.
Respondents who had their first child from 25 to 29 were the most content with the timing of their first child (82%). More than a third (35%) of moms who had their first child from 30 to 34 wish they'd had their child at a younger age, and 57% of moms who had their first child from 35 to 39 wish they'd had their child at a younger age.

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