While the basics seem to stay the same, such as the inclusion of cakes, flowers, and music, wedding fashions are always changing. If you are planning a wedding in 2009, here are a few tips on what is hot this year in wedding fashions and what to avoid.One of the most popular trends this year is in the use of feathers. While you certainly do not want to go overboard and appear like a bird, you can add some flair with a few well-placed feathers. Just keep it understated. Consider using them as a hair accessory or as a small detail on your gown.As far as fabrics, the trend has turned away from traditional silk. More gowns are designed with embroidered tulle and cotton lace. Another specific aspect of the gowns to notice is the embellishments. Ribbons, beading, bows, and the ever-present lace are some of the favorites. The subtle details are very feminine, but also exude elegance and grace. The trick is to find a look that is flattering, but not overdone.One of the most popular styles this year is the single shouldered dress. A carry over from the winter season, this really chic and very modern style seems to appeal to those who favor a less traditional look for their gowns. This is also the case with shorter wedding dresses as well. Fitted bodices and full skirts at or above the knee are very popular. If you are planning a casual, outdoor ceremony, these can be just the ticket to a very stylish wedding. There will always be the need for the full, formal, floor length gowns for the classic, formal ceremony.When it comes to colors, white will always be in style, but there is also a turn to the pastels. Your bridesmaids, however, will love the new, bold looks for the season. Cobalt blues, kelly greens, and canary yellows are very popular and will create a fabulous dramatic effect. The champagne colored gowns for the bridesmaids are definitely out. If you want your bridesmaids in one of these neutral colors, you add color with pretty sashes or hair accessories, such a brightly colored scarf.When it comes to your own wedding fashion, however, it really is a matter of personal taste. Many little girls start planning their weddings from a very young age and dream for years about what it will look like. If your heart is set on a certain style, fabric, or color, then wear it. This is one of the most important days of your life, and you deserve to wear what makes you happy. You don’t want to make all your decisions based on what is considered in style for the year. When you choose the fashion for your wedding, make sure it’s what you want to wear and not what society tells you is best.