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As same-sex marriage increasingly becomes more common, the No. 1 concern is — of course — fashion.

Do both brides wear wedding gowns? Do two grooms don matching tuxedos?

“Straight people are stuck in tradition, and gay couples can do whatever they want,” said Riki Altman, editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Brides South Florida and the Caribbean magazine. “For example, Ellen DeGeneres wore a pantsuit and Portia de Rossi wore a dress. I actually think that gay weddings are opening up the world for straight couples to do it their way too.”

But there are some common fashion elements in all nuptials.


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“Whether it’s a woman and a man, a man and a man, or a woman and a woman, it’s all about location, location, location,” said Ken Downing, fashion director of Neiman Marcus while visiting the Fort Lauderdale store recently. “It’s just like real estate — where you are is going to inform everything else. Once you determine the time of day and where you’re going to have the wedding, then you can create a clearer road map of what everyone should wear.”

“Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta” host Monte Durham, who’s in Delray Beach as creative director for ElevenSpa’s “Marry Me” program, agreed and added that comfort is also key.

“For women, every bride should wear something comfortable and flattering. If a ballgown is not on your list, try light, white, wide-legged pants and a soft blouse with a flattering neckline. Dressing to match was our mom’s era. We're individuals, so be who you are, keeping in mind it's a very special day and photos will abound,” he said.

“For the guys, it’s the same rule: Be comfortable and still look formal and relaxed,” he added. “But most importantly, dress to where you’re going. If it’s a cathedral or place of worship, look like you’re going to a cathedral or place of worship. Same for the beach, desert, mountains or a rooftop.”