Every year we hear about the newest trends and what is up-and-coming for the following wedding season.
But after a while trends lose their luster as their popularity diminishes.
Some trends that seem to be losing steam are:
Chalkboards were a fun and easy way to provide signage at your reception. They have been used in a variety of ways including menus, table numbers, and in lieu of ceremony programs. Recently though, couples are staring to go back to simple cardstock when using signage at their reception.
“Traditional” Cocktail and Dinner Music
Light jazz and soft instrumentals used to be de rigeur for the cocktail hour and during dinner.
These days, couples are choosing a more eclectic playlist to set a fun mood for their guests, such as “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake, “Fever” by Peggy Lee or “California Dreamin’” by the Mamas and the Papas.
Big photo booths with goofy props like feather boas and crazy hats are still fun, but we’re seeing more open-air photo “booths” with props with a more upscale feel (such as bowler hats, mustaches, hearts, and champagne flutes).
Anything edible is always a bit hit, and candy buffets were a fun way to incorporate the wedding color palette and send guests off with a tasty treat. But, for whatever reason, candy buffets just aren’t used at wedding receptions very often anymore.
So, what does this mean for your wedding?
In reality, not much.
Your wedding vision is determined by you and your fiancé, what you both like (and dislike), and what holds meaning and is representative to you.
So, unless your style is to follow the current trends, what’s in and what’s out should never be a determining factor for what you choose to have for your wedding.
A side note though: sometimes it can be easier to find something that follows the current trends. For example, before the chalkboard craze was embraced, finding suitable chalkboards was tricky. You were pretty much stuck with large boards or none at all.
These days not only can you find them in a variety of shapes and sizes, but there is chalkboard paint so you can tun just about anything into a chalkboard.
Photo credit: Ruth Hartnup