Why I Have a Love-Hate Relationship with Wedding “Trends”

small wreath on wooden rustic table
Ugh. My Love-Hate relationship with trends continues.

However, this time it’s not because of any specific practice or trend that is currently showing popularity among engaged couples . . .

. . . but with the seemingly loose usage of the word “Trend.”

Over 60 million couples got married in the U.S. last year alone. With that many people, it only make sense that many will be making similar choices.

However, just because a lot of couples followed a similar practice for their wedding, it’s not always enough to call it a trend.

Sometimes it’s merely choices.

Peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, and dahlias are popular flower selections; Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 color of the year; Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” is the top requested song – these choices are trends as there are many options (literally hundreds) that couples could have chosen.

However, other choices are merely the same “are you or aren’t you” choices that have been made for decades. Choices, not trends.

Most recently, two non-trend choices have somehow been deemed as the latest trends. They are:

1. Not inviting children to the wedding

AND

2. Not doing a seating chart for the reception

People – THESE ARE NOT TRENDS.

These practices are not something new. They are not suddenly the “in” thing.

For years, many couples have chosen to not invite children to their wedding.

For years, many couples have chosen not to do a seating chart, opting for open seating instead.

But guess what? Just as many DID invite children, and just as many HAD assigned seating at their reception.

Which makes them choices, not trends. Choices that brides and grooms have been making for years. And they’re just a couple of the gazillion other choices that every couple makes when planning their wedding.

Ok, Thanks for letting me rant. I’ll climb down from my soapbox now.

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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2017 Wedding Trend Predictions

zodiac wheel with red heart for love divination

It’s time to take a look and see what trends we’re going to be seeing at weddings this year.

Rustic/Barn Weddings
Yes, the desire for Rustic/Barn weddings is still going strong. But it’s more than mason jars and wooden slabs.

Couples are going for more sweet and whimsical, and vintage inspired. Sunflowers are a fun choice. We’ll see touches of burlap, lace, and distressed accent tables (for your guest book or wedding cake), and romantic lighting.

rustic wedding reception in a barnPhoto by: Zac Fisher
Venue: Canopy Creek Farm

Softer/Muted Color Schemes
We’re seeing more pastels and neutrals – the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses, the table linens, and the flowers – in weddings that range from rustic to elegant.

pastel wedding flowers linens decorPhoto by: Weddings From The Heart
Flowers by: Jan Baker
Linens by: Prime Time Party Rental

Non-Traditional Food and Beverage Choices
Food trucks (think gourmet croquettes, homemade pretzel bites, slow roasted pork belly, pizza), and artisanal beers from a local brewery will be big hits.

food truck sliderFood (pork belly slider) by: Harvest Mobile Cuisine

Yellow
From sunny sunflower to romantic pastels yellow is the “in” color, and will be used in flowers, attire, accents (ex. ribbons, napkins), and other decor.

yellow wedding ceremony decorPhoto by: Childers Photography
Flowers by: Jan Baker

Metallics
Mettallics are showing up all over, including wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, the wedding cake, shoes, and vases. It’s no longer a choice between “gold or silver” but a mix of metallic colors (think warm golds, copper, polished silver, pewter, bronze).

bride's silver wedding shoesPhoto by: Faye Sommer Photography

Dark Gray
We’ll see this elegant color in mens formalwear, bridesmaids dresses, table linens and accents.

wedding gray formal wear

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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2016 Wedding Trend Predictions

It’s time to gaze into the crystal ball, read the tea leaves, pull out the tarot cards . . .

Here’s what we’ll be seeing at weddings this year.

  • Metallics
    This year we will be seeing more shine in table linens, vases, and invitations.
  • Sparkle
    Bling is still “in.” Accenting centerpieces, invitations, wedding gowns.
  • Non-floral centerpieces
    Candelabras, manzanita trees/branches, tall vases filled with fresh fruit, paper flowers.
  • Specialty/His-Hers Cocktails
    Couples will add some personality (and help keep the bar cost down) by offering special drinks.
  • Barn weddings
    The rustic look and feel is still very popular.
  • Evolution of the photo booth
    We’ll still see the traditional photo booths, but more couples will be opting for those that offer open air style, green screens, and flip books.
  • Creative seating arrangements
    Couples will mix things up with a combination of square and round tables.

Photo credit: Anyone see anything here? via photopin (license)

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Trends – What’s Out (And What This Means For You and Your Wedding)

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
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.

Photo Booths
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).

Candy Buffets
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

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Four Wedding Trends That Should Never Go Away

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of wedding articles that say something like “Wedding Trends We Want To Go Away” or “Wedding Trends We Wish They Would Retire.”

Let’s turn that around to something positive! There are certainly many fabulous wedding trends and practices that we’d love to see for a loooong time.

These are my 4 top favorites!

  1. Non-Identical Bridesmaid Gowns
    Your ladies have different personalities, and probably aren’t the same size or body type. Making them dress in identical dresses isn’t as common as it used to be.

    Choose a color (or color family) and give your ladies a few “guidelines” to follow, such as not full-length, or no strapless. Or choose a few different styles that coordinate and let your ladies choose which style each would like to wear.

  2. The “First Look”
    Most couples still follow the tradition of the groom not being allowed to see his bride before she walks down the aisle. However, a “First Look” is so special, and gives you both a moment together before the celebration of the day begins.
  3. Unplugged Weddings
    Your friends and family are excited to share your day and want photos to remember the day – I get that. But, if they’re watching through a viewfinder is distracting. They aren’t fully “in the moment.” Being “unplugged” allows your guests to truly “feel” the day, instead of collecting pictures to look at later.
  4. No Wedding Cake
    Ok, I love cake, but I have seen my share of couples who don’t, or just want to serve something different to their guests. Pies, ice cream, candy buffets, donuts . . . The possibilities are endless, so choose your favorite!

    (P.S. – This doesn’t mean I want to do away with wedding cakes. Instead, I want to encourage couples to do what feels right for them!)

Photo credits: Bridesmaids Dresses – © MNStudio | Fotolia.com
Wedding Desserts – © Antonio Gravante | Dreamstime.com

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

2015 Wedding Trend Predictions

photo credit: Judy ** via photopin cc
Wondering what we’re going to be seeing this wedding season?

Here are my predictions:

photo credit: sutichak

  1. Wedding cakes that make a statement through grand size and/or design. Guests will be looking at your cake so make it a focal point that really says “Wow!”
  2. Beautiful deep, rich blues – Navy, Indigo, Midnight. They’ll be paired with metallics (gold and silver) and neutrals (grey and ivory).
  3. We’ll also be seeing a lot of neutrals – whites, ivories, champagne, blush. Very elegant and sophisticated.
  4. Unique processional music – “Canon in D” and “Bridal Chorus” are still popular traditional choices, but brides are choosing more modern song selections like “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, and “All of Me” by John Legend for their walk down the aisle.
  5. Wedding gowns will have all-over lace. Retro-ish without feeling like it’s from another era, these dresses will be romantic and classic.

    photo credit: Innisfree Hotels via photopin cc

  6. Signature drinks will still be popular. A fun to way easily add some personalization to your wedding reception, and more economical than an open bar with several types mixed drinks.

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

Fun Wedding Trends

Looking for some fabulous trends for your wedding?

Check out our segment on Ohio Weddings from 2013. These wedding trends – Desserts, Ice Cream Bars, Vintage/Rustic Theme – are still going strong in 2014 (and 2015!)

Ohio Weddings Segment
Top Wedding Trends

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Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

4 Wedding Trends That Leave Many (Maybe Even You) Wondering “Why?”

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Wedding trends are often fun, unique ideas that many find to be interesting and inspirational. Then again, there are some that often leave many just scratching their heads.

Let’s take a look at a few of those:

1. Trashing the dress
Trashing the dress, according to Wikipedia, is “is a style of wedding photography that contrasts elegant clothing with an environment in which it is out of place.” But it goes beyond just a contrast between the locale and the elegant gown, but encourages the destruction of the garment by having a paint fight, rolling around in mud, diving into the ocean, even setting the gown on fire.

The result is often some amazing photos, but can cause some serious safety issues. A bride in Canada drowned during her trash the dress session.

So, how far is too far?

2. Bridesmaids wearing white dresses
Wedding traditions aren’t followed as they once were. Some couples don’t do the traditional bouquet or garter toss, others forgo the traditional wedding cake. But one tradition that has held on is that no one, except for the bride, of course, is allowed to wear white.

But, thanks to Pippa Middleton, that tradition is is being pushed aside. After she wore that Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen white dress, we’re seeing more bridesmaids in white (or light neutrals like ecru or eggshell).

photo credit: Scorpions and Centaurs via photopin cc

3. Dressed up wedding pets
Having your pet attend the wedding is one thing, but some couples are even giving them entire outfits too! You have to admit this pup is pretty cute, but are you over the dressed up dog?

So, are dogs dressed in entire outfits of suits and gowns cute, or just silly?

photo credit: bettyx1138 via photopin cc

4. Excessively Photoshopped wedding photos
Photoshop, or similar software, can be a photographers dream. They can adjust the brightness, turn a color photo into black and white, and easily make other enhancements to their photos.

But is too much a bad thing?

The original photo by Quinn Miller of the entire bridal party being chased down by a T-Rex was pretty funny.

But we’re now seeing other versions with bridal parties being chased by such threats as more T-Rexes, AT-ATs (the armored walkers seen in Return of the Jedi for those of you who don’t speak Star Wars), chased by Decepticons (from the Transformers movies), and (my favorite) the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters.

So, funny and creative? Or just too much?

Photo by Quinn Miller

What do you think of these wedding trends? Are you planning on doing something? What others have you seen? Let me know. I’d love to hear about them. Contact me at 937-235-2586 or at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net.

My 2014 Wedding Trends Predictions

Ok, I’m no fortune teller, but I love to keep an eye on what’s “in” and what’s “out,” especially for weddings. Based on what I’ve been seeing in recent years, here are my predictions of what’s to come in 2014.

1. Vintage/Retro decor that accents/enhances the theme and venue

2. Hand tied bouquets that incorporate personal items (locket, necklace, rosary, grandma’s hanky)

3. Mini bites (fun hors d’oeuvres, desserts)

4. Colors that are softer, yet muted & sophisticated (Greens: Teal, Sage; Yellows: Pantone Sunflower, Snapdragon; Purples: Iris or Tahiti

5. Neutrals (especially taupe & gray) will still be strong

6. Wedding gowns with sleeves (light – like lace, or off-the-shoulder)

7. Wedding gowns that aren’t white or ivory (think light pink, blush, pale blue)

8. Shorter wedding dresses

9. Bling will still be “in” & we’ll see it on wedding gowns, centerpieces, bouquets and cakes

10. Fun desserts (cake pops, mini cakes, candy buffet tables, donuts)

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

If you’re looking for fun ideas, or need help with your wedding plans contact me at jean@weddingsfromtheheart.net or at 937-235-2586.

photo credit: Lynn Friedman via photopin cc

Fun Wedding Trends for 2010

Yesterday afternoon I attended a luncheon where Chef Harvey Golden of My Personal Gourmet Catering talked about current trends in weddings.

It’s always fun to see what’s in, and if it’s a trend that will become classic and timeless, or just the current “hot thing.” Either way – they all add character, charm, and a lot of personality to your event.

Some of the trends mentioned were:
From TheKnot and GetMarried

  • Retro chic
  • Tea-length dresses

  • Classic white wedding cakes

  • Photo booths
  • Grand exits
  • Personalized plus (personalized details on décor, invitations, gifts and favors)
    • Other trends Harvey mentioned are:

      • Ice – as in ice sculptures, ice luges, ice shots and ice balls
      • The importance of food — Cultural foods, Comfort foods (fried chicken is a popular choice), and Foods served family style

      Thanks to Harvey and to Perfect Wedding Guide for a fun and inspiring afternoon.