Trend Tuesday: 5 Wedding Trends I Love

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Hey everyone. So last Tuesday, I posted about 5 wedding trends I hate. Today I thought I’d go for the other side of the coin. These are some popular wedding trends that I can not get enough of.

5. Mason Jars

Yes I know, you’re all rolling your eyes and thinking “Oh god not mason jars, they’re so overdone” but I honestly can not get enough of them and the variety of ways people use them. I’ve seen them used as glasses (sometimes there’s even been a stem added). I’ve seen them arranged in a multitude of ways in centerpieces. I’ve seen them covered in burlap, ribbons, lace, chalkboard paint, you name it. I’ve even seen them used in the lighting.

 

masonjarSo yes, mason jars have been used in weddings in every possible way imaginable, but I can never get enough of them.

 

4. Funky Groomsmen Socks

I’m always up for a little bit of originality in a wedding and I find that colourful groomsmen socks are an awesome way to do it. It provides great photo opportunities and a laugh from the guests. It’s a nice little fun touch.

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3. Chair Signs

When I’m talking chair signs, I mean those cute little signs on the back of the bride and grooms chairs. Most times they say “Mr” and “Mrs.” or “Bride” and “Groom” and they’re pretty cute like that, but then you get into the more creative ones.

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Chair signs have been one of my favourite trends since I started planning my wedding and saw them. I find it a cute little touch and yet another way to bring the personalities of the couple into the wedding.

2. “Something Blue” Shoes

I’ve noticed that quite a few brides nowadays aren’t sticking with classic white shoes. Instead, they’ll use their footwear as their “something blue”. I personally love the idea and am about 95% certain I’ll be doing that. I find it provides a nice pop against the white of the dress in some photos, especially when the shoes in question are a darker blue.

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And my favourite wedding trend?

1. Succulents

Succulents have been EVERYWHERE in the past little bit and I think they are such an interesting addition to weddings. I remember my mom having some in our garden when I was a kid (although she called them something else) so when I first saw them used in a wedding, I leapt right at them. And like mason jars, they have many uses. I’ve seen escort cards doubling as a favour. I’ve seen them on cakes, centerpieces and in bouquets, where I think they can look absolutely stunning.

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Photo Credits

1. BootsNGus on Etsy (Found here)

2. EE Photography (Found here on The Knot)

3. Mint Photography (Found here on Green Wedding Shoes)

4. Nicole Dixon Photography (Found here on The Knot)

5. emily g photography (Found here on Ruffled)

5 Wedding Trends I Hate

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Hello everyone, and welcome to my Tuesday feature where I discuss different wedding trends and other aspects of weddings and my opinions on them. For this first entry, I will be a bit on the negative side and talk about wedding trends I hate.

 

5. Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

I’m kicking off the list with this trend that seems to have become huge over the past little bit. I will admit that I have seen this trend done well, especially when dresses are similar lengths and colours. Other times though, you end up with things like this:

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Sure the tones sort of go together, but other than that, there’s no unifying aspect. It ends up looking cluttered to me and overall, I’m not a huge fan of it.

4. Floral Crowns on Brides

I know the bohemian style has been in for the past few years, and like the mismatched dresses above, I have seen floral crowns done well. Most times however, it is not. I find it comes across as almost tacky and definitely childish. I feel like we should leave the little floral crowns to our younger members of the bridal party.

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See? Doesn’t she look adorable?

3. Naked Cakes

Now, I will admit that some of my hatred towards naked cakes may come from my personal experience. My mom is amazing at decorating cakes. She did her own wedding cake, and I’ve asked her to do mine as well. I just find a well decorated cake looks better than, well this.

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The flowers look nice, but to be perfectly honest, if I’m paying someone a lot of money to make me a cake, I want it to look finished. I honestly feel these naked cakes are a huge ripoff for the customer. Its the icing of a cake and the decoration that takes the longest. This is basically baking the cake, assembling it, adding a few details and voila, a half-assed cake.

2. Brooch Bouquets

I understand wanting to keep your real bouquet and throwing a fake one. I definitely understand wanting to keep costs down for your wedding by not having real flowers, but there are plenty of other options that look better than these brooch bouquets I’ve been seeing everywhere. I’d even suggest paper flowers over these things,

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This is just a jeweled mess. Besides, if you are trying to keep costs down, I feel that using paper flowers, or fake fabric flowers from Walmart or a craft store would end up being cheaper than buying one of these. The “nicer” looking ones seem to average $200 and over.

1. Fancy “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” Things

This is the number one trend that irks me to no end. All these fancy ways of asking people to be a bridesmaid in your wedding. I’m constantly seeing them on my Pinterest feed and all I can say is why?

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Why do brides these days feel compelled to ask their bridesmaids if they’ll do that honour in some fancy-schmancy way that often involves giving them a gift? Why not just talk to them and ask “Hey, do you want to be a bridesmaid in my wedding?” That’s what I did, and none of my bridesmaids were upset or disappointed that I didn’t do it in some creative, unique way. My fiancé’s cousin was bouncing off the walls when I asked her. Honestly, I feel that if those you want as your bridesmaids are even worth having as bridesmaids, they won’t ask for or expect some kind of gift for being in your wedding. They’ll do it from the goodness of their hearts. Now, I’m not saying don’t give them a gift if you’d like to. It’s a nice thing to do and I already have mine being worked on. Just don’t give them something when you ask. It feels like a bribe to me.

Photo Credits:

1. Chelsey Boatwright Photography (Found here)

2. Shannon Michele Photography (Found here)

3. Found here at Colin Cowie Weddings 

4. MagnoliaHandmade on Etsy (Found here)

5. lonestaraccessories on Etsy (Found here)