04 Aug Wedding Trends 2018
Wedding Trends We’d Like to Say Goodbye to in 2019
There used to be a section in GQ Magazine called “GQ Regrets,” where they would reprint one of their old articles from a previous decade and apologize for promoting what now was clearly a horrible fashion trend. I think the best one was their 1970’s feature on “men’s fur bathing suits.” The regrets section was always good for a laugh, but it also taught me that choosing classic over trendy is always best. Think about it. Have you ever seen a photo of Audrey Hepburn or George Clooney and exclaimed: “what were they thinking!”
Timeless and Classic
Resisting the urge to jump on every trend and fad, and, instead, keeping the timeless and classic at the forefront is always the safest choice when you’re in the process of planning your wedding.
The Danger of Trends
Trends, by definition, are ephemeral and transitory by nature, and usually, when we look back at them, we do so with a certain degree of trepidation and mild horror. Mullets, baggy jeans, and velour tracksuits were all considered the height of cool once, but are now are the butt of jokes.
So, the question you have to ask yourself is: do I want to have an Audrey Hepburn wedding or do I want to have a Vanilla Ice wedding?
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being contemporary. I’m not saying the solution is to go antiquated or old-fashioned–this is not your grandmother’s wedding. However, it’s important to make your wedding classically contemporary–au courant but rooted in the timeless.
Before making wedding decor and theme decisions, ask yourself this question: how will our children react when they look at our wedding pictures 20 years from now?
With this in mind, I’ve come up with a few wedding trends that I feel have had their moment.
- Flower Crowns: I think this nod to the flower children of the 70’s has run its course. Perhaps save these for Coachella?
- Mason Jars: This is a trend that we’ve seen a lot of in the last few years, and I wouldn’t be sad if there was a moratorium on them. Weddings are one occasion where elegant stemware can be utilized–why use something as utilitarian as a mason jar?
- Photo Booths: These were fun and inventive additions to wedding receptions a few ago, but now they are getting a bit tired. We’ve all seen the IG posts with wedding guests donning fake mustaches and wacky hats. Why not set up a portrait booth instead? It’s a classier update and less cheesy than its predecessor.
- Corny Entrances: I know I may sound a tad catty, but I have to say I cringe a bit when the wedding party makes their entrance with a corny (and usually horribly choreographed) dance. Yes, I admit, when the trend was brand new, it was fun and unique, but now it just comes off as derivative and unoriginal. To me, this type of entrance is about as relevant as a flash mob or planking.
Be Authentically You!
There are more trends I’d like to see fade away in the rearview mirror, but I’ll save that for another blog. However, before you get too defensive because you really want to have one of these trends in your wedding, let me clarify that I think you totally should! At the end of the day, it’s your wedding and it should reflect your personality and character. So, if you love dancing, do it! If you absolutely adore floral crowns, wear them! The main thing is that your wedding is authentically you. The danger of trends is that often people bow to them, and sacrifice their true vision, one that truly represents you and your partner are!
In the end, don’t stress too much about it. Even GQ got it wrong from time to time!