An overly Instagramed wedding!Your guests are there to celebrate with you right? Invite guests to put away their phones, by providing a professional photographer that will capture all the candid moments you are all craving. Stay off your phones and immerse yourselves in the beautiful event you worked so hard to create. Don’t let cell phones and hashtags and selfies get in the way of you and your friends making fun memories out on the dance floor or a meaningful conversation with your grandmother. The most cherished keepsakes from your wedding day are the special moments you share as a couple with your friends and family.
Wedding favor or junk drawer contender? Don't fall into one of these wedding trend mistakes!What’s the truth about the cute bauble you picked out as a favor for all your wedding guests? You know the little decorative trinket you spent money on? Unfortunately most of these get left behind at the wedding or placed in your guest’s junk drawer when they get home. Forget about the wedding favor and put the money towards something that people care more about, like being witness to a beautiful well-thought out wedding ceremony. Put more focus on your precious nuptials.
#badhashtagHashtags are a supertrend that aren’t just going to go away. However try to avoid making a creative and probably confusing hashtag. You may induce serious eye-rolls with your oh so cute hashtag creation. We advise keeping it simple and genuine by just using your names.
Can I monogram that?Please stop putting your monogram on EVERYTHING!! It’s important to use this sparingly or else it just looks tacky! Put your monogram on the invitation and use it in one design element at the reception. Keep it off your dance floor. Don’t put it on napkins, signs, or table cloths. Just keep it simple and sophisticated.
A sea of gray… I’m boredOne of the biggest wedding trend mistakes to ditch this year is the monochromatic bridesmaid look. Minimalism is still in, but with a flair! You can stick with a complementary palette but then let your bridal party wear varying patterns, hues, designers, and styles that show off individuality and helps them feel good too!
Geometric ceremonies are too trendyWhile we will see more art installments in wedding receptions this year, avoid using geometric backdrops at your wedding ceremony. It had it’s fifteen minutes of fame last year, but this trend is not one that will last. You will be looking at your wedding photos forever, a geometric backdrop will seriously date your wedding, making it a wedding trend mistake you'll want to avoid. Another thing to watch out for are asymmetrical designs. The look tends to draw the eye into a particular direction, away from the couple; it’s distracting. When it comes to your ceremony backdrop, choose elements that are symmetrical, chic, and timeless.
Wedding Traditions Versus Wedding Trends
The groom must not see the bride before the wedding ceremonyThis is one of those wedding traditions that stems from arranged marriages and is pretty old fashioned in today’s day. If you have parents that are sticklers about this tradition though, you can have a first look before the ceremony. It’s more modern and intimate, and it still keeps the suspense of the groom having to wait until the wedding day to see his bride. Rather than having your fiancé react to seeing you for the first time as you walk down the aisle in front of a small or large crowd of friends and family, you can have that special moment alone together. It also means more quality time for the two of you on this big day.
Your engagement ring should be a diamondIt is said that wearing a diamond in a gold setting helps protect you from evil spirits and demons. This tradition, while still timeless, is not completely trendy today. This accessory will be something you wear everyday so keep that in mind and choose something that reflects your style.
Your wedding dress should be whiteNope! This is one of the wedding traditions that proves they can change. A lot of brides opt for something that, once again, represents their personal style. You want to look and feel your best on your wedding day and that may mean wearing something other than the traditional white wedding gown. There are so many options out there too. You can choose a gown that’s a completely different color or you can add pops of color like died tulle under a your skirt for a unique, but subtle look.
Your bridal party must matchIn 2019 we will definitely see bridal parties wearing multi-colored, varying patterns, and different cut dresses. Don’t expect to see monochromatic color schemes or shades of white. Each bridesmaid is beautiful and unique and giving them the freedom to choose a dress within your style and design parameters, will help them feel and look great. Also, more bridal parties are co-ed today. You aren’t really going to have your guy best friend in a purple tux are you? Have fun mix and matching your bridal party!
You must send save-the-date cards[embed]https://vimeo.com/121931937[/embed] Forget it, we live in a digital age now and people are incredibly creative and talented! Even for more formal wedding events sending a save-the-date by mail is out of style. Instead, hiring a professional photographer to create a beautiful keepsake and digital invitation for your friends and family is the way to go in 2019. Many couples will also be creating wedding websites where their guests can rsvp, look at your wedding registry, and receive updates leading up to the big day.
Happy New Year and Hello Wedding Trends!Another year of weddings has gone by and we are ringing in the new year with this list of wedding trends for 2019. We are so excited to see the romance, design, and wow-elements that this year will bring in the world of wedding trends!
Extended EngagementsTake the pressure off yourselves and set your wedding date far in the future and just enjoy each step of the process. Put on all the fun little events that happen while you are engaged, like the engagement party or dinner. This is also a good time to take care of your body so that you are feeling and looking your absolute best on your big day. Having a longer engagement will help you finance your wedding, but it also gives you time for financial talks as a couple. Set goals to prioritize and start your married life on the same page.
Backyard WeddingsOne of Pinterest’s highest searched keywords by brides-to-be last year was “Backyard Weddings”! This has always been a popular choice for couples and families looking for a budget friendly venue option that is comfortable for everyone. We love the backyard wedding because helps set your guests at ease and puts everyone in the mood to party! It’s nice being able to save a little money to put towards a future home, your honeymoon, or maybe beef up the design budget. Photo from Minnow Park Photography.
Violet Florals2019 Florals will be wild, bold, and free! We will see violet colored flowers making a splash in many bouquets and floral designs. Pantone’s color of the year was purple! Think bright orchids and vervain, or pretty pansies that will pack a purple punch.
Alternate Reception EntertainmentWe are really looking forward to seeing are all the unique entertainment ideas for 2019 weddings. Having a DJ or band for music is surely a must to get everyone moving during the reception. However, having other types of entertainment for your guests to be involved with throughout the evening will put everyone in party mode! For example think, tarot readings, a classic photo booth, ice cream bar, horse shoes, archery or acrobatic performers! Don’t forget to hire a photographer to capture all the candid instagrammable moments! Photo from Style Me Pretty. The Best Fall Bridal Looks from 2018. Pass these four trends along to your brides as a perfect option to try: Off-the shoulder, detailed backs, royal inspired, and minimalist. Photos by Lucky Bridals.
What to do when your Dream Wedding Ends up on a Wedding Trend Don't ListWho the EFF cares what "they" think?! Whether it is friends or a blogger on GQ, what matters most when it comes to planning your wedding is what you like and what you want your wedding to look like. For example, if you want to use mason jars as part of your centerpieces or have a photo booth with props for your guests to take pictures, then go for it! Don't let your best friend tell you she thinks mason jars are sooooo over and definitely don't let a blogger talk you out of it. (Though, Jessie Mooney does bring up a good point in her blog 9 Trends Wedding Planners Hate as Much as You Do that photo booths can create a bottle neck. Instead of nixing them completely, maybe make a plan on how to avoid the problem!).
Ask yourself these three questions:
- What do you want your wedding to be like? Pin the pins, create your vision boards, read the bridal magazines and determine what your want.
- Why do you want it to be that way? Then decide where your motivation comes from. Is it because you think it is beautiful or fun? Or is it because you are determined to be in style and on trend? If it is the latter, than having your wedding plans touted as being out dated matters. If it is because it is what you love, then others not liking it doesn't really matter.
- Will it work? Is it functional? If yes, roll with it. If not, then maybe rethink the idea!
- Include a table number! With a terrarium like the one above, we would recommend using a classic standing table number or a rustic standing table number like the one pictured above. The classic look would be situated aside the terrarium, whereas the rustic number could have the potential of being incorporated in it. For other options for incorporating the number within the centerpiece, look through our monogram cake toppers since they can just as easily be positioned in the soil as they can be in a cake!
- If you decide to create a smaller terrarium, include decorative tea lights or candles!These beautiful candles would look great next to a colorful terrarium like glittering side stone to the center stone of an engagement ring. It is small enough that it would not be overpowering or competing, but big enough that it won't like it is there on mistake! Plus, the color this candle holder comes in can really work with just about any color scheme!
Top 10 Hipster Wedding Cake ToppersIf you don't know already, hipsters are, as defined by the consistently useful Urban Dictionary, "a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter." This subculture has gained increasing traction over the years, effecting change in mainstream values and trends. It comes as no surprise that it has opened up a whole new world of increasingly popular wedding trends (as seen in Refinery 29's info graphic featured on the left). In fact, you will often find that when we feature "twists" on different wedding traditions such as wedding cakes and cake toppers, that it is the hipster community that has inspired this push on tradition. So this week, we are highlighting those wedding cake toppers that would be at home at a hipster wedding! The following cake toppers take on this challenge of pushing against tradition while also being a part of tradition: many of which take on a vintage feel that goes in par with the Hipster tendency to search thrift shops and vintage styles.
Ballroom Beauty Paper Doll Mix and Match Bride and Groom This paper doll cake topper embodies the hipster tendency toward the vintage and unique. It even allows for great individualism as you can mix and match the "dolls" to suite who you are perfectly!
Hobo Wedding Cake Topper This patched up bride and groom would fit in at a hipster wedding because of its vintage feel and because of it play on a hipster Bride's likelihood to refurbish her wedding dress from thrifty finds, though her artistic skill would probably be beyond square patches!
Crafters Bride and Groom Wedding Cake Topper
This more traditional looking cake topper makes the cut because of the Bride's less traditional dress, but also, and more so, because of the unique and colorful button adorned base!
- Mr & Mrs Banner Cake Topper This banner styled cake topper has become increasingly popular and is often found at a Hipster wedding. In fact, as demonstrated in the above info graphic, you are likely to find a banner or two as reception decor!
- Zebra Wedding Cake Topper As Hipsters tend to be on the more creative side, you are likely to find a fun and cute cake topper like these Zebra salt and pepper shakers. Salt and Pepper shakers are not wedding cake toppers? Why not? The porcelain figurines work great on top of a cake AND can be used in your new home together afterword. The hipster in you may not be able to resist!
Custom Names Topper
This monogram cake topper is not only a twist on the traditional figurine cake topper, but also mixes up the traditional look of a monogram cake topper! This monogram works great with whatever desert your serving at your wedding, be it cake, pie, cupcakes, or even doughnuts!
- Wood Finish Bride and Groom Cake Topper FigurineThis cartooned take on the traditional bride and groom with the big bow tie is exactly the type of cake topper you would find at a hipster wedding. Match it with some unique flower choices and mason jar lighting and you are in business!
- Language of Love Forever Wedding Cake Topper Figurine Hipster doesn't always mean vintage, but it does mean unique. The above contemporary cake topper speaks to the artistic nature of hipster culture and with the quote by J. Keats, it invites a more intellectual atmosphere. Additionally the daintiness of both the female and male forms adds an androgynous look that goes hand in hand with hipster culture.
- Blue Dutch Cake Topper As the hipster community has a focus on culture and heritage, a dutch (or whatever your background is) cake topper like this one would be perfect for your hipster wedding. Please note that this cake topper is one of our salt and pepper shakers that we suggest would work great as your cake topper!
- Rocking Chair Mature Couple Cake Topper Even though this cake topper is being listed as number 10, it is an easy favorite for hipster cake toppers. It's quirky colors, thick rimmed glasses, and cardigan's fit in perfectly with the hipster fashion mantra. Aside from that, this topper speaks volumes to the idea of wanting to grow old together. How fun would it be to use this topper again for your 50th anniversary? Or, as they are also salt and pepper shakers, they can act as a reminder of the commitment you made together, for better or for worse!
What do you think of our hipster wedding cake toppers? Do they fit the bill? What is your favorite hipster wedding trend?
In our previous post, "Wedding Banner Trends: DIY Flower Garland", we mentioned the trend of bunting. The first time I heard of bunting, I was really confused, but once I saw a picture, like the one to the left, I realized I knew exactly what bunting was. You know, it is those triangle flag banner hanging things. Despite the difficulty in describing what bunting is, it ends up being a super fun wedding decoration and a great banner style for a plethora of wedding themes.
Bunting can blend into just about any wedding theme as it easily customizable. It probably wouldn't be at home in a super formal wedding or at a church ceremony, but it works great with vintage themes, outdoor, country, travel themes, floral, and so many other themes and styles. This fun wedding decoration works across multiple platforms, but also adds a unique and cute look to your wedding decor that is just unexpected. Additionally, it is an easy DIY.
DIY Bunting Kits
DIY is the do-it-yourself mantra that is sweeping through weddings, but sometimes do-it-yourself can be overwhelming and more messy than productive. That is why finding a DIY kit for all your fun wedding decorations needs can give you a middle ground of doing it yourself minus having to figure out how to do it yourself. Bunting is a simple wedding decoration that can have intricate designs and print, but the put together can really be hassle free.
The paper bunting kits we have include 50 flag pennants, white satin hanging ribbon, a CD with templates, test printing sheets, and instructions. The whole goal is to help you create the unique look you want affordable and with the least amount of hassle.
And really bunting is just cute! They make a great filler decoration and pennants just seem to create a flirty atmosphere. They can be used in so many ways - be it at the cake table, as a cake topper, as reception decor, or at the bridal shower - making bunting one of the most fun wedding decorations. It just works for everything.
Which fun wedding decoration trends do you like best?
Wedding Banner Trends Tons of couples are utilizing banners, bunting, and garland in engagement photos, wedding photos, and even as decor at the ceremony and reception. Basically it is everywhere! It works wonderfully over or around gift tables, sign in tables, and highlighting your wedding cake. It can also be used at bridal showers and bachelorette parties as a quick and easy way to create a lot of color and decor at your party site. Basically, the stuff can go everywhere! So, what is it? Banners: This is the big category that so many other things (including bunting) fit into. These are exactly what you think they are. They are signs or flags that hang over entrances, tables, across walls, etc. Bunting: This is a type of banner. These are those hanging triangle flags that are often seen at sporting events, carnivals, and vintage styled weddings. Garland:This a different than a banner in that it won't say anything and won't be draping material or anything like that. Garland, instead, is a string of or wreath of flowers, leaves, or other object-like materials. DIY Flower Garland A cute trend that is popping up is using paper flower decor and paper flower garland at weddings and bridal showers. Here is a simple step by step tutorial on how to make a paper flower. 1) Gather Materials:
- Sheets of book paper (or construction, card stock, scrap-booking, or basically any kind of paper)
- lead pencil
- paint colors of your choice
- water cup
- paint brush
- hot-glue gun and glue.