Whether it’s that tried-and-true burlap runner or those hanging crystals of the ’90s, some weddings trends just don’t stand the test of time as well as others. And with all the changing styles and popular wedding locations, it can be hard to keep up with the hot-or-not of the wedding world. What’s a bride to do? Don’t worry — we’ve got you covered! We chatted with a handful of wedding planners that have seen many trends come and go throughout the years, and got the scoop on which popular trends they are ready to see get the boot or are already on their way out. Scroll on to see the top 10 wedding trends the pros want to see die.
1. Floating Florals: Although it’s often a cost saver, submerged flowers and floating candles are a tired trend, according to Beth Bernstein of SQN Events. This look has been around for a long time, and most planners are ready to say goodbye forever. Bernstein begs brides to please, please, please stop drowning those flowers, and instead welcome blooming bouquets and flowing florals for a more whimsical, romantic look.
2. Groom’s Cakes: A long-standing tradition in the South, groom’s cakes have gained popularity elsewhere too, and are often in a funny shape or theme to fit the groom’s interests or hobbies. The owner of Jordan Payne Events is “ready for groom’s cakes to go away. Sorry not sorry!” Let’s just stick to one pretty wedding cake or a tower of cupcakes, OK?
3. Moss Decor: Christy Matthews Events wants to keep it clean — on the tablescape that is. She pleads with brides to stop using moss on tables. Her one word to describe this popular trend is “ew!” She recommends using things like succulents or floral clippings instead; just nothing with dirt attached to it.
4. Bacon-Covered Everything: While bacon is, of course, a delicious addition to every menu, Tracie Domino of Tracie Domino Events says, “It’s fine to have bacon but we don’t need it on every course.” Take a tip from Tracie, and leave the bacon for your savory dishes. No need to add it to the cupcakes, ice cream and donuts on your dessert bar.
5. Signature Drinks: Okay, okay — this is a controversial one for sure. There’s no doubt that everyone’s favorite part of a wedding is the open bar. Planner Beth Bernstein wants you to keep it simple with the basics. Since people are going to drink their favorite cocktail regardless, there’s no need to stress over the perfect cocktail that speaks to you as a couple, and likely has some spendy ingredients.
6. Mason Jars: The trusty old mason jar will always be a crafting goldmine. But Keri Ketterer, owner of Always Yours Events, is ready to see the mason jar wedding trend go away for good. She “loved them in 2012 and 2013 when they were relatively unique, but they have been so overdone now!” Antique bottles or milk glass are also great options.
7. Chalkboard Signage: Chalkboards are super popular in the home and wedding world. Lacy Branch of Lacy Branch Events is just plain tired of the chalkboard signage trend. Lacy insists that chalkboard signs have lived their life and suggests finding a new substitution, like mirrors or natural wood.
8. Blush Color Palette: When Pantone released its colors of the year for 2016, many wedding planners everywhere were disappointed to see blush (aka rose quartz) as one of the two chosen colors. Sacramento wedding planner Kate Whelan is “just tired of blush weddings.” They’ve been the norm for a while now, so it would be great to see a new It color. Who knows, maybe serenity (Pantone’s other color pick) will shine through instead this year.
9. Barn Weddings: Planner Maggie Richard of Maggie’s Misc has had enough of the “rustic everything/barn look.” While she appreciates the incorporation of a few rustic elements, she’s tired of over-the-top rustic decor. Boho and whimsical decorations and garden or mountain settings are more beautiful and super on-trend alternatives.
10. Too Much Signage: San Francisco wedding planner Amy Nichols of Amy Nichols Special Events thinks that signage in general has been a bit overdone. Directing people where they need to go is one thing, but over-signing everything at your wedding is not necessary. Keep signs limited to places where they serve a function (such as at the bar listing drink options or explaining pie flavors on a dessert bar).
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