Chic or Cliché? Trends and Their Role in Your Wedding
Are barn weddings on their way out? Should we say goodbye to naked cakes? Do we dare offer photo booths at our reception? No sensible couple should even think about including these trends in their 2019 or 2020 wedding, right? Truth be told, you’ll find just as many trends that people love as hate when it comes to styling weddings. How do you make sense of all this discourse? Read on to find out.
The Complex Life Cycles of Wedding Trends
Trends of any kind emerge from a wide variety of sources. We already understand the role of social media, with Pinterest and Instagram as a couple of go-to apps when couples look for wedding style inspiration. Vendors play a large role in this, either by attempting new trends or showing how they incorporate existing ones into their products. Couples themselves show off what they’ve done at their weddings. Let’s not forget about celebrity influence, too: Harper’s Bazaar Arabia mentioned a few famous weddings’ impacts on style in an April 2019 piece.
Consider also the role of wedding publications and websites. They’re either trying to spot upcoming trends or subtly suggest new ones to couples seeking inspiration. Martha Stewart Weddings and Wedding Wire Canada are just a couple of examples. “We like to think that each year only adds to the already-incredible roster of big-day ideas that exist,” Martha Stewart Weddings’ Sarah Schreiber opined, before giving her take on what’s hot in 2019.
When Fads Become Stale and Trite
Schreiber’s statement may embolden couples who have their hearts set on choices that some critics are quick to dismiss, such as rustic barn weddings or cupcake towers. The common critique, however, is that these trends seem to have become commonplace and pedestrian. The Whisp takes down several recent ones in an October 2018 article, decrying them as either impractical, tacky, awkward, or overdone. While some trends may pose logistical nightmares, others may suffer from being repeated too often at too many events. Think of a hit song that you constantly hear at parties or in the club, only to discover it’s now followed you to the grocery store or the doughnut shop. Every time you turn the radio on, it’s there. You get the idea.
Tips for Including Trends in Your Wedding
Fortunately, none of this means you have to forgo fancy wedding signage or mason jars. With that said, you can still pull off your favorite trends with help from some thoughtful advice. First, you should adopt a smart approach to trends you see on social media. Behind some of the beautiful images are carefully staged photography and hours of professional work into the designs. Replicating these ideas may be a little pricier than you expect, so choose your inspiration carefully.
Bridal Guide suggests adopting new and unique takes on current and past trends. Find fresh ways to use them, or riff off the originals for alternative ideas. A love of mason jars, for instance, could inspire you to choose vintage, hand-decorated, or eclectic glassware for your reception. Can’t get enough of photo booths? Try offering one during cocktail hour only, when guests feel most inspired to have fun with them. Also, consider mixing and matching different styles. You may love the idea of a barn wedding, but what about sophisticated touches such as metallic décor details or an elegant croquembouche?
Reflecting Your Style and Personalities
BuzzFeed offers some useful wedding planning advice: “Don’t live and die by trends.” You have no obligation to ignore the latest fashions, but a balanced approach is wise. No matter how you design your wedding, your ultimate goal is to create an event that you truly love and your guests enjoy.