So Hot Right Now

Weddings, just like fashion, are influenced by trends. Without wedding trends, the wedding industry would die because there would be nothing new to sell to brides. I’m not a trendy person. I don’t own jeggings or five-inch platform heels. Mr. T and I decided early on that we didn’t want to look back on our wedding in 20 years and see the 2012 version of these.

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In some ways, though, it’s impossible to have a wedding in 2012 and not have it look like it took place in 2012 (unless you deliberately go with a theme). So we decided to embrace the trends we like and not do some of the things that are so hot right now but are decidedly not “us.”

Wedding trends I love (and will incorporate):

  • non-white shoes
  • gray bridesmaids’ dresses
  • lace (I’m not sure you can call lace a trend, as lace wedding dresses are classics [my mother and her mother both wore lace dresses], but they’re definitely in style now, thanks to Kate Middleton.)

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Wedding trends I like (but will not incorporate):

  • short, vintage-inspired dresses
  • yellow-and-gray color schemes
  • photo booths

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Wedding trends that aren’t my thing:

  • rustic chic (Mason jars, bunting, outdoor weddings in fields/forests, barn weddings, antiques)
  • candy buffets
  • mustaches on sticks

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What wedding trends do you love and hate?

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Mrs. Treasure

Location:
Chicago
Wedding Date:
September 2012

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:51 am

    I don’t particularly like the mustache thing. I like the rustic and vintage vibe on weddings but they’re definetly not my thing.

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    Rachel, Guest @ 12:00 pm

    I’m planning to go with a rustic/vintage theme but I didn’t know it was a trend. Our site is an old mansion with lots of small rooms and (unworking) fireplaces. I think the theme will fit there, plus I’m super old fashioned and into antiques.

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    groovyhippiechick 4423 posts, Honey bee @ 12:06 pm

    I love the photo booth trend. I don’t understand the photography trend of brides and grooms posing angrily.

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    Lone Star, Guest @ 12:07 pm

    I. Hate. BURLAP! Honestly, why would you want something associated with horses at your wedding? Burlap is beyond dumb.

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    calypso0712 421 posts, Helper bee @ 12:16 pm

    I’m with you on not wanting our wedding to appear “dated”. I’ve also embraced the non-white wedding shoe trend though… my shoes are hot pink and I LOVE THEM!

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:17 pm

    For all the popularity of photo booths in 2011/2012, I still have not been to a wedding that had one!

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    zagora 767 posts, Busy bee @ 12:18 pm

    Unfortunately, I’ve added birdcage veils to that list. I adore them when they’re done right. What I’ve decided, though, is that besides being ubiquitous – they too often look wonky, especially from certain angles.

    I do think they’ll look very dated because they’re everywhere now (“ohhh…you got married in 2012, didn’t you?”), although my mother got remarried in one in 1987 and her photo still looks timeless.

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    coasterkim 61 posts, Worker bee @ 12:38 pm

    Great post! I just do not get the mustaches thing. It’s just strange to me. I’m also not doing a photo booth. I am doing some vintagey/rustic things but like Rachel above, my venue is an old mansion with multiple rooms and fireplaces in each room. So I think my decor will go with the venue!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:41 pm

    Haha I love your list. When I first started looking at wedding blogs my FI was like, “What’s with all the mustaches?” Lol it was hard explaining to him that they were “in.” We are not doing a photo booth either. I know people love them but we just didn’t want to do it. I am, however a blue shoe bride, very trendy of me. I was suprised that my consultant was shocked to see my blue shoes at my first fitting, as if I was the first person to think of it…

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    lovebuttercup 50 posts, Worker bee @ 12:51 pm

    i agree, totally dislike all the mustaches, but i am having a photobooth. I totally am going with the colored shoe, or lace to match my veil.

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    Erika_Meep 748 posts, Busy bee @ 12:56 pm

    As far as trends go, I’m not really into the mustache thing. However, it can be cute too so it’s really not a big deal to me.

    I am doing the vintage/eclectic/DIY sort of style for my wedding. However, I am the first bride in my group of friends and family to go down this path. The other weddings I have been to in previous years have done very traditional things with their decor which really isn’t something my fiance or I wanted to do. We really wanted to infuse our personalities into the wedding decor while still keeping a budget and we both love a lot of vintage things so we naturally went down that style path so to speak. :)

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    misspeanut 2092 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:05 pm

    @MichiganBride2012: THIS! It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life – why are you glaring at the camera like it’s the worst??

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    kappasweetiepie 92 posts, Worker bee @ 1:16 pm

    I really hate the birdcage veil trend. I think it can end up looking cute, but it is SO trendy right now and will be right back out quickly. I’m a traditionalist, so the only thing I’m really doing “crazy” is the colors – green and pink. But I don’t think I’ll look back and go “eeesh, what was I thinking?!” PS, I might also wear Converse to the reception, but my dress will cover them anyway. My mother SWEARS I’ll regret it, but I really don’t think so. This is me at my age. I might say “what was I thinking?” but I’m embracing my personality at this point in my life. That’s the best any of us can do.

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    Heather Rose, Guest @ 1:17 pm

    @Lone Star: @Lone Star: @Lone Star:

    Uhm… maybe because you’ve been riding horses for 17+ years and plan to come down the aisle on a horse? It’s one thing to dislike a “trend,” quite another to belittle those of us to whom it means something.

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    mrsdtmajor 1579 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:17 pm

    That first picture is AWESOME!!!
    I’m doing the colored shoes. Mine are going to be dark purple. But nothing else “trendy”. I don’t want my wedding to look dated either.

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    Kelly, Guest @ 1:24 pm

    Every time I’m nervous that people are going to thing my wedding is super trendy and like every other wedding being planned this year I remind myself that most people haven’t been to a wedding recently, and usually when I explain my wedding details to people (mason jars, covered books, chalkboards, etc.) they make comments like, “Blue shoes? That’s so fun and creative!”

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    superh2ogirl 468 posts, Helper bee @ 1:29 pm

    I’m incorporating all of the below that you are.

    non-white shoes – mine are pink
    gray bridesmaids’ dresses – Their dresses are light gray

    lace – My dress is lace (I agree, its not a trend but its trendy-lately)

    And my theme is basically rustic country (mason jars and BURLAP a plenty)

    @ Lone Star… I don’t think burlap is “beyond dumb” I think its a different element that not many people in my family have ever seen before. My guests will enjoy the uniqueness about it. I guess I like to be different.

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    scepter 333 posts, Helper bee @ 1:43 pm

    Even if look back at my wedding in 20 years and think it looks 2012ish, I can’t get over the colored shoe trend. I absolutely love it – hence, my blue wedding shoes!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 1:50 pm

    Oh, the mustaches. I never understood them, never will. But we did lots of trendy things that I’m sure other people don’t understand, so who am I to judge ;)

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    icetea 3303 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:05 pm

    you all sound like crazy brides to me lol…I reaaaally don’t see the big deal in being dated…I mean eventually you won’t be around at all so why wouldn’t you just incorporate stuff that makes you happy be it birdcages or mustaches or whatevs. I read this piece because of that photo you have up of the bride with her gigantic veil…I was intrigued and hoped to see more. It’s all a story, each person’s own, there’s no hard and fast rules. Do whatcha like and don’t let the naysayers get you down!

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    Ms. Damask 143 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:06 pm

    LOL! mustache on sticks! no my thing either.

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    JB2012 2 posts, Wannabee @ 3:03 pm

    Hahaha! I’m all over this trendy stuff! Ever since I was kid I wanted a Tea Length like Audrey Hepburn, and a short blusher veil like my mom! Guess some of us were doomed since age 10!! It’s kinda funny how antique is “in” since many of us have been living that way since birth…. it’s called being poor and still having style! After reading this post I was a little sad that I am totally a 2012 bride, but then I thought, “would I have it any other way?” and NO!! I can’t wait to laugh at my outdated pictures in 50 years! Just like I’m sure my grandma would look at her 1930′s wedding picture with disgust and wonder why she wore bloomers! It’s all relative. Go with what you love and be “trendy” cause well, that’s part of being human, (and aren’t weddings themselves in fact “trendy”?) I’m embracing my so called trendy wedding and it’s gonna be awesome! I want to look at my pictures and know that is was 2012!!

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    Anna86 7 posts, Newbee @ 4:08 pm

    I dont understand candy buffets. I love sweets things like desserts, cakes, icecream, muffins, fruits…. but candys??? Sorry I´m not 6 years old ;-)

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    PamelaBrit 242 posts, Helper bee @ 4:08 pm

    No matter how hard anyone tries, there will be obvious indicators of 2012 in our wedding photos (hair styles, make up trends, perhaps the sweet heart tube dress will go out of style in the next 5 years)…. That having been said, I love the mason jar look, but for the sake of not being trite I have nixed them from my wedding plans

    I will be getting married outside though, it just fits our nature and expresses who we are

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:13 pm

    I love the weddings in a field. I love the beautiful classic lace table cloth and lemonade type feel – and the Carnival thing is so cute! I also LOVE the fabric Flowers!! We, are not incorporating any of it. :-( But we are having a very classic wedding with not a lot of trends but all things that speak from our past and will be a part of our future. I guess it will only make sense to our guests who know “our love story”

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    gonnabeMrsHH 466 posts, Helper bee @ 9:24 pm

    Like the post!
    I love the colored shoes trend (love shoes period)..mine are dark purple :)
    Thinking about the birdcage veil, am doing a photo booth, bit totally dont get the mustache thing.

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    gonnabeMrsHH 466 posts, Helper bee @ 9:25 pm

    Like the post!
    I love the colored shoes trend (love shoes period)..mine are dark purple :)
    Thinking about the birdcage veil, am doing a photo booth, but totally dont get the mustache thing.

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    Star Fruit 33 posts, Newbee @ 9:44 pm

    I’m incorporating all 3 that you love, plus rustic vintage vibe and the candy buffet. Still unsure about photobooth.
    I agree with the mustache, they’re fun but i dont want my future grandkids to look at our photos and think we’re crazy

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    coyote 1615 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:58 am

    My list is so similar to yours Treasure! I’m not one to go with trends, but I do love me a photo booth!

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    centralcoastbride 109 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:55 am

    Hahaha I love the vintage rustic wedding vibe! In fact the picture you posted is my venue!!! I think it very much so fits my FI and I though considering we got to know each other going country line dancing :)

    I too do not get the mustache thing, but I have friends that aren’t planning weddings that like that stuff so I guess it is whatever floats your boat!

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    Red Poppy 22 posts, Newbee @ 5:36 pm

    Great post! My wedding will be mostly classic and hopefully not too dated, with a church ceremony and ballroom reception. I think it’s nice to incorporate trends that suit your personality though.

    I’m going to wear black satin sandals (which will be covered up anyway). I think candy buffets are cute but am not having one, and I think photo booths are really fun, but don’t want to add on that expense. And although I love lace, neither my dress nor my veil have any.

    I guess I’m not a very trendy wedding person after all… Oh, but I do plan on making ribbon wands! My church doesn’t allow the tossing of anything, outside or inside.

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:54 pm

    I love sleeves on wedding dresses. As a bustier gal with flabby arms, sleeves are my friend.

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    LG, Guest @ 2:07 pm

    What trend do I hate? The whole idea that trends even exist. Trends only exist to sell goods and keep people reading blogs. I have been to many weddings in the past 8 years and not one of them had mason jars, mustaches, or burlap. And Kate Middleton did not bring back lace weddings just long sleeves.

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    Teeny287 59 posts, Worker bee @ 8:08 am

    I am not a fan of the “trash the dress” obsession. It makes me sad that people want to trash their beautiful and (expensive) wedding gowns. I cringe from these photos.

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    MissAlexaSzaf 1 posts, Wannabee @ 3:59 pm

    I asked my fiancé to wear a pink tux… But he wouldnt do it. We went for classic, sharp, black and white. I think the pink wouldn’t have been truly, US, more… Just me!

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    Mariette, Guest @ 2:29 am

    Heavenly Crafting specialize in hand crafted products. We are manufacturing our own products. Our range includes rustic products, with wire and ironwork, as well as beading. We are also doing woodwork and we design personal items for special occasions and functions(weddings and birthdays). We also supply craft, decor and giftshops.

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    Kenny, Guest @ 7:03 am

    The missus and I, being twenty-something nerds, at a time kind of abhor blantant hipster stuff because we’re nerdy and proud, but then hipsters made being nerds cool so I don’t know where we stand now but:

    She doesn’t get the LOL MOUSTACHES in general. I don’t get cupcakes/macrons. Yes, they taste good and are cute, but cakes are cakes, cupcakes are little cakes… I don’t get it…

    We like mason jars, when we get spaghetti sauce or jam and the jar is nice, I know that if it’s not put in the recycling it means she wants me to wash it out for her–it’s her awkward dream to learn to can and make preserves, she’s hoping to learn from my grandmother so we can have country sensibility in the city… We have like 10 empty ones in the kitchen and thought about using them for vases but ikea had $2 beautiful vases that matched the colour, we also bought drinking tumblers to use as candle holders, so we’re set.

    She’s doing a birdcage veil but she’s so vintage it hurts, cute little oxford style shoes with a chunky heel in turquoise, they look 1920′s, her dress is going to be handmade in a 1940′s style from a pattern she got online.

    I’m going to wear a frock coat because I told her, I want to get married on a pirate ship, she said ‘okay, if it’s legal we will’ I said ‘OMG THERE’S A WEBSITE, LAPTOP, NOW!’ so I’m going to be old school fancy, not steampunk just a cool jacket.

    Pretty sure that there has never been and will never be a wedding like ours, on the basis of:
    1-On a boat, with a nautical theme that doesn’t cross into 6 yr old’s pirate birthday
    2- I’m a non-op trans guy who’s read as a lesbian but my closest friends know that I’m one of the guys, and my bride to be is as feminine as any straight bride, but in a very classic sense, ie: reads jane austen, wears thrift shop floral printed dresses from the 50′s to work, sewed felt christmas tree ornaments while I refinished a table with sandpaper and we had vinyl playing in the background…we’re so domestic and we’ve only been living together 7 months.
    3-We’re heavily tattooed and kind of run it like honey badgers, if people don’t understand that we’re not having the wedding for them, we’re having it for us, then, we’re sorry but not changing things too much…

    Also, we’re doing things 50/50, I’ve got a lot of the better ideas just by goofing around like “I want batman on our cake..no wait..birthday not wedding..okay so I like our salt & pepper shakers, we could be birds, I don’t think cake people look like us…but birds are a thing, are birds a thing?” and “Pirate ship wedding, go all princess bride on their asses” and “I have daisies on my tattoo, do you even like roses? the cool girls do roses but daisies are like, a thousand for $10 and roses are like…more…seriously, do daisies, I like daisies–what the hell is a spidermum those pompom ones? gooogle me one…k that’s pretty do those too” So I’m somehow taking this very hands on… by saying things like “Anything but pink I guess” I even bought some books and magazines for her.

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    lazybicycle, Guest @ 1:51 am

    @Heather Rose: Totally agree with you. If you love your wedding and it shows off the personalities of the couple who cares :) My sister had an ice sculpture, a harpist, and a sleigh at her wedding… so not my personality but she loved it.

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    lazybicycle, Guest @ 1:53 am

    @superh2ogirl: I think your wedding sounds fabulous!!!! Even with the burlap ;)

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