Ok, so yesterday I was speaking with an avid wedding blog reader who said something very interesting that really hadn’t occurred to me in any kind of meaningful way. I wanted to share it with you:
“You know, I’m noticing that, these days, weddings are starting to seem much less like weddings, and much more like artistic competitions. They’re gorgeous, but I get the sense that each one is trying to top the last!”
She makes an interesting point. Weddings are definitely becoming increasingly more creative, detailed, and just generally more involved than ever before. It’s true. As I scroll through wedding after wedding, both in submissions to The Knotty Bride as well as on my colleagues’ blogs, I do notice that more and more weddings are heading towards more unique, highly artistic, and on occasion, even avant-garde decor.
But you know what? I. LOVE. IT.
And you know what else? That avid wedding blog reader is my Mom. And she loves it, too.
Here’s the thing. There are three things you get to take away from your wedding day, once it’s over: the photos, your new partner for life (fingers crossed!), and the memories. And, as we all know, the photos have become one hugely important element over the past several years. And then there’s the fact that everyone wants to have a wedding that they can call their own; a day that is exclusive to them as individuals and as a couple, and that has elements no one has ever seen before – or at least a new spin on an old tradition. As you well know, I call all of this the “Wow Factor.”
Now, here’s a meaningful bit of verbiage I have in rotation on the front page of The Knotty Bride; it’s one of my favorite quotes of all time, and I think it sums things up perfectly:
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
Those are the famous words of Coco Chanel, and I heart them. Though they mean more to me than just the simple fact that one must be innovative. To me personally, they assert the importance of being yourself. If you choose to be who you are, the you that you were meant to be all along, then, by default, you are offering something different – something irreplaceable – to the world. And whatever that is, I bet it’s amazeballs. This is the only way to live your life, if I may be so bold.
While being different is great, we must be careful not to make it the point of your wedding. Being different/innovative for the sake of being different/innovative defeats the purpose. In fact, there’s something that I think is far more important than being original, and it’s my point within what has become an incredibly long-winded blog post (sorry about that). Can you guess what it is? It’s pretty simple. It’s called “having a good time.”
Ladies and gentlemen, you have to have a good time at your wedding. This is paramount. Because, aside from gorgeous pictures, that’s truly all that matters when it’s all said and done. I’ve read far too many sob stories from brides describing their weddings as harried, highly tense experiences that rushed by far too quickly. And, as we all know, there are no second chances. (Well, there are, but that’s another story.)
So, in the spirit of having fun – and still being very original actually, since this is a pretty fresh, new concept… I’d like to suggest something:
Confetti System’s Tassel Garland and piñatas!
This is my new favorite thing. Your wedding is essentially one massive party, right? It’s a huge-a$$ celebration, of mythical proportions in some cases. And that’s nothing short of AWESOME. And you know what? No one said you had to be all serious about it. (Except maybe your mother-in-law. But she’s not the one getting married, now is she?)
So, how ’bout some tassel garland in your favorite colors?
You can hang that stuff anywhere. It can be used to decorate your altar, the backs of chairs, even your ceilings (or, as Sarah Palin would call them, “your cilins”)!
Personally, I LOVE their piñatas…
Tell me: who doesn’t love a good piñata, colorful confetti, or just art installations in general? Please, name one person. … And I’ll name you one person who doesn’t like to have fun. (So that’s how that’ll work.)
Oops! I almost forgot… what’s a piñata without a crazy awesome jazzed-up blindfold… eh? EH?
I know you’re loving this.
The tip of my nose is tickling in anticipation of being blindfolded like that someday soon. Because it would be fun, but it would also tickle a lot, if you think about it.
So, want to know where you can find all of this great stuff? Glad you asked; it’s all created by Confetti System, and I am totes a fan. And I have a feeling you are now, too. :)
I’m curious; what do you think of all this? Chime in below.
Also, have a great weekend!
Ohh, and remember… try to make fun your priority, if it isn’t already. :)
xoxo! – Alison
P.S. – Hey Cooks Source – hands off.