OPEN LETTER TO WEDDING TRENDS: Kindly GTFO. | Here Are The Top 10 Best NEW Wedding Trends.

Happy Wednesday, friendlies.  We’re gonna get really honest about some trends, today.  Ya dig?  I just– I gotta keep it real… hope you guys understand.

I’ve gotten more than a few questions from brides for the Dear TKB column about whether or not they should incorporate a certain trend [insert whatever specific wedding trend referenced]… or just avoid employing any trends altogether, for fear of it becoming lame say 5 or 10 years down the road.

The questions, varied as they may be, all have a common thread ==>  My answer to them.  Oh and also I guess another thread would be the ‘trend’ thing.  So two, two common threads.

Anyway I’m gonna try to answer them all in one shot today.  And as always I’d love to hear your thoughts and responses, too.  I feel like I grow a little bit as a person every time I do one of these Dear TKB columns, because you guys always come from such different personal perspectives in life and it’s pretty damned enlightening whenever I read through your comments.

Ok, my answer:

When it comes to wedding trends, you really wanna ask yourself just two things when you’re contemplating using the trend in your wedding:

(#1)  Is this trend something I’m seeing on every single magazine cover, online wedding blog, and the majority of pins in my Pinterest feed?

If your answer is “NO,” you might be safe.  If your answer is “YES,” then move on to question number two.

(#2)  Is this thing I’m referring to as a *trend* actually not a trend, but a veil, or white dress, or the concept of writing vows, or having flowers at the reception, or some other thing that is in fact typically referred to as a “tradition” in our society, which is defined as something impervious to ever being described as a trend given its longevity, and therefore is off limits to being mocked by your future offspring (which is what you fear here)?

Be sure of your answer.

If your answer to (#2) was not  ”yes, I realize now, that I was describing a tradition” … then maybe reconsider having the trend in your wedding.

Listen, in all seriousness, I totally getcha, I do.  Trends are incredibly addictive.  Sometimes when I see neon I feel like I HAVE TO GO OUT AND GET SOME OF MY OWN NEON and then I calm down.  Because the last time I remember seeing as much neon as I do in my every day life, it was back when I was watching Will Smith’s Fresh Prince of Bel-Air intro every afternoon after school.

So just think hard before you step into a decor element that seems like it could be somewhat fleeting in popularity (a good sign of a trend experiencing its last hurrah is when Target has figured out how to infuse it into every one of its departments).  Actually on second thought… do whatever the hell you want, it’s your life.

Unless it’s the mustaches.  For chrissakes can we cool it on the sticks helping us to some extra facial hair please?  Maybe someone has some ideas for a new type of stick carrying something else, perhaps?  ANYTHING.

Also I’m probably going to end up with 200 ambush mustache props at my reception after anyone coming to my wedding reads this post.

Don’t do it I’m warning you.


I have nothing against mustache props, personally.  Except that I hate them with every fiber of my being.

Just kidding.  I’m just jaded.  They’re adorable keep doing it.  Enjoy yourselves, that’s the point right?  Also the getting married part is a fun point, too.  So two, two points.

Anyway.  All this talk about trends has really got me in the mood to talk about the trends I love and new trends.  YEAH!

BUT HOW ‘BOUT, instead of talking about all the long-loved and/or aging trends, let’s bring onto the scene some NEW trends.  Ya dig?  Maybe I’m being serious; maybe I’m being sarcastic.  Does it matter?  Ok here we go.

1)  Howsabout bringing together the nauseating predictability of mustache props, and the frigidity of winter, and starting…


The high hair is simply quite becoming, while the high collar/turtleneck allows guests to cover parts of their faces, somehow releasing insecurities and creating a willingness to pose for a picture.  Which means your guests can ham it up while bundling up, too!  WIN-WIN!

(a wee p.s. for my Bachelorette fans– think that’s F-less Jef’s coiffed ‘do?  sure looks like it.)

2)  Howsabout combining the visually-satisfying-for-some-reason ombre-EVERYTHING trend, with the zany hair trend of growing out your roots for longer than usual oops sorry I mean “getting ombre hair,” WITH the hair-braiding trend everybody’s loving, and instead going with…


OR: just dip your head in one of those oily puddles in the street; you know the ones that you see a rainbow in?  Yeah, just dip your hair into it and afterwards it’ll look like this:

yeah, that’s how that happens!!

3)  How about combining the cranial-bedazzlement of fascinators and the fun of swans…

(often found in pools nearby the reception these days…)

And instead starting a new trend of wearing…


4)  Here’s a completely serious one.  Because if I don’t have at least ONE serious one then wtf am I doing here.  So– take the dainty prettiness of pointelle lace trim, slap it together with that potted succulent trend, and you get…


5)  Or howsabout marrying the excitement of tents with the thrill of lace, and setting up…


FITS 2 (or 3-if-they’re-touchin’) BABIES AT ONE TIME!

6)  Oo or how about combining the not-yet-everywhere-I-look-but-getting-close neon trend, with the wedding guest trend of getting pee-your-pants drunk during the reception, and just…


7)  Let’s combine the sparkle of huge statement necklaces, with the hold-it-togetherness of ropes, and we end up with…


8)  Do you love paper origami cranes for your wedding?  Do you also enjoy the occasional wedding dress?  Well then how ’bout–

1000 TINY PAPERCUTS TO THE NIPPLE, with these lovely creations!


or “Instagrahams” by Bakerella, but that’s neither here nor there, they were just cute. :)

10)  Or even better, how about we combine the light-hearted carefreeness of the American-teenager-obsessed sexual vampire trend, and the better-tastingness of cookies, and give your wedding guests a cake-shaped arrangement of…


well, that was fun.

Ok, SO!  Do lemme know if you can think of any others, or if you’ve spotted any trends lately that you’re digging (or hating) — whether they’re old or new trends.  Because in the end, I mock out of love, for all trends, everywhere. :)

Oooh and if you have any thoughts on the Dear TKB questions that prompted this post (of whether or not it’s wise to use hugely popular trends in weddings, and whether it’ll be something a couple regrets later on down the road when they look at their pictures), I’m excited to hear your thoughts…

xoxo!  - Alison

CREDITS: high hair pin via here / ombre hair pin via tumblr + braidy ombre mess pin via refinery29 / swan with swimmer pin / swan floatie wedding decor from wedding I featured on Style Me Pretty, images by Gia Canali / Helena Bonham Carter photographed by Peter Lindbergh in a swan cap pinned by via tumblr / lace planter pin via a beautiful mess / lace tents pin via store / pin of neon pants via here / paper dresses pin / yogurt cake pin via kwestia smaku / bakerella‘s instagram cookies! / confettisystem statement rope necklaces pin via confettisystem / domo-kun cookies pin via the lovely diamonds for dessert

Label(s): Oh, How PINteresting, Popular *New*, {Trends}

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  1. Stephanie {Luxe Boulevard} on June 27, 2012

    I want one of those tents in my bedroom.

  2. Kate N. on June 27, 2012

    Go away: Moustaches. Banners on cakes. Photographers who are bitchy to the guests. Weddings in venues that are way too big and just end up feeling empty.

    My boyfriend is a really talented piano player and he’s been getting asked by friends to play weddings left and right. Tip to brides and grooms: tell your musician what damn music you want him/her to play! Don’t say “oh, whatever you think is best.” Give specifics. And if your musician happens to be a friend who feels bad asking for $$, pay them anyway. Just do it. And don’t ask last minute.

    Love: pretty much everything else about weddings. Unexpected flowers, cupcakes, comfort…doesn’t it sometimes seem like traditions can also become trendy? I like that.

  3. Courtney on June 27, 2012

    It is almost funny how many blogs/magazines advertise 5 NEW trends, and then it just ends of being “instead of putting your flowers in a cylinder vase, put them in a fish bowl vase! :O

    Not exactly a “trend” as we tend to think of them. No one is going to laugh at me 10 years done the road because of what vase I chose to use. So I usually ask myself these two questions when dealing with “trends”:

    1) Can I make fun of it now?

    If yes, it WILL be made fun of later.
    If no, it probably won’t that silly later, it just won’t be “the thing to do” anymore.

    2) If the answer to #1 is yes: Do I like it enough to not care about the jokes that might be made should someone dig up my wedding album 10 years later?

    Besides we are living in the recycled era, odds are it will be trendy again 10 years from now.

  4. Mecca on June 27, 2012

    Haha!!! I needed a good laugh this morning :)
    The mustache is also one of my peeves. and for some reason the supercharged, oversized eyeglasses in the photo booth for some reason, and kind of a way..the photo booth itself. I DO absolutely love the idea of the mini cake and/or pie table instead of a traditional cake. double yum

  5. Jenni on June 27, 2012

    Ugh, I HATE cartoon moustaches, and doubly so when they are on sticks. Who decided this was cute?!?

    I’m also over staged/costumed engagement shoots. They are so fake… what a weird way to capture your love!

  6. Ariana on June 27, 2012

    Heh, those aren’t actually sexy vampire cookies, they’re Domo cookies:

    I would however, totally eat a glittery cookie that looks like Edward Cullen. It would be extremely satisfying to destroy something so annoying…and yet delicious…so delicious…

  7. Love this post! Thanks for sharing and i will be sharing! The Neon reference made me literally lol because i do the same thing :D

  8. Mindy on June 27, 2012

    I just don’t get the point of those tee-pees. I just don’t get it!

  9. Lena on June 27, 2012

    That giant swan fascinator is my next “investment” purchase.

    But in all seriousness, if I never hear the word “trend” next to “wedding” (or ever, really) again, I will die a slightly less bitter woman. As soon as it’s become a trend, I’m hesitant to believe it’s really organic to your personal style or life. But if you’ve been rockabilly for decades, dress your maids in 50s sundresses and serve Miller High Life, and if you actually believe you’re a California sun princess crystal goddess, well then sure, go out and plan that Free People wedding. Just please, stop it with the mustaches.

  10. Stacy @venues4weddings on June 28, 2012

    Trends are only trendy if you can pull it off. And if it suits your personality – you will! Go with what your comfortable with I say.

    Loved the mustaches when they came out … think the novelty is wearing off now! Can’t wait to see what is in next …

  11. Kristen Nichols on June 28, 2012

    I was laughing and nodding in agreement through this entire post and through the comments. I think if you can find your wedding trend at Urban Outfitters, you might regret including it on your big day. I agree that if the “trend” in question fits your personality, then it’s really not a trend. The Hulks Pissy Pants were my favorite-I actually snorted my fountain soda (which is carbonated so it’s kinda painful). Alison, one of the things I love about you most is how you tell it like it is, and you write the things we’re all secretly thinking but wonder if we’re alone in our disdain.

    I think anytime someone shows your or sends you a photo with your nemesis, the mustache, retaliate by showing them or tagging their photo with Gary Busey’s Good Time Bear. They’ll think twice about mustaches.

  12. Mou on June 28, 2012

    Loved this post. I think keeping it simple helps, specially since the day will be super busy anyways on makeup/dress/hair + so many things.

  13. My Love Wedding Ring on June 28, 2012

    Those teepees are just so fab!! I want one!!

  14. emily on June 30, 2012

    definitely with you on the moustaches.

    but also mindful that by nature, all weddings will date- by what the guests are wearing, by the decor, by the style of venue… I figure embrace the fact you are going to look lame and enjoy the day with what you want. except moustaches. thats never gonna be cool.

  15. Christine @ Bridal Banter on July 6, 2012

    I’m with you on the mustache trend. How did women pretending they have facial hair ever become a trend in the first place? I just don’t get it.

    Also: the Instagrahams cracked me up.

  16. Daisy23 on July 21, 2012

    Haha this is soo true! Candy buffets need to go!!! Soo overdone!! I am however a fan of variations of the buffet concept, but enough with the candy bars people!!

  17. Dani on August 1, 2012

    I don’t mind trends, it’s your wedding. Do what you want. The mustaches don’t bother me, but they are one of those things that I think are funny and can’t explain why and I have no explanation for why someone would want them at their wedding besides “because mustaches are funny/cute etc”.

    I think the thing I saw when I got married was a lot of people throw stuff into their wedding just for a wow factor. They do it to impress their guests, to be the wedding that will stand out. And I think that’s when it’s the wrong thing. Don’t just cram stuff into your wedding to make it impressive for someone else. Do things that you love that are meaningful to you as a couple in some way.

  18. Louise on August 12, 2012

    This post made me laugh, and the comments are so true! Quite like the lace tents though!!

  19. Jayme on September 24, 2012

    lol. i love this. I always try SO HARD not to be sarcastic when I blog and it feels unnatural. Maybe you’ve inspired me to stop.
    I think trends are fine. What I hate is when people follow them blindly because they’re popular. I doubt all these people love moustaches. Another thing that bothers me.
    ..thank you cards at the recaption that have the same exact wording as what was pinned on pinterest. If you really want to thank your guests…do it from the heart. Also? succulents . they’re gorgeous…but Im tired of seeing them.

  20. Wedding invitations by louise on January 20, 2013

    This article made me chuckle :) I like the lace covers on the flower pots!

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    Thank you so much for featuring the BANANA J CREATIONS MINI LACE TEE PEE. Yes, they are super sweet for babies who need a wedding nap time and the larger Lace Tee Pee is perfect for flower girls and ring bearers. Thanks again, Robyn

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