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 HIGH COLLAR’ PHOTO BOOTH TREND!
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…
A BRAIDED OMBRE RAT’S NEST!
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…
LACE TRIMMED PLANTER DECOR! (Just to be clear, I’M OBSESSED.)
5) Or howsabout marrying the excitement of tents with the thrill of lace, and setting up…
LACE MINI TENT SHACKS FOR WEDDING NAPTIME!
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…
SHOWING UP IN PANTS THAT MAKE IT LOOK LIKE YOU PISSED NEON
7) Let’s combine the sparkle of huge statement necklaces, with the hold-it-togetherness of ropes, and we end up with…
NEON/GILDED GLAMOUR NOOSES!
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!
9) YOGURT ICE CREAM CAKE!!! NUFF SAID!!!!
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…
BLOOD-HUNGRY VAMPIRE FAVORS!
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 ban.do 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