When it comes to being a trendsetter, what to do is just as important as what NOT to do. Weddings are no different! And when it comes to throwing weddings, things are always changing. Ideas that were super cool a few years ago feel lame and tired now, and other trends, like photo booths, have gotten major game-changing upgrades. If you want to be on the cutting edge of trendy weddings, look no further...here are a bunch of things you should plan on ditching for your big day, and ideas for what to do instead.
Welcome Bags & Wedding Favors
Sure, your guests appreciate those welcome bags and wedding favors. But 1/3 of them still get forgotten back at the hotel room! Unless you intend on leaving goodies for some hotel maids after your guests leave (actually, leaving something for the maid would be a really nice gesture), try something with a more personal touch. You can have photos of each guest sent to them after the wedding, handwritten notes, or small donations made in each guest's honor to a charity for a cause you care about. Just think of it this way: of all the weddings you've been to, how many do you still have, much less use, the party favors from? Yeah, same here!
Dancing entrances have been known as a way to let your fun-loving besties and family members showcase their personalities, but choreographed dance moves are best left to the professionals. At best, these come off as a little cheesy. At worst, someone slips during the dance number and breaks an ankle. Instead, let yourselves and your wedding party showcase their hip-swinging moves at the reception, on the dance floor. You can even let each member of the wedding party take over the dance floor for thirty seconds or so of hip shaking, or do a bridesmaids vs. groomsmen dance battle. It won't matter that they aren't professional dancers if they do it this way instead of as a big production during the ceremony itself.
Food trucks are fun, sure, but they're on their way out as a wedding thing. Still, less formal dining situations are definitely still in. Think tavern-style seating and other setups that foster genuine interaction and conversation. As for the food itself, farm-to-table cuisine and vegan and gluten free options are definitely still the rage. Comfort food is also a big one, as couples ditch stuffy and fancy in favor of simple and cozy. Another trend to try -- one that gives the couple a chance to honor their families and showcase their personalities -- is to serve food from family recipes from both the bride and groom. Nothing wrong with food truck wedding fun, but beware that wedding planners say this trend is quickly getting left in the dust.
Once a reliable fixture at every wedding reception, photo booths are totally out! Instead, they're being replaced by social media-powered gif generating booths, uploading gifs instantly to social media accounts. Another hot replacement is a 360-degree panoramic video booth. For something handmade and personal, some brides and grooms are even hiring have sketch artists who whip up quick drawings of guests on the spot...and these aren't the goofy boardwalk caricatures like they had at those late 90's bar and bat mitzvahs. Artsy and flattering, these quick five-minute portraits give guests something to take home they'll actually want to keep.
Bride & Groom Sneakers, Funky Groomsmen Socks
We get it, you're a chill and quirky duo, with lots of fun and quirky friends. But incorporating casual footwear into your formal wedding outfits is so five years ago. Find a new way to express your funky, carefree personalities, and not only will you not get caught flaunting a dying trend -- you might just become an influencer, starting a new trend altogether. Oh, and you'll also be less likely to offend the traditional sensibilities of your stuffy grandma and no-fun in-laws.
Signs are fine -- they're fun, can add a nice visual touch, and have a practical purpose. But as of late, there has been a tendency for some couples to go overboard. Wedding this way, bathrooms that way, guestbook down that path, dessert table over there...it's become too much! So just keep it light, as too many signs pointing out every little thing with cute signs is a trend most wedding planners say is getting old.
If you've already incorporated one of these in your wedding plan, don't fret. These trends are on their way out, but they're not completely finished yet. And frankly, if your guests have fun, they're not going to care if they ate a four-course meal or a bunch of tasty food truck tacos. They'll remember the great day and night they had seeing someone they love marry their other half. And at the end of the day, that's really all that matters!