Fewer events in the history of time fall victim to trends and fads like a wedding. Some trends fade, and some linger around like an in from out of town in-law. While every wedding is special, few avoid the tropes most couples feel they can’t avoid. Here are 6 do’s and don’ts that will save you from cringing 20 years down the road when reminiscing.

3 Trends to Erase

  1. Identical Bridesmaid Dresses for All:

Most people have friends who come in all shapes in sizes. Believe it or not, there are more ways for the bride to be the center of attention without her “long legs Louise” cousin in a dress obviously not meant for her body type. Instead, pick your color(s) and allow bridesmaids to pick a silhouette that flatters their body style. You can see in the above photo that each bridesmaid is wearing a dress suited to her, but also in line with the bride’s color palette. 

  1. Naked Cakes:

If you have opened Instagram in the last 7 years, you have seen a flood of wedding cakes that have little to no frosting on the outside. If you’re the one in five people that doesn’t like frosting, great you have found your cake. But maybe save it for your birthday.

  1. Garter Toss

Nothing says seductive like knowing your aunt Gertrude is watching your groom dive into the underthrows of your dress to get an undergarment to throw across to the room to his fraternity brothers. Consider aunt Gertie and the rest of us and just skip this one.

3 Trends to Embrace

  1. Alternative Flower Arrangements/Center Pieces

More and more, brides are looking for non-traditional bouquets for themselves and their bridesmaids. Lately we’ve seen everything from rescue puppies, jeweled brooches, and “flowers” made from unconventional materials such as sheet music or felt. Right along with that, vendors are even using the bouquets you do have, and turn them into some of your center pieces for the tables at the reception as a way to help save money.

  1. Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

Outdoor weddings are hugely popular, but with our change-on-a-dime Midwest weather, it could go either way. If you’re not prepared to press your luck on one of the biggest days of your life, you can bring a sense of the outdoors inside with you. Beyond florals, greenery is likely to replace centerpieces, decorations and bouquets at many weddings in the next few years.

  1. A Signature Cocktail

If you choose to have spirits at your celebration, having a few signature cocktails is a fun way to include guests. Having options for guests besides the signature cocktails is always important as well. If you have a few signature cocktails in mind, this could segue into the take home gift portion of your wedding. How many koozies does one need anyway? Take that money and instead get mason jars or unique thrift store, garage sale, or dollar store glasses printed with your initials for the signature cocktails. Most sticker companies are inexpensive to use especially when buying in bulk.

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