When I got married 17 years ago (on the 11th), some of the fancy things they have now weren’t available. Or at least not widely popular like they are today.
How do I know this, seeing as I’ve been happily married for almost two decades?
Well, some of the books I’ve been writing to come out in the future have people either planning weddings or working as a wedding planner. And that means, I get to plan weddings–for free!
Free, because Pinterest boards cost nothing, and I can pin anything I want and like on there at no cost to my wallet. Though I feel a bit sorry for some of the dad’s of these brides. Because weddings can be ridiculously expensive.
My own wedding was rather simple. My mom made my dress. I did my flowers. But it was one of the happiest days of my life, because I was finally marrying the man I’d been dating for over three years. We were such babies!
Looking back at my mom’s wedding, where her mom made the dress (tradition?), I can see the changes between her fancy candelabras and my candles in hurricane vases.
And looking back farther to my grandmothers’ weddings, where they both ended up having blue wedding dresses, I can see even more changes in trends and traditions.
So, what are some ideas trending now for weddings?
- Hashtags! Have you seen this? The bride (and groom) pick a hashtag to be just for their wedding. Then, they can add it to all posts, as well as having all their guests add it to theirs. This allows everyone to see the photos and keep up with what’s going on. Since social media wasn’t big when I got married, hashtags didn’t exist yet. I wonder what mine might have been. I could’ve had a lot of fun with the last name Anguish. ;-)
- Barns. I honestly don’t understand this one. But I know so many people who are booking barns as their wedding venue. Granted, these aren’t housing cows or horses or anything else four-footed anymore, but they might have in the past. I got married in a church building–and loved it because of the gorgeous stained glass window that sparkled above us through the ceremony. Not to mention the fact that it was free instead of the ridiculous price some of the barns are charging.
- Guest book alternatives. What do I mean by that? I’m talking picture frames people can sign with well-wishes. Or calendars. Or framed art pieces that look like trees. Or just about anything else you can think of. It’s a really fun idea, and if I had any extra wall space, I might wish we’d done that, too.
- Matching shirts for the rehearsal or getting ready. Have you seen these? Cute shirts that say “bridesmaid” or “bride tribe” or something else. They’re cute, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with them after the wedding. Maybe I’m just in a mood since I’m trying to pare down all the t-shirts I have in my drawer right now, too.
- Twinkly lights. I love this one. I adore twinkly lights. I even had a string around my room in college for those evenings when I was exhausted or stressed. I’d turn on my music and only the Christmas lights, and everything would look better. They’re just so romantic.
- And I’ve noticed several of the sites say that “At Last” by Etta James is coming back into trend as a song for the weddings. This is the song we walked out to at ours. Maybe I was trendier than I thought. ;-)
If you’d like to see some of the ideas I’ve pinned, be sure to check out my pinterest boards. I’ll be sure to let you know when any of my books that include these wedding ideas come out.
Have you noticed certain trends I forgot to mention? If you could redo your wedding, would you want to incorporate anything new?