Overdone Wedding Trends

Every wedding is uniquely amazing in our book — be it big or small, formal or casual, traditional or modern. And there are as many ways to throw a wedding as there are brides, but that doesn’t mean certain ideas don’t become popular and ever-present at nuptials. Curious to know what trends have been white hot in the world of weddings but might be making their way out? We asked experts for their opinions.

Patterned Cakes
“Patterns that had been wildly popular on wedding cakes are finally exiting the building: chevron and quatrefoil.” —Kara Andretta, Kara’s Couture Cakes

“The color pink is going to be on its way out. We are going to see the pendulum swing the other way and watch couples select bolder colors like golds, coppers, and jewel tones.” —Danielle Rothweiler, Rothweiler Event Design

Structured Bouquets
“Compact roundy-moundy hand-tied florals. Loose, unstructured, just-picked-from-the-garden designs featuring a lot of flowing foliage is now popular both for bouquets and centerpieces. For centerpieces, cubes are out and footed compotes are in.” —Monique Wilber, A Special Day Designs

“Brides are stepping away from mirrors as centerpiece anchors and chair covers at outdoor weddings.” —Anastasia Stevenson, The DIY Wedding Planner

“We’ll see the bohemian trend head out before you know it. I’m talking floral crowns, naked cakes, and streamers integrated into the decor. Plus, all-female bridal parties and all-male groomsmen. People are mixing it up now, which is awesome.” —Meghan Ely, OFD Consulting

Full Makeup
“Only a couple of years ago we were still seeing brides asking for heavy eye makeup, contoured cheeks, and defined lips. Now most of our brides are looking for a slightly more polished version of their everyday look, or perhaps a version that’s just a bit more luminous and romantic than everyday. —Stephanie Aspinwall, Pretty Entertaining

White Hydrangeas
“Gone are the days of the white hydrangea. Blooming bigger and better than ever are roses, fresh and gorgeous. Brides are no longer wanting to see the cloud-like, fluffy texture of the hydrangea and instead are falling in love with the soft romantic look of delicate roses.” —Kasie Swisher, florist on BloomNation and Sonny Alexander Flowers

Too Much Trash
“Waste. Almost all weddings involve food for the guests, but most couples are only now becoming conscious about how much food they are paying for and how much actually ends up in the trash.” —Chef Nick Brune, Eco Caters

“They’ve been used as decor in weddings for menus, invitations, drink labels, and even photo booths, but they are finding their way out.” —Melinda Bartolini, Castle Hotel & Spa

Pricy Beauty Services
“The trend of spending a mortgage payment for beauty services on your big day is a trend that is fading fast. With apps like GlamSquad, Priv, and StyleBee, it’s easy to book beauty on demand without the heavy price tag associated with wedding makeup and hair.” —Nicole Williams, Blogger & Beauty Expert

Seated Dinners
“The traditional plated meal is out. Instead, strolling food stations are more interesting, give your guests a better variety, and get them up and moving around, stimulating conversation and helping ease introductions.” —Aaron Lowen, Cutting Edge Cuisine

Traditional Tunes
“When people walk into the reception, they’re no longer doing light jazz to set the mood. Instead, you’ll to hear “Suit and Tie” by Justin Timberlake, or something more contemporary. Also slow songs as the first dance as husband and wife are on the way out. Brides and grooms don’t want the slow music for people to just stare at them as they shuffle throughout the dancefloor.” —Dannis Winston, Winston’s Crew Collective

Photo Booths
“The old-fashioned, Coney Island-style photo booth will always have charm, but these fake backdrop, draped areas with the 99-cent store party favors, need to go away, now!” —Richard O’Malley, The O’Malley Project

Candy Buffets
“This tasty fad and pseudo-favor appears to be going the way of the once-popular chocolate fountain.” —Cheryl Lynn Foster-Gerton, An Essential Event

Food Trucks
“What seems to be taking their place are dessert carts such as cotton candy, frozen bananas, and sundae bars.” —Courtney Lutkus, Simply Radiant Events

by Whitney C. Harris