Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, but a combination of high expectations and pressure to have a social media-perfect day can be stressful enough to make you consider going down to city hall or resigning yourself to a life of solitude. The difficulties of planning a wedding have caused people to do some truly crazy things in the name of originality as everyone attempts to prove that their wedding is the one true event of the season — even despite their friends having to attend multiple similar weddings every month. Some trends have become so commonplace that they completely backfire and make your wedding seem tacky or overdone. Here are 34 trends you need to avoid if you don’t want your special day to be totally and completely lame.
With rustic trends slowly taking over, this minimalist approach to wedding cakes is all over Pinterest. The lack of frosting on the cake does cause it to dry out more quickly, so if you choose to follow the crowd on this one, the actual taste of your cake will probably be less than ideal.
We do not understand champagne towers. You can't take any of the glasses lest it fall down, and God forbid anyone bump into the table. Instead of wasting all your Dom, have a "bubbly bar."
In a 180 from the far superior "no cell phones" rule that many brides are enforcing at their weddings, some couples choose to livestream their nuptials on Facebook or Instagram. The issue here is that whoever is assigned the job of filming the livestream will have to view the ceremony through their phone, and the viewers are going to be people that weren't invited... awkward. We don't need our babysitter's best friend's second cousin tuning into our special day, and they probably don't want to see it either.
No one should feel pressured to wear heels all night if they don't want to, but a disturbing alternative to going barefoot has arisen on Pinterest. Brides are now customizing or bedazzling sneakers (which is honestly, fine) or Crocs to wear under their ball gowns during the reception. Crocs have even leaned into the trend and started selling "bridal shoes" on their website. We don't care that the Crocs technically wouldn't be seen from under your gown — you'd know, and that should be enough shame to deter you from degrading yourself on your wedding day.
Being extra can be awesome, but what is the point of drone photos of your wedding? You should be the focal point of your day, not your general surroundings up to seven kilometers. Your ceremony will look smaller in comparison, they're dangerous if they come too close to your or your guests, and cost more than they're worth. Plus, if you don't shell out the extra extra cash for a professional drone operator, your fancy photography investment will absolutely end up stuck in a tree.
We get it, you really love Bridesmaids. But your photos reenacting scenes from Bridesmaids, Harry Potter, or Game Of Thrones aren't going to make you seem fun or quirky, they'll just end up looking forced and uncomfortable. Same goes for photos of the groomsmen standing in a line peeing, it's gross. Crass photos of the bridesmaids flashing the camera or being tacky can be fun up to a certain age, but if it isn't done in moderation, then you will also seem tacky by association. If it's something you wouldn't want your grandkids to see, or if it's a pop culture reference that they won't understand, ditch it in favor of photos you might actually want to look back on when your seventy.
We've heard of musical festival attendees wearing diapers so they won't have to worry about their bladders in the middle of Beyoncé's set and thought, Huh, maybe that's a good idea. We've then proceeded to not follow up on the idea, because purposefully peeing yourself for convenience's sake is gross. Some brides have taken to wearing diapers to avoid using the bathroom in their gown or to make sure no precious wedding time is wasted in the restroom. We don't understand how anyone could enjoy their special day fully knowing that they're standing in their own urine. (You know, or worse.) If you can't figure out how to sit on the toilet in your gown, that's why your bridesmaids are there to help. Consider it a bonding moment.
Remember when Sue Sylvester couldn't find a boyfriend and married herself on Glee? And it was like, a really funny joke? For some reason, people are now seriously throwing huge, expensive weddings to celebrate their undying love for themselves. It's like, just host a really nice birthday party for yourself and have some dignity. It's apparently called "Sologamy" now in the news, but we prefer the title "A Cry For Help."
People love to love their pets. They're a part of the family and grow up with us through life's milestones. Your wedding, however, is one event that your dog can sit out. The recent trend of people putting their dogs and cats into their wedding parties — complete with tuxedos or matching bridesmaid dresses — is more hassle than it's worth. While dogs are man's best friend, if your soon-to-be spouse's literal best friend is their pet, that's a red flag. Some couples also allow their pets the honor of carrying the rings down the aisle, which puts thousands of dollars in the hands (um, paws) of an animal with a short-term memory of about five minutes.
Okay, a brief pause from all the silliness to get REAL for a second, please. People have used traveling zoo companies to bring live animals like llamas, swans, and tigers to their wedding receptions for photo ops. Aside from the smell, which should be prohibitory enough, animals should not be used as a prop for our entertainment. Life in captivity is torturous for animals, especially for herd animals like goats, and the more often these animals are transported, the more likely it is that their situation will deteriorate into harmful habits like gnawing at their own body parts out of boredom. Yeah, really. These animals belong in sanctuaries, and hiring them as a part of your special day makes you complicit in the mistreatment of innocent creatures.
...Okay, back to lighter topics. It's hard to be stylish as a groomsman. Men's fashion can be so limiting in general, and the line between style and camp is truly a very delicate balance. Wearing high socks with your favorite sports team or emoji takes that line and runs through it with a tractor. Your love for the Cubs shouldn't distract from your love for your spouse.
There's having flaky friends, and then there's feeling the need to hire outside help to be your Maid of Honor because you don't trust any of your actual friends to get the job done. The duties of a MOH are stressful and occasionally complicated, but if you don't have people in your life that you can trust to care about your wedding, you might need to reevaluate your friendships.
This looks super cute in pictures, but it's a logistical nightmare. The ground is cold and wet. Older relatives are likely disabled or less mobile and will be in pain the whole ceremony. Sitting on the ground in a dress without flashing people is hard. If you want to have a bougie picnic for Instagram, save it for your honeymoon.
Remember how we just talked about animal cruelty? The trend of using live fish in centerpieces to add "movement" may sound appealing in a vague, artsy buzzwords type of way, but animals aren't props and no one wants to take a goldfish home as a party favor anyway. This isn't a high school carnival, and it's also not prom, so "Under The Sea" isn't an appropriate theme.
So having an open marijuana bar sounds dope, pun intended. At first mention, there doesn't seem to be a downside, assuming you live in a state where weed has been legalized. If you're having a smaller ceremony where the guests are already occasional users and no one's going to get drug tested for their jobs anytime soon, go for it. Hell, invite us. For most nuptials, however, an open marijuana bar is a recipe for disaster. Older or more traditional relatives will definitely be offended or made to feel uncomfortable, which will only cause drama. More importantly, any friends who aren't regular users could easily overindulge (especially if edibles are involved) and green out, or everyone will just get crossed and not remember anything that happened during the event. You will not get your security deposit back if your guests get sick and trash the venue bathroom. Save the good stuff for the after-after party.
If this is a gift for the bride, feel free to bust a move. Those videos where the husband and his groomsmen surprise the bride with a cute performance are the best things on the internet, aside from Vine compilations and dog videos. If the whole wedding party is just trying to go viral online, however, it veers into "trying too hard" territory. You don't need to scream for attention if it's already your own wedding day. This can easily come across as a little desperate, which is not the vibe you want.
Wedding hashtags as a general concept make sense. Couples want to be able to easily reminisce on their wedding day without aggressively stalking all of their friends' profiles to see if they posted anything good. Puns are super fun. When hashtags aren't concise, feel forced or get plastered all over the venue, it starts to feel like the couple is the real life version of your aunt that just figured out Facebook and keeps liking all of your tagged posts. If you're gonna #hashtag then #dontmakeitweird.
People are so tacky it's exhausting. If part of your wedding theme is having everyone show up as vampires, I'm shocked you have any friends. There's a time and a place for costumes: Halloween, going to House of Yes in Brooklyn, Coachella. A black tie event should not be seen as an opportunity to wear costume jewelry and pretend you're in the Baz Luhrmann Great Gatsby. If you're still young enough to think that every single event is an excuse to live out your Lord of the Rings cosplay fantasies, you're probably too young to get married.
They're inexpensive, you can buy them at Michael's, and one mason jar can function as a lamp, a glass, an herb garden and storage with little to no modification. It is totally understandable why they've become inescapable at weddings, because they make so much sense. Unfortunately, its been done to death. Its time has passed. It's over.
Choosing bridesmaids sounds so awkward. It's a clear indicator of which friends you lowkey like better than your other friends, and no one wants to make the people they care about feel hurt or excluded. That is why some wedding parties are ten to twenty bridesmaids deep. How do they all even fit up at the altar? How did the MOH plan a bridal weekend for like, twenty people? Aside from being a logistical nightmare, the photos are just going to become one of those memes where someone asks how their friend can have so many bridesmaids when they don't even know that many people. Once Twitter gets ahold of it, it's time to make some difficult cuts.
We love the idea of the bride wearing a pale color or blush while everyone else is in white. We don't love literally everyone and everything at the wedding being white. Like, are you P.Diddy? Is it your annual end of summer blowout? If not, Sean Combs and that one Vitamin Water-sponsored episode of Gossip Girl got you beat.
Have you noticed that the only people that still wear flower crowns are like, really weird? Even Coachella is flower crown-free now that it's been done to death. If you choose to have flower crowns at your wedding, let's hope the theme is 2013 and your wedding party hasn't forgotten their Harlem Shake.
It's nice to not have to worry about taking every guest's order ahead of time; worrying about relaying diet restrictions and personal preferences to the caterer on top of everything else that goes into planning and executing the perfect wedding can be frazzling. But food trucks aren't a practical second option because they would cause longer lines than an average buffet line, and they get rid of the structure that a sit-down dinner brings to the wedding reception. It will be way harder to corral your guests for the best man speech if they're still waiting on their fish tacos to be given to them on a paper plate from the back of a motorized vehicle.
You would think that it's hard to go wrong with a cake topper. It's just a tiny, little thing that goes on top of your wedding cake, disappears halfway through the night, and harms no one. And then you see cake toppers like the one where a cartoon version of the groom is mooning the guests or one where the bride is Scooby Doo in a dress. No one wants to see that.
Why spoil the super expensive cake with a self-serve candy bar? It looks so pretty, but hygienically, people are bound to start taking from the candy jars with their bare hands, then everyone is going to get sick, then next thing you know, the bride and groom have the flu on their honeymoon in Thailand.
Your wedding isn't on Comedy Central. Why would anyone want to sit through fifteen minutes of their friends and family telling them how much they suck? A joke here or there in a toast is lighthearted and keeps the energy up, but weddings are a time to let people know how much you care about the people of the hour. You can drag them the other 364 days of the year.
These were probably cute the first five times they popped onto the wedding scene, but now they're just overdone and unnecessary. Does anyone really like donuts that much? Another instance in which other people's hands are going to end up all over your food, donut walls are just a bizarre concept that's a little too niche to have staying power.
These colorful cookies are even harder to make than they are to pronounce, which is why they're so prohibitively expensive. They've been normalized enough that the macaron towers at weddings aren't special enough to justify the price point. Just one macaron can cost around four dollars, and they're so difficult to be prepared correctly (not too squishy, not too crumbly) that there's no guarantee you'll even get the quality that equals what you're paying.
Puns are the highest form of comedy, but if your main motivation behind giving out matches at the end of your reception is to make a "match made in heaven" pun, you need to straighten out your priorities. Punny gifts are good for a laugh, but often enough, couples will give mediocre party favors in deference to making a lame joke.
Our biggest pet peeve is people who still think it's edgy to wear Converse to formal events. Nothing screams "trying to justify poor social skills by being alternative" like deciding to lean into faux-quirky trends lauded by dorky high school students that think prom is "too mainstream" and don't own a curling iron. Putting enough effort into your attempt to be "super alt" that you have matching his and hers sneakers just highlights that your personality is a façade. ...Unless you legit have foot issues, then wear whatever you want, stay safe!
Painted wood signs are really where it's at right now, ever since chalkboard signs became the property of coffee shop advertisements and sidewalk marketing. You don't want your wedding to remind people of the morning illustrations that lure them into their local Intelligentsia.
Another example of a trend burning too bright too quickly, rose gold has become passé. Personally, we think the trend died once rose gold hair became a thing, but bronze and granite are the new rose gold and marble. Pass it on.
The issue with photobooths is that everyone does the same four poses: serious, silly, smiling, kissing. Maybe throw a Charlie's Angels finger gun in there for good measure. Curated candids or photo-ready art moments like murals are a better way to capture memories of the night.