Largely because I grew up in the south, I feel almost as much like it's as expected of me to have monogrammed, or personalized napkins as it is for me to change my names. I'm doing neither. Besides, what's the deal with monogrammed stuff and newlywed folks, anyway? Then I realized… it's all re-branding!
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of Wedding trends posts.
I see a looooot of weddings in my work with offbeat bride. Here are a few of the trends that are catching my eye.
With the rising popularity of gender-blind wedding parties, and weddings without bridal parties, we need terms beyond "bridesmaids" and "groomsmen" to refer to the people who are helping you with all your wedding duties. Here are a few of the creative alternative names for bridal parties that our readers and Tribesmaids have come up with
I fancy myself an individual. I mean, I reckon we all do. And while no one has been shaped by the same life events I have, the concept of truly being "unique" is one that we rest a lot of importance on. I always figured I wouldn't have a "typical" wedding. I'm a modest, geeky, tomboy of a girl, and I felt a good guideline for planning a wedding would be incorporating things that make me happy. I didn't know jack about weddings when I started out planning for all this. But if I've learned anything, it's that the things that make me happy also make other people happy.
I see this attitude a lot, about weddings, where everything is "supposed to mean something." Before we got engaged, I had this grand notion that every little choice that we made about our wedding was going to be somehow representative of us. Now I can't imagine doing that without going crazy from the stress.
So last year I did a presentation at this massive mainstream wedding show in Las Vegas, and after my presentation I did a little interview about wedding trends with a guy who works for an Australian wedding invitation company. In it, I talk about a few of my favorite Offbeat Bride wedding trends, which blogs I read, and which wedding tools I like using.
We all have at least one friend we follow on Pinterest who is guilty of obsessively over-pinning wedding stuff. Her non-stop hoarding of the typical wedding/spam pins have made me realize a couple of things.
1. Unfollow that shiznit, pronto, before you burst into an epic feminist-esque rage.
2. Excessive pinning to a non-secret board is annoying.
Enlightenment #2 made a light bulb go off in my head…
You know there are people in your life who are SO not invited to your wedding. You know you can just picture them salivating over your spread of delicious eats, pawing over your pretties, and ogling your awesome like a kid in a candy store window, knowing they aren't allowed in. Cherish that feeling. You are a special snowflake, and you get to be a bit chilly. Here's how…
There seems to be a lot of people talking about kale bouquets lately, as if it's some sort of recent and possibly ridiculous wedding trend. Are you kidding me? Not only did we feature this photo of kale bouquet back in early 2009, but the bouquet is freaking GORGEOUS! I say, get your freaky kale on, ladies and gentlemen.
For those of us who love our DIY projects, they can be very fulfilling and/or very frustrating at times. To lighten the mood during those times when the projects may be crashing and burning or you're just DIYed out, Mikala Bierma (of "Disappointing Gay Best Friend" fame) has you covered.
I started searching online and found all these great ideas: mercury glass candle holders, stacks of books for centerpieces, stationary with those cool old brackets on it, lanterns, library card escort cards — and ran with it. I was so happy that we were doing things that felt like us and not just the same old cookie-cutter wedding stuff that we had seen throughout our twenties. It felt amazing. Until we realized that everyone else was doing it, too.