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2015's hottest wedding trend: fighting back against "Pinterest-perfection"

Once a week or so, I'll get an interview request from a journalist — and inevitably one of the questions they want to ask is "What are your trend predictions for next year?" I usually hedge these questions with a positive spin like, "Hopefully, a reduction in fear-based marketing" or "Less body-shaming directed at brides under the guise of beauty," but this year I have a bigger prediction:

That couples are going to start pushing back against the idea of "Pinterest-perfect" weddings.

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Are photographers going to start offering discounts for unplugged weddings?

In my almost-eight years of running Offbeat Bride and working with wedding photographers, I've heard of photographers offering potential clients discounts for all sorts of things: discounts for destination weddings, discounts for LGBT-identified couples, discounts for sci-fi weddings or elopements and all sorts of other niche weddings. But yesterday was the first time I saw a photographer who's offering a discount for couples doing an unplugged wedding. Is this a new thing?

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How can you include [enter geeky reference here] without ostracizing your guests?

About a year ago, I attended a friend's wedding and spent the whole ride home wondering why the wedding had felt so… not them. It was as if we had walked into anyone's wedding, and aside from some very sweet vows, it felt like we were celebrating a watered-down version of the geeky, gamer couple that I knew and loved so much. I want to make this wedding about us, and the geeky things things that brought us together. But… can we [enter geeky reference here] without ostracizing our guests?

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Offbeat Bride interview about unplugged weddings on New Hampshire Public Radio

I first wrote about unplugged weddings way back in 2011, with a two-post series. The posts went crazy viral and in the three years since then, the idea has picked up major steam. The Huffington Post noticing the trend in 2012, and New York Times picking up on the concept in 2013. I'm happy to say that the concept is now popular enough that it's no longer seen as "offbeat" in any way.

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Monogrammed wedding napkins as re-branding?

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!