Trends vs. Super Awesome Ideas

Guest post by Katy

I recently got this email from a reader named Katy:

n757540202_4407188_8508Recently, I was looking through the offbeat photo pool and came across picture after picture of weddings with ideas I had been throwing around for a while. This cake picture especially caught my eye. Months and months ago I had found a picture of a cake almost exactly like that, the chocolate dripping down, and honestly I fell IN LOVE with it. On another site, I found that exact cake topper. Yep, exact. In my little wedding obsessed mind I had put them together and…VOILA! dream wedding cake! And here it was, at another wedding, another bride's dream wedding cake.

Now at first, I was a little disappointed, I'll admit. It's like my unique, Offbeat Bride bubble had burst. “But…but…how is my wedding supposed to be unique? I'd wanted that cake! I'd wanted to rent a photo booth! I'd wanted converse shoes! I'd wanted a black dress! Boo!”

But then I thought about it, and I smiled…

Why do we have to use the word trend? It seems that most people, especially Offbeat Brides, wrinkle their nose at that word. But maybe we could just call them super awesome ideas.

Really! How many wedding websites has an Offbeat Bride looked at searching for ideas, searching for that dream wedding in picture form so they can see it RIGHTNOWPLEASE? I know I have. I know that's what the more traditional sites are there for. The Knot, The Wedding Channel, etc. Pictures and pictures and more pictures of every cake, bouquet, dress, centerpiece, ring, etc imaginable. And brides search these sites, collecting images of everything that they dream of someday having.

Offbeat Bride is there for the rest of us. No I can't picture my dream wedding on The Knot, but Offbeat Bride has got me covered.

So thank you to all of the brides on here, and thank you to Ariel…for giving me the chance to get the best possible idea of what my wedding could look like, and also inspiring me to think outside of the box EVEN MORE.


You are so welcome, Katy! I agree that when it comes to offbeat folks, we can all-too-often decry trends as somehow WRONG … that we should avoid doing something just because other people are also doing it.

A friend recently referred to it as “negative dependency” — ie, “I don't do this because everyone else does.” When you define yourself that way, you're giving up just as much of your power to make your own choices.

Moral of the story: work to make authentic personal decisions, in your wedding and in your life.

xo,
Ariel

Comments on Trends vs. Super Awesome Ideas

  1. OMG, thank you soooo much for bringing this up.
    it seems like the more i get into the whole wedding planning thing the more concerned i get about the exact same thing that Katie was talking about.
    my wedding is going to be exactly how i want it to be and if i’m following a “trend” oh well, so be it. i’m gonna have a blast doing it and hopefully Katie will too.

  2. “Negative dependency” – I LOVE that term! I know of so many people who won’t do something because “everyone else is doing it.” Whether it is locs, red hair, skull rings, black wedding dresses, or whatever your heart desires, if YOUR heart desires it, go for it! Screw everyone else!

  3. I think what i had to realise was that being part of the offbeat bride tribe has altered my reality a little bit. I’ve pretty much ignored all the other mainstream wedding planning things since i found the tribe(except martha stewart… i love martha) so i’ll get this idea that i can’t do that anymore because EVERYONE is doing that. But really i’m dealing with a subset of wedding planners, among which i’ve seen maybe a half a dozen people doing the same thing i want to do. Really, it’s still pretty original. And instead i get an open minded awesome group of people to help me come up with ideas to make it more my own, win/win

  4. This is why I love OBB: Ariel and the OBT community give encouragement for WHATEVER you want to do. Something no one else has thought of? Go you for being unique! A red wedding dress or other offbeat trend–I mean, super awesome idea–wow, that looks awesome on you! Something traditional and mainstream? Hey, good for you for doing it not because it’s mainstream and everyone does, but for really considering what it means for YOU.

  5. This is a fantastic article. I’m so tired of people curling their lip up at others because “it’s trendy” or “everyone is doing it”. I went through the same thing when I first started planning – I wanted something OMG-SOOO-UNIQUE not because I really wanted it, but I didn’t feel right using other people’s ideas. After a while, I got over that REAL quick. 🙂

  6. Funny thing is that we’re doing a very similar cake with a similar cake topper. LOL. But who cares? We’re doing it because we love it, and if other people love it as well, right on!

  7. Yep, this is so true. I’ve often reminded friends (and myself) that not doing something because it is popular is just as bad as doing it for that same reason.

  8. Ha! I saw that exact cake and topper on a website exhibiting pictures of what the blogger called tacky weddings. I, however, found it super awesome and amazing. Thanks once again for reminding us how we can still be individuals when surrounded by other like-minded and awesome people!

  9. Here is my theory: If you are doing it because it is the cool thing to do, you have a major problem. If you are are using the idea because you LOVE it, you think it is AWESOME, and it fits YOUR personality, then hell, why not use it!

    I went through the same, “If I use these ideas, how am I truly being unique?” but now I have just through to myself, “If it fits my groom and me, I am going to do it. That includes traditional things too!”

  10. Dude, I’m unique because of my particular combination of personality traits and likes/dislikes-I share most of them with other people (which is why most of my friends are my friends) but no one has this exact combination. I can’t squeeze everything I am and love into a wedding, and I’m sure the major points that I DO want to fit in will overlap with someone else’s, maybe down to the last decoration. But I am ME and our wedding will be US and that’s what makes our wedding unique-even with the white dress, high heels, bridesmaids dresses from David’s Bridal, etc.

    This is the reason I love love love this site and OBT. People are supportive no matter what you do, no matter what side of the offbeat spectrum you’re on. Hooray! 🙂

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