One of the great things about following the wedding industry for a living is that we get to see all of itâ€”the good, the great, and the â€œOh! Isnâ€™t thatâ€¦interesting?â€Â Over the course of the year, we see lots of beautiful styles, ideas and trends from both vendors and real brides alike. And while we never want to rain on anyoneâ€™s wedding-day parade, there were also a few things that made us go â€œmehâ€ in 2012.
Best: We love that Pinterest has become a brideâ€™s go-to for inspiration! Scrolling through big, beautiful images of flowers, gowns, hairstyles, invites and more are extremely helpful when planning a wedding. Itâ€™s also become a great tool in the planning itself, as weâ€™ve seen many a bride use it to help show a wedding planner her vision or give some pointers to bridesmaids who donâ€™t know the difference between blush and bashful.
Worst: The â€œmason jarâ€ look that pervades Pinterest and has brides of every stripe working overtime to create a certain look that isnâ€™t authentic to who they are. Â Donâ€™t get us wrongâ€”we LOVE mason jarsâ€¦we just hope that brides who incorporate them are doing so because they love it too, and not because they are trying to live up to someone elseâ€™s ideal.
Best: Weddings in unique or special locations, such as the brideâ€™s parentâ€™s backyard or a school football stadium (Roll Tide!) We absolutely go gaga every time we hear the story of how a couple chose a location that is a special part of their story or family history.
Worst: A venue that was chosen simply for its look. Weâ€™ve got nothing against barns, for instance, but it seems that many brides whoâ€™ve never stepped foot in a barn, or on a ranch, are suddenly having rustic weddings just because they saw it on a blog and thought it looked pretty.
Best: Wedding day #hashtags! Itâ€™s great fun to be able to view all the photos from a wedding on Twitter together, and really helps the couple connect to how people are enjoying their wedding! Social connection also helps those who werenâ€™t able to travel to the wedding, but want to see all the highlights.
Worst: An unfortunate side effect of social media is forgetting to be in the moment! Weâ€™ve seen too many couples, family members and friends miss out on truly wonderful moments of togetherness because they were crafting a clever tweet or taking just one more Instagram.
Best: Personal touches. We see so many fun, interesting ideas from our readers! From bouquets made of fabric, brooches or wood to superhero-themed receptions, there is truly no limit to creativity at weddings, which is one of the best parts of watching people plan their big day! Weâ€™re also smitten with personalized cake toppers, banners, photo booths and table dÃ©cor. The closer it is to the coupleâ€™s heart, the better.
Worst: Â Cake toppers where the bride is dragging the groom by the collar. Ring bearer and flower girls carrying a sign that reads â€œThis is Your Last Chance to Run.â€Â We want to see a coupleâ€™s sense of humor, alwaysâ€”but the idea that marriage is something to escape from isnâ€™t the kind of humor weâ€™re hoping for.
Photo Credit: Courtney Bowlden Photography