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30 Outdated Wedding Trends That Should Stop

Burlap Everything

Wedding ideas are always abuzz with burlap. Why this coarse, brown fabric seems so popular, no one knows, but it’s overdone to death. There’s a way to do rustic without using burlap. Try using a softer fabric that uses browns and greens. If you have to do burlap, try to keep it to a minimum.

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Novelty Cake Toppers

Novelty cake toppers are funny once or twice, but buying one to put on a cake is another thing. Referring to your new marriage as a “ball and chain” isn’t the best way to start the union. In fact, model cake toppers are boring. Instead, opt for flowers or even go without a cake topper! Some cakes look beautiful without anything on the very top.

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Dance Entrances

Dance entrances have been used for quite a while, and that’s too long. While you want the ceremony to be memorable and fantastic, but at the end of the day, the wedding is for the bride and groom. Plus, guests are getting tired of seeing someone dance toward the altar. It already takes long enough for the bride to get there without hopping to “Can’t Stop the Feeling” by Justin Timberlake.

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Sign-pocalypse

Signs are necessary at weddings to let the guests know information without saying it a million times. However, that doesn’t mean you need a sign just to have a sign. Try to keep signs to a minimum. Guests aren’t going to read a little blurb you wrote. They’re looking for where to go and the order of events. Little poems on wooden pallets are unnecessary.

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Flower Crowns

Flower crowns were once an amazing addition to weddings, but every bride that wants a rustic or “boho” theme wears them. To make matters worse, many people can’t pull it off. Sure, the pictures make flower crowns look amazing, but those people rarely wear the flower crowns for hours. They end up wilting and looking sad if they manage to stay in place.

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Casual Shoes

We’re not against being comfortable, but tennis shoes and cowboy boots during a wedding? That’s just too much. If heels are too much, you can get a classy pair of flats that don’t kill your feet. In fact, we suggest flats since the bride and groom will be standing for hours on end without a seat in sight.

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Mason Jars

Mason jars can still be used for great things around the house, but the phase should disappear in weddings. Drinking out of them was never appealing because spilling is pretty common. Not to mention, no one wants a mason jar as a wedding favor. Instead, go for traditional stemware. If you want something less conventional, beer glasses are another great alternative.

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Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets are too common, in general. Pinterest seems to love wooden pallets for every DIY from home décor to wedding ceremonies. Not only do you not know the history of the rescued pallets, but many are loaded with formaldehyde and can have bugs. That isn’t something you want for your big day. 

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Fondant

Fondant isn’t new, but Pinterest has encouraged brides to seek out smooth picturesque cakes. While it may look good, it tastes horrible. Most confectioners will tell you that fondant is gross, and good ol’ buttercream is where it’s at. Weddings can still have an Instagram-able cake without having to taste gross.

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Chalkboards

Chalkboard signs are okay in moderation, but to have one for the program, drink specials, table numbers, bathroom locations, and more is just too much. Chalkboard signs can also cost more if you pay someone to write beautifully. It’s a lot easier to make your own signs with fonts and then print them out as a poster.  

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Weird Food Combinations

We get wanting to satisfy everyone, but it isn’t going to happen. When your guest gets ready to eat, the last thing they want to eat is something weird like salmon and mac and cheese. It may leave your guests wanting classic pairings that leave them satisfied. Plus, uncommon food combinations may make guests less likely to eat the food. 

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Pinterest DIY

Pinterest DIY rarely goes well. Even if it looks easy, there are a million different ways that it can go wrong. After all is said and done, you may end up spending more money on the DIY version. Weddings are already expensive enough without adding more money and time on a project that is unnecessary. 

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Barn Weddings

Barn weddings can have a purpose if you grew up or live on a farm. However, if neither side of the family has anything to do with a farm or barns, why have one in a barn? Something about it feels wrong. Too many city dwellers are getting hitched in barns, and it feels artificial. You don’t want your wedding to feel artificial.

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Blankets as Seats

Never use blankets as seats at your wedding. Even if your guests aren’t wearing dresses, people don’t generally like to sit on the ground. If you must have a boho-chic wedding, use regular seats with seat covers or accouterments that tie in the theme.

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Black Cakes

We already discussed fondant, but black cakes deserve their own place. Whether fondant or frosting, black wedding cakes are a mess. They can stain everything they touch, including your guests. When it’s time for pictures, your guests will have teeth that look like they’re about to fall out of their head. 

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Rose Gold Everything

Rose gold is beautiful, and it’s super elegant, but it’s so overdone right now. Going all-in with rose gold also makes your wedding look dated years later. If you opt for touches of rose gold, it’ll make the color pop and seem less overwhelming.

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Photo Booths

Photo booths had their moment, but everyone and their mom are using this theme. The biggest issue with photo booths is that you have tons and tons of pictures that all look the same with different faces. Natural poses and moments make the images so much better and stand out, especially when compared to the typical “cheese” look.

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Twinkle Lights

Unless your wedding is in December or you’re planning a holiday-inspired wedding, avoid twinkle lights. There are plenty of ways you can light your wedding whether you want elegant or kitschy. String lights with market bulbs, lanterns, and chandeliers are just a few of the options out there.

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Too Many Cocktails

One or two unique cocktails that represent the bride and groom’s favorite flavors will suffice. Too many beverages are great for guests, but it will quickly slow down the service and overwhelm the bar. While we’re on the topic, there’s no reason to stick with the typical “manly” grooms drink and “girly” cocktail for the bride – unless those are your favorite flavors!

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Mixed Fonts

No matter what you’re doing, you shouldn’t have more than two fonts at your wedding. In fact, many wedding planners and brides prefer the simplicity of one font. Three or more fonts can look tacky and mismatched. It’s like wearing orange with blue. Something about it is too much, and it’s just too loud.

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Interactive Food Stations

Interactive food stations are great for small weddings of around 10 people. Guests love them, and they’re easy, but the problem is that it will slow down your wedding. People will get stuck choosing and making their food. A two-hour service may turn into three or four hours for larger weddings.  

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Champagne Towers

Champagne towers may look great in photos, but they’re a problem in waiting. One little bump and everything can come crashing down. Then, you’d spend most of your wedding facilitating a cleanup rather than enjoying the day.

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Strange Non-Traditional Cake Flavors

We’re all for all for flavors that are different, but not everyone likes matcha. It’s the bride and groom’s day, but there’s no point paying a ton of money for a non-traditional cake flavor if hardly anyone is going to eat it.

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Donuts Instead of Cake

If you want something non-traditional and casual, donuts were the go-to choice, but it’s becoming more common. First, it makes your wedding seem more like a plain event. Second, why not choose cupcakes? Donuts seem cheap and offer fewer flavors than cupcakes.

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Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are ridiculous. Guests will ultimately lose them, break them open, or just forget them at their table. The worst type of favor is the non-edible kind because they’re required to carry it around with them until they leave.

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Royal Wedding Copies

The Royals have more money, and they love to have extravagant weddings. Enjoy it from afar, but don’t spend an insane sum to copy what you saw on television. It’s alright to take inspiration and a few elements from the affair, but you don’t want your wedding to feel like an imitation.

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Candy Buffets

Candy buffets are delicious…in the beginning. Nothing is worse than cleaning it up at the end of the day – trust us. Everything gets sticky and clumped together. Everyone also gets clumped up around the candy buffet, which can slow down the process of your wedding.

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Confetti and Rice Toss

Rice is terrible for tossing. The whole birds exploding thing is a myth. What’s true is that it’s impossible to clean and a waste of food. Confetti isn’t easier to clean unless you get an eco-friendly paper. If you want to shell out extra for the eco-friendly paper that degrades, then toss away!

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Complex Seating Charts

Complex seating charts are the worst. Simple is best, but most of what you see on Pinterest can turn into a complicated mess. Large weddings suffer from this the most as each person attempts to navigate to the table and the reception.

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All the Balloons

Tons of balloons at weddings have to stop. Seriously. Balloons are for birthday parties and events for children. They’re not tasteful at all. The worst part is cleaning up after the deflated rubber at the end of the night. Plus, the inflated ones are in the way of everything. Few things are worse than having your guests bumped in the head by balloons, and their faces are hidden because of a floating ball of helium.

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