8 wedding trends wedding planners are tired of seeing: Mason Jars and more

The once charming and alternative alfresco tablescape adorned with mason jars filled with wildflowers, antique flatware, and string lights draped from branches now seems to signal a 2010s Pinterest-board wedding, says Vogue. “Trends come and go, and unless rustic-chic is a style you identify with beyond your big day, the experts advise to focus on timeless decor that’s a reflection of you and your fiancé as a couple.”

“You want your wedding to be timeless and elegant, pretty and luxurious, classic and beautiful,” says Rachel Eden Leuck, president and founder of Rachel Events. “These are the words you want to describe your wedding when you look at your pictures in 30 or 50 years.” So what are the trends to steer clear of these days? Some of Vogue’s favorite wedding planners weigh in. The consensus? Simplicity always wins.

“White and blush. I think white and blush weddings with a soft palette can be beautiful, but we are so over them. We want to work with clients who want something different, something that hasn’t been seen before and is an authentic reflection of their personal style and personality.”
—Jesse Tombs, managing partner, Alison Events

“Bridal dress changes. While fashion is very important, being in the moment is what matters most. You’ve planned this special day for many months and only have a few hours to enjoy the fruits of your labor. A bride should focus on being present, spending time with her new groom and their nearest-and-dearest—and having the time of her life.”
—Bryan Rafanelli, founder, president, and chief creative officer, Rafanelli Events

“Cutesy signs like To have and to hold, in case you get cold; As two families become one, pick a seat, not a side; Eat, drink, and be married. Thanks to Pinterest, many of these lines have been overused. They end up feeling hokey and well . . . like you’re trying too hard. Signs are here to stay and essential to guide guests—they can even add a bit of humor to the day. But when a sign is needed, less may be more. Authenticity never goes out of style. If you want to add a clever touch, spend a little extra time coming up with something that might be unique to you as a couple, your family, and what is appropriate to your wedding.”
—Rosemary Hattenbach, owner and creative director, Rosemary Events

“I don’t think that trends get old; you just need to make it feel new. I love watercolor, but think it’s run its course with printed materials. Incorporate watercolor effects into the icing design of your cake or find a watercolor print for your tablecloths.”
—Bronson Van Wyck, cofounder and president, Van Wyck

“While social media is an amazing way to connect, we have found that at weddings, people tend to overshare. We feel it’s a very confident choice for couples to encourage guests to put their phones away and enjoy the moment.”
—Michelle Rago, founder, Michelle Rago Destinations

“Mason jars and burlap! This country chic and vintage flair trend is on the way out. Even if your favorite style is vintage shabby chic, that doesn’t mean your wedding should be.”
—Rachel Eden Leuck, president and founder, Rachel Events

“Table garlands. While this trend can be beautiful, I think it has exhausted itself for the time being. This one hit really big a few years ago, largely because it offered an interesting way to break up your centerpieces and give the room some texture (which we love!). But because they saturate the landscape so completely, garlands can now seem generic.”
—Alia Wilson, planner and designer, Firefly Events

“Anything with truffle oil.”
—Colin Cowie, founder, Colin Cowie Celebrations

I/F: Vogue



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