NAMW: wedding trends

March 24, 2010

*NAMW = Not At My Wedding

Trends obviously become trends because when they’re discovered, they’re extraordinary, unique, creative, and generally wonderful ideas. No one sets out to do something “because everyone else is doing it”… but sometimes, being a regular reader of wedding blogs makes me think that there must be some kind of unawareness or contentment with doing what other people are doing.

No, I don’t mean having floral centerpieces or a video save the date or even custom water bottle/wine bottle labels (all of which are “trends” to a degree, but have been around for a long time). I’m referring more to:

Vintage Books (often as centerpieces)

from a shoot by Simply Bloom photography posted on Elizabeth Anne designs

from a real wedding shot by One Love Photo posted on Snippet & Ink

from a recent wedding posted on Ruffled

Birds & Owls

from a shoot by Simply Bloom photography posted on Elizabeth Anne designs

from a recent wedding posted on Ruffled

Birdcages (often used at the guestbook/welcoming table)

from a recent wedding shot by Joshua Caine on Green Wedding Shoes

from a wedding shot by Amelia Lyon, featured all over the place, including Green Wedding Shoes

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

Mason Jars

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

from a wedding featured on Once Wed and in Martha Stewart Weddings

Vintage Typewriters

from a real wedding shot by One Love Photo posted on Snippet & Ink

from a recent wedding shot by Blink Photography on Ruffled

from a wedding posted on Once Wed

And mind you, there are tons of other wedding trends: mustaches (on a stick), vintage suitcases (popular in engagement sessions), library card files (ever since they were beautifully used at Jessica Claire’s wedding), homemade jam favors, pinwheels… and more.

I have absolutely nothing against these trends individually. In fact, I loved the way that Angel used vintage books and a typewriter at my friend Veronica’s wedding a few years ago. I just don’t like that everyone seems to be copying everyone else instead of doing something that’s more about THEM. Even though books and birds start with B, I’m pretty sure that we won’t be using them at our wedding.

*Note: I didn’t have to look very hard for the images above. I found most of them in blog posts from the past month and only from a few blogs. If I had tried to, I think I could have easily found 10+ examples of each trend across multiple blogs and sites.

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in lieu of cake

January 8, 2010

I’m not a big cake (or cupcake) person. With the exception of ice cream cake (ex: from the amazing Bi-Rite Creamery), most of the time cake is just… cake. (And to be completely honest, I think I mostly like ice cream cake for the ice cream.) It’s really strange because I am a HUGE sweets person–I love chocolate, all kinds of cookies, scones, brownies, etc… but cake just doesn’t do it for me.

Therefore, it would probably make me really sad if I *had* to buy a wedding cake. Although they can be beautiful and have a lot of tradition behind them, I think I’d prefer to opt for something different.

Thankfully, I’m not alone! Even aside from the huge cupcake phenomenon, there are tons of couples choosing nontraditional desserts & dessert-bars.

Some examples…

Dessert spreads/buffets by Amy Atlas (the most well-known in this area) are all over the place. She’s done dozens of dessert spreads for a wide variety of events and they’re always gorgeous. Unfortunately, because she’s such a huge name, I probably can’t afford her.

a birthday party featured on SMP

a very festive looking candy bar on Black Eiffel

The Sweet and Saucy Shop is another popular SoCal bakery and their spreads look pretty dang perfect!

From a wedding that Ashley Rose shot

A spread they did for a wedding posted on GWS

So, yes. There are tons of alternatives! If we end up having a summer wedding, the idea of busting out ice cream and/or fro-yo are also very, very exciting possibilities. Snippet & Ink posted a wedding a while back with mini-ice cream cones (squeal!) and Ritzy Bee recently posted about a sundae bar… both very cute, fun ideas. I imagine the sundae bar could get a little messy though.

Fro-yo, however, is more-or-less uncharted territory. I have no idea how hard it is to cart those frozen yogurt machines around, but I pretty much consumer tart yogurt with mochi at Yogurtland like it’s water and both my boyfriend & I have friends or family who own fro-yo franchises. Apparently, Pinkberry’s already on the ball and Caroline Tran shot a wedding in September where they had Pinkberry catering! I found out through the Inspired By This blog, which has a little more info.

Conclusion is, I don’t want to have cake at the wedding and apparently I don’t have to… and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one :)