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Wedding Advice – Should I follow wedding trends?

Today we a chatting about wedding trends. Should you follow them? Is it reeeally possible to have a timeless wedding, that doesn’t “date”?

The modern day bride is bombarded with wedding content at every side, from magazines to wedding blogs, not to mention Pinterest. These are all great resources full of beautiful imagery, ideas, and inspiration. However, they can make you question your taste, overwhelm you with decisions, and influence you to want to be the “cool bride” (or groom). You may even end up planning your wedding around the hope you’ll get published in a wedding magazine. It becomes a big show, that is not even YOU.


– Current Wedding Trends –

Just a few wedding trends we are seeing at the moment are… palms, neutrals, pampas grass (toetoe), dried flowers, clear marquees, small guest count, perspex signage, floral ceiling installations, taper candles, neon signs, drone wedding footage, dark/moody photography and beaded/pearled veils… the list goes on!

I love a lot of these things and have seen them all at one wedding or another recently. I remember a time when almost every wedding was covered in burlap, bunting and mason jars. Even in the past few seasons, the rise of grazing platters, macrame backdrops and laser cut signage has been noticeable. It makes you wonder if one day you’ll look back on the things you like now and cringe. I know I see some old photos of myself and think “what-on-earth-were-you-thinking with that outfit?” Will it be the same with your wedding day, and does that even matter?


– Can you actually plan a wedding that doesn’t “date”? –

It’s hard to know what the future will bring, how you and your taste may change and any regrets that may surface. So what causes a wedding to date? Fashion, decorations, venue, style. Can you actually plan a timeless wedding? I don’t think so. I mean, not completely. We are living in a certain time, as a whole we don’t really wear the same styles as the fifties or even the nineties. It’s interesting to look at the cycle of trends and that in some way, everything comes back around, maybe a new iteration or interpretation but it’s been “in” before.

You might look at your parents wedding photos from the eighties full of perms and puffy sleeves and laugh, but then look at your grandparents photos from the fifties and admire how classic and beautiful they look in their black and white prints. Maybe the passage of time makes everything beautiful again?

While I can’t promise everyone will drawing inspiration from your timeless wedding in 2040, here are a few helpful things to think about when it comes to longevity and your wedding day…

Coromandel Wedding Elopement Photographer

– Photography is a biggie –

Get ready for the humble opinion of a wedding photographer… Photography is going to be one of the most important things when it comes to preserving the memories of your day! You probably won’t wear the dress again, the flowers will die, the cake will be eaten, the decorations cleared away. One of the only things left as a memory of your special day will be the photos. As well as finding a photographer you personally click with, finding one who’s style you adore is important. Can you see yourself still loving their images 10-20 years down the road? Remember when people thought selective colour wedding photos were cool? OK, seriously what were you thinking? Look for a style of imagery you connect with and can see the emotion of the day captured in.


– Don’t be a copycat –

It may be tempting to rip a feature straight out of Together Journal, or find the perfect “pinnable” wedding online and copy their every detail, but do you really want to create someone else’s wedding? I think inspiration is a wonderful thing and informs a lot of creativity and artistic ideas. However, do you want your wedding to be more of a personal reflection and celebration of you as a couple? Or some random wedding ripped from the internet? Pick and choose your favourite details from your inspiration images and make them your own.


– Start with your values and priorities –

We chatted about this when it comes to money in my recent blog about planning an any-budget friendly wedding. The same conversation can be had when it comes to style. What you both like? What have you always dreamed about for you day? Is it an all-dressed-in-white bridal party? Is it one big long table at your reception? Is it food-trucks for dinner? Think about the things that matter most and who cares about what. Maybe you couldn’t care less what wedding cars you have, but your partner has always wanted vintage jeeps. Maybe you both love the beach and want to incorporate a beachy vibe into your florals or have some of your wedding photos taken at a beach. Maybe you value simplicity, clean lines and neutral colours. Think about what represents you as a couple and what’s important. Add your own personal touches.

Waimauku Barn Kumeu Auckland Wedding Photographer

– Remember what matters most –

I feel like I bring up this point in every blog/IGTV lately but it’s an important one that can surprisingly be forgotten. Remember the reason for your wedding is that you’re starting a marriage! Step back and ponder that point. Does it really matter what colour the tablecloths are in the grander scheme of life and your marriage? No. Hopefully, looking back on the photos and videos of your day, you will remember the joy you felt, celebrating your love with your family and friends and the epic day you had. Your wedding is not for the purpose of impressing anyone, or keeping up with the latest wedding trends. While it’s fun to plan all the details and get creative, don’t let it stress you out too much.

Check out my IGTV video on this topic here.

Today we a chatting about wedding trends. Should you follow them? Is it reeeally possible to have a timeless wedding, that doesn’t “date”?

The modern day bride is bombarded with wedding content at every side, from magazines to wedding blogs, not to mention Pinterest. These are all great resources full of beautiful imagery, ideas, and inspiration. However, they can make you question your taste, overwhelm you with decisions, and influence you to want to be the “cool bride” (or groom). You may even end up planning your wedding around the hope you’ll get published in a wedding magazine. It becomes a big show, that is not even YOU.


– Current Wedding Trends –

Just a few wedding trends we are seeing at the moment are… palms, neutrals, pampas grass (toetoe), dried flowers, clear marquees, small guest count, perspex signage, floral ceiling installations, taper candles, neon signs, drone wedding footage, dark/moody photography and beaded/pearled veils… the list goes on!

I love a lot of these things and have seen them all at one wedding or another recently. I remember a time when almost every wedding was covered in burlap, bunting and mason jars. Even in the past few seasons, the rise of grazing platters, macrame backdrops and laser cut signage has been noticeable. It makes you wonder if one day you’ll look back on the things you like now and cringe. I know I see some old photos of myself and think “what-on-earth-were-you-thinking with that outfit?” Will it be the same with your wedding day, and does that even matter?


– Can you actually plan a wedding that doesn’t “date”? –

It’s hard to know what the future will bring, how you and your taste may change and any regrets that may surface. So what causes a wedding to date? Fashion, decorations, venue, style. Can you actually plan a timeless wedding? I don’t think so. I mean, not completely. We are living in a certain time, as a whole we don’t really wear the same styles as the fifties or even the nineties. It’s interesting to look at the cycle of trends and that in some way, everything comes back around, maybe a new iteration or interpretation but it’s been “in” before.

You might look at your parents wedding photos from the eighties full of perms and puffy sleeves and laugh, but then look at your grandparents photos from the fifties and admire how classic and beautiful they look in their black and white prints. Maybe the passage of time makes everything beautiful again?

While I can’t promise everyone will drawing inspiration from your timeless wedding in 2040, here are a few helpful things to think about when it comes to longevity and your wedding day…

Coromandel Wedding Elopement Photographer

– Photography is a biggie –

Get ready for the humble opinion of a wedding photographer… Photography is going to be one of the most important things when it comes to preserving the memories of your day! You probably won’t wear the dress again, the flowers will die, the cake will be eaten, the decorations cleared away. One of the only things left as a memory of your special day will be the photos. As well as finding a photographer you personally click with, finding one who’s style you adore is important. Can you see yourself still loving their images 10-20 years down the road? Remember when people thought selective colour wedding photos were cool? OK, seriously what were you thinking? Look for a style of imagery you connect with and can see the emotion of the day captured in.


– Don’t be a copycat –

It may be tempting to rip a feature straight out of Together Journal, or find the perfect “pinnable” wedding online and copy their every detail, but do you really want to create someone else’s wedding? I think inspiration is a wonderful thing and informs a lot of creativity and artistic ideas. However, do you want your wedding to be more of a personal reflection and celebration of you as a couple? Or some random wedding ripped from the internet? Pick and choose your favourite details from your inspiration images and make them your own.


– Start with your values and priorities –

We chatted about this when it comes to money in my recent blog about planning an any-budget friendly wedding. The same conversation can be had when it comes to style. What you both like? What have you always dreamed about for you day? Is it an all-dressed-in-white bridal party? Is it one big long table at your reception? Is it food-trucks for dinner? Think about the things that matter most and who cares about what. Maybe you couldn’t care less what wedding cars you have, but your partner has always wanted vintage jeeps. Maybe you both love the beach and want to incorporate a beachy vibe into your florals or have some of your wedding photos taken at a beach. Maybe you value simplicity, clean lines and neutral colours. Think about what represents you as a couple and what’s important. Add your own personal touches.

Waimauku Barn Kumeu Auckland Wedding Photographer

– Remember what matters most –

I feel like I bring up this point in every blog/IGTV lately but it’s an important one that can surprisingly be forgotten. Remember the reason for your wedding is that you’re starting a marriage! Step back and ponder that point. Does it really matter what colour the tablecloths are in the grander scheme of life and your marriage? No. Hopefully, looking back on the photos and videos of your day, you will remember the joy you felt, celebrating your love with your family and friends and the epic day you had. Your wedding is not for the purpose of impressing anyone, or keeping up with the latest wedding trends. While it’s fun to plan all the details and get creative, don’t let it stress you out too much.

Check out my IGTV video on this topic here.

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