When it comes to weddings, there’s always a trend, and even the worst wedding trends can catch like wildfire. Spend an afternoon on Pinterest or perusing the latest bridal magazines and you’ll know what we mean… Like most trends though, they can often be regretted, and the last thing you want your wedding to elicit is judgment and/or regrets.
If you or someone you know is getting married and are contemplating one of the following trends, please stop immediately. Also, maybe you should take a long, hard look at who you are planning to spend your life with because you clearly lack good judgment (and if he agrees with the trend, he probably lacks sound judgment as well). Below are five of the worst wedding trends we’ve come across (again, please do not embark in any of the following):
5.) Morning-After Photos
The trend of morning-after photos sounds like fodder for a hilarious “Saturday Night Live” sketch. Unfortunately, they are just as they sound… Morning-after photos are professional photos taken in the honeymoon suite of the newly betrothed couple, posed together in provocative states of undress the morning after the wedding. Yes, this is a trend. Unfortunately. And it is one of the worst wedding trends out there.
Um, we get it. You had all sorts of great wedding night sex in those super-fancy satin sheets. You just got married, and you celebrated. If you want to have a sexy boudoir photo shoot, fine… just please don’t put it on Facebook, Instagram, or share it with the world in any way. We don’t want to imagine your tousled hair and stripped bed, much less see photos of it. We assume you had sex, we don’t need proof. Some things should be kept private or are just TMI and morning-after photos are one of them. This is one of the worst wedding trends we’ve ever come across, so please please do not indulge in this.
4.) Pet Ring Bearers
Not everyone has ring bearers and flower girls and that’s fine by us. It’s frustrating to see a toddler who can barely walk on his own performing the role of ring bearer, often breaking down in tears or screams before he’s made it halfway down the aisle. Weddings are long enough without adding an adorable little time-sucker to the wedding march.
One of the only worse wedding trends than seeing a toddler attempt to make it down the aisle is watching someone try to successfully guide a dog down one. Or worse, sending the dog down the aisle alone… We get it, you love your dog, but not everyone else does. We don’t all think it’s cute.
Stop putting your pets in tuxedos and strapping thousands of dollars worth of jewelry to a pillow on their backs. What if they run away with it? Or even eat it?Just stop. In fact, please stop with all ringbearers and flower girls as well.
3.) Tweeting from the Altar
Your wedding altar should be a beautiful place: the backdrop to your vows, it should be classy and traditional, as it will be in all of your photos. Certain things should never be at the altar, and cell phones are one of them. Social media has a time and a place, and the altar is not it. Texting or tweeting from the altar is definitely one of the most offensive and worst wedding trends out there. iPhone addictions are real and rampant, as are social media addictions, so we shouldn’t be surprised that tweeting from the altar is a “thing.” If you can’t put your phone down for 10 minutes to give your bride or groom-to-be your undivided attention, you may need an intervention. Ladies: if your man can’t put his phone down for five minutes to say ‘I do,” you should seriously reconsider…
If it’s that important to have your wedding documented in real time, consider hiring a videographer or social media expert to document it. You can give them your phones and they can put it on periscope, Insta-stories, Snapchat, and everything else your social media loving heart desires. Just remember though: even if you don’t document an event in real time on Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram or Facebook, it still happened. Don’t fall prey to this social faux-pas and one of the worst wedding trends.
2.) Themed Engagement Photos
Your mutual love of “Star Wars” may have been what brought you together, but that doesn’t mean you need to theme your engagement photos around it. Or any theme, for that matter. Your love should be enough to shine through any photo. As we advised, think longterm when you plan your wedding and every part that goes into it. If it’s too trendy, chances are you’ll regret it later, and regrets should not be a part of any wedding.
We repeat: please do not dress like Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker for your engagement photos. This kind of engagement photo will not stand the test of time. Go for something classic—preferably a theme that does not require visiting a costume shop.
Additionally, please do not have a themed wedding either. Themes should be kept to children’s events, not weddings. We shouldn’t even have to tell you, but anything themed is one of the worst wedding trends out there.
1.) “You’re Not Invited” Postcards
We’re not in grade school anymore. You don’t need to keep a list of your friends, and you certainly don’t need to actively tell those you could care less about that you don’t like them. Chances are, they already know and the feeling is mutual. If you’re not even friends on facebook, we doubt your so-called ‘friends’ are patiently awaiting an invitation to your wedding.
Weddings are a time of happiness not hurtfulness, and telling someone you don’t like them is hurtful (which we really shouldn’t need to tell you). Perhaps the hands-down worst wedding trend we’ve seen involves actively telling people they’re not invited to your wedding.
In case leaving a friend off of your guest list isn’t awkward enough, you can actually send people who didn’t make the cut little postcards explaining why:
I feel as though we’ve drifted apart since college and, as I’m trying to keep my wedding small, we’ve placed you on the ‘B-List.’ Should someone from our ‘A-List’ decline, we’ll certainly be extending an invitation your way. However, please don’t hold your breath, and I hope you’re feelings aren’t terribly hurt.
The Future Mrs. Smith”
Don’t be surprised if the recipients of these cards stop inviting you over for dinner.
Still feel the need to embrace this worst wedding trend, but want to tone down the hurt feelings a bit? Here’s a tip: maybe you should tell everyone who’s not invited that you are having a dry wedding with either no band or a band that only plays songs with choreographed dances and other songs many consider the worst wedding songs of all time. And the groom’s family is allergic to cake. No one will care about missing a wedding with no booze, cake, or dancing.