wedding trends to abolish in 2013 | uk wedding blog

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Over the last two days I have brought you trends, colours and themes that will shine through out 2013. Now it is time to weed out the trends that have had far too much limelight or nip them in the bud before they take over.

Wedding colours and flowers for 2013

Wedding themes and styling trends for 2013 

Drinks in jam jars

Leave it to the Americans. It is just not our thing. I love a jam jar, I really do. For jam, chutneys and flowers. Not to drink from. It looks stupid, what is wrong with some beautiful glassware? It also only suits a certain type of wedding. You know the ones.

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Style Me Pretty ( of course)

Suitcases

I mentioned this in last years post under the ‘contrived wedding’ category, but no one listened and it gained momentum. You now cant shimmy through a wedding fair without seeing a suitcase ‘nonchalantly’ placed on a table filled with crap. Sorry, vintage crap. Have you been travelling? Did you use one of these? Are you going travelling? Would you use one of these? Do you collect vintage suitcases? If you answered yes to any of these then go ahead, be a tit.

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The ‘where the f*** is my body’ photo

Similar to the shoe shot. The floating head shot with a tonne of negative space, probably with some sun flare has always perplexed me. The subject of the shot will also have a mardy arse face on.

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Diamonds in bouquets (it pained me to add this photo)

JUST STOP IT. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

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Updating your facebook status on the same day

Now, I know there has been an increase in technology usage at a wedding, but at least enjoy your day without feeling the need to update your status AND change your relationship to “married”. To do this you would have to have cornered your other half and got them to do it too. You have better things to be doing with your time both on the day, and a fair few days after.

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Vans/Converse or TOMS ( I learnt this word recently)

You spent a tonne of money on your dress, your hair, your make up and your photographer to make sure you look at your best. Why oh why are you wearing these? Oh because you wear them allll the time? And? If you insist on wearing flats at least wear something pretty. Its your wedding day. Just one day where you get to wear something you never usually wear. Try it, be a lady. (TOMS are big the US, Vans or Converse are more popular here but the TOMS are 100% more offensive on the eye).

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Hipster husbands holding bouquets 

Probably sourced from the same wedding as the suitcase and mason jars. Caring is not sharing, keep your bouquet to yourself.

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Moustaches

It has been done to death. MOVE ON. If I see another moustache photo booth prop I may start getting a little stabby.

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There you have it, so what trends would you like to see gotten rid of? Or are you having a moustache themed hipster travelling wedding filled with diamonte gerberas that your new husband will hold in photos whilst the photographer captures only your head?

 

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Katie //

Brilliant! All taken on board – the stabby moustache photo booth comment in particular (also very true!)

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Laura //

OMG some brides do not actually make their bridesmaids wear TOMS! This has offended me! What?!?!

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Sandra //

Most of these I agree with, I must admit to not seeing the Tomms and don’t particularly want to. The diamantes in flowers I have done many times after being asked by brides but it isn’t a favourite of mine, but don’t have any booked in for this year.

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Phoebe //

I just hope they don’t have a moment of madness and ask for them Sandra. I believe the whole world is “out of stock”.

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Belinda McCarthy //

Owwww! My sides! I haven’t sniggered so much in ages since my last perusal of DamnYouAutoCorrect 🙂

I’d like to see the end of formal group shots. ALL OF THEM. There’s nothing more tedious for everyone involved, and less interesting to look at, than a line of people standing in a row.

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Phoebe //

I do find when looking at wedding photos I get a bit funny when everyone does look so awkward in really large group shots. They are awful to be involved with as well.

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Karen Whybro //

I’m with you, lady! I was served a mojito in a jam jar in a swanky London bar last year and I was quite insulted! If I want to drink out of second hand vessels, I’d visit some mad old relative. Bleurgh.

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Ashley //

The funny thing is that those Mason (or jelly) jars are not cheap! Unless you are eating 5 jars of jam a week, you’ll have to buy new, clean jars, which can be almost $2 USD each! That a lot of money to get an “old-fashioned,” repurposed look!

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May //

How horrible. Why can’t people just have what they want? If they want moustaches why not. A suitcase looks cute and is a practile way of taking things home. And I’m not saying this because I want these things. I probably will wear Vans at my wedding you know why because I like them I don’t like heels and I don’t like ballet flats. It’s the bride and grooms wedding I hope they have what they want and not what some blog says they should or shouldn’t have.

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Phoebe //

May, it wasn’t meant to be horrible. Merely a bit of fun. It is my blog, full of my opinions and brides/grooms will either be amused or will never read again.

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May //

It’s just a shame when there is plenty of lovely posts on your blog and then this. Wedding planning is stressful enough without worrying you might be snarked at for having a suitcase at your wedding!

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Phoebe //

May, the post is mere sarcasm and some fun. And regular readers will know this. I had 3 of these “trends” at my own wedding, which again, regular readers know. It was meant tongue in cheek and in no way to stress any body out. Just to laugh at how caught up we get with small things like sourcing jam jars to drink from.

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Nim //

I’m trying to guess which three you had at your wedding….?? I recks 1. Michael held your bouquet, 2. Diamonds in vomit inducing gerberas, 3. Converse.

Miss Spangle //

My friend made me wear Uggs to her wedding. I was mortified
seeing as you rarely get me out of heels. But you
know what? It was her wedding so she could
choose what trend she liked. All weddings nowadays
are filled with loads of stuff today and it is
just a matter of taste what is deemed cool or
well ‘trendy’ or not. Who’s to say what is acceptable
or not?! Personally I’d get rid of it all. How I
hark for the days of the good old registry office
and pub with buffet do.

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Becca //

I just snorted at the ‘go on, be a tit’ comment.

OH MY GOD YES.

Yes the bride and groom can have what they want but have you ever been to a wedding in the middle of trendy shoreditch but are sitting on a hay bale? Because ‘a blog’ told them it was cool. Each to their own but it’s uncomfortable on the arse.

I couldn’t agree more with all of this. Ban it. And ban blogs that are only about the pretty. Like life, weddings should be substance over style.

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Phoebe //

Hay bales in Shoreditch amazing. All the guests would have been wearing buttoned up shirts and cable knit too. I know those sorts!

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chrissie wright //

weirdest request i was asked to do when styling a wedding was to hang toilet roll reams from a village tree….i swiftly moved on after categoriacally screaming NO!!! toilet rolls are for one thing only and that isn’t being the focal point at your wedding!!!

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Lucy Stendall //

I think for me its about authenticity. I would like to see all couples feeling comfortable to have a wedding that’s them, not because it’s what’s in fashion. And don’t get me wrong, the majority of people do. Its just you dont always see that on blogs and magazines.

I’ve still never had a drink from a jar (sob) and I’ve been to a lot of weddings, I don’t think it’s ever really going to catch on outside the US and become mainstream.

I think photobooths might have had their day too, I don’t know why people want photos of guests dressed up as extras in a Timmy Mallett video being ‘crazzzyyy’. I prefer pictures of them tearing up the dancefloor in their amazing outfits enjoying the band that cost an arm and a leg.

Haybales in Shoreditch?! I’ve never heard anything like it. Haha!

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Phoebe //

I was actually going to add photo booths but I think they have got another year in them yet, I just hope they veer from the plastic prop and more towards pretty things.

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May //

Urrr maybe because its fun. The last wedding I went to only had a photo booth for twenty minutes so we still had plenty of time for dancing and there’s not many other opportunities so see your old school teacher in a horse mask.

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Phoebe //

Well that is very true. Booths can be fun but there is a tendency for people to linger round it then not join in with and socialise with people who may not be up for going in it, if that makes sense?

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May //

Yes, but the same could be said about people who spend all night on the dance floor, by the bar, hogging the buffet etc. mmmm buffet.

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Joanne Fletcher //

Jam jars – stems from the prohibition era in america. They filled vases and household items to hide the hooch. Weed laughing at the bq – out of stock on sparkly pins, out of stock on gerberra too – sorry to disappoint ;-).

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Karen //

Maybe you should suggest a trend for ladders, so you can get over yourself.

Let people do what they want if it makes them happy. Who actually cares? It’s their wedding.

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stef //

So everyone’s wedding must fit in with your opinion? Not the normal message you get from wedding blogs. But each to your own, so you go girl. I just know which one of your categories of reactions to this post I fall.

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Phoebe //

Is that not what a wedding blog is? Posting things that the blogger likes for readers who have the same taste hence the reason for reading. Also why there are so many, because we are all different.

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stef //

Generally if you want an audience you can give your opinions whilst respecting others. In fact that is what most do generally in life., rather than being divisive and disrespectful to others.

Toni //

Can you add chevron to the list? I am SICK of seeing chevron. It’s like the new polka dot or something.

… oh wait.

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Pops //

Oh how I’ve been waiting for this post and… It doesn’t disappoint!

Put away those ladders lady and continue with what you do best – saying what a lot of us are thinking!

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Karen //

Oh dear, I made a comment asking if your ‘vintage specialist’ advertisers over there down the right of the page had seen your views. I must have forgotten to submit because it’s disappeared.

They might really appreciate your advice on how passé their products are!

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Charlie //

I moustache you a question… Is there anything you DO like? Because if you don’t like fake moustaches then clearly you have no taste.

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Phoebe //

I would answer but I moustache… I had them at my wedding so I did like them. And please see my 2 previous posts about lots of lovely things I do like!

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Toni //

Are you one of those people that attends a wedding and sits at the back of the room with a miserable face and bitches about how the bridesmaids dress colour doesn’t quite match the chair sashes?

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Laura Babb //

Good lord, wind your necks in, people. It never ceases to amaze me that people dislike something and then wind themselves up about it by posting snarky comments. If you don’t like it, move along. The Internet is quite big and there is plenty of room for everyone. Necks. Wind them in. Go on.

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Karen Whybro //

Well, if it’s ME that person if referring to (vintage specialist?) I can honestly say I’m in no way offended!! Phoebe’s point is that it’s been done. And when you’re in the wedding industry, you do get sick of seeing the same things all the time. I had a suitcase at my wedding – so? Fashions change & people get bored & move onto something new – which is what blogs are about, surely? I think some people have got their pretty knickers in a bit of a twist over nothing!

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vicky {bride&chic} //

Agreed, moustaches can get lost and the bouquet holding groom can man up. Can I add handmade rustic signs saying “toilets this way” especially when used at a wedding in a generic hotel in Doncaster? No need! Don’t fight against your venue people, if you are on a farm fine. If you’re not PUT THE CHALK AWAY!

As you know, I’m partial to a jam jar so I’m not having you put the ‘drinks in jam jars’ put in to room 101, there’s nothing like a dirty JD and coke from a jar, even though you dribble a bit because its not a suitable drinking vessel.

Good list.

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Cloggins //

I also think wedding blogs are over for 2013. Wedding reporters are where the party’s at now. Just you wait and see.

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Emma Meek //

I am old & I have had a drink and your bloody blog gives me an equation!

Is this the way you treat your advertisers? Being funny & taking the piss?

Good! That is why I am a sponsor – the sooner you add the plastic Westwood shoes, birdcage veils & Gerberas in general the better I will like it.

If your reader don’t like it may I suggest Wedding Ideas magazine

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Sarah //

Am laughing so hard at this post ‘be a tit’ haha!! I kinda used to like some of these ideas until I realised they were implemented by those, simply, trying too hard to be different. And it was happening so often that actually, it was happening far too much! I get to see a lot of weddings assisting my photographer boyfriend, I have far too many ideas 0_o

ALSO, thought you might JUST be interested in this post I did – My blog is by no means wedding related, but I’d love to know what you thought of this topic 😉 (What NOT to wear to a wedding) :

http://www.fridayisforeverblog.com/2012/08/what-not-to-wear-to-wedding-clothing.html

Sarah xxx

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Emma Meek //

Still got the grammar wrong – let’s get cocktails in Strongbow bottles cut down soon

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Franky //

I’m weeping into my vintage suitcase. We put shit in it at our wedding. I feel like a tit. I wish I was as cool as you Phoebe. Hold me.

PS. I may have had wine.

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Gayle Evans //

Diamantés…don’t get me started. Gerberas, well Miller you know what I think about them! Just stop it…can that be our campaign slogan please?!

I adore you Miller and you have coaxed me out of my hibernation from social media xx

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Charley //

Oh this is fun!! Anyone remember bidets? Skirts over trousers? Pagers? Point made…

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Liz Chambers //

When I first read this I giggled to myself, even though at least two of the things above will be at my wedding…
However, reading the comments section has been laugh out loud! So much so it has made the HTB read a wedding blog for the first time!!
Phoebe, It’s been great reminder to take my head out if my arse while planning the wedding and enjoy it, make it our wedding.
Lx

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Leeanne O'Neill //

Crikey, some people are clearly a little over sensitive in 2013. I’m glad the suitcases are on the list, I’ve been sighing every time I flick through a magazine and see them. And pimping up flowers should definitely enter room 101.

The comment about authenticity is a good one. So many wedding ideas are too ‘try hard’.

I do quite like a tash though.

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Matt //

Oh the tashes… Yes get rid of those! But the floaty heads?! Oh, I am a fan of the negative space 🙁

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Bespoke Confetti //

Don’t we all try to hard to be original, when in fact what makes us all so unique is ‘us’ as an individual, but hey, if these hadn’t trended & offended, what would we all be talking about!

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Becca //

Things I agree with

1. The comment that everything is OK providing its none of the above
2. The one about wedding ideas. YES

I’m pretty sure wedding ideas are still doing diamontes. In a year they’ll start on the vintage suitcases and three years after that will finally get around to 2013 trends.

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Phoebe //

Becca, I will have to disagree with you on Wedding Ideas. I enjoy reading the mag, they provide inspiration for a large proportion of brides. Secondly, the magazine is driven forward by a wonderful and lovely team of people who care a lot about the suppliers they are promoting. Personally, I think I bought a handful of issues whilst planning but that wasn’t because it wasn’t full of pretty things, it was full of a lot of mainstream things a few years back. If you pick up a copy recently I think you will change your mind and be pleasantly surprised.

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Hannah //

This is so funny. I’d like to get rid of the photographer’s trick of keeping the bouquet in red (or whatever colour the bride has) and making the rest of the picture black and white. In 20 years it’ll look stupid. Or now, actually.

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BC //

You forgot the image of a bride’s hands holding a piece of fruit, usually an apple or a pear. Just her hands, mind you. We know it’s the bride because the hands are in front of a white dress.

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Matt //

Ha. That was a good read. As a photographer, I hate the head shot with negative space. So glad to see someone else agree. I never do it.

Good writing. Thanks.

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Sue Lillis in 1950s inspired vintage style – Lou Lou Bride | Miss Bush Bridal Blog //

[…] One of my brides most common concerns and often uttered sentences, up there with ‘I will be losing 10lbs’ and ‘I don’t want back cleavage’ is the question ‘will it date?’ The answer to the latter is yes. Absolutely, unequivocally it will. As, too, the bride will age, flower fashions will change and the once cutting edge quirky moustache on a stick will seem a bit, well, like a moustache on a stick. ( Please see the minx Phoebe Miller’s contraversial view here on the stick/facial hair conundrum http://www.soyouregettingmarried.com/2013/01/04/wedding-trends-to-abolish-in-2013-uk-wedding-blog/ ) […]

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Cassie //

Haha, so hilarious! LOVE the chopped off body reference – It’s arty now, but when your kids are looking through your wedding album in years to come they will just be puzzled! Also SO glad someone mentioned moustaches! They HAVE been done to death! I have refused a photobooth at my wedding purely on this reason! Also my dad has a pretty cool real moustache… x

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