1. BOHO CHIC
Is it really that chic? Let’s get real, no.
We’ve seen far too many chalkboard signs, rustic details, barns for barns-sake, naked cakes and Coachella-chic wedding gowns for our liking. Unless you actually own a barn, were raised on a farm or fell in love in the country–nix the boho details. If you do choose to wed on a farm, don’t spend your energy bringing DIY, crafty or contrasting decor inside. Instead, embrace your surroundings–the reason this trend is at the top of our list is based on one too many weddings that used a barn as their backdrop when they were better off in a chic hotel, on a vineyard or in their backyard.
Instead, try this: Get inspired by a destination that speaks to you and the carefree, effortless, laid-back vibes you’re clearly after. Case in point: drive home a Moroccan vibe with printed textiles, candlelight and a vibrant, rich color palette. Complement the decor with florals that incorporate trays of sweets and fruit, and design a menu that speaks to your inspiration, with tagine serving dishes. Taking cues from a rich culture that embodies the lax (yet luxe) feelings you crave are far more chic than macrame wall hangings, mason jar glasses, doily placemats, blush florals and chalkboard signage.
2. FLOWER CROWNS
These once-favored hair accessories are no longer the sweet, feminine extras we once loved them for. Instead, they hearken back to hazy days at Burning Man–and they’re best left there. If you’re obsessed, reinvent the wheel and create a headpiece that will look more unique than a basic wreath, use them on your flower girls rather than subjecting your bridesmaids to them, or for a novel idea–skip it. Donning a flower crown doesn’t look effortless–most of the time it looks like you tried really hard to look like a forest nymph.
Instead, try this: Think more Frida Kahlo than Coachella for more of a statement hair flower moment, or delicately weave them into your hair in place of where any other hair adornments would typically be. Stick to petite blooms and a smaller scale overall rather than an oversized wreath, and try to incorporate minimal doses of color, choosing tones that complement your hair tone and texture.
3. HUGE BRIDAL PARTIES
Fun fact: you will spend your entire wedding day surrounded by your closest family and friends, and odds are they already know how much they mean to you. Trust us–not only would your friends rather wear looks they choose themselves, but your guests would rather not sit through a ceremony that drags on thanks to 10+ couples walking down the aisle before the bride. Plus, your wedding photos will benefit from a variation in your friends’ styling, rather than having 7+ women all dressed alike at your side.
Instead, try this: Ask your closest 1-2 friends, or your sister(s), to stand by your side in a look that complements the feel and color palette of your wedding. Then, ask your closest friends to be on hand for a group photograph. In that larger shot, set your MOH or family apart by seating them or putting them in ivory so that they stand out with you.
4. BULBOUS FLOWERS & OVERSIZED BOUQUETS
No shock here, flowers should look like flowers–not orbs and not furniture. Rather than carry a flower ball down the aisle, opt for a not-as-tightly-packed bouquet, and stick to arrangements that incorporate hints of movement to showcase each bloom, rather than stuffing double the amount of flowers (and therefore, double the money) into a single vessel. Flower-heavy does not have to mean flower-packed. When flowers are tightly placed into tablescapes, decor or bouquets, they simply lose their luster and look like a large-scale texture rather than a collection of blooms. Carrying a smaller clutch of flowers arranged naturally won’t overwhelm your dress–or your maid of honor when she has to hold it along with hers for the ceremony.
Instead, try this: If flower rich is your goal, try an array of arrangements in varying sizes for your tablescapes, and diversify your color palette to create depth and dimension in your decor. Ceremony arches, markers and installations are best kept looking somewhat organic and natural in feel, as is your bouquet–no matter whether your aesthetic is more soft and feminine, glamorous and over-the-top or dark and moody. Asymmetry and movement is a good thing.