5 Outdated Wedding Trends & Their In-Style Alternatives

Disclaimer: I am not pretending to be a wedding professional with this post… I would call myself wedding-obsessed, but not a pro! And as someone who is obsessed with weddings, I spend way too much time on wedding blogs and websites. That means I’ve noticed what trends have been used a million times and need to be retired, as well as increasingly popular trends that are fresh and unique. Here are some trends that, in my opinion, it’s time to say bye-bye to, as well as similar things to replace them with!

By the way, if your wedding included any of these things (or all of them!), there is no need to regret it. If you were into it, that’s all that matters! Plus, these in-style alternatives I’m giving you will be out someday, too, and brides will look back 20 years from now and be repulsed by some of their wedding décor. ;)

What's Out: Chevron
I think I speak for our entire team when I say we are all tired of chevron. It was wayyyy overdone for like 3 years, and quite frankly, it's starting to hurt my eyeballs. With that being said, we're still totally into our sparkly chevron table runners, so I guess I'm being a little contradictory here. But let's leave bold chevron patterns out of weddings and keep them on little girls' hairbows. Like forever. 

Alternative: Herringbone, Stripes or Another Bold Print
Prints for weddings are totally underrated, if you ask me! Ditch the chevron and choose bold stripes, herringbone (which is kind of like chevron's mama - zig zags that are more grown-up and classic), or a great floral print. These prints look fantastic on table runners, linens, stationery, bridesmaids' dresses, and everywhere in between. 

What's Out: Mason Jars
Southern brides, I'm sorry. We still think they're cute, too. We totally still use some mason jars, guys. We use them for drinks at the reception, and even line our aisle or reception tables with a few of them. But we try not to use too many. If they're down your aisle, used for drinks and every floral arrangement you've got is in one, pleeeeease rethink your decor! 

Erika Dotson Photography, from Anita + Wesley's wedding at The Barn

Erika Dotson Photography, from Anita + Wesley's wedding at The Barn

Alternative: Mix & Match Vases & Containers
Milk glass totally has the same vintage and rustic charm as mason jars, but it's gorgeous, interesting and can be found in all shapes and sizes. Mercury glass is a fabulous option, too, and it's much more elegant than mason jars. It's perfect for both glam and whimsical weddings! And flowers really stand out in either of those. Another idea we love: wooden crates and boxes. Not every item on your tables has to look the same. In fact, it always looks better when you have a good mix of shapes, sizes and types of containers!

What's Out: DIY
DIYing all of your wedding decor, flowers, food, etc. is totally out. Trust me when I say this: you will not save as much money as you think by DIYing your wedding. It's way easier to go over your budget this way. And you're most likely going to be stressed to the max on your wedding day, which is not a good look for brides. I've been a part of too many weddings in which the bride tried to do everything herself and ended up not enjoying her wedding day as much as she should have! Please don't make this mistake. 

Tryston Hines Photography, from Katie + Alan's wedding at The Barn

Tryston Hines Photography, from Katie + Alan's wedding at The Barn

Alternative: A Wedding Planner or All-Inclusive Venue
This is where we come in. ;) If you want your wedding to look like a professional put it together, you've got to hire a professional. Wedding pros know how to stretch your budget the farthest, so you won't end up spending much more (or possibly any more) than if you went the DIY route. As a Barn Bride myself, I can promise you that an all-inclusive venue is the only way to go if you want your wedding day to be completely stress-free. Plus, did you know each of our wedding packages includes a wedding planner?! They make your wedding day easy and completely stress-free. And super awesome/beautiful/the best day of your life. 

What's Out: Tailored Bouquets
Bouquets that are round and really tailored have been on their way out for a while now, at least for the near future. While a bouquet with a traditional shape and one or two types of flowers is pretty, it just isn't the most interesting thing anymore! When you've got a talented floral designer (and y'all already know how awesome our Ginger is), let her get creative with your bouquets!

Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Mackenzie + Tyler's wedding at The Barn; Tryston Hines Photography, from Kierstan + Bradley's wedding at The Barn

Stephanie Parsley Photography, from Mackenzie + Tyler's wedding at The Barn; Tryston Hines Photography, from Kierstan + Bradley's wedding at The Barn

Alternative: Undone Bouquets
Loose, messy, undone bouquets with a natural, organic feel are in, and we couldn't be happier about it! These types of bouquets are way more interesting, if you ask me, especially when they include a few unexpected floral elements and a bit of texture (like billy balls, scabiosa pods, fabulous greenery or a great wrap/tie). 

What's Out: Tons of Burlap
Let me be contradictory one more time: we still use burlap. We're still into it, but in moderation. If your altar, bouquet ties, and table runners are burlap and your mason jars are wrapped in burlap (please, no!), it's time to rethink things. There are so many other ways to incorporate a rustic-chic feel into your wedding decor that are much more interesting! 

Pictures by Katie, from Kelsey + Gueorgui's wedding at The Barn; Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Emily + Blake's wedding at The Barn

Pictures by Katie, from Kelsey + Gueorgui's wedding at The Barn; Danielle Davis Art/Photography, from Emily + Blake's wedding at The Barn

Alternative: Lace, Chambray, Moss, Etc. 
Each of these items will give your wedding a rustic-chic feel, if that's what you're wanting. A lace altar is always a good idea. Linen or chambray table runners are a good rustic alternative to burlap ones. Moss is great for aisle decor or used as a table runner. Another burlap runner alternative I'm really into: a gorgeous stained piece of wood. 

In the end, what matters is that your wedding decor includes what you love. Ultimately, it doesn't matter what your guests think, or what faux-wedding professionals like myself think. ;) If you're into it, go for it!

xoxo,
Kelsi