Welcome to another year — and another decade! Here at RiverCrest, we’ve been lucky to work with so many wonderful couples over the years. We’ve seen snowy winter weddings; gorgeous cultural celebrations; sunny spring weddings; festive New Year’s Eve affairs; and beautiful fall weddings. (And we’ve loved every single one!)
While weddings are generally steeped in tradition, they’re not immune to trends. In fact, this past decade has seen a tremendous shift in the way we think about weddings. This is thanks (in huge part) to Pinterest, which launched 10 years ago this month, and which was arguably the launch pad for some of the decade’s most enduring trends.
With that, here are some of the biggest, best and worst (we’ll let you decide!) wedding trends of the past decade. Spoiler: Some of these trends still have major staying power, and others are well on their way out.
Wedding Trend #1: Rustic Barn Weddings
Sure, rustic weddings aren’t always held in an actual barn, but they all have a similar hand-hewn, low-key vibe: mason jars, market lights, chalkboard signs, burlap. And though the barn, or barn-esque, wedding is still popular, many experts are predicting a return to full glamour, as couples—and guests—have grown tired of the seen-everywhere faux-rural aesthetic. (And of having to traipse through muddy grass to get to the reception.)
Wedding Trend #2: Flower Walls and Flower Crowns
The boho trend—think: macramé and Coachella-inspired flower crowns—is giving way to more sophisticated vibes. But the festival feel isn’t completely over. Just look for smaller, more sculptural ways to incorporate flowers into your hair (no more Frida Kahlo, woodland-fairy crowns), and ditch the heavy macramé for more elegant, textured fabrics.
Wedding Trend #3: Untraditional Desserts
Naked cakes, candy bars, cupcake towers, donut walls: It’s all been done. But in the end, who can resist a sweet treat (even if that sweet treat is a donut hanging from a peg on a wall)?
Wedding Trend #4: Photobooths
At one point in time, wedding photobooths were a novelty. Now they’re almost expected—along with the trio of faces your guests will undoubtedly make (smiling, serious, goofy). Instead, ask your photographer to focus on getting great candid shots of your guests throughout the night, so you end up with some truly great shots of your closest family and friends, rather than 100 blurry Polaroids of tipsy antics.
Wedding Trend #5: Pastel Everything
Blush was the decade’s reigning queen of wedding color palettes. And for good reason: the soft shade is beautiful, plays well with a lot of other colors, and looks great on lots of people. Still, wedding experts are predicting a full return of bold, rich hues. One to look out for in particular? Pantone’s Color of the Year: classic blue.
Links I’ve included in copy (in case hyperlinks don’t work):
Winter weddings: https://www.instagram.com/p/BQVMeSVFKLQ/
Cultural celebrations: https://www.instagram.com/p/BP5Co-GFhGA/
Sunny spring weddings: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhOyRTlhemD/
New Year’s Eve affairs: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfbaSLglx-_/
Fall weddings: https://www.instagram.com/p/BqXpHQODz9X/