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Wedding trends for 2018

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime….

A new year brings new wedding trends! I love how weddings change from year to year, so it’s not always the “same old wedding” that I’ve planned a thousand times over already. Speaking of, a new year also means it’s time to retire some well-loved trends and move on to bigger and better things.

Wedding trends that need to go


Wedding Trends That Must Go

Here’s our list of the top 5 wedding trends we are ready to say goodbye to in 2018.

The Pinterest wedding

#1 The Pinterest Wedding

 I’ve seen so many weddings that I will dub “The Pinterest Wedding.” They had an ink thumbprint guest book, spray painted wine bottles with flowers for centerpieces, shepherd’s hooks down the ceremony aisle, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” for the bouquet toss, and mini cupcakes for dessert. I’ve seen that wedding a million times before.

Brides and even other wedding professionals are using Pinterest incorrectly. It should not be used as a tool to determine exactly what your wedding will look like and what you will do. Pinterest should be used strictly for inspiration – to get your creative juices flowing to come up with something new and exciting that your guests haven’t seen or experienced before.

I love Pinterest as much as the next planner and I’m not tell you to never ever use it again. I’m just saying that blush pink and gold weddings have had their hey-day and it was glorious. Now it’s time to stop copy-catting what everyone else is doing and use Pinterest to save what inspires you, then use that as a jumping off point for creating something fresh and unique to you. (Not sure how to do this or don’t feel like you have new ideas? Hire a wedding planner or designer to help you out!)


#2 Photo Booths

Bringing photo booths into wedding receptions was a brilliant idea a couple years ago. However, it’s another thing that’s been overdone at weddings. Wedding guests almost expected it now.

Brainstorm other ways you can entertain your guests. What about a live painter, caricaturist, magician, cigar or whisky bar, or a more innovative type of photo booth like a boomerang booth, flip book, or confetti booth. There are so many ideas out there, don’t limit yourself to just your standard film strip photo booth!

Naked cakes

#3 Naked Wedding Cakes

 I have loved the rustic and casual look of a naked wedding cake, but it’s a trend that’s been overdone. In 2018 I hope couples will think of their cake as not just a tasty treat for their guests but as another element of their wedding design. Shouldn’t your cake look as amazing as it tastes? Use your wedding colors and design buzz words (classic, urban, eclectic, romantic, whimsical, etc.) to create a beautiful masterpiece with your baker that your guests will be excited to partake in!

Mason jar with flowers hanging from chair for wedding

 #4 Mason Jars

I still saw mason jars used in wedding décor in 2017. Please, let’s leave this behind! It’s a trend that’s been used to death over the last 5 years and we need to retire it while it still has a shed of dignity left.

If you are looking for something else to use besides a mason jar, use a regular small or medium glass vase. Many florists carry quite a large inventory of vases and they’d be happy to provide them for an additional fee. Or if you want to buy them yourself, ask your florist or wedding planner for recommendations on mason jar alternatives.


#5 Traditional Wedding Registry

When I was getting married in 2014, I was so excited to create my wedding registry of all the things I wanted for my wedding. I had a detailed list of everything I needed and how many of each item I wanted so we could be efficient going through the stores.

First of all – What a time suck. My now-husband and I probably spent 8-12 hours going through Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s to put together our perfect list.

Secondly – Why on earth I thought I needed 12 red wine glasses AND 12 white wine glasses is beyond me. They are sitting in our cabinet collecting so much dust that I just listed most of them on OfferUp to be sold.

Thirdly – There are so many other options out there than a traditional registry. Honeyfund lets wedding guests contribute to your honeymoon in a meaningful way by choosing to pay for a meal, excursion, night of accommodations, or a plethora of other honeymoon related items.

Personalized wedding trends

Out With The Out, In With Innovative New Wedding Styles

2018 is a fresh, clean slate so let’s make the most of it! Join me in bidding these wedding trends a fond farewell. We hope you find new inspiration for your wedding that’s new, innovative, and one-of-a-kind!

Bio: Julia Pavlovski is a Seattle Wedding Planner, Designer, & Day-of Coordinator who offers classic Seattle weddings with a modern twist. For the last 3 years, her company Wedding Wise has been recognized by as one of the best wedding planning companies in Seattle and has also received the Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Award for 3 years in a row (2016-2018.






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Photo strips make weddings funThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

We know, we know, it’s another “top 5 reasons why” post, but these ones are the best kind especially if you’re hemming and hawing about whether or not to have a photo booth for your big day. Maybe you’ve never stepped foot inside a photo booth before? We’re going to assume you haven’t, because well if you had, you wouldn’t even need to question it!

Having had them at our own weddings, and enjoying them as a guest at friends’ weddings, we thought we’d share our thoughts on exactly why you absolutely should have a photo booth at your wedding! Or any other big celebration for that matter!

5 Reasons To Have A Photo Booth At Your Wedding

1. See your guests at their best.

No matter how discreet your photographer is, there are always a few people who will notice them snapping away and be restrained. But inside the photo booth, well anything can happen, I’ve only ever heard booming belly laughter coming out from behind those curtains, guests really do let go. It’s surprising what a few audacious props and the pressure of a prop change can do!

I don’t know about you, but those photos capturing laughter, silliness and raw enjoyment are some of my most precious.

2. It lightens up even the toughest of critics.

However much we love our family and friends, there will always be that person who needs coaxing out of their shell. A photo booth is an excellent way to get all ages joining in. Plus, the queue to join the fun will get your guests mingling. Using a banana for a pipe while wearing a pink feather boa and top hat is a damn good ice breaker right?

3. It’s instant.

Generally speaking, two copies of each session is printed, we highly recommend you set up a scrapbook, glue stick, and pen next to the booth, encouraging your guest to stick in a copy with a special message. Some photo booth companies offer this service as standard with the attendant ensuring all goes smoothly. But, if they don’t, put it on your to-do list now! It could also double up as your guest book!

Make a scrapbook with your photos

This is a great instant memento for them and for you, all of your nearest and dearest in one book having had a good ole’ time. Plus, your guests get to have a giggle at others’ pictures too. Be warned though, the longer the night goes on, the sillier the photos, the messier the messages, you might have some trouble deciphering. Nevertheless, you’ll have fun sifting through.

The morning after, guests asked us to bring the album down at breakfast, the fun continued with guests reminiscing about what a cracking night it was!

4. It’s good for flow.

The dinner is over, the room is being re-set; the band is setting up or playing to an empty dance floor; you’ve snuck away for some newlywed photos with your photographer and¦.with a photo booth, your guests are entertained!

Entertain your guests

At our weddings, without the photo booth, there would have been some time to fill. Guests being guests will naturally start to drift outside for a smoke, fresh air, or to stretch their legs after a 3-course meal; the photo booth not only fills the gaps in between changes and other happenings, it keeps the guests in the party vibe.

5. Bottom line, it’s fun and memorable for all!

Trust us!

Karis & Sharlene

Thanks for reading our top tips!

Looking for a creative way to fund your honeymoon or wedding expenses, such as a photo booth? Set up a Honeyfund honeymoon registry today.

Bio: So You’re Thirty, or SYT for short, is a lifestyle blog documenting all kinds of everything! Having been through the fun and stress of planning our weddings, a month apart, we know firsthand how tricky some decisions are, especially if the budget is tight! We’ve shared it all over on our blog.

But wait, it’s not all weddings over here. Karis has just started a PhD and is documenting her journey to doctorate, writing about travel, health, and family adventures. Sharlene has just renovated her house with a new baby boy in tow. Her posts are an honest account of motherhood, winging it through, and asking “Does anyone actually know what they are doing?”

Join us while we stumble, trip, and laugh through life in the thirties.

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