Please Stop Doing This At Your Wedding

Ah, Pinterest. It can be a double-edged sword when it comes to wedding-planning. On one hand, it allows you to organize inspiration, ideas, and overall themes for the big day. On the flip side, it can leave you filtering through an endless stream of similar images. Raise your hand if you’re sick of seeing yet another chalkboard sign or naked cake!

Don’t get us wrong: We have a lot of love for these trends. But we also think it may be time to hit the pause button on them for a bit, and make room for others to shine. Ahead, the 10 Pinterest wedding trends we’d like to see a little less of come wedding season.
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Naked Cakes
A pared-down cake is great for smaller occasions like birthday or anniversary celebrations, but when it comes to your wedding day, it feels a little bit, well, bare. Plus, after seeing this over and over again on Pinterest, we think it may be time to put this baked-goods gimmick to rest and swap it out for something a little more decorative (with frosting, please!).
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String Lights
Lighting can make or break the atmosphere of the party, and yes, string lights are oh-so-delightful. But we think know there are more creative ways to light up the crowd. Hanging pendants? Lanterns? The options are endless.
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Photo-Booth Props
Who doesn’t dig some good photo-booth action? Photo booths will always (always) be welcome at weddings, but the cheesy props? We think you should leave 'em out of the picture — literally.
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Chalkboard Menus
Ah, the chalkboard menu. When it comes to displaying the night’s selection of drinks and grub, we think this one is best left to local restos and bars. Try using another creative surface (like an artsy print or glass) to let folks know what’s on the menu.
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Barn Venues
This one has got to be one of the most popular Pinterest wedding trends to date — and for a good reason. There is something undeniably charming about getting married in a barn. But we think that unless you are actually raising farm animals for a living, this rustic venue has run its course. Let's explore new location options, yeah?
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Mason Jars
This trend didn’t just make its way into every wedding Pin out there — it was also big for home decor. But all good things must come to an end. And if you’re exploring the idea of Mason jars at your soiree, we suggest trying something different.
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Wood Signs
Whether it's displaying lovey-dovey phrases or giving guests directions, there’s got to be another way to share this info, no? Let’s swap the played-out wood signs for something a little more sophisticated.
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Because it's never okay to pepper your wedding with cultural appropriation. How about noodling around with some other ideas for lounge spots — pillows, beanbags, beds?
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Floral Crowns
Are you a forest nymph? An avid Coachella devotee? No? Let’s leave the floral headdresses at home then, shall we? There are plenty of headwear alternatives (beaded beanie, anyone?) that will make just as strong a statement without feeling cliché.
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Antique Furniture As Decor
We love the idea of adding interesting elements to snazz up your wedding, but we think the furniture-as-decor trend needs to go. A typewriter or dresser plopped in the middle of the woods? Not only is this overdone, it’s pretty impractical, too.