Post # 1
This is a spinoff of the fun thread about what you will be skipping/embracing. The wedding industry is a business that loves to cater to the trends. So what happens when a trend passes? What happens to all the leftover items?
Example: I was high school buddies with a seller on Etsy. Her work is beautiful and her business is flourishing, but all she does is rustic wedding decor and nothing else. If it wasn’t for that trend she’d be out of business.
So what do you predict will happen when certain trends/ themes are no longer popular?
Post # 3
New trends. Tell you friend to start learning to make 20s Gatsby style stuff.
Post # 4
@Aquaria: i was also going to say ‘new trends’. trends come in waves. right now its the rustic country stuff. in the 80’s it was poofy shoulders and gauntlets.
Post # 5
@JenGirl: +1 exactly
I think the wedding business is getting bigger and weddings more elaborate every year. The old stuff will probably go to people who are kind of behind the trends? People will keep following trends long after they’re “over.” And then there will be new trends!
Post # 6
@Aquaria: Entrepreneurs switch to something else. The rest of us store stuff for years then throw it out.
Post # 7
Yeah the best way to keep your business flourishing is to stay on top of things and be ready for changes in the trends. 40 years from now we get to look back at our wedding photos and think “what the heck was I thinking with all that burlap??” lol
Post # 8
@Aquaria: I feel like the rustic/country stuff is already dying. Everyone on here planning their wedding seems over it. I think the next few months will be a lot of weddings that feature the rustic trend, and then all the brides getting engaged will pick a new trend.
i agree that the 20’s glam/Gatsby trend seems to be rising. Pinterest is starting to show a lot more chandeliers, crystal beads, etc. I love those!
Even dress silhouettes are changing. Before I was engaged, it seemed like the lace fit and flared or mermaids were everywhere. Slowly, I am seeing more ball gowns and sheaths. we should have a wedding bee bet on what the next trend is going to be!
Post # 9
New trends. There will always be people a little behind on the bandwagon and will buy up whatever those Etsy sellers have left. Just start making new stuff as you see it becoming popular.
Post # 10
@jny1179: yeah, that’s why I avoided any trends and kept it low budget. I don’t feel bad about throwing anything away. The decor I kept can be displayed in the house because I like it, it doesn’t have to match a theme in order to look right. I don’t think random pieces of burlap of a plethora of empty mason jars would work in most people’s homes unless that was their lifestyle in the first place.
Post # 11
@Krpink: Oh it’s 20s/Gatsby/Art Deco without a doubt, absolutely. I love it too. It would be a blast to see bridesmaids in flapper dresses. I hope one of our lovely Bees goes that route and shares recaps!
Post # 12
@Aquaria: Well the nice thing about the “rustic look” stuff is that it’s mostly either cheap or reusable. Mason jars have a purpose outside being wrapped in burlap & stuffed with sunflowers. They can be used to, you know, JAR stuff. Burlap is cheap. Twine is cheap. Lace can be used in lots of different decor themes. I think the whole look really comes out of the recession… we still wanted things to look pretty but didn’t have a ton of cash to do it. That’s why it suddenly became chic to use a half-fallen barn instead of a country club.
Post # 13
Funny, if the “gatsby” – or more acurately art nouveau/art deco period styles are revived because guess when the last time this was era was a big trend? The 1970’s and 80’s.
The Gatby/1920’s specifically were brought back in the 1970’s, first by high fashion “rediscovering” the era and incorporating it into the clothing. So by the time the first Great Gatsby movie came out it was a full fledged trend. It ran its course so that by the time the 1980’s arrived everyone was rediscovering “art deco” In the 1980’s. there was a huge art deco revival in the early 1980’s that influenced all manner of things from decor, to art, to fashion.
You could even point to the “rustic” stuff first being rehashed in the 1970’s – the TV shows Little House on the Prarie and The Waltons brought the “parire look” and old fashion rustic looks to so many weddings in the late 1970’s – more so than even now. I actually have seen tons of photos of 1970s bridemaids wearing actual prarie bonnets!! Not to mention all the brides wearing big brim sun hats.
Honestly, I really hope people get more inventive, instead of rehash the past – or their concept of the past.
(The one thing I find ironic is the Great Gatsby was basically a book decrying the empty lives lived by the idle rich – it was an indictment against all that supposed glamour and excess.)
Post # 14
@MexiPino: That’s a good point about it being budget friendly. And Mason jars are in fact jars, but what are you gonna do with 100 of them after the wedding? Learn how to make preserves in bulk I suppose!
Post # 15
It’s just like any other business–remain relevant or die out.
IMO she ought to start looking at working with things like rhinestones, filigree and velvet. Because rustic has been around SO long, and people are starting to form such a visceral reaction to having it in their own wedding, I think when the pendulum begins to swing the other way, it’s going to swing fast and far.
Post # 16
@Krpink: i feel like all the brides on here, are over the whole rustic thing because there are so many pinterests, etc of that trend, where as people who aren’t in the online wedding scene – find it very different and fresh.