(Closed) “Overdone” ideas that you’ve never seen in person?

posted 11 years ago in Traditions
Post # 17
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@redherring: Thanks! I didn’t realize it was trendy. Now I know… I guess it will match my birdcage veil and my mustache on a stick. Laughing

Post # 18
217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I guess all the weddings that I have attended must be pretty “unique”, as I’ve basically never seen any of these so-called “trendy” wedding details in person, haha.

Post # 20
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There is definitely a huge, huge gap between the wedding blog world and the real world! There’s also a gap between the US and UK…

Things I’ve never seen:

– candy/dessert table

– coloured shoes (which I am totally having!)

– wedding cake toppers (of any sort)

– bird cage veils

– a limo used as a wedding car (although I did see one being used at a wedding that I wasn’t a guest for, and it was pink)

– photo-booth

– alternatives to fresh flower bouquets

– mismatched bridesmaid dresses/knee-length Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses (again – totally having!!!)

– centrepieces that do not involve fresh flowers

– individual tags for guests to find out their table seating (only ever seen seating charts)

– an outside ceremony (stricter laws here about where you can be married)

– any type of flag, sparkler or ribbon stick


Things I have seen:

– cupcakes

– table names (instead of numbers)

– super-sized games (twister/connect 4/etc)

– fairground games (e.g. coconut shy)

– string quartet

– vintage cars (very normal here)


RainStorm. xx

Post # 21
836 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’ve never seen

  • cupcakes instead of cake
  • dessert buffets
  • dogs as ringbearers
  • ribbons for the exit
  • brooch bouquet
  • manzanita trees
  • outdoor reception dinner
  • bride wearing a cardigan (though I sooo wanted to myself!)
  • flip flops for guests to dance in
  • champagne toast (everyone I know has done a toast with whatever you’re drinking)

Post # 22
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Never seen:

  • Save the dates (seriously, not once)
  • Chiavari chairs
  • Mustaches on sticks
  • Ribbons on sticks
  • Actually, anything on sticks
  • Cupcakes (sometimes I don’t even see cake)
  • Pet involvement
  • Brooch bouquets
  • Manazanita trees (I don’t even know what this is, but wedding sites keep mentioning them…)
  • Photo booths
  • Photo guestbooks (though I have seen the one where you sign the mat around the couple’s photo)
  • Fairground games or live dancers, etc.
  • Midnight buffets
  • Bridcage veils
  • Choreographed dances
  • And more!

I have seen old-fashioned cars, horse-and-carriage and alternative footwear, but none more than once.  Most weddings seem pretty much the same to me, and truthfully, I’m okay with that.


Post # 23
502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Oooo! Also never seen:

– out of town bags

– extras for guests (e.g. flipflops / pashminas)

– any pet involvement

– the bride changing outfit during the day/evening


I have seen a choreographed dance though 🙂

Post # 25
76 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve seen cupcakes, a bride in a tea-length dress, colored shoes, paper lanterns, table names (after restaurants the couple loved), pocket squares, and the guestbooks where you sign the mat of a picture frame.  Also, LOTS of sparkler sendoffs.  I’ve received an Out of Town gift and attended one wedding where the bride added a sash to her dress at the reception.
I’ve never seen chiavari chairs, mismatched bridesmaids, a brooch bouquet, a pinwheel bout, a candy buffet, bird cake toppers, bunting, the clothespin photo-line, skinny ties, program fans, a bride in boots, props on sticks, lawn games, moss, a typewriter guestbook, fingerprint tree, wish tree, or wish bowl.
I’ve also never seen a photobooth, but I did go to a wedding where the second shooter was doing portraits of the guests against a plain background… so it was pretty much the same idea.  And I’ve never seen Converse in a wedding but a fellow bridesmaid once wore silver Crocs!
I’m considering a birdcage veil, our menus will be on chalkboard signs, and I think I’m using milk glass and mason jars for centerpieces.  I crush over tea light lanters and parasols, too.  AND we’re having a dessert buffet!  I like being able to pick and choose from “trendy” things that I’ve seen on blogs that haven’t made it to southwest Virginia yet, and sometimes I forget that my vendors, family members, and Fiance may not necessarily stalk Weddingbee and Style Me Pretty!  FI and my mom gave me weird looks when I said I wanted parasols.

Post # 26
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@redherring: Lol!  Favours on sticks, cake on sticks, place settings on sticks, top hats on sticks (to go with the mustaches)… the list is endless!

Oh, and I have never seen a bride change between the ceremony and reception.  Unless you count taking off her shoes, which most of them do.

Post # 27
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This is a great thread!  I haven’t been to as many weddings recently but here’s what I have seen –

Just once: Candy buffet, tea length bridesmaid dresses, manzanita centerpieces, horse drawn carriage for the bride, bride changing her outfit, mix of long and round tables, polaroid guestbook, photo mat instead of guestbook, a choreographed first dance, smores over an outside fire (that was freakin awesome). 

At least a few times: fun invitations/RVSPs, out of town bags, funky seating chart instead of escort cards, viennese tables (always in addition to cake)

At my wedding that I have not seen before: photobooth, flip-flops & pashminas, mercury glass

Never: colored shoes, faux-tobooth, cupcakes, macarons, sparklers, anything on sticks, bunting, grooms/men in anything but tuxes, table “names”, wooden signs, chalkboard signs, mason jars, milkglass, anything other than fresh flower bouquets, pets, etc…..

Post # 28
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Agreed about DAMASK! I have seen it a billion times online, but never been to a wedding where it was being used!

Post # 29
1696 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I don’t care what anyone says, if I like any of these things (and can afford it) I’m using it! Baha 🙂 I want to do a photobooth but don’t have the budget for it.

Never Seen: bunting (what is that?), dudes in Converse, or dudes in vests, birdcage veil, damask decor, bridesman/groomswoman, ncountered mustaches on sticks (not sure why they say it’s overdone), any kind of special transportation (we’re going away in his car).

Seen: bride wearing a dress with pick-ups, cupcakes, mismatched wedding party outfits, vintage decor, candy bar, colored bridal shoes, photobooth, donuts for a cake, cheesecake for cake, birdcages (i’m having this in my wedding 🙂

Post # 30
4460 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@redherring: I have never seen the guys wearing chucks, cupcakes, birdcage veils, short dresses, candy bars, photobooths, reception send off. 

Post # 31
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@red herring: I’m going to put my groom on a stick!! I hear they’re much easier to keep track of that way.

Overdone things I have never seen before that will be done some more at my wedding: aforementioned dress with pickups, birdcage veil, colored shoes, dog as ringbearer, photobooth, photobooth guest book, knee-length, mismatched wedding party outfits, viennese table (it’s a must-have in New Jersey) chalkboards, partridge in a pear tree…

and moustaches.on.sticks!!!

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