Your wedding is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life - shouldn't something that has so much meaning truly reflect you and your spouse?
In the US, the wedding market is over 55 billion dollars. This massive growth in market size in the recent years has been great for small businesses and local vendors but has also placed a major burden on brides. If you put the word "wedding" in front of any good or service you can guarantee that the price triples.
Everything about planning a wedding has become complicated. Bridal magazines, Pinterest, Instagram and blogs (like this one) although helpful... are building a concept of what you "should" be doing on your special day. But a wedding should not be cookie cutter, a wedding should be as unique and individual as the love of the two people the day is celebrating.
Instead of getting too infatuated in what is popular, I encourage you to make sure that you are focusing on what is important to you as a couple. Is it a specific type of food? It is the venue? A special way to honor your guests? The band? Whatever it is, make it a priority. This will make the day special to you and unique to your guests!
We all stare at beautiful styled shots in magazines and on Instagram.. But if you are not a flower crown and pink girl, don't feel like you have to conform. Make sure that you are hosting the wedding that suite you! And if you are a blush and gold wedding daydreamer (like me) make sure that you are creating other special moments that will help differentiate your wedding from others.
We are all spending big bucks on wedding photographers to make sure that we have perfect pictures to cherish for the rest of our lives - make sure that those photos are going to be something that you look back on with pride and joy! If you do anything too trendy or outside of your personal style, will you be happy with that decision 10 or 20 years from now? I can hear my mom now telling me that her burgundy puffed sleeves bridesmaid dresses were very "cool and on trend at the time” but looking back they look quite ridiculous.
Moral of the story here: Don't lose yourself in the hype of wedding planning! Make sure that you create a day that looks and feels like YOU. You are the youest you.