5 Fresh Alternatives for Popular Pinterest Wedding Trends

Wedding Style & Decor
Mercury Milk Bottle Vases

Photo: Terri Diamond Photography/Lawrence Scott Events

What do you do when you dig a décor trend, but really don't want your wedding to look like every other bride's on Pinterest? You ask an expert, that's what! We chatted with a bunch of in-the-know planners, who are so ready to trade in the burlap and mason jars and share some fresh alternatives.

Swap mason jars for...
Mercury milk bottles! According to Larry Scott, creative director of Lawrence Scott Events, their shiny exteriors lend an element of glamour to any rustic wedding, while still allowing brides to stay true to that earthy low-key look they're after. For a more formal affair, try dressing them up with white tightly packed flowers, he suggests.


Photo: Vitalic Photo

Swap chevron for...
Bold patterns in small doses. "Chevron puts a definite 2013 timestamp on your wedding," warns event designer Amy Kaneko, owner of San Francisco-based Posh+Folk. Instead, opt for globally inspired patterns that pop, such as ikat, suzani or indigo mudcloth, she recommends. Not only are the colors amazing, but the patterns create such a sophisticated look when styled right too. "There are so many fantastic stores on Etsy that carry gorgeous fabric if you're crafty. Otherwise, a good linen company, like La Tavola Linens, can rent them to you."

Another bright idea? Classic black and white stripes. They pack the same punch as chevron, yet they'll never go out of style, says event designer Cassandre Snyder, owner of Cassandre Snyder Events.


Photo: Joielala

Swap burlap for...
Macrame! Wedding coordinator Danielle Pasternak of DPNAK Events absolutely loves the look of macrame runners, which she says can be DIY'd in advance and will still give you that same organic feeling that burlap does. A heavy hemp or cotton-like canvas is also a chic and not nearly as trendy (yet!) alternative, notes Scott.

See More: Wedding Trend Alert: Colorful Vases

Swap chalkboard signs for...
Mirrors. "This is an exciting new way to jazz up your signs," states celebrity event planner Sofia Crokos of Sofia Crokos Events. "You could also use a projector on a large white canvas or wall to display your seating arrangements. Incorporate colors and patterns into the design, and it will look like a large and gorgeous piece of artwork." Speaking of art, why not talk with your stationery designer about large print options to use as signage? "These work great framed, on an easel or leaning on a table and are excellent choices for menus, ceremony programs and even seating charts," points out Pasternak.

Swap bird cage centerpieces for...
Ice buckets. For an eclectic look, Scott suggests mixing up the size and types of ice buckets (crystal or silver) you use and floating candles or gardenias in them. "You can also turn the buckets over and put a vase on top for height."

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