Timeless or Trendy? Which Is Better For Your Wedding Look?

Weddings, like everything else, have changed with the times. Maybe you’ve looked at a picture of your parent’s living room circa the late 70’s, the wood paneling and shag carpet and monochromatic finishes, and thought to yourself, “That will never be me.”

Maybe, you’ve looked at a picture of their wedding and thought the same thing.

Puffy sleeves. Blue eyeshadow. Hairspray like you’ve never seen. Teased hair. Rhinestones. On. Everything. There’s nothing wrong with their wedding, but it’s specific to that era. Their wedding day selections were symptomatic of the bigger influences of their generation like Bowie, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi. It would be the equivalent of us styling our weddings after an Arianna Grande album. Likely, our children would look at the sleek high pony tails, excessive contouring, and mesh body suits in lieu of dresses, and roll their eyes. They’d have every right, just as we do. We all reserve the right to not want our parent’s wedding.

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That’s why it always comes down to one word. Timeless. Two syllables to encompass what is so classic, so enduring, that it supersedes style. The Chanel chignon. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's. Audrey Hepburn in everything. A wedding dress that doesn't feel mainstream or trendy, but of another era. Something that is personal to you, and also more classic than customized. 

There are beautiful trends that have made their appearance in many weddings these last few years, like:

  • flower crowns
  • off-shoulder-gowns
  • long, loose waves
  • earth-toned bridal parties
  • green bouquets
  • even wedding tattoos!
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credit: Rachel Solomon Photography

But without fail, 25 years from now, your college sophomore will pick up a framed wedding photo and exclaim with disgust, "Mom!!! What are you wearing!" It's the duty of the new couple to choose their dream wedding, but, if it's trendy, it's the duty of their future children to silently snicker at their dated choices.

So how do you choose? Go with your gut. If you feel comfortable and beautiful, that's the only thing that matters at the end of the day. And you know what they say about trends, they always cycle back. So it's very possible that your grandchildren will applaud your stylistic choices as "vintage" and "cool."