A recent survey found that 96 percent of people found wedding planning to be stressful. And, half of those surveyed found wedding planning to be ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ stressful.
Between the cake, food, dress, music, flowers, and photography, it’s no wonder that so many people find wedding planning to be overwhelming.
One way to reduce the stress of planning a wedding is to worry less about making it perfect for others and more about making it perfect for you and your spouse.
While many people feel pressure to follow the traditional wedding format, you shouldn’t do this if it isn’t your style. In fact, there are many wedding cliches that people automatically insert into their big day because ‘it’s what everyone else is doing’, only to regret it later.
But, what wedding cliches do you need to avoid?
Check out this guide to learn about the biggest wedding cliches to avoid when planning your big day.
1. Serving a Big White Cake and Fancy Dinner
If you’ve always dreamed about having a big white cake and fancy dinner at your wedding, then, by all means, go for it.
However, you shouldn’t do this just because everyone else does it. In the end, you’re going to be happier if you choose foods that you love and that mean something to you.
So, if you want to swap the big white cake for brownies or bars, go for it.
And, don’t limit yourself to the traditional plated meal. Instead, you can opt for something more unique like a buffet, taco bar, burger bar, or family-style menu.
If you’d like to incorporate elements of your culture into your wedding, then a great way to do it is through the food. If you’re Italian, you can serve a big pasta meal that’s washed down with Aperol Spritzes and gelato. Or, if you’re Korean, maybe you want to serve a traditional Korean barbecue.
Just make sure that whatever you choose, you have the right catering equipment to get the job done.
2. The Matchy-Matchy Wedding
While a little coordination is certainly appreciated, making everything too matchy-matchy can turn your wedding into one giant cliche.
To keep things from looking too matchy-matchy and over coordinated, we suggest picking a color theme or working with accent colors.
For example, let’s say you’re having a fall wedding. Instead of making your bridesmaids all wear the same red dress, you can mix things up by having them each wear a fall color. For example, one bridesmaid could wear dark red, another could wear navy, and another could wear burnt orange.
By mixing up the colors, things will pop out more.
3. The Dreaded Cake Smear
Okay, smearing a piece of cake across your beloved’s face might have been cute the first couple times it was done, but now it’s just a hack.
If you spent a lot of money on a big wedding cake, why on earth would you want to ruin it by digging your hand in it? Plus, let’s not forget that a chunk of cake in your face is going to completely dislodge your makeup, and it could even ruin part of your wedding dress.
So, do yourself and your wedding guests a favor and nix this cringey tradition.
4. The Fake Tan
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a sunkissed glow for your wedding.
But, a big white dress mixed with a big fake tan often just turns into a disaster.
To avoid the cliche Oompa-Loompa look, we suggest getting a spray tan in a lighter shade and getting the tan a few days before the big day.
If you can, do a “practice tan” a month or two before the wedding. This way, you’ll be able to tell if you need to go darker or lighter for the big day.
Remember, while you want to look dynamite on your big day, you also want to look like yourself. Therefore, make sure you’re not overdoing it with the spray tan (and, for that matter, the makeup).
5. Overused Ceremony Music
We all know that Pachabel’s Canon in D is a beautiful piece of music. But, this song is so overplayed at weddings, that it’s almost completely lost the charm it once had.
In fact, most wedding guests roll their eyes when they hear this song nowadays.
If you don’t want a cliche wedding, it’s time to break up with this cliche wedding song. However, this isn’t the only cliche wedding song you should avoid. Other cliche songs to avoid include:
- Cotton Eye Joe
- Cha Cha Slide
- Stayin’ Alive
- We Are Family
To avoid cliche wedding music, make sure you talk to the DJ beforehand and give them a list of “no play” songs.
6. Last Chance to Run/Ball and Chain Jokes
If you plan to give a speech at the wedding, take note: last chance to run/ball and chain jokes have been completely overused and are now just considered tacky.
Not only are these jokes unoriginal, but they also show that you didn’t put any real time or effort into your speech, and instead just went with a tacky one-liner.
So, avoid this cop-out joke and think of your own originals. Oftentimes, the jokes that get the best laughs are the ones that poke a little fun at the bride and groom and that tell personal stories.
7. The Bridezilla
Last but not least, let’s not forget the biggest cliche of all: the bridezilla.
If you’re a bridezilla, it means that you’ve become so crazy about planning the perfect wedding that your friends and family are having trouble being around you.
When planning a wedding, it’s important to remember that things don’t have to go perfectly in order for it to be a perfect day. For it to be a perfect day, you really just need to relax, have fun, and be present.
Wedding Cliches: Are You Ready to Plan Your Dream Wedding?
By avoiding these wedding cliches, you’ll be sure to have a unique and special wedding.
If you liked this blog post, be sure to check back in with our blog for more helpful wedding planning advice.
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