Wedding Ideas

Wedding Trends We Love, and Hate, From The 2010s

Posted on January 09 by Ariana Baio

As we enter the new decade, we decided to take a look back at the 2010’s wedding trends. We asked some New Jersey wedding vendors what their favorite, and least favorite, wedding trends have been.

1. Naked Cakes

This minimal-frosting style of cake rose to fame during the 2010’s.

Naked wedding cake from Kate and Rae’s wedding. Shot by Bri Johnson.

Jennifer Timmons of The Hudson Cakery says this was her favorite trend, “naked cakes with fresh flowers and/or fruits for seasonally appropriate cakes go with almost any venue or vibe.”

Naked wedding cakes have been one of our favorite trends. They’re easy to customize to your liking and they’re perfect for any couple that prefers minimal frosting.

2. Mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses

While this concept has been around for some time, the new wave of mismatched bridesmaid’s dresses have become extremely popular. We love this trend, and we love that more designers are creating different styles in the same color to make matching your bridesmaids in mismatched dresses, easier.

Bridal party from Kataraina and Dan’s wedding. Shot by Popography.

Kiamarie Stone of KSS Photography thinks the mismatched bridesmaids dress trend has been beneficial, “I loved the birth of the mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses. It allowed bridesmaids who didn’t fit a certain dress style to feel comfortable and look completely fabulous in a different one while complementing the brides’ original color palette and wedding theme.”

3. Donut Walls

The famous donut wall trend is one we will definitely remember from this decade. Donut walls changed the way we serve dessert to our guests and set the bar for creativity at weddings. However, the jury is still out on whether we should keep donut walls or not.

“Donut walls were pretty darn cool!” Jaye Kogut of Jaye Kogut Photography says.

The donut wall from Kerry and Josephs’s wedding. Shot by Vanessa Marie Photography.

On the contrary, Danielle Rothweiler of Rothweiler Event Design  says, “Donut walls are the equivalent of serving wedding cake with your hands. Just say no.”

There’s no denying this trend has been overdone, but we do love the aesthetic of a donut wall, and the excitement it brings guests. In the future, perhaps incorporating other food or beverages could serve the same purpose like a champagne or pretzel wall.

Champagne wall from Alyssa and Leo’s wedding. Shot by Thatwerks Photography.


4. Unplugged Ceremonies

The 2010’s brought us the rise of technology, and integrating it into weddings has become crucial. From wedding websites to wedding hashtags, we love having fun with new technological advancements. However, we don’t love a cell-phone filled room during the ceremony. We think unplugged ceremonies are a great way to prevent people from living in your moment and to help the photographer get the best shot possible!

The unplugged ceremony sign from Kimia and Evan’s wedding. Shot by Bri Johnson.


5. Digital Invitations

Carrying on the trend of wedding technology, digital invitations have become a big part of weddings. Meghan Shaughnessy of Lace and Bell doesn’t think digital invitations should carry into the 2020’s.

Formal wedding invitations for Ana and Brian. Photo by Fabiana Skubic.

“I hope couples ditch the new decade era of digital invitations! There’s nothing quite like receiving an invitation in the mail to reveal the details for the biggest event you’ll ever plan and execute.”


6. Indoor Sparkler Fountains

These are popular wedding accessories usually part of a DJ package, if you choose to have them. However, we think these are a wedding trend that should be left in the 2010’s.

Nick Cavaleri from Be The Good Inc. says, “my least favorite is the fountain sparklers and how it’s a waste of money. It will not actually do anything get your guests to dance more. It’s much better to add lighting, which will enhance your overall atmosphere!”

Indoor ambiance lighting at Amanda and Gino’s wedding. Shot by Photography by Alfonso

We agree with Nick, instead of spending the extra bucks on indoor sparklers, spend the extra on lighting, which can change the ambiance on your venue.


7. Being Unique

Personally, our favorite trend to come from this decade has been the growth of personalized weddings. With so many weddings looking the same, standing out is a big part of the planning process, and what better way to stand out then to incorporate bits and pieces of you and your fiancé(e).

Two-sided wedding cake from Laura and Joe’s wedding. Shot by Elite Images.

“Couples are ditching antiquated traditions and making the day truly unique and representative of their personalities. Whether it’s a theme wedding, a non-traditional location like a zoo, yacht or lounge or having unique musicians or other vendors on hand to provide interesting entertainment,” says Veronica Ligouri from Vero Luce Photography.

A live band plays on the beach at Katie and Tom’s wedding. Photo by Sara Fitz Co

For Artem Lomaz from NinetyThree Entertainment, the change from weddings as a mandatory event to a desired event has been a positive change. “The focus on experience. By emphasizing personalization and guest involvement, weddings are becoming more an experience rather than a formulaic event. We’re shifting from 500-guets-in-a-ballroom option to a more intimate 100 guests in an exclusive location


8. Photo booths

For our editor, Molly, she loves the idea of photo booths at a reception.

“I think the photos from the photo booth are unlike other photos you get a wedding. My favorite photos from weddings are always the photo booth ones because they’re sentimental reminders of your day, taken by and for your guests.”

Polaroid camera guestbook at Marissa and Howie’s wedding. Shot by Cassi Claire.

Going along with unplugged ceremonies, for couples who wish to have an unplugged wedding reception too implementing fun photo-driven things like photo booths, polaroid cameras or disposable cameras are a great alternative to cell phones.