11 Crazy Wedding Trends According to Marie Claire

Marie Claire recently posted some crazy trends gaining popularity in the wedding arena.  What do you think of these?

11 Craziest New Wedding Trends by Koryn Kennedy

1. Bridal Diapers:  Perhaps the most startling new trend of all, bridal diapers alleviate the need for a bride to awkwardly maneuver around yards of fabric and crinoline in order to relieve herself on her special day. Hey, moisture-wicking technology has come a long way in the last few years.

2. Retail Weddings:  For couples short on cash, but all about the sack of 10, retail weddings are a growing trend. Staging nuptials in places like Taco Bell, TJ Maxx, and White Castle could save each couple a few hundred bucks. Apparently love is far from priceless.

3.  Bachelorettes Gone Wild, Way Wild:  Male strippers, phallic cupcakes, drunk tabletop dancing…. Today’s brides are becoming increasingly shameless. In fact, Katy Perry publicly asked Rihanna to strip at her bachelorette party, while some especially crazy girls’ nights out have resulted in arrests (like in Kansas and Colorado.

4. Requiring Bridesmaids to Get Plastic Surgery:  From Botox to breast implants, an increasing number of brides are insisting that bridal attendants undergo cosmetic procedures in order to look perfect for the wedding. Suddenly a teal and canary taffeta bridesmaid’s dress doesn’t sound half bad.

5.  Doggy Wedding Attendants:  K9 ring bearers are a fad we’d like to see run its course. It doesn’t matter how cute the dog is, he doesn’t belong in the wedding party.

6.  Themed Weddings:  Is this a growing trend or is it just the fact that we’re exposed to them more often on Facebook these days? Common interest and shared hobbies may have brought the bride and groom together, but a wedding isn’t the ideal place to pay tribute to a mutual love for extreme sports, Disney characters, Vulcans, or The Lord of the Rings.

7.  Boudoir Books:  Before the big day, the bride and the wedding photographer establish comfort with each other during a private, “sensual” photo shoot, where the bride undresses and models lingerie. It sounds a little creepy but fear not, grooms̵, you’ll be presented with the fruits of their labor — the boudoir book — on your wedding night, a constant reminder that your wifey got naked in front of another man right before she said, “I do.” Hot.

8.  The YouTube Aisle Procession Dance:  Post a YouTube video of ill-advised wedding procession dancing and suddenly an entire nation is inspired to “boogie” down the aisle. Ladies and gentleman, bridesmaids and groomsmen, for the sake of your own dignity, stick to the traditional march.

9.  Group Weddings:  Group weddings are becoming more and more popular as a way to skirt the overinflated costs of a traditional wedding. No haggling with caterers, shelling out for ballroom deposits, or skimping on floral arrangements — just you, your honey, and 60 other lovesick couples you’ve never met before.

10.  Robot Officiants:  Kokoro Co., a Japanese company, has manufactured a robot that can legally perform marriages. Sure, this solves the rabbi/priest/justice of the peace problem — but shouldn’t the officiant joining two lives actually be alive?

11.  Life-sized Bride Cake:  Okay, maybe it’s not a trend per se (at least, we hope not). But one woman did manage to take bridal hubris to a new level when she commissioned a five-foot-tall wedding-cake replica of herself dressed in her wedding gown for the renewal of her wedding vows. She told the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper that having a cake modeled after her likeness had been a lifelong dream. Huh.

What do YOU think of these?  Some are obviously over the top (hello?  requiring plastic surgery?), but having a pet in the ceremony is nothing new, and I happen to love the idea of having boudoir photos taken as a gift to your hubby.