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8 So-Called Wedding ‘Trends’ We’re Calling B.S. On

Bridal magazines and blogs are quick to grab onto the latest “trend.” Sometimes, those judgments seem reasonable — we can totally see short wedding dresses taking off. But when media outlets declare donkey weddings or marijuana weddings the hot new wedding fad, we can’t help but roll our eyes. Here are eight wedding “trends” we’re calling B.S. on:

1. Donkey weddings

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Some people may try to convince you that having a donkey at your wedding is a thing. Sure enough, an Arizona company called Haul N Ass Productions has trained donkeys — err, “beer burros” — to be wedding party entertainment. The donkeys walk around wearing saddle bags filled with beer for your guests and are billed as a great “ice breaker.” Or you could just like, hire a bartender instead. That works too.

2. Robot weddings

In the U.S. and Japan, couples have been using robots like the four-foot-tall i-Fairy to officiate their wedding ceremonies. If you want to participate in this trend anomaly, you can call up Oscar the Wedding Robot who is based in Minneapolis and can serve as “officiant, ring bearer, flower girl, videographer, usher, reader, dancer, child charmer, or speech giver.”

3. “Hand lifts” for better engagement ring selfies (aka “relfies”).

Apparently, some women have undergone plastic surgery on their hands for a better selfie of their engagement ring. The surgery involves having fillers implanted to give hands a smoother appearance. Media outlets jumped on the story, and earlier this year, NYC dermatologist Dr. Ariel Ostad told SELF that he’s seen a 40 percent increase in requests. Cue eye roll.

4. Shadow weddings

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If your wedding is designed to be the perfect moment to declare your love for your spouse while looking beautiful, the “shadow wedding” is meant to be the exact opposite. Conceived by two California therapists, the shadow wedding takes place a week before a couple’s actual wedding ceremony in order to “celebrate” the couple’s unpleasant, unromantic baggage. The couple dresses in shlumpy clothes and makes depressing vow statements like, “I vow to be controlling and always think that I know what is best for you.” While it’s meant to offer a more honest counter to the idealized fairy tale wedding, it mostly sounds uncomfortable for everybody involved — and so not a trend.

5. Social media wedding concierge

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Earlier this year, the W Hotel announced a new “social media wedding concierge” service to help you craft the perfect hashtag for your special day. For $ 3,000, the concierge will live-tweet your wedding, splash Instagram with photos from the event and get all your guests to use your wedding hashtag.
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6. Bum-flashing bridesmaids

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A good bridesmaid will do anything for her friend’s special day, and apparently that sometimes includes dropping trou in the bridal party photos. In June, College Humor noted that a number of photos of bridesmaids showing their bums had been circling the Internet. While media outlets were quick to dub the salacious bridesmaid photo a new “trend,” it turns out many of the photos were from porn sites and were pretty old. So, thankfully, we dub this not a thing.

7. The “solo wedding”

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This “trend” comes from Japan, where the solo wedding is apparently the latest way to celebrate one’s independence. Designed for the “modern woman,” it’s billed as a chance to celebrate self-love by getting married to yourself. For the equivalent of $ 2,750, the Japanese company “Solo Wedding” will plan a two-day excursion where the “bride” can pick out a dress and flowers and pose for photos. We’re all about celebrating singledom, but there’s got to be a more fulfilling way to spend a few thousand dollars?

8. The marijuana wedding

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As legalized recreational marijuana takes off, many have been quick to announce the rise of the “marijuana wedding.” Apparently, these events can include everything from edible pot caramels to marijuana leaf bouquets to vaporizers given as party favors. While this brand of wedding could conceivably catch on in Boulder, Colorado, we don’t see pot replacing a nice old-fashioned glass of champagne in most of the country anytime soon.

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