Written by Samantha Iacia • See Full Blog on WeddingWire
If you've ever browsed Pinterest for wedding inspo, you know how it feels to come across those photos that capture exactly what you've been dreaming of for your big day, and the thrill of saving them to your board for later. But then, you might get those all-too-familiar feelings: How could I ever pull this off? Do I have the budget for any this? Is this photo even from a real person's wedding? That's where we step in! While it's important to know the difference between Pinterest and reality, we're here to show you that yes, you can totally pull off those trends. To prove it, we took seven trending wedding ideas from Pinterest and searched our real weddings to see how couples made them work IRL.
See how these real couples used Pinterest wedding trends to create their big days:
First it was naked cakes, then came geode cakes, and now we have drip cakes. This sweet trend is a whimsical addition to your dessert table and honestly, it just looks cool. This particular cake was finished with fresh flowers and a gold "Best Day Ever" topper, but even without any added decorations, drip cakes make a major statement.
These spiky South African blooms are suddenly everywhere. We love them because they really pack a punch—even just one or two will add an instant dose of boho to your wedding flowers. There are dozens of different protea varieties, but for weddings, the most popular types are king/queen proteas, pink ice proteas, blushing bride proteas, and pincushion proteas.
From ghost chairs to place cards and even invitation suites, acrylic wedding decor is the next big thing. This clear material makes a great backdrop for calligraphy and can be incorporated into almost any wedding style, from minimal and modern to glamorous and romantic.
Geometric centerpiece vessels are trending thanks to their versatility. Their angular shapes give a modern spin to traditional flower arrangements, but you can also fill them with succulents or air plants for a terrarium look, or simply use them to display tea lights or votives.
Move over, rustic barn weddings—industrial weddings are the new trend. From historical warehouses to chic urban lofts, couples are loving the sleek and modern vibe that these "blank slate" venues provide. Brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters and large paned windows are just some of the characteristics of these spaces.
Long Sleeve Dresses
If you haven't already heard, strapless wedding dresses are out and sleeves are in. The great thing about this trend is that anyone can make it work, and designers of all price ranges have made it easy to find a style that fits both you and your budget. We love this gorgeous look from David's Bridal!
Bridesmaids In Blue
Blush bridesmaid dresses have been the trend for the last few years, but brides are now dressing their 'maids in blue. Not just any shade of blue, either—it's specifically "dusty blue", a soft, pale hue with grayish undertones that looks pretty on just about everyone. We really love this look if you're having a garden wedding. Swoon!