The 90s may have included some pretty terrible bridesmaid dresses and a few wedding updos we would rather not repeat…but the aughts have brought about social media (thanks, Zuckerberg!), the demanding “guestzilla,” and the explosion of wedding blogs, giving couples much more to worry about these days. The 90s may have included some pretty terrible bridesmaid dresses and a few wedding updos we would rather not repeat…but the aughts have brought about social media (thanks, Zuckerberg!), the demanding “guestzilla,” and the explosion of wedding blogs, giving couples much more to worry about these days. From iPhones interrupting your vows to the demands of vegan, gluten-free guests, here are the top wedding woes couples are dealing with in 2014.
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1. Not getting the perfect angle on the engagement ring selfie.
Because as soon as you announce your engagement, everyone immediately expects to see your bling. “Does this filter make my ring look small?” was not a thing in 1995. Now brides are actually turning to plastic surgery to get the perfect shot of their ring.
2. Other brides stealing your precious wedding Pin-spiration. “Wait, did Sarah REALLY just pin the same wedding dress I did? She better not be thinking what I’m thinking.” We all know couples these days want to be on-trend, but do you actually want the same Mason jar centerpieces as 10 of your other friends? This is why secret bundles exist.
3. Social media buzz reminding friends that they aren’t invited. Yes, your guest list is exclusive, but you really don’t want to let all your Facebook friends know they won’t be making the cut. And now they can message you to ask where their invitation is. At least brides in the 90s could be secretive about their guest-list diss. Time to update your privacy settings!
4. The public evidence of the bachelor/bachelorette party. Before camera phones, you didn’t have to worry that your coworkers and significant other were going to instantly see a picture of you dancing on a bar with a not-so-discreet alcoholic beverage at your friend’s bachelorette party. Unless we want to bring back the disposable cameras, we’ll stick to untagging.
5. The vegan, paleo, gluten-free wedding guest. The amount of special snowflake guests has exploded in recent years; they will request everything from menu changes to specialized transportation to special accommodations for their children. Beware.
6. Being in the wedding party with someone you rejected on Tinder. Whether or not you meant to swipe right, you’re stuck with this person for the whole wedding weekend.
7. Here comes the…Instagram? Maybe it’s a member of your wedding party, or maybe just a paparazzi-type guest. Regardless, we all hate when someone posts a pre-processional photo Instagram. What the bride looks like on her big day is supposed to be a surprise, people! And we’ve seen too many wedding photos ruined by overactive guests trying to get an iPhone shot and blocking the professional photographer. There isn’t a do-over on those wedding moments. Don’t be That Guy.
8. Guests using the wrong wedding hashtag or not using the hashtag at all. How on earth will you find that ultra-cute photo now?! It’s lost in the Insta abyss. #bummer
9. Wedding FOMO. Every time you make a decision, you find more amazing inspiration and want to have that too. It becomes hard to pull the trigger because you’re sure you’re going to find out about that great idea you absolutely must have as soon as you do.
10. The unintended injury inflicted during the sparkler sendoff. While there were sparklers in the 90s, we didn’t light up hundreds of them in one confined area. We love sparklers, but use these bad boys with caution.
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Photo: Jordan Jankun Photography