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Hee-haw! Donkeys and other weird weddings trends

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When some thing — a cuisine, era, or even mythical creature — becomes hip, most people tend to pounce on the trend like a vampire to a neck. Most of us don’t want to be the one wearing 2013’s Pantone color of emerald when everyone else is wearing radiant orchid … or do we?

For instance, in the ’80s, when it was cool to tease your bangs until they could be seen from space (preferably by Alf), it may have seemed like a good idea to sacrifice your follicles to the Aqua Net gods. In retrospect, or rather, after rummaging through your memory box and coming across your prom pictures with said bangs accompanied by a crimped side ponytail, you now think that perhaps a more classic, rather than “in,” hairdo may have been a better idea.

Recently, a new slew of slightly odd wedding trends are beginning to emerge and are all unusual enough that they may not survive the test of time — much like your prom night ’do.

Let’s examine each one in order for you to decide whether or not you want any of them included in your big day.

Inviting a jackass

No, that’s not a typo — you read correctly. Donkeys are somewhat en vogue, according to several experts, including those over at “The Knot.” You can use a company like, wait for it, Haul N Ass, which provides donkeys carrying saddlebags full of beer, or just have a few jackasses (besides your Uncle Larry) walking around and engaging your guests. They also serve transportation (a romantic, white horse is so passé) and are quite popular at Tex-Mex-themed weddings. Most importantly, they are meant to serve as conversation starters amongst guests who may not know one another. Plus, you and your honey can make them the subject of a game “Guess How Many Times Uncle Larry Says ‘Hey, Check Out That Ass!’ Game.” Whoever gets closest to the actual number gets the window-seat on your honeymoon flight.

Don’t let them eat cake

The wedding cake is one of the most iconic (and stressed over) aspects of any reception, unless of course, you decide to completely eschew eating cake at your wedding. Some people are choosing to set up waffle stations or serve miniature desserts, usually parceled out by servers, instead of a multi-layered fondant towers. But, even more unique, is the “extremely large dessert” option, such as a pie tower, crêpe tower, or (yes!) a ‘cake’ made of individual cupcakes — or donuts!

Sorry, no cigar

We know that it’s hard to keep your guest list manageable and it can be painful to preclude certain people from sharing in your big day. Well, if you think it’s difficult for you, imagine how the uninvited feel! Now you can ease their woes by sending them a non-invitation. “You’re not invited” wedding announcements, are making the rounds as a formal, yet familiar way of letting your non-guests down easy. Just imagine their surprise when they see the gorgeous envelope sitting in their mailbox, only to find not an invitation, but the complete opposite! We have a feeling this “trend” won’t stick.

No signal service

Another trend, one that actually does make sense, is the unplugged wedding. Some guests may balk at having their cell phone, iPad, Kindle, or James Bond-like wristwatch phone taken away, but hey – do you really want Facebook and Words with Friends notifications going off while you say your vows? Couples are confiscating such equipment as guests make their entrance, and then giving it back once the ceremony is over, assuring an interruption-free affair.

#JustMarried

On the other end of the tech spectrum, some weddings are intentionally supercharged! Couples are planning their weddings with social media in mind creating event-specific hashtags (#JoeandJo­hnGetHitch­ed2014) and even going so far as to include the hashtag in the wedding invitation. Anti-luddite lovers are also including cell phone charging stations at the reception venue, live-streaming the ceremony and reception, and adding Facebook and Twitter share buttons to photo booths. Since the couple is too, ahem, involved to Instagram, Facebook, and Tweet on the big day, social-media concierges are hired to update the couple’s personal social media pages during the wedding ceremony and reception.

It’s all about the brand

To the same end, some couples have taken customization to the next level by creating their own wedding brand. The couple works with a graphic designer to create a unique wedding logo that brands items such as the invitations, save-the-date cards, menus, place cards, and sometimes even the wedding cake. Some couples even go as far as having a signature cocktail at the reception, such as the Rockin’ Richards or the Savory Smiths.

Lights! Camera! Slow-motion action!

Slow motion worked wonders for Juvenile, so why not for photos? Rather than the tired, old black and white photo booth, guests step into the slow-mo booth, where much like paparazzi, videographers lay in waiting. The shutter-happy shooters hand out props such as hula hoops, confetti, and funny hats then direct a photo shoot starring your guests. As everyone sips and socializes, the video is edited into a slow-notion miniature movie trailer, and then projected onto a large projector overlooking the dance floor.

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