By now I'm sure you know how I personally feel about following trends, but let's face it, no matter how much I try to avoid them I see, experience and sometimes have to create a different twist on them to make a client happy.

Yet there are some trends that we are sooooo over. And so we thought we'd put a call out to see what Brides, Grooms and wedding professionals alike had to say about trends that they've just about had enough of. So here you have it, the top trends that we hope are on their way out of events and weddings:

Wedding Trends That We Hope To Never See Again

 "Butterfly releases"

"Slideshows of the bride growing up, the groom growing up and their relationship. "

"Mason jars for vintage weddings"

"White wedding gowns with red corseted backs"

"Typewriters or hay bales. Or burlap" @LavishMary

"Bubbles during the Recessional"

"Sand ceremonies, candy buffets, choreographed first dance, slide shows, sage green bridesmaid dresses, see through corsets!" @TeraMacfie

"Uniform Bridal Parties"

"Paper Lanterns!!!"

"Chair covers"

"Selective colouring in photos! (flowers in color, the rest in b&w)" @InBloomPhoto


"Balloons in centerpieces" <-- Et Lofte Events says: oh, oh my...please tell me this still isn't a trend!!!!

"Food trucks"

"The colour purple and Hydrangeas. There are other colours and flowers around people!" @DeeDeeNewell

"Cash Bars, Loonie-Twoonie Bars" 


"Unity ceremonies - only done because it's "nice" to add to the ceremony. A unity ceremony should be poignant and personal. Buying a vase and some coloured sand isn't personal". - Louise McAllister-Drinnan

"Weddings in barns"

 "The colour tangerine. I know it's 'in' right now but it only looks good in decor. Tangerine is not a flattering colour on anyone people! - " @et_lofte_events

"Centerpieces on mirrors"

"LED lights in centerpieces"

Have a trend that you would prefer to be left in the past or disagree with any of the items listed above? Add your own comment!



Coming up with a children's party theme that's both wildly entertaining and a cinch to pull off can be a daunting task for any parent. Just the mere thought of a handful (or more) of kids running around your house, each needing to be entertained, fed, attended to and likely thinking (if not blurting out loud) how much fun that party is or how much 'funner' that other kid's party was.

So we thought we share some of our favourite Children's Party Themes, ideas for making them the best party ev-ah and why we think they're good choices for your wee one.


WHY WE LOVE IT: At first thought, a theme centered around the classic Wizard of Oz might seem girly-centric. I mean, ruby slippers, good witches, bad witches, frilly ankle socks...doesn't leave much room for the boyish ego does it?  But The Wizard of Oz theme doesn't have to zero in on all things girl and there's a ton of ways to incorporate different elements of the film to make it gender-friendly. And that's why we love it.



Have kiddie-guests arrive dressed up in their favourite character from the movie. The possibilities are vast -- from the main characters like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Witch and Wizard to the less obvious like flying monkies, Winkies, the Mayor of Munchkinland and more.

Host a "Yellow Brick Road" scavenger hunt in the backyard or throughout the house using yellow fabric or yellow "bricks" made of Bristol board scattered in a path that lead in different directions to different movie themed items such as apples, flowers, oil cans, lollipops and more. The object is to collect all the items and make it to the Wizard of Oz at the end (played by an adult) to receive a prize.

Feature an outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz on a big screen or as a night-cap for a slumber party.

Serve lunch items and tasty treats in various picnic baskets laid out on a blue gingham cloth.

Serve up a cake decorated with a yellow brick road running up the tiers and a hot-air-balloon as the topper.

ET LOFTE LOVES!!! Cake by For the Love of Cake



WHY WE LOVE IT: Budget friendly and gender-neutral are the key factors with this party theme. Not to mention FUN! What do we especially love about it? Rather than princesses and damsels, this party theme gives girls an opportunity to feel empowered by choosing heroines with special powers. What does it give boys? Who doesn't like to pretend to be a superhero with special powers and save the day??? Role playing is a great addition to any child's play. Plus it gives kids an opportunity to get creative and drum up their own custom-made superhero if they don't already have a favourite.



Hand out invitations designed like a classic SuperHero comic strip or like a newspaper headline reading "Extra Extra!".  Don't want to spend money on custom-made invites? There are a plethora of stores that carry simple SuperHero themed party invitation packs.

Source: Love Paper Paint

Have kiddies dress up as their fave superhero or custom-create one.  Whether it's SuperMan, Rouge, SpiderMan, Batman or Mulan, kids will have a blast turning from ordinary human into superbeing.

Host a "Save the World" obstacle course in the backyard or throughout the house. Kids must complete each obstacle or "save the human" and get to the finish line to receive a medal from the mayor (again, played by an adult).

Have kids participate in a game of Dodge Ball but name it "Escape the Meteors, Save the World"

Play the classic SuperHero 'X-ray Vision' game: fill a box with a variety of objects and/or foods and have blindfolded guests take turns identifying the objects in the box merely by smell, touch or taste.

Rather than a Birthday cake, offer delicious cupcakes each topped with a different SuperHero emblem from Superman, Batman, WonderWoman and more. Or for a slightly different twist (and less sugar high), offer cakepops adorned with a superhero mask and cape.

Fill lootbags with SuperHero themed colouring pages, comic books, stickers and lollipops dressed with mask and cape.



WHY WE LOVE IT: Not only will this theme encourage a ton of physical activity but it's not weather dependant as well. Have a wintery Birthday? Have Winter Olympics! Have a summer Birthday? Have Summer Olympics!



Send out invitations designed to resemble tickets for the Olympics.

Upon arrival, kids receive a custom-made shirt with the Olympic Rings and "2012 Birthday Olympics" on the front and the child's last name printed on the back. Not only will this get the kids excited about what's to come next but it also serves as a keepsake in lieu of the usual Lootbags.

This theme offers an abundance of Olympic activity opportunities! For Winter Olympics incorporate fun activities like "bobsled races" (a.k.a sliding), mini hockey/road hockey games, "figure skating" (wherein groups of kids put together a mini-performance to music either in skates or boots, on a rink or on pavement), "snow darts" (knocking down objects with snowballs) and table tennis (ok, ok this is technically a summer Olympic sport but hey, it's inside and it's warm!). Don't limit yourself to classic Olympic games however, feel free to get imaginative and custom-make your own 'sports' such as Fort Building competition, snowshoe race, snowman building race and more.

For Summer Olympics incorporate fun mini competitions like the long jump, running race, high jump, water polo, mini soccer game, "gymnastics" (a.k.a a somersault race), the trampoline, mini volleyball game, "triathlon" (obstacle course) and more. Again, feel free to add your own flavour such as a sandcastle competition or a karaoke competition.

Want to make it a kid-and-adult friendly party? Invite the parents as well and have them cheers their kids on from the "bleachers" where they can sit back, relax and sip on cool beverages.

Offer custom-made plastic medals or trophies to the kids once the Olympic competitions have been  completed.

Serve up a Birthday cake decorated with the Olympic Rings or figurines from different Olympic Sports resting on different tiers.