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On August 10th the Huffington Post tweeted a link to:   “…Supercute, 12 superhero themed weddings.” Shortly after they tweeted a link to a Dr. Seuss themed wedding. One of my wedding planner colleagues is scoping out ideas for a couple wanting a Disney themed wedding.

Superheroes, Dr. Seuss, Disney: What is going on here? These themes are perfect for a child’s birthday party. But a wedding?

Well it seems I’m not alone in wondering if the modern wedding is getting out of hand.

Recently I was a guest on the CBC radio programme Here & Now. The topic of discussion? Wedding trends. Where do they come from and have they gone too far. (You can listen to the segment here.)

So, when does unique and personal cross the line to become silly and self-indulgent? Or, possibly outright offensive? (Would you be comfortable attending a wedding with a Fifty Shades of Grey theme? Me neither.)

My job is to work with couples to help them create a wedding that is unique, meaningful and fun. It is also my job to gently rein them in if they venture too far out there. Yes your wedding should be a reflection of who you are as a couple, but when you look at your photo album five, 15 or 40 years down the road you don’t want to look at each other and scream, “What were we thinking?!”

If you use good taste, good manners and a reasonable budget as guidelines you can’t go too far wrong. And remember: class and elegance are always in style.

If you’re interested in reading more you might enjoy this article, published in the Globe and Mail last week. It digs deeper into the personalized wedding backlash.