Wedding Inspiration for the non-Barbie-girl (guy or person)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or been trekking through the wilderness without any internet for the last month, Barbie is kind of a big deal right now.

As the movie just came out this past weekend, it’s all anyone’s been talking about.

I think almost everyone I know has gone to see this movie in the last few days. Even my mom!

And of course part of the hype comes from the marketing blitz from commercials to products.

Barbie is in full throttle baby!

Barbie movie image with Ken in a pink convertible
(still from Barbie movie)

It’s been amusing to watch because I remember Barbie. I grew up with Barbie. It was a staple in my time.

But I’ve never really been a Barbie-girl.

And as someone who also isn’t a pink girl (gasp! I know), Barbie and I were never really simpatico.

So with all the hype around Barbie and everyone showing off their pink Barbiecore style whether personal style, home style or wedding style, I can’t really get on board.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate pink or Barbie. And I have absolutely nothing against those who do like pink or Barbie.

If a client of mine wanted a Barbie-inspired event, I’m totally down.

I’m a firm believer in you do you!

And you should express yourself in the way that feels good and true to you.

Happy bride laughing wearing. black and white lace wedding dress
(Photo credit: Kate Webber)

But, it’s just not my personal thing.

So as I’ve been looking at all the Barbie pink crazy swirling around me, I keep thinking about all those people who are not into Barbie.

Not necessarily anti-Barbie per se, but just not into the Barbiecore style.

The non-pink, non-girly, non-bright and shiny kind of people.

Because if you think about it, pink and Barbie vibes are not a new thing for weddings.

Weddings are a predominantly female driven industry with an understandable, but grossly unequal focus on brides.

Weddings are also pretty. And as such, the industry and media tends to veer pink and girly.

Just think bachelorette parties and now even Airbnbs that cater to that. Not to mention the countless vendors who embody that look.

Beyond all the white you see in weddings, the next color is always pink.

So, with Barbiecore and all the current hype, it just makes it that much more of a thing.

So, today’s inspiration is for my non-Barbie peeps. Those of us who are perhaps itching for some black or green or orange. Itching for something funkier, moodier, outdoorsy or just… NOT Barbie.

Welcome to my non-Barbie world!

Wedding Inspiration for the non-Barbiecore Couple

Before we begin, as you’re thinking about your wedding and the style and the non-Barbiecore vibe you’re looking for, ALWAYS remember yourselves.

I’ve said it perhaps a million times, but I’m going to say it again, your vision and your wedding vibe all stems from the two of you.

What makes your wedding unique and memorable and authentic is you!

So, the ideas and inspiration I’m sharing today are just to help spark ideas of your own.

Because you’ll notice that each photo, while under a category (for grouping purposes), has a different vibe. And if you pay close attention you’ll find some weddings cross multiple categories.

Because no one is just one thing!

It’s all about expressing who you are, both together and separately, and sharing that with your loved ones.

Which also means you don’t have to avoid pink all together, just because we’re talking non-Barbiecore. I promise, I won’t judge!

So, let’s dive in and have some fun!

Nerdy Fun Wedding Inspiration

So, I’m a nerd lover. Nerdy people are great!

They’re smart, quirky and weird in the best ways.

And there’s so much fun you can have designing with all the nerdy things you love in mind.

I mean everyone nerds out over something, right?!

From science to Harry Potter to lego to video games to anime and more.

Embrace your nerdy side and bring it into your decor, entertainment, tables and activities. It can even add little Easter eggs into your wedding as well.

Cuz if you know, you know (wink).

Custom Star Wars cake topper
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)
Wedding table named after Dune references and locations for a Utah destination wedding at Under Canvas
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)
Groomsmen showing off their superhero cufflinks
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)
Live fish bowl wedding centerpiece for a wine country wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: VAS Photo)

Eclectic Vintage Wedding Inspiration

Vintage to me doesn’t just mean one thing.

It’s not just old world or something worth a lot of money.

It’s a reference to a style from the past.

And that could take the form of an item passed down or borrowed. It could be something you bought used.

Or it could just be something modern but inspired by a style from an older time.

So, we’re talking eclectic vintage here. Some sentimental, some not. A mish mash of loved items.

The bride in a vintage gatsby style wedding dress holding hands with her new husband in a grey suit at their Sonoma destination wedding
(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)
Coffee or tea wedding favor display for a chateau wedding in France by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Julia Winkler)
Vintage photos of ancestors at a wedding ceremony table for a woodland wedding in Santa Cruz
(Photo credit: Kirsten Noelle)
Vintage designed Gatsby style chalkboard menu for a wine country wedding
(Photo credit: Arrowood Photography)
Couple in hats and a Stanley Idaho truck at their multi-day destination wedding
(Photo credit: Christine Marie Photo)
White wedding bouquet accented with the bride's mom's wedding dress and father's watch for a Hawaii destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emily Piraino Photography)

Water Wedding Inspiration

Water = Life. It’s true. It’s why major cities are all build around a body of water.

It feeds and sustains us.

But there’s also a beauty to water.

Whether that’s a lake, river, pond, the sea or the ocean.

There’s peaceful-ness. Rocks and sand. Animals and plants. Soft sounds and crashing waves. And so many shades of blue.

And you can play off those elements for your wedding, in both complimentary and contrasting ways.

This could be with done with color, design or activities.

Bride and groom kissing at sunset on the rocks at a Big Island destination wedding in Hawaii by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emily Piraino Photography)
Cocktail umbrella seating escort cards in sand for a tropical wedding in Hawaii by destination wedding planner, Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)
Bride and groom fishing at their private estate Tahoe wedding at the Hideout by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Anita Martin)
Wedding reception table floral centerpieces and lighting design for a Calistoga Ranch lake wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emik Nikora)
Wedding ceremony chairs and tropical foliage aisle decor for a beach destination wedding in Anguilla
(Photo credit: Savanah Willow)

Magical Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Maybe this is my nerdy fantasy side coming out, but I think forests and wooded areas always have a magical vibe to them.

Maybe because they’ve been around much longer than I have.

There’s a history to the trees and plants and moss. To the areas and spaces.

And maybe also because it’s a living thing.

But whatever the reason, bringing in some of that magic into your wedding is always a great idea.

That could be the place itself or the exact spot you choose, your attire, stationery, flowers, greenery and more.

Intimate forest wedding ceremony at a France chateau wedding venue by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Julia Winkler)
Fairytale tablescape at a woodland wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Suzy Clement)
Couple enjoying a magical moment in the forest at their woodland wedding in Santa Cruz
(Photo credit: Kirsten Noelle)

Creative Artsy Wedding Inspiration

Not everyone is creative and/or naturally artistic, but if you are, it’s a great thing to bring into your wedding.

Because when you can create something for or at your wedding, that’s something you’ll keep forever.

It’s a great memory for you and for your guests. And it’s completely custom to you!

There are so many fun ways to be creative and bring in the artistic side of yourselves and your guests into your wedding.

Activities will be number one, but you can also bring in that artistic and interactive vibe into your design through attire, stationery, decor, food and drinks and so much more.

Guests painting the couple's "guest book" over the course of 4 days at a desert destination wedding in Utah
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)

These are of course just a few examples of some non-Barbiecore wedding inspiration and ideas.

If you’ve been feeling like you’re lacking inspiration given all the pink out there right now, I got you!

I hope what I shared will help inspire you to come up with your unique wedding design.

And of course, if you’re looking for help, I’d love to help you. Contact us today!

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