The Hottest 2017 Wedding Trends

...that Will Make You Want to Plan Your Wedding, Like, Yesterday! 


2017 WEDDING TRENDS

As any bride or social media addict can attest, it is VERY easy to become obsessed with anything and everything involving weddings. There are SO many amazing ideas and details out there that narrowing it down can feel next to impossible. Here is a forecast for the up and coming trends for the next year, but remember, your wedding doesn't have to be "trendy" to be memorable--it has to feel personal to you and your future spouse. Thankfully, the predicted trends are not only gorgeous, but they’re also timeless. From lush greenery and bold color combos to exciting entertainment, these trends guarantee 2017 will bring some of the prettiest weddings yet! 

Dress

There is no denying that looking your best on your wedding day is essential. Choosing your wedding dress is often viewed as the next biggest decision aside from saying YES! Take a look at what experts are predicting you will be seeing a lot of when searching for your perfect dress. 

Sheer & Sexy

 Sean Cook Wedding Photography

Sean Cook Wedding Photography

Off the Shoulder

 Lauren Fair Photography

Lauren Fair Photography

Love & Light Photographs

Sleeves

 Winsome & Wright

Winsome & Wright

Mixed Lace

Amy Arrington Photography

Accessories

Not a fan of earrings but still want to make a statement with your wedding bling? Statement Necklaces are going to be front and center in 2017 followed by reemergence of ornate veils. 

Hair and Makeup

We are going to see a lot of classic trends like Statement Eyes, Soft Neutrals, and Romantic or Whimsical Soft Hair. We are also going to see a spike in the number of Braided Updos, Oversized Headpieces, Woven Florals (which is taking the place of the floral crown), and Bold Matte Lips.

Venue

Don't get us wrong, we all love a beautiful barn wedding. But gone are the days of EVERYONE having a rustic wedding. Welcome "Urban Elegance!" Brides are starting to lean towards venues that boast an industrial vibe and serve as blank slates that are airy and spacious with plenty of natural light.

 Photo Courtesy of The 1896

Photo Courtesy of The 1896

 Lev Kuperman 2011  Photo: Courtesy of The Green Building

Lev Kuperman 2011

Photo: Courtesy of The Green Building

 Photo: Courtesy of Greenpoint Loft

Photo: Courtesy of Greenpoint Loft

Decor

2017 is the year of the "Less is More" mantra. We are going to be seeing a lot of geometric shapes negative space, and clean lines especially when in comes to flower arrangements and tablescapes. We are already seeing the Ikebana style of arranging floral becoming more popular within the industry. Brides and grooms are gravitating towards shades of grey, dusty blues, and sage along with neutral tones

We will also see metals (especially copper) begin to be incorporated in stationary, tablescapes, and cake design. Using metallics throughout your big day elevates the formality and glamor of your wedding while straying away from traditional gold and silver.

 Elyse Hall Photography

Elyse Hall Photography

Along the same lines, natural materials like marble, geodes, slate, and agate are going to be majorly popular. Highly textural fabrics such as raw silk, gauze, and natural cotton will also play a big part in 2017 weddings. 

Buh-bye soft color palettes (blush being last year's favorite). Hello bright pops of color!! Vibrant and unexpected color combinations are starting to replace the ubiquitous blush lately. Mustard yellow, bold orange, rich plum, bold blue and deep green blue are some of the fun colors we are totally loving. Bold color palettes open the door for using unique floral varieties, beyond the common rose and peonies. 

Since announcing "Greenery" as the pantone color of the year, it’s no doubt that the trend of lots of lush greenery, table garlands and boxwood walls will continue well into 2017. 

Between mylar balloons and hanging installations, you will be having to look up quite a bit in 2017. After over a decade of low subtle arrangements – table centerpieces are getting a dramatic lift and taking center stage! 

Finally, global influences will be tied into bouquets and especially the menu selection. Many couples will be embracing their roots and heritage by incorporating Moroccan, bohemian, and tropical touches.

Food

Now that escort cards have gotten super unique and creative, the next area to have fun with is the food! Creative food stations like a cheese display hanging on a large swing from the ceiling or a mobile food vendor cart will be seen especially during cocktail hour.

We are also seeing a shift from buffet style catering to returning to a more traditional route with the plated meal. Most of them want to really cater to their guests and give them a great experience, which to them means not waiting in a line for food. Another up and coming alternative to the buffet line is to have a family-style meal

Fun New Ideas

 Kay English Photography

Kay English Photography

Couples want to focus more on the guest experience which translates into shorter ceremonies, printed timelines, welcome baskets, hangover kits, cocktail kits, and escort card walls. Some fun new twists on elements that are present at a wedding anyway are using a small custom notebook to read your vows from during your ceremony and using drones to get an aerial view of your special day. Silent discos are also super hot at the moment. If your venue doesn't allow music past a certain time, this is a stellar solution - pop on your headphones and let the party continue!

 Photo courtesy of Mariel Hannah

Photo courtesy of Mariel Hannah

 Photo courtesy of Emilia Jane

Photo courtesy of Emilia Jane

Unique and unexpected materials are the name of the game for printed pieces like invitations next year. Some of the fun touches include glow in the dark ink, hologram foil stamping, and etching on plexiglass.

Another exciting new idea is to incorporate a "Last-Last” dance - everyone except your newly married spouse, dj/band, and photographer have left your reception and you are alone to spend some final moments enjoying the last of your wedding day. While we are talking about dancing, why not plan on a sparkler first dance instead of a grand exit. That way you won't be interrupting the music, dancing and festivities at the end of the night!

Happy planning!