It’s a new year, which means a new batch of wedding trends. With 2016 came metallic color schemes, food incorporated in floral arrangements, cocktail/food pairings, mismatched bridesmaid dresses and so so so much more. While some of those will stick around for 2017, you’ll see some different trends make an appearance at weddings all year.
If you’re getting married this year, you’ve most likely already started planning your wedding, but hopefully there’s still time to incorporate at least one of these trends into your big day if you haven’t done so already.
Gold, rose gold, pewter, silver: they're sticking around for another year. If you're looking to add some shine and pizzazz, metallics are the perfect accent color. They can be overpowering, so if you're thinking rose gold table linens, try to use them only on a few tables, like the head table, the dessert table or whatever you deem most important.
If you’re looking for something classic in order to avoid looking too trendy in years to come, try going with a neutral color scheme. From charcoal to beige and everything in between, this color palette screams sophistication and class. Pure neutrals too boring? Throw in a pop of color like plum or red to liven things up a little.
This is a complete 180 from neutral colors and 2016’s blush pink trend, but bold, bright color palettes are also in for 2017. So if you love vibrant colors, this is your time to shine. There are so many beautiful colors that can make your wedding stand out from the rest.
Named the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017, greenery will be very popular at weddings this year. You’ll be seeing green in the form of garlands, shrubbery, leafy chandeliers - you name it.
These plants got super popular in 2016 and are now a major player in the 2017 wedding scene. Succulents are not seasonal, so there’s no need to pick a wedding date around when they’re in bloom, and for the environmentally conscious bride or groom, succulents can be re-planted after the wedding.
Hanging Floral Centerpieces
Yes, they’re still in style and they’re probably hanging around for awhile (pun intended). If you’re worried about your guests not being able to see over your centerpieces, just suspend the centerpieces from the ceiling.
Bigger isn’t always better, but in 2017, it is. Floor-to-ceiling decor and tall centerpieces are ways to incorporate elaborate, outrageous details into your wedding. Also, hanging things like chandeliers, lanterns or flowers can make your event extraordinary.
Something Old… Something New…
Add modern elements to a vintage setting, such as extravagant decor in an industrial-style venue, and you get vintage glamour with a twist. Mixing and matching vintage and modern provides the best of both worlds.
Inspiration From Popular Movies
Full-on theme weddings aren’t for everyone, but taking elements from films, such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and even Jurassic Park, can give a wedding the personality you’re looking for.
Tall-tiered Wedding Cakes
Alternative wedding cakes have been all the rage over the past couple years, but tall, picturesque cakes are starting their comeback starting this year. On a side note, dessert tables with a variety of treats, such as macarons and donuts, are still popular.
If you’re getting married in your hometown or you want to honor a place close to your heart, try incorporating the local foods into your menu. For example, have a Philly cheesesteak station or Chicago hotdog appetizers.
Late Night Snacking
Eating dinner at 5 or 6, dancing non-stop and drinking will leave your guests pretty hungry by 10, so bring out pizzas or nachos or any other snacks to keep the party going longer (and save the ones who have had too much to drink).
Moscow mules took over the 2016 bar scene, so it only makes sense that 2017 weddings feature classic drinks like the Moscow mule, sidecar and old fashioned.
If you want to get married on the beach in Punta Cana, Mexico or Puerto Rico, why not go for it? Destination weddings are intimate and (bonus!) you can take your honeymoon where you get married.
These aren’t new for 2017, but the first look trend will not be disappearing anytime soon. It’s the perfect opportunity to photograph the first second the bride and groom see each other and to capture those brief moments of privacy and intimacy before they get married.
Videos to Share
With the increase in video length on Instagram, a lot of brides-to-be (and grooms) are requesting short videos from their photographers or videographers to share on social media. These maximum of 60-second long videos look like beautiful movie trailers for their wedding day.
Band? DJ? Both?
Some couples can’t decide between a live band or a DJ, so they compromise and do both. Whether the band gets the party started and the DJ closes or vice versa, it’s up to them, but it’s a trend that may last beyond 2017.