The great news for brides in 2017 is that this year is characterized by some exciting trends for a memorable wedding. Here are 17 wedding trends that will bring sparkle, shine and romance into the new year.
Wedding dresses in 2017 are following the traditional route but incorporating some unexpected details. Sleeves and pockets will remain in style, but you’ll see a little bit less bling. Instead look for romantic details like lace and florals as well as colorful accents.
Here are four fabulous trends in wedding gowns this year.
Brides everywhere will be topping their tresses with beautiful crowns. These royal accessories can sparkle but will often also include florals and natural accents.
Crown crafted from wildflowers will be popular at outdoor ceremonies.
One trend over the last three or four years has been to buy two different wedding gowns, one for the ceremony and one for the reception. The problem with this is that doubling the gown also doubles the budget.
In 2017, look for brides to tackle this trend with convertible gowns that will have a removable skirt or removable sleeves. In just a few minutes, the traditional ceremony gown will become a dress suitable for dancing the night away.
Pale pink or blush has become a popular choice in wedding gowns, but you’ll see the trend moving toward blue this year. Look for light, flowing gowns in a very pale shade of blue or for white gowns with blue accents on the skirt.
Cream for bridesmaids
One long held wedding rule is that no one wears shades of white to a wedding except the bride. Watch for this fashion faux pas to be completely ignored by brides themselves as they dress their bridesmaids in pretty cream or ivory dresses.
The bridesmaids’ dresses can either match the bride’s gown or compliment it in a slightly creamier shade. The result is a wedding party that looks like a row of angels.
Wedding photography has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade. Gone are the days of the photographer lining up groups of family members for formal shots. Today’s brides like a photojournalistic approach to photography, capturing intimate moments as they happen.
These are some photography trends brides want to see in 2017.
Contemporary brides have fallen in love with sweeping areal views of their weddings taken high in the air by drones. Photographers can use drones to get close to the action without interfering as well as get shots from unique angles.
Many brides opt for the traditional practice of not seeing the groom on the day of the wedding until the walk down the aisle. This year, you’ll see brides going a different direction with something called a first look.
In this photo op, the groom turns his back so the bride can walk up behind him. Then he turns around to see her in her dress for the first time. This fun moment is recorded by the photographer.
Another variation of the first look is that the bride and groom stand back to back and then turn around to see each other. They may also stand holding hands on either side of a doorway.
Portrait nooks vs photo booths
The photo booth trend will go a step or two further this year with portrait nooks. Just like at Senior prom, one area of the reception is set up as a backdrop for photos. Guests can have their portraits taken, and the bride and groom get a photograph of everyone who attended the wedding.
This year, you’ll also see some fun and unique technology put to work in these portraits. Guests can have their photos taken in front of a green screen with a personalized background added to the picture. Often the photos can be immediately uploaded to social media.
Brides in 2017 may get married in a church or at a different location, but they will all be looking for the perfect place to have a reception. Here are some on-trend reception ideas for this year.
Many brides are rejecting hotel reception halls and more traditional spaces in favor of something more unique. Old warehouses, museums and arboretums will be popular this year.
You’ll also see fewer barns in 2017 than in the past few years.
Wedding venues everywhere are stepping up their technology and offering live streaming to brides and grooms. This is a wonderful trend that allows people who couldn’t attend the wedding to be part of the action.
Floor to ceiling décor
Venue decorations in 2017 are moving up. Look for large, vertical floral arrangements and table decorations. You’ll also see décor hanging from the ceiling over the reception area. Large balls of flowers, chandeliers and curtains of lights will create a magical space from above.
Grays and metallic
Sparkling golds and silvers will be replaced this year by colorful metallic hues. Brides will be choosing a neutral background with grays and creams accented by metallic blue, copper or rose gold.
Reception table linens will be in subdued colors but will include textures that add another layer of interest to an otherwise boring tablecloth.
In 2017, napkins won’t be folded or fan-shaped. Instead, each place setting at a reception will have a knotted napkin on the plate.
Sit down meal
Buffets have been dominating the wedding reception scene for years, but many brides today are opting for an old-fashioned plated meal. This gives a more formal feeling to a reception and makes guests feel pampered, so get ready to choose the chicken or the fish.
Appetizers and desserts will still be presented as a buffet.
Peonies and rose petals
Floral décor in 2017 will be colorful and romantic. Soft flowers like peonies will take center stage. Also look for rose petals and greenery used as table runners.
A wedding is a perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on your hometown. Brides in 2017 will offer food, favors and entertainment that reflect local specialties. Look for locally made beer or wine in particular.
Modern brides want more than a wedding band. They want guests to enjoy a memorable party that they will be talking about for years to come. Receptions in 2017 will feature dancers, acrobats and even magicians.
These 17 wedding trends bring together modern technology and traditional romance. Some are replacements for trends that are no longer in style, and some are throwbacks to a different time. All of them offer an opportunity for brides to stay current but make their weddings a special and magical time that perfectly symbolizes their unique love stories.Share This!