Planning the biggest day of your life takes time, cut-throat decision-making and long-term preparation. From the large scale selections, such as the wedding venue down to the finer details like the candle-holders, there is a plethora of choices to be made by the bride-to-be. However, planning your special celebration should not be an overwhelming endeavour entered into blindly, but rather a fun journey of creative inspiration, underscored by the lifelong commitment of two people in love.
This year we looked at The Best Wedding Themes for 2016 but with the New Year looming ever closer we look at some of the trends for 2017. The 2017 wedding trends are calling for a step closer to the natural world, moving away from the plugged in, electronic madness that encapsulates our waking moments. We discuss some of these ideas in The Best Wedding Ideas and Luxury Wedding Ideas. Taking refuge in the textured wood and greenery, embraced by calm, neutral tones with a hint of old-world, vintage elements that connect family heritage with modern love.
Outdoors is the place to be for weddings in 2017, with the natural elements and landscape forming an integral part of the décor and design. Backyard weddings, housed in family gardens, bring in the simplistic, homely feel, while also saving on costs. Forests and vineyards with their ever-changing hues are also hugely popular for nuptials, while farm-style barns are also returning to wedding scene.
Bringing in a surprise element for all the guests, bridal couples are also taking to keeping the reception venue a secret until after the ceremony. This may take some logistical organising, particularly when it comes to accommodation arrangements, but it does add a magical aspect to this momentous day.
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Bohemian, vintage chic is very much a la mode for weddings 2017, with a harkening towards the old-world beauty. Moving away from the sensory assaulting electronic age, weddings are calling for a cocoon of calmness created by homely, nurturing environments that echo a simpler, more natural celebration.
Below are a few trend ideas to channel this soothing spirit:
Family heirlooms: By incorporating some elegant family treasures, the wedding immediately has an authentic, archaic touch, while also adding a meaningful, family touch to the day. Items such as classic suitcases or pieces of furniture tastefully displayed ooze charm. Tall candles and ornate candelabras, in particular, can add extra allure to your décor elements.
Reclining furniture: Seating in the form of Ottomans, couch clusters and antique daybeds used for seating between ceremony and reception are very trendy , as it creates a classy space to chill while nibbling on canapes.
Rustic tables and vintage chairs: Raw wooden table tops or even discarded doors transformed into table tops without linen can be surrounded by mismatched vintage chairs. Complete this ‘gothic castle’ look with chunky candelabras and half-melted candles.
Black and White Films: Create some romantic ambience by projecting black and white versions of the bridal couple’s favourite film, or romantic old-school films such as Casablanca, onto a white wall. This can be a fun distraction during the photography session.
Go Boho: The Bohemian aspect can be brought in through the use of wooden stumps – either as informal seating or adorned with items. Lanterns for lighting, rather than the traditional fairy lights, also create a gentler tone. Large, personalised signs made of wooden boards or black boards, offer a whimsical air – all seemingly effortless. Channel that 1920s speak-easy vibe with calligraphed cocktail offerings on the mirrors for ‘happy hour’ specials.
The DIY – or at least a DIY look – can be achieved with the creation of watercolour invitations, table numbers and menus.
Flowers and Colours
The floral trend for 2017 trends is, ironically, no flowers. Instead, people are opting for simple arrangements of leaves, branches or palms to create that natural green sense of place without overpowering the senses.
Table top arrangements are green and leafy with various hues of succulents, eucalyptus, wheat greens, acacia and bay leaf branches coming to the fore. Colour can be introduced through the use of berries rather than flowers such as Brazilian pepper berries or raspberries.
For those who just can’t do without the flowers, then freshly-picked, wild-looking bouquets will bring in that rustic, organic element without the garish colours of imported blooms. For a fantastic finishing touch add small vines of ivy, thistle or leafy twigs to the arrangements.
The trending wedding colours for 2017 are rose quartz and serenity blue, both of which bring about calm and relaxation. Introducing warmth to a winter wedding, rose quartz embraces the rose tone and goes well with a mix of blush and darker pinks. To cool things down for a summer wedding, serenity blue is the perfect option, creating a sense of tranquillity while also adding life to the wedding party.
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A central focus for any occasion is the food, which should echo the overall tone of the wedding. Don’t bring a pasta dish into a barnyard setting or light snacks for an old-school sit-down affair.
Seasonal Produce: Planning the wedding menu around seasonal produce is not only trendy, but also environmentally responsible. There is also a move away from the traditional three-course meal with bridal parties opting for more bistro-style cuisine.
Cocktail Parties: Cocktail weddings are also gaining in popularity with standing tables replacing seated environments, thereby encouraging guests to mingle at interactive food stations. Also think creative ‘food and drink’ stations, which include dessert bars, gourmet coffee stands or even build-your-own taco bars.
Go Meze: Table buffets whereby each table has large bowls of hearty cuisine to be shared by all, also touch on the cocktail wedding idea, while they still give your guests the opportunity to sit down and relax. Meals such as slow-roasted lamb, whole-wheat breads and fresh salads work well with this scenario.
Twist on Dessert: For those who want to keep it more traditional with a slight twist, opt for a canapé-style dessert. Here guests can choose from a range of miniature dessert options such as macaroons, chocolate truffles or petit fours.
Simple Cakes: For some, the wedding cake forms the dessert whereas others prefer it to be just an added extra. Whatever the preference, the decadent pastry has been transformed in 2017 with humble tiers and topper-less cakes taking over. Couples are opting for a clean, textured look with flowers or greenery adding the special touch. The naked cake – tiers of translucent cake with a thin veil of frosting – is also on the up.
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For many brides, this is the centrepiece of any wedding. The perfect dress means a garment that suits the bride and theme of the wedding to a T.
Ruffles: Frothy, tulle layers and fondant swirls with soft, delicate hems are definite runway favourites.
Minimalism: In keeping with the overall ‘less is more’ trend, straightforward, unadorned dresses with subtle details such as delicate bodice ruching are a win.
Rising necklines and long sleeves: In line with more Victorian standards, necklines are rising and long sleeves – with peekaboo lace and shimmery illusion – are fashionable however, backlines are plunging as a way to compensate.
Ditch the dress: For something altogether different, the white pant suit, tailored jacket, dress shirt and belt will certainly stand out.
The second dress: Many brides either don’t want to stop at just the one wedding dress or opt for something so elaborate that a second dress is necessary. Either way a fun ‘reception’ dress is certainly making a comeback. This allows the bride to dance the night away with ease and no concern about destroying the dress.
The advantage of these wedding trends for 2017 is that this natural, simplistic effect can be easily achieved with minimal effort. Use what you have at your disposal – raid the gardens of friends and family for the appropriate greenery and rustic wood; visit aged relatives to see what family heirlooms they have hidden away and get your creative friends to start crafting décor. Connect with those around you, as well as the natural environment, to make this a wholesome and heart-warming occasion.
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