2017 is the year we’re seeing tradition sneak back in. More and more couples are describing their style as “timeless, classic, clean, and elegant” over the buzzwords of the past few years, which included “whimsical,” “woodsy,” “rustic,” “industrial,” and more. Large, wild bouquets are being replaced with smaller, more traditional ones. Brides are choosing to wear their mama’s veil, while grooms are opting to wear black tuxes more often than not. While I’ll always be a fan of a whimsical affair, I don’t think weddings are losing any magic by going back to the basics. So, what’s changing this year in favor of the past? Read on and see.
Trend: Out with industrial, In with sentimental
While industrial “blank” spaces are still a popular option this year, we’re seeing more and more clients choose to host reception at a more meaningful location – a parent’s home, a place that holds significance from childhood, or a historical location. While the cost is usually more expensive to host at home, nostalgia is winning out in 2017. Just remember – weddings at home require a lot more hired staff and prep work, and always require a professional planner.
Trend: Out with gold foil, in with traditional
Brides are favoring traditional wording, traditional fonts, and timeless over trendy. While letterpress and thermography are age-old printing processes, they’re all the rage this year. Hand done calligraphy will always be in, but brides are opting for clean, crisp layouts.
The Wedding Dress
Trend: Sexy is still in!
Brides are still daring to show it all. In 2017, low cut gowns and backless gowns are definitely having a moment. Whether your overall look is sheer and stunning, or you’re going with a bold, sexy twist on the classic shape, dare to bare it all.
Trend: Out with stations, in with seated and family style
Stations have been the go-to these past couple years, we’re seeing more and more requests for seated or family style dinners with wine service. Brides and grooms want their guests to really get to visit with one another through the whole meal, instead of moving all over the room.
Trend: Focus on lighting
Lighting is everything this year. Brides are focusing more on the overall “atmosphere” of their event, rather than the individual tables. We’ll never tire of cafe and twinkle lights, and candlelight is always in.
Trend: Out with late-night or take home snacks, In with GIF’s and Slow-Motion Booths
It seems many times that late-night snacks are missed or unappreciated, so brides and grooms are choosing to spend money on more lasting memories. Slow motion booths & GIF booths are IN! Guests are having a ton of fun with these booths. They’re able to share their GIF’s on Instagram and even upload them as Facebook profile videos. We’re hoping this trend doesn’t go away anytime soon.
The Reception Florals
Trend: Out with low arrangements, In with hanging arrangements
Hanging centerpieces are it for this year. Brides are seeking that “wow” factor and whether it’s a stunning arrangement over your head table, wreath, or bar, your guests will definitely notice.
Trend: Out with large and asymmetrical, In with traditional
Bigger was better last year, but the tide is turning for 2017. This year will bring us more “classic” brides who want their bridal looks to be timeless. While they’ll still opt for wild greenery in their receptions, bouquets in 2017 will be more traditional in shape and color, giving Mama what she wants.
Featured Image by Davy Whitener Photography