Whether you're just browsing the web for wedding inspiration or you're on a focused mission to make all your wedding plans a reality, you've wandered into the right corner of the Internet. With the help of some of the top wedding experts in the field, we're sharing 2017's biggest wedding trends and giving tips for how to incorporate them into your own wedding day.
Pantone, the authority on color, has named "greenery" the color of 2017. That means you're about to see it everywhere, and weddings are certainly no exception. For those unaware, greenery is a vibrant, yellow-green color that feels lush, organic, and invigorating.
"It's going to be the biggest trend you will see in 2017," says Caitlin Maloney, a certified wedding planner based in Philadelphia. "Not only will this and other green tones be trending in color palettes, but lush foliage will be heavily used to evoke the sense of greenery."
Maloney says that one of the easiest ways to incorporate greenery into your wedding is to exchange your vows outdoors. That may entail being enveloped under a canopy of weeping willows, or having your wedding take place at a lush garden or even a desert landscape that's rich with cacti.
There are ways to add greenery to indoor weddings, as well.
"Greenery can easily be incorporated into the floral arrangements and design," explains Maloney. "For example, we will continue to see hanging centerpieces with lush greenery, garlands of mostly greens along tables, and full green bouquets with little to no florals."
Derrick Valenti, a wedding planner for the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago suggests a lush greenery table runner.
"It suits almost any theme, including beachy, classic, country, or farmhouse," he says. "It's a great way to refresh your table decor and brings the table together. You can either place it with white linen for a romantic look or on top of a wood-grain table to keep with a rustic theme."
Metallics picked up steam in 2016, and they are definitely here to stay for 2017. The key to this trend, though, is to not limit yourself to one type of metal, but to instead incorporate a mixture of metals into your décor.
"Gone are the days where you have to select between gold, silver, rose gold, or brass," says Andrea Freeman, a NYC wedding and event planner. She adds that metals are easy to incorporate into a variety of wedding styles, be it bohemian, industrial or farm-inspired.
For example, you could opt for a rose gold, Gatsby-inspired wedding cake that's served on brushed pewter dessert plate, or your bridesmaids could wear a mix of silver and gold jewelry or hair accessories.
Valenti says he loves brass and metal vases filled with soft, subtle florals in corals or dusty peaches (two more colors that are also trending for 2017). You can even incorporate metal into your wedding invitations, programs, and seat assignments with foils, embossments, and accents.
"Weddings are increasingly moving toward their own form of advertising," notes Maloney. "I work with couples on creating brands for their big day, much like you would for a company, by creating a logo, designing a style guide complete with a color palette, patterns, and fabrics, and thinking of ways to bring that brand aesthetic into the entire wedding design through props and décor."
Think branded invitation designs and custom wedding websites, as well as monogrammed invitations, napkins, and wedding favors. You can hire your event planner for this, or seek talent from artists online, at Etsy, or even from local universities and art programs.
There's something inherently romantic and sentimental about incorporating heirlooms that have stood the test of time into your wedding décor. In 2017, the key is to use vintage items as accent pieces within an otherwise modern or organic scheme.
For example, Spencer Brennan, an event planner in Pennsylvania, suggests combining "vintage mismatched plates with simple florals, plenty of neutral colors, and candle light in a renovated, modern loft space."
Another simple way to give your wedding an elevated vintage vibe is with an assortment of well-placed candles and candlesticks, says Valenti.
"Focus on height to accentuate the room's ceilings, which will give your wedding scene a hauntingly beautiful effect," he advises. "This decor options works for any budget, as candlesticks can be thrifted and painted, purchased as is, or provided by a florist or wedding planner."
For a simple nod to vintage, try velvet accents. "Velvet has become a must have for brides getting married in 2017," says Renee Steelman, a wedding planner for California's Mariee Weddings. "It's a chic addition that can add a beautiful texture to your wedding day through runners, linens, furniture, or even bouquet ribbon. Velvet table cloths have been one of our cravings for 2017, and we have found that it blends perfectly with a classic table setting, bright blooms and even fun accents."
Interactive Food and Entertainment
If you've been doing any sort of wedding planning research, you might have happened upon a little thing called the "doughnut wall." It's exactly what it sounds like, and it'll be a staple in 2017 weddings.
"This is the culmination of two wedding trends: familiar comfort food with something that is novel and unexpected," notes Kylie Carlson of the Wedding Academy Live blog. "Couples are moving away from formal fine dining and are attracted to doing anything interactive and fun, like going to get a doughnut off a wall."
And that's just the beginning. Thematic, interactive food is all the rage for 2017. Think "build your own sundae" stations, roaming oyster shuckers, fancy mobile cheese carts, and tables where the food is being prepared in front of guests.
This interactive, "experiential," trend also extends into entertainment. "One of our favorite trends is that of breaking an event space down into different 'scenes' that guests get to navigate throughout the night," says Fabrice Orlando of Cocoon Events. "Each area can offer thematic decor, activities, music, and cuisine, which gives guests the feeling of traveling through time or space. It's almost as if they were at multiple events in one night."
Outdoor immersion is another example. Think lakeside water events, winter wedding sleigh rides and snowshoeing, and carnival-inspired games. Some additional ways to incorporate an interactive element into your wedding is to have a hands-on guest signing/blessing area, a digital photo booth, and even flashmobs (hired or otherwise).