Happy New Year! In anticipation of seeing what 2017 has to offer I’m laying out a few wedding trends for the new year.
Natural Elements in Floral Design
First off, using greenery is cost-saving because they don’t cost as much as flowers. Bonus!
In 2016, we were seeing lots of greenery, woods, and other plants besides flowers in our designs and this will be here to stay. They bring an airy element while still being romantic. It will be very common to see greenery in bouquets, boutonnieres, hanging floral designs, and for centerpieces.
You are sure to see a lot more of gold, copper, and other metallic finishes show up in wedding designs. While I’ve never been as big of a fan of gold for my own personal style, I do appreciate it as a complementing element in many designs if used in moderation.
Geometric designs like in the photo to the right is often seen in combination with the metallic finish. However, you can incorporate this element in other ways, such as in your glassware, silverware, ink choices for paper goods, favors, tea lights & vases, chair covers, and many more!
I also enjoy these finishes because you it can work for many different styles. If you are looking to glitz out your big day then adding these elements will certainly add the glam and elegance. They also work to complement industrial or rustic environments if used in a more subtle way to dress up an old warehouse loft or barn.
Non-Traditional Furniture/Decor Elements
This trend will certainly add a personal touch to your event – especially if you’re using items that you already own (cost-saving!) While it’s great to follow trends, you want to choose items that represent you and your partner as a couple.
Crates are a great item because they can be transformed to be used in a variety of ways. Stack them at different heights to create an amazing visual display for your sweets table. Or use them to hold ceremony programs, photobooth props, favors, you name it!
Suitcases are also a trend that has been around for a while for a good reason. They can be used in a variety of areas throughout your event. But since this trend has been seen on many occasions try to only use it if you and your partner really love to travel or the suitcase means something to you – like it belonged to a family member who couldn’t be with you that day. Otherwise, try to find another item to incorporate into your design.
Activities For Your Guests
Who says you have to have a traditional reception party? Drink, Eat, Dance, Stumble Home. Let’s be unique people!
If you know your crowd isn’t the dancing type or if you want to avoid any boring lulls in the night (TIP: hire a planner and you can avoid these!), then supplying your guests with other things to do is a great gesture. Party board games or giant Jenga can entertain your guests for a while and encourages a group of people to mingle together. These also provide an alternative to the traditional photo booth that has almost become a staple at weddings. If you’re having a casual, outdoor wedding then a beanbag toss is a fun idea that everyone will be getting in line to play!
Keep in mind that if you provide these types of games, while fun, are going to have to be cleaned up and taken home at the end of the night. So if you don’t want to end up missing all the pieces to your Monopoly then consider table games such as Couple Mad Libs or Crosswords. This will be a personal way to include your guests in your new partnership and keep them occupied as they sit through toasts or wait for their next course.
There will be many more trends to come – as I see more that I like then I will be sure to share!
Photos courtesy of:
- Ruffled: https://www.instagram.com/p/BPTXvOGBZut/
- Ruffled: http://ruffledblog.com/bold-copper-bridal-inspiration-with-a-dripping-cake/
- Style Me Pretty: http://www.stylemepretty.com/vault/image/3390387
- Ruffled: http://ruffledblog.com/galleries/vintage-ranch-wedding/?pid=39097
- Martha Stewart Weddings: http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231796/delaney-and-austin-nashville#103215