31 Jan Wedding Trend Alert: What’s Hot for 2017

This year is all about creating an unforgettable event with a fresh eye and a break from traditions! Big colors, lots of contrasts and high-tech touches are fun and unique ways to engage and enchant your guests.

Be Bold

Colors are big and bright and everything from shimmering metallic bridal gowns to pairing neutral undertones with bold colors for table décor makes a statement. Metallic is definitely here to stay, as is a break from the tradition of matching everything.

Mixing it up, such as alternating bridesmaids’ dresses and using tall and short centerpieces as contrasts, are new trends. Adding eye-popping colors, in flowers, at place settings and in décor, is shaking up old standards of everything in shades of white and cream. Garden chic and classic design elements will be combined in fun ways, like with textured linens topped with flower boxes as displays on tables. Games and entertainment can also keep things lively things in surprising ways, like with customized cornhole games, giant Jenga puzzles and even costumed jazz bands.

Be Interactive

Gone are the days of a couple of types of passed hors d’oeuvres and a three-course meal, followed by just a slice of wedding cake. Interactive food stations manned by chefs with items like mini-panini and other finger foods are increasingly popular for the cocktail hour.

Certainly, the wedding cake is not going away, but it can become the centerpiece for elaborate desserts, such as smaller cakes displayed around it or by decadent desserts, like towers of doughnuts and cookies alongside it. Even interactive dessert stations, like sundae bars, are a fun finish. If the reception is a long one, late-night snack stations to be enjoyed toward the end of the evening or as a grab-and-go option are welcomed by guests.

Be High-Tech

Justin Chan of Valley Creek Productions, a videography company serving the Philadelphia area, says the biggest trend he’s seen in the past year is the use of drones for weddings to capture shots of the church, reception venue and, at times, the wedding party. Couples should keep in mind though that inexperienced, unlicensed and careless operators can cause more problems than they are worth, and drones can be quite loud. Flying one during a ceremony is not a good idea unless it’s planned carefully and kept far away from the guests to avoid distraction.

Another popular trend is a move away from DVDs or Blu-Rays, said Justin. It seems that many people want digital and cloud-based delivery instead, since it allows them to easily copy, share and view the files of their special day.

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Photos, top to bottom: Ashley Errington Photography, Samantha Jay Photography, Twisted Oaks Studio (bottom two photos)

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