2017 Wedding Trends
Well, how on earth have we got to here again? It’s already the time of year for white-tipped glittery frost and frolics, open fires, roasting marshmallows, and other wonderful imagery that I’m not sure anyone still does in actuality but that I still love to think goes on behind closed doors. We’re constantly bombarded with Christmas at this time of year—though ‘bombarded’ makes it sound like a bad thing and I’m definitely not complaining—but I think poor old New Year’s Eve should get some loving too. It signals a new start, even better things to come, a whole world of opportunities that you don’t know about yet…and, most importantly, it brings with it a whole new raft of trends. 2017 will be your year, and it’ll be your most stylish year to boot.
Of course, this comes with a caveat: weddings are timeless and you should do your wedding however the hell you want – it doesn’t matter if it’s what everyone else deems to be on trend or not. However, it might be worth exploring these options as this is probably what will be dominating your suppliers and their offerings, and blogs/magazines and their inspiration.
Textures – paper
Give your day an exciting pop with a mixture of textures you might not have thought about before – like embroidery and raised lace. Velvet has been all over the high street this year, but why stop there? Include velvet accents in your dress, or in the outfits worn by your wedding party. Velvet applique will give your dress a romantic, modern twist, whilst velvet ties, hair accessories or shoes will make your entire wedding party the melange of matchy-match dreams. Spread this texture loving to your décor with – and stick with me here – paper. It makes perfect sense to involve paper in your wedding day, once you think about it: it’s an eco-friendly way to deck the wedding halls; it’s insanely versatile, and it provides the ultimate wow factor (when you can hear all your guests going “but who knew you could do this WITH PAPER?” Have paper flowers behind your top table, wear paper bouttonieres, and utilise origami as table adornments. Some wedding paper-pushing shows you to be the creative yet effortless genius that we all know you to be. Texture texture texture!
If you think back at this year, chances are you’ll be looking through rose- and cornflower blue-tinted glasses. The reason you saw those colours so prominently is because the important people at Pantone released Serenity and Rose Quartz as their Colours Of The Year for 2016. Though the stand-alone colour for 2017 won’t be released for a couple of months yet, they’ve released a beautiful trend palette for next spring, It’s a sumptuous mixture of hues drawing inspiration from nature and from vitality. The bright tones of Primrose Yellow, Flame, Lapis Blue and Pink Yarrow are full of tropical energy, and would look perfect as unusual accent colours. Greenery, Island Paradise and Niagra are beautiful but slightly subdued tones drawing from beautiful forest imagery, and would set the entire tone gorgeously for a woodland wedding. Finally, Pale Dogwood and Hazelnut are the kind of colours my mum always stressed the excellence of when I was younger, but I never fully appreciated until later on in life – stunning, romantic neutrals that ground everything, without being flat or dull or boring. (Incidentally, the kind of colours that would look perfect in velvet…). Your suppliers will already be all over these colours, so ask them what they’ve got that would work with the colour palette!
Things are going to go one step further than the marble and gold of this year with inspiration drawn from the most random but most wonderful of places. Think concrete (yes, you read that correctly.) Concrete cakes are a thing of beauty and work amazingly with some of the most fabulous cake trends (like drip cakes and giant sails!). In addition, warehouse-like spaces with minimalistic aesthetics provide the perfect blank canvas for everything you want your day to be, perfectly adorned with giant lit-up letters and giant trestle tables. Whilst rose gold and gold won’t be going anywhere soon, silver has been granted a resurgence—think about including it in your bouquet for a beautiful difference. And whilst white is hardly a new wedding phenomenon (you heard it here first!) these accents do work amazingly with a vast canvas of whites and greys!
This year’s been a whirlwind of macarons, donuts, and iced biscuits, which is by no means a bad thing. Dessert tables, centrepieces and wedding favours have all been maximised to showcase the true range of amazing sweetmeats in life, and we’ve noticed brides are getting more and more inventive with their cake flavours than ever too! It’s only fair that the rest of the catering gets some similar loving though, and we think 2017 is when this will kick off big-style. There are loads of different catering options you can hire out for your big day – think of festivals, but one step up from Frankfurters and fake ketchup. There are trucks and vans serving everything from gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to oysters, your favourite greasy burgers to falafel and houmous. Investigate some exciting new ways of feeding your guests.
Written by Ellie Kime