Wedding Trends 2017
Once again, it’s that time of year when we dig out our crystal ball and forecast the trends we’ll be embracing in the coming year. Brides, grab a notepad and a glass of mulled wine because it’s time to take notes on what’s hot in weddings for 2017.
Thanks to our friends in America, we’re seeing a huge rise in First Look photography and we expect to see this incline continue, with couples becoming increasingly creative in how they capture that special moment.
We feel it’s time for your cake to get dressed again. We know the popularity of naked cakes exploded on the baking scene, but we’re ready to see wedding cakes get all dressed up again, and we anticipate the Aussies will continue to adorn theirs to perfection. Expect playful looks, with plenty of real flowers, “deliberate drip” icing and 3D mapping. If meringues are your thing, then rejoice: towers of fluffy, sugary goodness could also start hitting cake stands in the coming year.
The bridal world continues to fall in love with all things natural, simple and artisanal. Driftwood and shells will create a sense of perfectly imperfect, while oyster pop-ups and seafood stations will see a surge in popularity, as quaint, coastal weddings take on a more - dare we say it - hipster vibe. Food trucks in general are going nowhere, as the trend for less formal catering goes from strength to strength.
Living walls will be keeping things fresh in the floral department. Helpful wedding hack: use your living wall as feature of the ceremony and later reposition it to be used as a backdrop for your photo booth. On the technology front, software allowing guests to create wedding gifs will boom, as will the use of hashtag stations for sharing images on social media.
Whether you refer to them as chevron, echo or curve rings, this design is going to be big in 2017. Several A-list celebrities are rumoured to be favouring this style, and we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for interesting adaptations on the fingers of our own brides.
The cold-shoulder trend is expected to filter into bridal fashions, both for brides themselves and their maids, although this is likely to be short-lived. Long sleeved gowns will continue to stun us with their timeless elegance, providing the perfect background against which to show off foliage-only bouquets. Pink ice protea will bring a hit of colour to the botanicals trend, which will continue to strengthen in 2017.
We still love natural petal confetti, and are delighted to see that real leaves will now also be scattered over our lovely couples, keeping things eco-friendly and tying in nicely with some of Pantone’s colours of the year. Kale, hazelnut, maroon, mustard, soft pink, natural taupe, lapis blue and primrose yellow will all have a moment in the coming year.
Chalk boards will start to die out, with more couples favouring the cleaner look of clear Perspex signage. The giant fairground-style light-up letters that have been so popular in recent years will be gradually replaced by custom-made neon light installations, as couples steer away from displaying their initials and opt for incorporating a significant word or phrase instead - all in the name of embracing individuality, which we know the modern bride is all about.