I have been loving reading all of the 2017 wedding trend predictions from wedding industry professionals and thought it a great time to jump in and share my very own thoughts on what we can expect to see more of in the coming months for wedding & event aesthetics! In addition to this week’s post, I’m super excited to also share what we would love to see LESS of after seeing it done over….and over…..and over again – NEXT WEEK. It would be great if I never saw ________ at another wedding again – am I right? Alright – here we go!
I am obsessed with the inclusion of all sorts of fun and funky geometric shapes that are popping up in beautiful wedding designs. From large, expansive floral chandeliers, to smaller, decorative bud vases, ring boxes, accent decor and everything else in between – these cost effective accents are really holding their own in the trending category for a while now and they aren’t making any plans to slow down now. Give me more!
1st Photo: Photographer: Amy & Jordan // Event Design: Roar Events // Event Coordinator: Sassy Soirees // Florals: Sarah’s Garden
2nd Photo: Photographer: Kayla Barker // Bakery: Layered Bake Shop // Event & Floral Design: The Southern Table
While the classic and traditional formal invite, RSVP & information cards are definitely not being put away altogether, couples are now brainstorming ways in which to add a little something extra to their guest’s initial invitation in their season of celebration. Hand-drawn illustrations of popular attractions and important sites in/around their wedding destination are popping up more and more along with other additional pieces of fun information. Also, more and more couples are stepping outside of the stationery suite route altogether and going for more elaborate acrylics or non-paper materials, etched woods, entire gift boxes and other over-the-top alternatives. We are here for it all!
1st Photo: Photographer: Perry Vaile Photography // Hand-Illustrated Invitation: The Lettered Olive
2nd Photo: Photographer: Madmoiselle Fiona // Gown: Jenny Packham // Invitation & Calligraphy: Lovely Paper Things
Stationery, Signage, & Paper Goods
Wait, wait, wait! Just because clients are choosing non-traditional routes for their formal invitations doesn’t at all mean that paper goods are a dying breed. Clients LOVE creating more of an experience and sharing pieces of their story throughout their wedding day and there are a TON of ways to do this with meaningful, aesthetic-based, and intentional wedding day stationery. We’re bringing out the customized thank-you notes for each individual place setting, signature drink/bar menu signage with fun messages for their reference, fun escort card/seating chart displays – their personalities are able to come through so much through the many opportunities (but not overwhelming or tacky) to share messages with their guests throughout the evening!
Non-Traditional Dessert Hybrids
Gone are the days of one lone cake table. Couples are beginning to admit that not EVERYONE loves just cake. Some prefer pies, cookies, cotton candy, ice cream with all of the toppings too! And that’s perfectly okay! We are living for the dessert displays that offer guests a wide variety or dessert options. Maybe a less traditional pie buffet with 4-5 different flavors to keep a reign on the budget, or investing a bit more to include a dessert buffet with a range of individual delicacies for everyone’s varying palettes (candies, donuts, mini pies, cotton candy, cookies with milk, etc.).
1st Photo: Photographer: Carly Michelle // Planning & Design: Cristen & Co. // Florals: Nectar // Bakery: Sweet Indulgence
2nd Photo: Photographer: Curios Photography
I am so ecstatic that brides and grooms are coming to realize how much of an impact florals can have on the overall aesthetic and decor of a wedding day. In the past (and still even now – but that tides are beginning to turn), so many couples have tried their best and even invested quite a bit of money into non-floral accents to “save” the budget. In their efforts, they have spent nearly the same amount (sometimes more) on antique containers, trays, photo-printing, frames, fruits & vegetables, bird seed, and so many other items to create a non-floral alternative effect. And where there are complaints that they’re gone after one day – on the flip side, now you have 1000 random items that you will more than likely never use again. You don’t have to spend your entire budget on flowers in order to create a beautiful floral design. Even smaller, traditional florals can transform a space. Sprigs, floral heads, and greenery can also be more cost-effective, yet still pack a punch in the decor department. Talk to experts prior to taking a leap in the other direction. It’s not ALWAYS the most intelligent or cost-effective choice!
Greenery vs. Blooms
Greenery is dominating these days – and I’m enjoying it more than I thought I would! Couples – esp. the ones veering towards the more organic, naturesque vibe and style – are coming to realize that floral design isn’t just limited to peonies, roses, and ranunculus. Floral designers are now breaking the mould with the inclusion of eucalyptus, ferns, ruscus, and monstera greenery into their wedding designs. Understandable because it’s all well……pretty gorgeous. Now, don’t automatically assume that you’ll be saving yourself a ton by going the greenery route – that’s not always necessarily true, but you can definitely brainstorm and discuss your heart’s desires with your floral design and come up with a way that wins – whether that ends up going with more greenery of somewhat of a greenery/bloom hybrid.
Unique Entertainment & Fun
Photobooths are beginning to lean towards the “overdone” department, dear friends. They were fun and unique and all the rave around….3-4 years ago. Now common guest responses when they step on the scene and discover the photobooth is, “Oh. A photobooth.” (i.e. – that I’ve also seen at the last 10 weddings). They were fun then. Now they’re just….expected. I love the couples who are ready for new and refreshing forms of entertainment and ways to capture guest experiences. Videobooths, DIY-guest recorders (e.g. Wedit), unique & custom Photo Backdrops and/or open-air booths, DIY Fujifilm Instax cameras, hiring a caricature artist – are all ways to still be able to capture recaps of your guests while veering away from the overdone closed, vintage photo booth concept.
1st Photo: Photographer: Laurel McConnell // Planning & Design: All the Flutter // Catering: Roche Harbor
2nd Photo: Photographer: Abby Jui // Planning & Design: Karson Butler Events // Signage: The Romance Between
Aside from photobooths, if you aren’t that caught up on photo-based guest entertainment – other fun and unique ideas to consider are cigar bars for the gentlemen, oyster bars, dancing lessons, dancing favors (shades, maracas, streamers, etc.), etc. There are tons of ideas to consider – take a minute to brainstorm something intentional and thoughtful that your guests will love and remember.
Social Media Connection
2017 is the year of social media connection – including on the wedding scene. Hashtags, Snapchat & geotag filters, online DIY guest photo galleries – all are ways in which to allow your guests to share all of the fun and great experience that they are having on your special day. Some of these will even allow you to store and keep the videos and photos so that you can have the fun of reflecting on them all days later as a fun activity and even store some of them for your own personal memories. Super fun and super easy!
Just make sure to let the guests know through website information, signage and word-of-mouth that these activities should begin AFTER the ceremony so that you can keep the actual ceremony private, respectful, and just for you and your guests – your photographer and other media team members will thank you (and so will you when you receive your photos back and don’t have tons of guests in the photos trying to grab the best shot of you walking down the aisle). Yikes!
Photographer: Caroline Logan // Planning & Design: Weddings by JDK // Bridal Gown: Kleinfeld Bridal // Bridesmaids Gowns: J. Crew
Who says that wedding party members can’t include your furbaby besties? If you’d like to include your furry friends in your ceremony in some special way, brainstorm with your venue and wedding team on the best ways to go about doing that. There are most likely rules and restrictions on how exactly this can be done (if at all), but don’t count the possibility out altogether until you take the time to do the homework. Most outdoor venues are okay with it, as long as you have a plan on how the animals are going to participate, who is going to be responsible for taking care of them, who is going to be responsible for taking them off-site before the reception begins, etc. etc. Even with stricter venues who won’t allow any pets on the property, there are also some fun ways to include your furbesties in the experience – classy silhouette table numbers, a photo memorial table with family, friends, and furbaby momentos, etc. If your furbabies are a dear part of your heart and story – there’s always a way to bring them into the guest experience in some sort of way! Best of luck!
Ah – I loved writing this post! I would love to hear your thoughts – which do you agree with? Are there any that you don’t think will be as trendy as predicted? I can’t wait to refer back to this post at the end of the year and see which ones stuck and which not so much. I may actually decide to post a What’s NOT post as well on next week – who knows? What do you think – would you like to see my NOT predictions for this year, as well? Come back next week to see the verdict! XO!