This is a continuation from my last blog of what’s popular for weddings in the coming year. Some items are left over from last year, but look for the new and exciting ideas that will make your 2017 wedding a day your guests will always remember.
Invitations and Other Paper
Paper sometimes follows fashion. “Wedding invitation styles often mimic what’s happening in fashion and home decor,” says Jill Ryder of Shindig Bespoke, a custom design studio based in New York City and Philadelphia. You can create that special invitation to express the theme of your wedding using several different forms of paper. For 2017, the mixing two patterns, like stripes and florals, may be a popular way to get attention on the backs of cards or on envelope liners, as well as textured paper.
Decorating with Paper. You may want to incorporate paper into your big-day décor by using floral bridesmaid bouquets. or even gorgeous centerpieces. Paper is used to preserve special wedding "memory moments,". Incorporating paper into your wedding day is quickly growing in popularity — and for good reason. It’s economical, potentially eco-friendly and unique in any way you use it. Tutera says, "there's so many interesting things you can do," and adds, "People are sort of surprised, like oh my gosh, look what you can do with paper." Today’s brides are really into building beautiful floral walls to use in both their ceremony and reception venues.
The Intimate First Look
These are a keeper. Tutera gushes, "I love first looks. I think they're brilliant. It takes me forever to convince a bride and groom to do that," but he adds, "They're more personal — I love them." We here at BRIDES can't help but agree. (And they make for stunning and heartfelt photos, too.) As a wedding planner/coordinator, I feel this makes the day start off just right. And it makes great pictures!
The All-Important Reception
Elaborate Entrances. "We are seeing a rise in elaborate entrances and we expect to see this trend continue into the New Year. This includes over-the-top décor as guests make their way to the event, as well as incorporating unique entertainment (think fire starters!) that grabs guests' attention." —Fabrice Orlando, Cocoon Events Management Group I found that a simple, but elegant entrance sets the mood for the guests. A bride can display her color scheme and tone the minute her guests arrive.
Create a Mood. Lounge areas have been an important decor element at wedding cocktail hours for years, but as after-parties come into fashion wedding pros find themselves setting up more lounge-style seating vignettes closer to the dance floor. You should also consider changing the lighting so the room has more of a club and cozy feel.
Creative Ice Breakers. "Couples are looking for ways to engage their guests throughout the wedding day. Interactive food stations and lawn games are great for fostering engagement, as is unique entertainment (think fire eaters or contortionists!), which will give everyone something to talk about. We also love the idea of guests walking into a photo wall, either stationery or as a slideshow." —Fabrice Orlando, Cocoon Events Management Group Another way to bring your guests together are fireworks. After your ceremony or when people arrive at the reception, start the show. They will be talking about it the rest of the night.
Vertical Impact. "When it comes to wedding decor, couples are looking up for inspiration. They are taking advantage of the vertical visual space above guest tables and highlighting it with several options. Expect to see tall tapers paired with luxurious candelabras, low-hanging string lights or Edison bulbs and chandeliers in a variety of shapes and sizes in 2017." —Audrey Isaac, 100 Candles Greenery is again in style and is awesome to work with, especially with a vertical twist.
Entertaining Your Guests
Reaching New Heights. Couples can’t get enough of the unique perspectives offered by drone technology for both videos and aerial stills, and pros are following suit, offering packages that include drone footage as an add-on option. Poised for take-off: professional-quality, user-friendly drones for non-pros (and perhaps a wedding guest), such as EHang Ghostdrone 2.0, which is controlled by your smartphone via the EHang Play mobile app. I’ve had brides that added a drone to their photography package and were really pleased.
Snap and Chat. Sara Fried says her clients are loving the newest takes on the traditional photo booth. “There’s the slo-mo booth, the animated GIF booth, the flip-book booth and others,” she says. “All are amazing ways to keep guests fully entertained.” Most booths will text the content directly to smartphones, so your friends can share immediately on social media — and you get copies of everything at the end of the night.
Cut and Share. Instagram video edits are an increasingly popular package option from videographers, says Lisa Ashley, owner and curator of the Wedding Artists Collective, a specialty group of wedding photographers and videographers. These 60- to 90-second films “have the look and feel of a cinematic trailer and are wonderful representations of the day,” she says.
Mix it up. Few brides want their tables to look “too perfectly organized,” says Amy Marella, owner of the hidden garden Floral Design in Los Angeles. “they want a more eclectic feel,” she says. Create the look by using a mix of containers and featuring two or three different centerpiece designs.
Regardless of what trends, themes, or vibes you're going for, Tutera stresses the importance of remaining connected with your new spouse throughout the wedding day celebrations. "What's been happening is couples separate to their friends and don't hang out with their significant other on their celebration. That's not good. That's something I am trying to force people to understand is incredibly important." Noted!
Plan A Destination Wedding?
Faraway Destinations. "While tropical paradises like Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Costa Rica still top the list of hot spots to tie the knot, we've seen Iceland, Canada and Italy emerge as popular locales for couples looking to go off the beaten path." —Megan Velez, Destination Weddings There are always beautiful locations for a dream wedding in a far-away land. Keep in mind I am a SANDALS expert and can help make your destination wedding an experience you’ll never forget and probably save you some money.
Planning Virtually. "Couples have gone fully mobile with their wedding plans. Millennials are all about instant gratification, so they want their wedding planning right at their fingertips at any given moment. There's going to be a continued increasing in seeing the whole planning process online." —Li Zhou, LadyMarry But I am always there to help.
If you have any questions or need suggestions, give me a call or send an email. I can help plan your 2017 wedding and take the stress out of the planning press.
Starry Night Events, LLC
Some information gathered from the Bridal Guide and Brides.com