Can you believe we’re two-thirds of the way through 2016?! We’re stunned!
Despite the fact that we don’t know where the last year has gone, we are super excited for all of the destination wedding trends we expect to see next year. These trends tell us that couples are deeply invested in creating a personalized event – from fabulous destination wedding stationery suites to new ways with wedding favors – that also allow them to show their appreciation to friends and family. No longer are most couples interested in hosting a spectacle, rather they just want a wedding that is special.
The Invitations by R Squared team rounds up some of the hottest 2017 wedding themes to inspire your big day…
Peaceful Destination Wedding Glam
The latest in glamorous luxury is less about an ornate reception with loads of “wow” factor, and more about creating a peaceful, tranquil environment. Using creamy neutrals, soft fabrics, and plenty of open space, these events almost feel more like a day at a spa than a posh party. If last year’s larger events could be classified as “rustic chic,” this year will be about “Zen glam.”
The Rise of a Smaller Guest List
Don’t get us wrong, some couples can’t avoid a guest list that rivals most people’s followers on Instagram. However, today’s couples are more focused on providing a high-quality event to a more select group of friends and family than a large-scale party with more affordable details. For some couples this means a city hall ceremony followed by a sit down dinner afterwards, for others a destination wedding weekend. Either way, it’s reflective of wanting a more intimate affair.
A Destination Wedding Weekend Away
Speaking of wedding weekends, we expect to be seeing plenty more of them in 2017. Especially when the majority of their guests have to travel to their event, the couple is making more of an effort to take care of their friends and family. These weekends aren’t normally fancy (few of us could afford that), but are filled with sweet gatherings at the local pub or lawn games after a lovely garden-party ceremony.
Pretty in Prints
We were so excited to see floral print wedding dresses on the runways at Barcelona, Milan, Paris, and New York this year! For several seasons we have gone totally bonkers over patterned bridesmaid dresses, and loved that the bride is getting in on all the fun! But the prints won’t stop at fashion in 2017. You are sure to see pattern-dominated details throughout paper goods, place settings, and centerpieces.
The New Rustic
Farewell to barns, and hello to wide open spaces! Couples wanting a rustic wedding in 2017 will seek out venues where the outdoors plays a starring role. A fantastic example of this is the Covered Bridge Farm in Southern Oregon. From greenhouses to vineyards, expect plenty of fresh air ceremonies and receptions.
Smart and savvy couples don’t want to be weighed down by a bunch of stuff they aren’t going to use. This means a rise in both non-traditional registries (such as a honeymoon registry) and in eclectic lists. Even when couples are using a traditional registry, don’t expect to see the usual gifts. Rather than fine china, there might be backpacking equipment. And instead of umbrella stands and butter dishes, you might see board games and area rugs. Couples want well-designed, well-thought out products that they will use frequently, not a clutter of gifts in their closet.
When it comes to Destination Weddings, Non-Traditional is the New Traditional
We recently asked a group of brides how they would describe their wedding style. The most popular answer? Unique. Let your freak flag fly, engaged couples. Design the wedding of your dreams, not a carbon copy of something you see in a magazine. Increasing numbers of brides and grooms are seeking out unconventional venues and creative themes for their big day. Harry Potter weddings? Why not! A ceremony in a bowling alley? Sure! 2017 will be the year that more couples than ever before design a wedding – from the choice of the wedding stationery to the options (or not!) in wedding favors – that they truly love. Read more about that over here.
Although you might not see a lot of highly-organized food stations in 2017, there will continue to be a wide selection of food served at weddings. The average wedding serving is no longer serving banquet plates of chicken or fish. Instead, couples are picking food they love and eat every day. They want their weddings to reflect who they are, from the hamburgers and tacos from their favorite food trucks to antipasto plates that remind them of their trip to Italy.
The Outdoors In
A twist on the much-loved rustic theme, this trend is one of our favorites. Fill your reception room with foliage, berries, fir cones, anything you like really! This is also a great way to make your wedding seasonal as you’ll be taking inspiration from your surroundings. Think handpicked-style bouquets and wooden stump table centers topped with tea lights and flowers in little bottles.
Retro themes are always great fun, but can often mean bright colors. Make your day a little more chic with a touch of retro-cool styling paired with elegant details and pastel tones. Team your tea-length dress with a simple bouquet and timeless make-up for an effortlessly on-trend look.
This popular theme is showing no signs of going anywhere anytime soon! Popularized by Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby, the 1920’s are a constant source of wedding inspiration. Whether you go all-out with an Art Deco style gown, details and venue or just let it influence your decor, this is the ultimate glamorous scheme.
Bold colors and origami details are a match made in wedding heaven! Paper is such an easy and cost-effective way to add a pop of color to your day, from hanging decorations and stationery to your bouquet and buttonholes. If you fancy a bit of DIY this is great way to try your hand at some crafting, or if you’re not so confident you can always leave it to the professionals and purchase the items ready-made!
Create your very own winter wonderland with an icy white scheme. Include rustic woodland details such as white-washed branches, with feathers, white blooms and tea lights for a Narnia-esque look. White details are easy to get hold of and there’s no need to worry about matching different tones. Ideal!
The team continues to pack the inspiration boards with on-trend images to help keep our brides and grooms focused on creating a unique event, reflective of each couple’s personal style. We’d be thrilled for you to take a look over here.
We know that planning a wedding can be stressful and challenging. We’re here to help! Get in touch and let’s chat!
What 2017 trends are you most excited about?