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10 Hot Wedding Trends For 2017

Being on trend doesn't just apply to fashion - here's how to have a stylish, on trend wedding for 2017.

If you are planning your big day for 2017 you will already have a notepad with a stream of ideas and lots of scribbling, as you see new ideas and change your mind again and again. But what is important is that you get the tone exactly how you want it, so let us help with some ideas of what is hot and happening in 2017. 

The venue – It is still a battle for couples to outdo previous weddings they have seen or attended, and now it is not just a unique venue that is de rigour but also keeping it as a surprise for your guests is part of the fun. This can include a surprise theme even if the wedding venue is known.

The theme – Vintage glamour is a big style point in 2017, mixing the old and the new, like dressing up an industrial warehouse with beautiful decoration, or styling an old barn with twinkling lights and candles. Mixing table settings up is also very fashionable now, ie. not having them too polished or organised, with different floral designs or mis-matched centrepieces to create a more eclectic feel. Metallic colours are also big this year, with copper, gold or pewter creating a timeless and versatile feel as they match most colours and can be formal or informal, but be careful not to provide too much shine. Other fashionable themes are balloon installations as a sculpted backdrop to the ceremony, reception or even just the cake stand, and hashtag themes that can continue on invites, table settings, napkins or even on the cake.

The dress – The 70s are back, with fringing and long bell sleeves coming into fashion, while bows are also looking to make a big impact in 2017. These can be big or small, bold or pretty, and it doesn’t matter if they are on the waistline, on the back or a feature of the neckline.

The flowers – The hanging gardens are making quite a visual impact this year, with hanging floral centrepieces definitely creating the wow factor. Providing your venue can accommodate this request, a hanging floral design around the tables creates an immediate talking point, and also doesn’t obstruct the guests while talking on the tables.

The invites – Doubling up the invites with a place setting gets people thinking and talking already about your wedding. Include a number card in the envelope to create some intrigue.

The food – Food pairings continue to be a thing for receptions, matching craft ale and cake, wine and pasta, a Champagne and Oyster bar and matching cocktails with food from pretty much anywhere in the world. You should be aware that tiered wedding cakes are back in vogue, creating much visual interest and artistry, and dessert tables are also very fashionable. Why not get lots of free desserts donated by your guests by asking them to contribute to a Bake-Off style competition?

The drinks – Cocktail bars remain very fashionable, and an extension of this is now to create a signature cocktail in honour of the happy couple. If you have a bar then guests can also make or request their own cocktails.

The photographer – Photographers are increasingly social media savvy and many are now offering 60-second video edits you can instantly share on Instagram, and this is extended to the now traditional photo booths. These are now offering more and more ‘shareability’ and offer slow-mo packages, animated GIFs and flipbooks for endless fun. Drone packages are also very popular, with technology now allowing photographers to shoot unique aerial footage of the wedding congregation.

The music - If you are struggling to decide between having a DJ or a live band, why not have both? Costs allowing of course, but this breaks up the evening nicely and keeps everything fresh and interesting.

The etiquette – The traditional one or two hours of speeches are a thing of the past, and short and sweet speeches now allow for your guests to get on with their dinner and dancing, and allows key people in the wedding party to be more relaxed and simply enjoy their day.

Find out more about our weddings here at Pavilions of Harrogate.

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