It’s almost 2017, can you believe it!? If you’re getting married next year it’s time to start thinking about important wedding details such as flowers and decorations and whether you’d like to have a dessert table, a traditional wedding cake— or both. We spoke with a few local wedding industry professionals to share with you the best new trends of the upcoming season.
2017 is all about the “film” look. Gone are the days of crazy saturated super sharp digital images. Soft tones, with grain is all the rage these days. I love this because it gives your images a timeless look. Plus, you don’t have to SHOOT film to get the film look! There are plenty of ways in post processing to get the look. Film never goes out of style!
Another growing trend is showing old family photographs of the bride and groom’s parents on their wedding day! Some even include the mother of the bride’s old wedding dress on display. It’s so great to remember the people and the love that got this beautiful couple to their special day!
Showing authentic emotion with a more “photojournalistic” approach is probably my favorite trend. Super posed, stiff, looking at the camera shots don’t capture the feeling of the day. I am there to document the love between two souls as they join as one. With every shot I want to make sure I am displaying the love and admiration they have for each other. I don’t think this is a trend that will be leaving us any time soon.
— Stephanie Kotaniemi, Owner + Photographer, SK Photography
2017 is looking to be a style filled year in the wedding industry. You can expect to see a lot of décor-based trends such as the use of mix metals. Forget the standard shiny gold and silver. This year is all about the softer and brushed metals with an emphasis on rose gold. Use of different materials from cement and marble to agate will make their way into weddings through escort card displays, table numbers, and cakes. In addition, highlighting the bar is going to be big. Instead of going with standard tables and linens, couples are opting towards custom built or vintage bars. Another trend that picked up during 2016 and will continue into 2017 is doughnut walls. Doughnut walls are a fun late night snack or alternative to wedding cake. Talk about a sweet ending to the night!
— Nora Sheils, Owner, Bridal Bliss
Cakes & Desserts
For 2017, we think we will see a lot of couples opting for dessert tables with many individual-sized desserts and a one-tier wedding cake in the center instead of one multi-tiered cake. We saw this trend starting at the end of the summer, and we think it will really take off in the new year.
We also predict that hexagonal cakes will be increasingly popular. This cake shape allows couples to choose a classic style of cake with a little twist, and we think this style will really take off.
Lastly, a trend that made an appearance in the last few months but that we think will only be seen more is using greenery, herbs, and rustic flowers to line the base of each tier. We feel like it gives a new spin on the ever-popular rustic cake look.
Many couples are opting to add unique and special details to their invitations to make them truly one-of-a-kind. Gone are the days of simple white and ecru invite suites with traditional text: these days it’s all about expressing the couple and giving guests a fun preview of the big day. Think bold color and design, and pretty DIY bundling with personalized labels or tags. The hand lettered look that has become popular over the last few years will continue be a big trend this year.
Wedding Photography Images: SK Photography
Wedding Planning Images: Ben Pigao, Max Monte, Jessica Hill, Bryce Covey and Mosca
Wedding Cake + Dessert Images: Papa Haydn