Happy New Year! I have eaten around a thousand mince pies and one billion sausages in blankets. I took a little time off over Christmas to relax with my family and friends, lay around in my pj’s and watch lots of Christmas movies. I am kicking off my first blog of 2017 featuring this years wedding trends and bridal must haves.
Tropical themes, statement bridal bouquets and wild blooms are just a few of the wedding trends set to be popular for 2017. Pantone has announced that the colour of the year ‘Greenery’ will bring a fresh and vibrant element, perfect for a spring wedding.
Bridal fashion for Spring 2017 will see romantic playful designs such as pretty bow details, cute cut outs and shirtdresses. Plunging necklines are still a firm favourite with halter neck gowns becoming increasingly popular.
Marchesa’s Fall 2017 collection showcases nude and blush pink gowns with white 3-D embellishment and lace overlays. Ines Di Santo’s Autumn/Winter collection includes a variety of beautiful gowns in beautiful shades of pale blue. High-low hemlines and high necked bridal gowns were also popular with designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Temperley.
Geometric prints became a desired trend in 2016 and this has now carried over into wedding cake design for 2017. Marble, rustic birch tree effects and single tier drip cakes are also set to be in high demand.
My favourite wedding cake trend for 2017 has to be the geode design, I noticed this was becoming an incredibly popular trend halfway through 2016 along with Agate place settings. Adorned with edible crystals the geode wedding cake gives a trendy and unique look and has become the bridal must have.
Greenery and botanical floral design is taking over in a big way this year. Foliage such as eucalyptus, ferns, herbs and wispy vines will be featured within bridal bouquets, ceremony and reception design. This organic look is incredibly versatile and can be incorporated into any theme, another bonus is that it is also much more affordable than flowers.
Last years floral trends included cascading bouquets and rustic elegance. The floral forecast for 2017 looks to have a more bohemian and wild garden feel. Again this year bigger is better when it comes to bouquets, oversized blooms and wider shapes are taking over from smaller, more structured designs. Deep burgundy and merlot blooms set within a mass of foliage and of course pastel shades are always going to be popular.
I have recently noticed an increase in floral hoops being posted and shared on social media. Usually a popular choice for bridesmaids and flower girls, more brides are choosing large floral hoops to feature in wedding photos and are also using them as an alternative to the traditional bouquet. Floral structures are still popular in regards to ceremony and reception decor including floral and foliage chandeliers. Eye-catching floral installations add height and drama and would allow you to have a cleaner, more simple table arrangement.
Destination weddings are always going to be popular but those who do not wish to travel abroad are opting to incorporate tropical decor and styling to their summer wedding. Bold, bright colours, tropical flowers along with the ever-popular painted pineapple trend.
Metallics have been popular for the past couple of years and they have again worked their way over into 2017. French blue and gold gives a chic, Parisian style whilst nude, blush and rose gold creates a soft and romantic colour palette.
The ‘First Look’ is becoming a major pre-ceremony photo opportunity. It may seem a little unorthodox for many couples, traditionally it is considered unlucky for the groom to see the bride-to-be before the wedding. However this magical moment captured by the photographer is exciting, fun and incredibly romantic. It also allows the bride and groom a little privacy before the craziness of their big day ahead. Although it is not for everyone I absolutely love this growing trend.
Bridal Fashion: Image1 Sachin and Babi / Image2 J.Mendel / Image3 Carolina Herrera Image4 Naeem Khan / Image5 Marchesa / Image6 Inis Di Santo / Image7 Monique Lhuillier Image8 Temperley / Wedding Cake: Image1 The Cake Whisperer / Image2 Alliance Bakery / Image3 Cakes by Cliff / Image4 Three Tiers for Cake / Floral Design: Image1 Studio Castillero Image2 Mint Photography via Green Wedding Shoes / Image3 Knots and Kisses / Image4 My Wedding / Image5 WhiteMag / Image6 Modern Vintage Weddings via Love my Dress / Image7 Amanda K / Image8 Becca Heuer via Style Me Pretty / Themes and Colour Schemes: Image1 Hey Wedding Lady / Image2 Strictly Weddings /Image3 Image4 Shop Coqui / Image5 Nudevotion / Image6/ First Looks: Image1 Wedding Forward / Image2 BridesView / Image3 Rebecca Yale Photography / Image4 Christine Clark / Image5