Wedding trend predictions for 2017

09 Dec 2016

As the New Year looms, we take a look at the wedding fashion forecast for 2017

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Wedding planning has already begun in earnest for 2017/18 – with most couples choosing to book their weddings at least a year in advance in order to secure the venue of their choice. Matt Jones, managing director at Leeds-based hospitality and event management company Dine, delivers his top wedding trend predictions for 2017.

1. The venue

The venue is always the first part of the couple’s wedding journey and effectively sets the scene for the rest of the wedding.

We predict 2017 will see a rise in weddings being held in the great outdoors. Beautiful outside spaces are a must for any bride getting married next year – despite the vagaries of the Great British weather. Garden ceremony space, lakeside views and areas for relaxed drinks receptions will all become increasingly popular. Yorkshire is a beautiful county, boasting some spectacular venues ranging from historic country piles to beautifully dressed marquees in unrivalled lakeside locations.

Couples may also look to more contemporary spaces for their weddings which provide a simple backdrop to luxurious decorations. Warehouses, studios and other industrial spaces create a unique space for any bride looking for something a little bit different.

The popularity of open spaces next year will be reflected in the ever-present nature of florals and greenery to bring the outdoors in. Cascading florals on tables, wedding cakes, and in bouquets will be a centrepiece of the ceremony and wedding breakfast. These more traditional arrangements will be offset by modern, minimalist plant arrangements such as simple green leaves, branches and succulents. 

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2. Theme

2016 was a turbulent year that defied all predictions.

In times of seismic change, there is often a return to comforting familiar values and the wedding sector is no different. However, while there will be a move towards reassuringly nostalgic trends referencing good times past, innovative ideas will still be incorporated but at a micro level.

Never has ‘something old and something new’ been more relevant. Many couples will look to vintage and rustic themes, creating a sense of nostalgia, reminding everyone involved of more certain, perhaps confident, times. From a vintage charabanc transporting the guests from the ceremony to the reception, to the use of antique lighting and table decorations... vintage can take many forms. 

Yet vintage and other more traditional themes will be combined with modern, simple components. Metallics are likely to remain as popular as ever, creating a minimalist and industrial vibe, but champagne, copper and rose gold will replace the more customary gold and silver.

Family heirlooms, the wedding cake or flower arrangements created by a family member - perhaps with flowers from their own garden or those spelling out a message in floriography (the language of flowers) - are a must-have, creating a very personal touch. These individual decorations will still have a polished theme, with DIY decorations becoming a less popular trend in 2017.

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3. Social media

Social media will remain influential for some brides-to-be in 2017. Celebrity weddings and Instagram are a great source of ideas and inspiration if couples are looking for something less conventional.

The popularity of mood boards on Pinterest will continue to grow throughout 2017. Ideas for the day, including theme and the dress, can be taken from all over the world and shared with others. The simple layout of these boards means mapping out ideas has never been easier.

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4. Food

As the world becomes increasingly concerned about sustainability and seasonality, this will continue to be reflected in choices for wedding breakfasts. Seasonal foods of provenance root the ceremony in the time of year and the locale, and will continue to be in much demand. With our portfolio of Yorkshire venues, we find that couples returning to the county to get married often choose seasonal regional food to give their guests the full ‘Yorkshire experience’.

While traditional, seasonal British foods given a modern interpretation will continue to be popular, the use of quirky and creative food will add a more contemporary touch to 2017 weddings. Instead of a traditional sit-down dinner, many couples will be looking to exploit the street and carnival food trend to create a sense of fun. Wedding cakes will also be influenced by this new trend, with tiered desserts like doughnuts, cupcakes and macarons becoming a more permanent fixture.

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5. Informality

As time with loved ones becomes increasingly precious in a hectic modern world, many brides-to-be will be looking to remove some traditional formalities from their weddings in 2017.

Buffets will be preferred over sit-down dinners so that guests can mingle and socialise. Buffets also mean formal seating plans don’t have to be adhered to, leaving guests the choice of where to sit and who to sit with, creating a friendly and sociable atmosphere.

Informality will also be apparent in the choice of table for the wedding breakfast, with long shared refectory-style tables to enhance the feeling of communal dining replacing rounds.

Couples seeking to modernise their wedding may also look to creative alternatives to receiving lines. Greeting guests in a more relaxed manner saves them from queuing and creates a more personal interaction between the couple and their loved ones.

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