It’s that time of the year where many couples will be finalising the final details of their wedding day, especially if it’s taking place in 2017. While we love every aspect of our job, the one element we particularly enjoy is event styling and bringing different themes and concepts to life, which is largely what this post is about. We’ve put together a quick rapid-fire list of wedding trends that are taking this year by storm. So take a quick read and get in touch if you need help to incorporate them into your big day!
1. Industrial Luxe
This is hands down our favourite trend of the year because it is so accessible to everyone. Instead of opting for ballrooms and manor houses, couples are looking to host their celebrations at more quirkier, off-the-map venues. Think large warehouses, converted barns and chic bars. A combination of metallic, un coordinated furtniture with florals, candles and fairy lights will turn any place into an absolute dream. Those hosting their event in such places will be looking to have a more informal reception without restricted seating plans.
2. Virtual Wedding Planning
This year we are seeing a huge trend in couples opting for a virtual service. It’s particularly useful for those who like to be super efficient and organised but just don’t have the time to manage things themselves. This service helps couples with all of the following plus more; venue finding, supplier sourcing, styling assistance, theming, floor plans, seating plans and budget management. It also involves keeping track of contracts, appointments, payments, guest RSVPs and sorting out any travel and accommodation arrangements. Does this sound like something you might need? Click here to get in touch.
3. Burst of Colour
Brides and grooms are no longer just sticking to white for their civil or red for their Indian ceremony. Everyone loves a breath of fresh air and adding colour to you event will do exactly this. Whether it’s the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s outfits, the florals, chairs or stationery, add a splash of bright pink, orange, yellow or blue to give your event a modern twist.
4. The Naked Cake
These came into view last year and continues to rule for 2017. Our motto has always been less is more and so we agree with this one perfectly. Let the taste do the talking and impress your guests with your simplicity (while everyone else focuses on going over the top). Upside down cakes, cranes and big show stopper pieces are all unnecessary for you to get some stunning pictures so save yourself the hassle and the cash and go with expert opinion on this one.
5. Metallic Effect
Add a little shimmer to your wedding for some instant glamour. When it comes to the civil ceremony or evening reception, brides are opting for more of a silhouette-inspired dress with hints of sparkle. Sequins and glitter can also be added to any traditional Indian outfit, while metallic colour palletes can be used for your cake, crockery and table centres. Opt for lots of rose golds, pastel pinks and peaches and blend in with ivory for a more sophisticated look.
6. Portrait Booths
Gone are the days of a typical, unflattering photo booths as brides and grooms are swapping these for portrait set ups. Set up an area dedicated for photographs with real life props, a funky background or just a nice picture frame and ask an actual photographer to take some shots. These pictures will form a great memory for your guestbook, can be given out as wedding favours or simply uploaded on Facebook for everyone to like and comment on.
7. Fun Food
While we’ll always be fans of a traditional sit down meal, we also encourage couples to make their evening reception a lot more fun – which is what 2017 is all about. Don’t be afraid to hire individual food trucks, set up an informal buffet or serve floating manapés through the night. The whole point of the evening is for people to let their hair down and party – so keeping things informal will help your guests do exactly this. Also, midnight snacks are always a crowd pleaser so don’t forget to add these to your menu.
8. Later Ceremony Times
Though Indian and Civil ceremonies have traditionally always started earlier, things are now going the other way. Later ceremonies mean everyone can relax a little in the morning and you can always blend in your Indian wedding into your evening reception so there’s not such a long turnaround time for your guests. If you go with this trend then decorate with plenty of candles and fairy lights to create a romantic vibe.