2017 Wedding Trends – Best of the Midwest!
It’s the time of year when trends for the next wedding season emerge. Surely you’ve seen an abundance of articles sharing tips for your 2017 wedding… but if you’re like us some of the predictions are met with a bit of skepticism. We can’t help but wonder which will be embraced by local couples and appear in our real wedding galleries.
So on that note, we’ve put together a list of the wedding trends that we think will take on Midwestern roots in the coming year – some new, some redefined and some that simply stand the test of time.
Wedding DIY Done Right
Whether you’re an avid Pinterester or dabble in DIY, we’d venture to guess there’s a little maker in all of us. When it comes to wedding DIY, it’s important to choose projects that will add personal touches to your day and joy to your wedding planning experience. If it’s not something that you enjoy doing it will likely show in the final product. And, many DIY projects end up costing more than outsourced alternatives so be sure to really evaluate the cost savings before you dive in.
A couple of our favorites from recent Real Wedding galleries:
Center Stage Floral
Industry experts predict that wedding flowers will take center stage in a big way next season, and we have no doubt that will be true for Wisconsin couples. Whether you choose to incorporate floral garland, a cascading bouquet – or our personal favorite – floral installments, flowers can be incorporated in many unique ways to work for a variety of budgets.
Photo Booth Evolution
Photo booth are here to stay, friends. But we’ve moved beyond the booth and vendors continue to offer fun new options – slow motion, video and open air, to name a few. Additionally, we love to see booths incorporate a social media share option so friends and family can get the pics on the internet quickly and their feet back on the dance floor.
Let’s face it, not every dress (or jumpsuit or other attire alternative) looks good on every body. So why not let your maids choose their own? It allows them to choose their budget and pick a style they feel comfortable in, which will translate to a fun, comfortable and stylish wedding day.
We’ve read and heard some say that rustic is out – but we live in Wisconsin – and rustic will never be out. Instead, we’ll see rustic redefined. A beautiful barn venue with unmatched views will always be a good option, and Wisconsin wedding guests will see couples incorporating seasonal styles into their wedding days. We expect rustic glam and rustic industrial in the coming year.
Food Truck Frenzy
Food trucks are not a fad, you guys, and for that we are incredibly happy. Madison is a big player on the food cart scene and the fine cart owners in our city offer great options for cocktail hour fare, full-service catering or late-night snacks.
While we don’t expect a complete departure from wedding cakes, we do see more and more local couples choosing alternative desserts to complement their cake selection. Donuts, cupcakes, ice cream and other dessert bars cater to a variety of appetites for – let’s be real for a minute – the most important meal of the day.
Soft Metallics and Bold Colors
We’ve seen silvers and golds in recent years and this season expect to see softer metallics shine. Think bronze, copper and rose gold. These will be complemented by bolder accents as we see color patterns shift from soft pinks and blues to brighter hues.
Non-Traditional Wedding Parties
Want your brother or best male friend to be your man of honor? Go for it! This one is more than a trend – it’s a no-brainer when it comes to sharing your day with the most important people in your life.
Unplugged Photo Sections and Wedding Hashtags
In the same sentence we’re going to encourage unplugged weddings and wedding hashtags, which seems a bit counter-intuitive doesn’t it? We’re seeing more and more unplugged ceremonies, and let us tell you, we notice when we see Real Weddings come in without ceremony guests holding up cell phones and ipads. While an unplugged wedding is impossible for many, we suggest an unplugged section. Let you guests know that if they plan to take pictures during the ceremony, you kindly ask they don’t sit in the first X rows (depending on ceremony size). This will allow your photographer to capture your ceremony without distraction.
As for hashtags… well keep those clever monikers comings. As wedding day apps become more common these will only increase in popularity.
An Emphasis on Groom Style
Whether through a unique boutonniere, sentimental accessory or clever personality incorporation, we like to see the grooms add their personal style to their wedding day look.
These are the 13 wedding trends we expect to see in 2017. What would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!