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Wedding Trends for 2017


Trends are bigger and better than ever before. Some add just the personal touch for your celebration and others are over the top. You may think some of these are out of your budget and financial comfort zone but there are infinite ways to pull inspiration from this year's trends report and make it match your celebration style and wallet. You can steal any of these ideas for your wedding day.

Unique invitations

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Get your guests excited from the very beginning. Plexiglass invites, foil stamping and glow-in-the-dark ink are some of the stationary trends catching our eye for 2017. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes was shocking fuchsia and white ink is some ways to get noticed. You can find unique wedding invitations and other wedding stationary at Wedding Paper Divas.

Metallic dresses and breezy silhouettes

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Sparkling gallons with gold silver metallic beading are hot unbridled runways. The ball gown is making a comeback and is perfect for formal evening wedding. You can also try for a warm evening a breezy silhouette or airy skirt. Think of tuile and organza and they are perfect for a destination affair. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off the shoulder looks are also one of the new trends making their way down the aisle this year. (see more wedding dress trends)

Color come back

Neutrals and pastels have always been the norm for weddings. But expect to see bold pops of color pairings. Pantone named the color of the year which is a green and vibrant and earthy and is perfect for all seasons. Expect to see it in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

Going green

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Decorating trends are going all natural. Bring the outdoors in and add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. You can also incorporate natural elements such as wood and stone in your table settings. Bouquets are getting bigger and going back to some old-school styles like cascading pageant.

The flowers

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Peonies, garden roses, dahlias are the top requested flowers all over the United States. Peonies are particularly in high demand and using loose rose petals on the runner or tables are scattered among floating candles is another trend that's coming on strong.

Grand getaways

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This is a new take on the classic sparkler sendoff. You can get away on the back of a motorcycle, in a horse-drawn carriage or by helicopter. Anything goes and there are plenty of photo ops.

A movable feast

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The sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive wedding options. One can set up stations that feature your favorite eats like a raw oyster bar or wine and cheese pairings with on-site sommelier. If you don't want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cocktail hour and serve a main meal family-style.

Games galore

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Entertaining guests is now including interactive Mad Lib wedding programs to lawn games and outdoor cocktail hours. This is a perfect way to break the ice between guests. You can find unique and handmade Mad Lib wedding programs at Etsy.

Ceremony remix

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Classic aisles of always been popular but they are adding new ways and new twist to a new traditional ceremony. Circular or ceremonies in the round give guests more intimate connections with your vows. There are even cocktail hours before the I do's.

Double duty escorts

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Escort cards are like the save the date of your wedding day. They can be playful and infuse your celebration with your personality or favorite things. You can create a dramatic display that include party favors, champagne or a boxed edible treat. (see more wedding Escort cards ideas)

Fun food presentations

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Menus are being created with your favorite and local specialties. The presentation is almost upstaging the food. Self-serve bars and food installations like a hanging acrylic shelf piled high with cheese and charcuterie is an instant wow. Set up a donut wall or a full-service sundae bar. These stations give your friends and family something to do and talk about long after the wedding.

Cakes and desserts

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Traditional cakes are reclaiming their spot at the top of the wedding dessert chart there still plenty of room for other treats. Some couples are offering a cake table with several varieties including coconut, hazelnut almond, pink champagne, key lime and salted caramel.

Image mapping

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Turn your indoor reception space into enchanted forest without uprooting a single tree. Image mapping is a projection technology that allows you to transform the space with lighting and moving pictures. You can even use technology on your wedding cake.

Exceptional entertainment

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Give your guests an evening they won't forget with unparalleled entertainment. You can use an area list or acquire belting out your favorite Beyoncé song. If you have a noise ordinance at your outdoor locale host a silent disco where a DJ spins music but instead of blasting it from speakers each guest wears a pair of headphones and dances in relative silence.

Party portraits

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There is a new twist on the traditional Photo Booth, which are portrait studios. There is a live photographer asking you to vote for the camera. Or you can get a stellar classic portrait perfect for your gallery wall. Your guests will line up and love it. Vintage loving duos opt for an illustrator who can sketch their guests in their finest duds. You can even hire a live painter to commemorate your day. Geofilters are joining hashtags as the hottest way to be social at weddings.

Dangling decor

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Hanging accents are an instant wow factor. Suspend flowers from ceiling beams or string market lights from barn rafters to add ambience. It helps get your guests to look up. Towering candelabras and organic centerpieces are always a popular table decor.

Stylish swings

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The latest in lounge seating is swings. It's a big hit with guests both young and old and a perfect way to stay in motion when your feet need a break from the dance floor. Another option is king and queen shares at a sweetheart table.