What’s In for 2017

Get an inspired jumpstart on all your wedding planning with these 40 exciting ideas in fashion, décor, cakes, photography and more!

Following the trends is always interesting, and who better to spot them than area wedding pros? We’ve turned to these authorities to help identify current styles in their fields of expertise. Some are continued trends (with a fresh twist), while others are new and inventive! We hope you are inspired by these insights, then take what you like and make it your own.

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What's In

Don’t let your bridesmaids have all the fun – color is everywhere this season, including on bridal gowns with soft, warm pinks and champagnes or cool blue and silver grey tones.

Get ready to bare those shoulders! The off-the-shoulder trend is hitting it big on the bridal scene.
Look for show-stopping bows (the bigger the better) on dresses – on the back, at the waist, added to sleeves or even attached to jewelry.

Gowns with a hemline high in the front and low in the back are hot on the bridal scene.

Lace, a classic bridal fabric, brings a new “wow factor” this season with many unique patterns and rich textures.

This season, we’ll be seeing lots of florals on the bride – from bold patterned flowers to big 3D flowers.
For brides wanting to show a little skin (in a classy way), deep V-necklines as well as thigh-high slits and perfectly placed cutouts will be turning heads this season.

Toppers are also a big hit now, making their mark in the form of capelets, bomber jackets, boleros and ponchos.

For your ‘maids, party-ready floral dresses in rich autumnal shades (think deep plum and beautiful burgundies) will be cropping up in both short and long styles. (These lively prints are ideal for making your wedding photos pop.)

Headwear has become more popular this season with veils and tiaras.

Flower crowns, a boho-chic fashion staple, will be back for 2017. Not ready for a full crown? Just weave flowers directly into any hairstyle, securing stems in tucks and folds.

Stunning hair pieces will reign, such as natural leaves plated in precious metals.

DECOR & LIGHTING
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What's In

From floral arrangements to table décor, what’s hot this season is mixing soft pastels and neutrals with bold pops of color for the perfect balance. Pair colors like coral with glittery gold, pink with jade green, or dusty blue with deep jade

The metallic mania, started in 2016, will continue in 2017. Look for sparkle, shimmer and shine showing up in classically chic ways, such as sequined tablecloths, hand-painted metallic detailing on cakes, and glistening copper wire accents in bouquets and centerpieces.

The rustic/bohemian look continues in popularity but with a new twist. Pair natural, textural elements like macramé, stoneware and greenery with clean, modern pieces and brighter, more saturated colors.

Natural greenery is coming on strong in bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces. Fresh green garlands will be gracing guest tables, arbors and even canopies high above.

Setting a celebration aglow with romantic soft lighting is hot now. Drape delicate string lights or bare-bulb café lights around the room. Illuminate tables and walkways with candles, luminaries and tea lights.

Using paper in your big-day décor is a growing trend – and for good reason. It’s economical and can be used in many unique ways. Create paper flower favors, bouquets, streamers or entire flower walls for your ceremony backdrop. Good news for brides on a budget.

FOOD & DRINK
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What's In

Couples are hunting down fresh, locally sourced vegetables and food for their weddings, even gathering ingredients from their own gardens.

More couples are focusing on intimate, family-style dinners around the table, with passed dishes, beautiful centerpieces and comfortable conversation.

Every year, brunch weddings seem to gain in popularity – and they’re perfect for the smaller budget. Following a mid-morning ceremony, offer a waffle bar with delicious toppings, bagels and lox or omelet stations. And remember: No brunch is complete without mimosas.

Let guests be entertained while they eat with food stations where they watch their oysters shucked, salmon pan-seared, or their crème brulee torched to their liking.

Cakes with ruffles, sugar flowers, pearls and lots of tiers will be gracing tables this season. Also hot: ombre cakes, which transition from one shade to another and can match any bridal color theme.

Not a fan of cake or chocolate? Ditch the chocolate fountain for a cheese fountain and have an interactive nacho bar, or consider having a stunning macaron tower or a wall of donuts.

His-and-hers cocktails have been around for a few years, but now couples are starting to offer tastings of high-quality spirits and local craft beers.

After a long night of dancing, give guests edible favors to satiate late-night cravings. Also hot: having a food truck roll up at the end of the evening to feed the masses.

SHOW THE TRUE YOU
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Dreaming of a unique and personalized wedding but not sure where to start? Get inspired by these hot trends.

Have the friend who introduced you or your favorite uncle marry you. Take advantage of the Alaska statute that allows anyone to perform a ceremony with a Marriage Commissioner Appointment obtainable through your local court.

Instead of the traditional processional music, more couples are choosing their own meaningful songs to play while walking down the aisle and to their reception.

For wedding photography, look beyond the standard poses for more unique and candid shots.

More couples are skipping the receiving line and, instead, are mingling with guests during the pre-reception cocktail hour or during the reception itself.

Couples are dropping activities that involve less guest interaction like “the money dance” (where people pay for a dance with the bride), and the traditional bouquet toss. Instead guests are getting involved in games and dances like “the selfie dance,” where guests take the floor and capture selfies with the happy couple.

Add touches to your wedding cake that reflect your personalities, such as your favorite quote about love or marriage written in sugar on the cake. Or even consider having a groom's cake to show your partner's interests.

Replace the traditional wedding arches with statement pieces that reflect your personalities or play off the wedding theme.

Show your adventurous side with wedding photos taken in areas that are dark, dramatic, woodsy and romantic.

Guests are getting to know the bride and groom through activities like “the shoe game,” where couples exchange one shoe and answer questions back-to-back by holding up their shoe or their partner’s to see how well they know each other.

Another “get to know you” game flips this around and has the guests answer questions by raising either the bride’s or groom’s initial placed at each table.

Show your guests one of your passions – if you are a dancer, surprise your guests with a choreographed routine.

Share tidbits of your love story on cocktail napkins or table cards, such as fun facts about how you met, fell in love or got engaged.

Add some personal touches to your dinner menu by incorporating food you love or that is traditional to your culture.