Find out what the biggest wedding trends will be for 2017, from themes and entertainment, to fashion and beauty. Words: Chloe Rowley
Sleeves, sleeves, wonderful sleeves (and we’re not just talking Kate Middleton lace). Brides planning their big-day on home soil will rejoice as next year’s collections welcome an array of arm drapes. From embellished shoulders, capes and full-length sleeves to delicate cover-ups, whimsical flared cuffs and crochet. For every bride’s arm, there is an answer!
When it comes to treading the ground between sexy and elegant, backs provide the perfect way to flash a little flesh while still feeling classic and bridal. Next year’s collections see lace panelling, delicate straps, sheer patterned fabrics, tiered beads and the return of big and beautiful bows. Wendy Peddlesden of Qiana Bridal says: “Decorated backs with bows and soft ruffles will be everywhere.”
Fondant tiers may be gone for good, as wedding cakes become statement-makers! From show-stopping metallic cakes in rose gold, silver and copper, to suspended cakes and funfair-esque doughnut hoopla walls and brownie stacks, you’ll see it all in 2017.
Next year’s weddings will leave a lasting impression, with circus-style acts and stand-up entertainment. According to Fabrice Orlando from Cocoon Events: “The traditional timeline will change – eating, drinking and entertaining will all take place at once!”
Undone locks will replace structured ‘do’s. Teased waves and loose plaits will weave their magic instead. Amy Kolodziej of Sunshower Photography says: “I’ve had three mermaid braid brides this year. The effortless look is definitely the new trend.”
When it comes to weddings, flowers are nothing new, but next year they will start to spring up in unexpected places. From bridal gowns featuring pretty fresh floral prints to big flower walls and floral ceilings – blooms will be bigger and better than ever.
In amongst the floral, expect to see greenery in equal abundance: foliage-strewn reception venues, hedgerow leaves spilling out of centrepieces, leafy bouquets and wreath-style decorations will all feature heavily next year. Even our food and drinks will be going green with herbal garnishes and verdant touches for high-fashion decoration.
Hazy eye make-up
This is a softer take on the classic smoky-eye and is created using dark but barely-there eye make-up. Apply gently to add depth and definition – blending is the key to making sure this look isn’t too heavy. Off-set with a glowy and youthful base to complete the look.
Interaction is the buzz-word for cutting-edge brides and grooms who want to impress. More and more people will leave behind the structure of traditional weddings, opting instead for a more engaging experience that really involves guests. Touches like interactive food stations and photo graffiti walls provide entertainment that everyone can get stuck in to. Games in between courses, competitions for guests to compete in and many more prize-focussed ideas will become common, replacing favours with the opportunity to win bigger and better prizes for a few lucky winners.
2017 welcomes all things bright and blingy with a palette of rich jewel tones. Create an Aladdin’s cave feel with hanging carpet back-drops and tables dressed haphazardly with an array of trinkets. Vintage-glam glassware in mismatched shapes and colours, sparkle-strewn table cloths and faux precious stones as favours, all add mystery and decadence to the theme.
Kissing the bride is a wedding day milestone and you can be sure at that moment, all eyes will be on the bride’s pucker! Luckily, it’s all about the lips when it comes to current bridal beauty trends. Pack a punchy pout in pillar-box and fuchsia shades or go for pared-back beauty with a light flush or sheer gloss. One big trend set to storm the fashion world is to have ombre lips – multi-tonal from the top of the lips down. Let’s see if that translates to bridal, too!
Jetting off to recite your nuptials is a continuing trend, but the destinations are becoming more adventurous than your average beach affair. Megan Velez from Destination Weddings Travel Group, says: “Countries like Canada and Iceland offer breathtaking natural scenery, and European cities such as Italy and Barcelona have great architecture.”
Weddings were once about pastels, but going into 2017 we will see metallic colours come onto the scene in a big way. Rose gold, copper and silver all make beautiful statement theme colours and can be seen everywhere – from bridal party wear to cakes, favours and stationery.
Cancel the French manicure, next year’s nails have something to say for themselves. Neutral bases still prevail, but things are getting much more interesting with the addition of floral patterns and raised embellishments from jewels and dots, to miniature sentimental slogans.
Luxury weddings will make a statement with tastefully decadent decor. Ceilings dripping with suspended flowers and lighting, candles arranged en-masse and delicate floral wreaths create a romantic feel like no other. Couple this with elegant muted tones and details like petal-strewn aisles for ethereal wedding bliss.
The big day is going digital and a trend for animated wedding cakes using projection is the latest in cake-tech. Fabrice Orlando from Cocoon Events says: “The evening’s menu can also play a role in entertainment – we’re seeing more requests for food animation and interactive stations.”
Traditional wedding breakfasts are becoming ever more rare. Brides and grooms are more likely to pick cuisines that reflect themselves as a couple: their own tastes, where they’re from or where they’ve travelled. It’s also a way of including guests in the wedding experience with more interactive options like sharer plates.
Nothing says ‘wedding’ more than the train of a wedding gown and now they’re becoming even more important in the design of the whole dress. 2017’s collections are showcasing some serious drama with striking shapes, patterns and oversizing. Even better, many of them can be swiftly removed for dancing. Win-win!
Weddings are all about two becoming one and next year’s bridal fashion follows suit. If a traditional one-piece bridal gown isn’t quite for you, there are now lots of exciting new solutions. Everyone has been going crazy for this new trend
with mix and match skirts, trousers and tops in contrasting shapes and textures from beads, lace jackets and boleros to sheer fabrics and organza. This trend is filtering through to the bridal party, too – think bridesmaids in floaty full-length skirts and beaded tops.
We’re seeing lots of traditional gowns coming through in the bridal collections for 2017. From the classic, romantic silhouette of the full skirt, A-line shapes to 1920’s drop waists. Vintage fabrics are also being used, from waif-like Victorian lace with the most delicate buttons to crisp, traditional tailoring.
Necklines are set to plunge for 2017 and décolletage-baring gowns are available in many guises. Modern takes on the ultra-low V are paired with substantial fabrics, structured shapes and high collars as well as softer draped Vs, wrapable fabrics and nods to Grecian-themed gowns.
Once an accessory the bride might go without, veils are now becoming a focal point for bridal fashion. We are seeing lots of really bold and creative veils coming through, from 1940’s birdcages, Victoriana-style structured headpieces to sheer train-length veils and embroidered detailing.
Recent years have seen young couples move away from traditional ‘white’ weddings to do things their own way. In the race to stay original, it would appear we have now come full circle. Brides and grooms-to-be are now reverting back to traditional white wedding ceremonies – from the colour of the dress to all the formal trappings of the wedding breakfast, receiving lines and more.
Bridal flesh-flashing, once scorned, is now a key feature of 2017’s new bridal collections. Gowns with peep-through lace, exposed midriffs and cut-outs will be all over the aisles. Underwear as outerwear is also a popular theme, with dresses featuring beautifully delicate corsetry and lingerie-light fabrics.
Yurt and boho-themed nuptials are trends that are set to stay. The festival-chic style allows couples to create a romantic, outdoorsy and laid-back feel to their big day, while still feeling fun, playful and magical. Throw in all the trimmings – hay bales, customised signs and lanterns – and you’ve got yourself a mini Glastonbury (minus the rain, hopefully!).
2017 will wave goodbye to the delicate baby’s breath and rose-bud posies we’ve been used to, instead welcoming an array of more dramatic arm candy. Brace yourselves for bridal blooms that make a statement with flashes of colour, unexpected textures, differing lengths and tumbling foliage. Think asymmetric arrangements with liatris, dahlia and hedgerow greens.