Bridal wedding trends for 2017
Want to be on the cutting edge with your nuptials? Slash the bridal party to two and don't sit down to dinner.
Published 11:52 am, Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Wedding trends change faster than you can say "Vera Wang." Strapless gowns, shabby chic reception decor and destination affairs are in one year and out, like crowdfunding your honeymoon, the next.
We may be in the midst of 2016, but we're looking toward 2017 and what trends the year will hold.
Beauty bars: Couples will have hair and makeup specialists on site during the reception for guests to enjoy touch-ups throughout the night.
Smaller bridal parties: Clients are opting for one maid of honor and one best man in total.
Color trends: This year. we've seen cool, softer colors, but 2017 is gearing up to be bold and bright by incorporating red, yellow and orange into bouquets and centerpieces, this adds pop without overdoing the decor. Also, couples are adding a touch of metallic to their attire, their centerpieces, linens or other decor for a bit of bling.
Food trends: No more traditional sit-down dinners: It's family style for a more relaxed, personal and intimate wedding. Long tables bring back memories of the days when that style of dining was a typical Saturday night. Another hot trend is cocktail-style receptions. This is a more mix and mingle, eat-when-you're-ready approach, giving more time to the reception, dancing and enjoying your guests.
Say "bye-bye" to candy buffets and large wedding cakes and hello to mini treats and dessert bars as a late night snack or for pack-and-go at the end of the night. Oftentimes these menu options are family favorites or from a local bakery.
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1. Metallic dresses
It's time to give wedding dresses some extra sparkle with shiny, sparkly metallic gowns. A shimmery dress makes for a bold, yet sophisticated wedding look for a black-tie affair.
2. Breezy silhouettesAnd if you're planning a summer wedding or heading to a tropical destination for your nuptials, then Kay has the trend for you. Flowy, lightweight dresses are looking fresh and fabulous this season. A touch of lace on the bodice will give any dress an elegant twist.
3. Cascading bouquetsBridal bouquets are getting a modern twist! The cascading bouquets of today are not as dramatic as what we saw with '80s brides. Now, it's all about adding lots of greenery and dangling flowers for a natural, chic look. (See photo above.)
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4. Icebreaker guest gamesWeddings undoubtedly involve mixing two sets of families and friends. Break the ice by letting your guests have some fun! Personalized Mad Libs and crossword puzzles about the couple can make for fun guessing games for all.
If it's an outdoor affair, bring the games outside! Croquet, horseshoes and corn hole are all fun ways to get guests to mingle with each other and have a great time.
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Getting Married in 2017? Make Sure You Know CNY's Wedding Trends and Cost
NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Instead of black tuxedos, you may see more navy blue and gray at weddings this year.
"We're introducing a new gray, Sharkskin, and we're also introducing a new navy blue suit which are both dynamite for the wedding season,” said A. Vitullo’s Formalwear Manager Dale Cavoli.
"Anything but black. The brides want something different. They want to change it up and put their own spin on it,” Picker’s Elegant Occasions Owner Ashley Grabeldinger said.
Brides-to-be could see how to do just that at the Winter Bridal Faire at Yahnundasis Golf Club in New Hartford on Sunday. Vendors there said the style of wedding dresses may look a little different this year too.
"Straps are very 'in' which is different,” Grabeldinger said. “Used to all be strapless, but now there's all types of straps, sleeves. Long sleeves are very 'in' this year too."
New desserts are also being served.
"We are getting more towards the cupcakes with all the rustic weddings that are happening now so that's gotten to be the newest trend,” Rolling Pin Coffee and Bake Shop Owner Gail Garrison said.
Another style of photography is becoming more popular.
"They like a photojournalistic look. Pictures of people that aren't posed. They're not aware of the camera. Those little moments between a mother and a daughter, you know, mom has got a tear in her eye," said Gina Sciortino, the co-owner of Photography by Joseph.
One thing that hasn't changed is weddings can still be expensive.
"I would say that if you were to consider a budget starting with $12,000 up through maybe $20,000. You know just to have a wedding and all the categories involved,” Match Marketing and BridalJunction.com Owner Renee Leininger said.
Wedding days can be expensive, but experts shared some tips on how to make planning more friendly for your wallet.
"Once in a while, depending if you do, so you book your rehearsal dinner as well as your wedding reception, a lot of times the venues will offer a discount or maybe throw in an hors d'oeuvre platter,” Candy Orbinati of the Roselawn said.
"Ask a lot of questions,” said Sciortino. “Be an educated consumer. Know what you want. Know what you're looking for."
An area wedding planner said it's financially important to give yourself plenty of planning time, and suggests at least two years to do so.
Vendors say speaking with them at bridal shows is one of the best ways you can learn about what they have to offer.
If you missed Sunday's event, the CNY Wedding Expo is coming up next weekend. That will be at Turning Stone Resort and Casino, on Sunday, January 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. *******************************************************