Wedding Trends & Tips for 2017
This year’s trends are all about reconnecting with nature. Many are inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, a bright green and yellow hue that promotes a fresh start and the emergence of spring. While the color green isn’t often incorporated in weddings, many couples have taken the initiative to “go green” in planning for their big day.
Earthy, whimsical wedding themes are hot, especially in the spring. This theme is particularly easy to pull off in Northeast Florida due to the amount of oak and evergreen trees that provide the perfect backdrop. Many choose to incorporate nature in every aspect of the décor, relying on earthy, neutral tones.
Printing invitations on recycled or biodegradable paper isn’t a new trend. But the idea of plantable wedding invitations is growing—literally. Companies now offer the option to use seeded paper that grows wildflowers, herbs or vegetables when the paper is planted in soil. Now guests won’t feel bad for taking the invitation off the fridge.
Tight, rounded bouquets are a thing of the past. Today’s brides want bouquets with free-flowing, natural character. For that “fresh from the garden” look, brides are opting to use cascading flowers bouquets. The untamed lines provided by the use of greens such as seeded eucalyptus and ivy add a horizontal flow—think Princess Diana’s bouquet in 1981.
With the wedding being a gathering of family and friends, possibly from different regions, couples may choose to locally source much of the food to give guests an idea of what the area has to offer. Some also offer favors such as local honey or jam for guests to take home.
To incorporate nature in the cake, many are opting to use real flowers instead of edible ones. These woodland-themed cakes often tie into the overall earthy theme of the wedding. Many are more concerned with the taste of the cake than the look, and that’s the way it should be.
The confetti-toss exit looks great in photos but the clean-up is a real mess. For the environmentally conscious couple, biodegradable, water-soluble confetti (or bubbles) creates the same effect, minus the extra work.
By Courtnee James