Wedding Trends from 2016 to 2017

Some bridal trends withstand the test of time.

by Michael Hakob

Brides-to-be in 2016 who are planning a wedding in 2017 will notice some distinctive trends that have carried over from the old year into the new. Here are some of the most distinctive wedding trends that are up and coming for spring and summer brides in 2017.

What’s out in 2017 is the homespun, DIY look. Elements made up of burlap and Mason jars and the down-home, low-heeled look has been completely replaced with the sophisticated elegance of meticulous place settings and linens.

Complimentary colours are important in creating any type of wedding theme. However, the jarring intensity of Ombre colors has been gently pushed aside in favour of more muted tones of grey, forest green, taupe, ivory, and dusty mauves highlighted by splashes of silver and gold.

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Bridal Gowns in 2017
Bridal gowns this year feature slender silhouettes. Masses of ruffles and tulle have been replaced with beautiful appliques paired with sheer lace panels and inserts highlighted with Swarovski crystals and beadwork. Other bridal gowns this year feature thousands of tiny crystal pleats that are reminiscent of those featured on the Delphos gowns created by Mariano Fortuny at the turn of the last century. There is 1930’s Hollywood look which features oversized bows around the waist and back.

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Image: Maria Valentino. From Left: Alvina Valenta, Monique Lhullier, Wtoo

Capes & Veils in 2017
On the runway, gowns with plunging necklines and capes are one the hottest trends for brides in the 2017. The cut of the cape can either be short or long enough to serve as a bridal train. These capes can be easily taken off after the wedding to create an entirely different look, making it easier for her to move and dance the night away at the reception.
Veils have always been part of the bridal ensemble, but in 2017, they are being held in place by crowns made of flowers or jewels can make any bride truly feel like she is Queen on her big day!

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Engagement Rings & Wedding Band Trends in 2017
Over the last year, there’s been an ongoing trend for couples to pick engagement and wedding band sets that are not only personal but have an heirloom appeal. Yellow, rose and white gold are always popular. However, this year, it’s all about the centre stone. Solitaires in either traditional white diamonds surrounded by smaller diamonds, or precious stones such as emeralds, sapphires, rubies or coloured diamonds have enduring appeal. Jewellers are predicting that wedding ring sets featuring chocolate diamonds continue to be extremely popular for couples in 2017.

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Bridal bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres and floral arrangements feature roses in blushing pinks, soft baby blues and white. Each floral feature has splashes of greenery in the form of single sprigs of leaves, blossoms and unexpected field flowers such as chamomile and stalks of lavender.
For receptions, swags of flowers and floral centrepieces are suspended above tables along with tiny LED lights that give off a soft, subtle glow resembling candlelight.

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Wedding Décor
Wedding receptions in the latter half of 2016 took on a decidedly dreamlike quality when placed beneath yards of beautiful opaque or sheer fabric draping that forms tents and columns. Brides-to-be in 2017 are continuing to incorporate this trend into their wedding plans for both the spring and summer. Chairs are now being draped with strings of gold beads and pearls or decorated with large gold or ivory bows. When set around beautifully appointed dinner tables that feature place settings on heirloom china, with crystal glassware, colour coordinated linens and keepsake quality place cards, the wedding reception dinner ambience is perfect.

Putting it All Together
While many brides plan every aspect of their wedding themselves, consider hiring a professional wedding planner to help. A wedding planner can make the time leading up to the wedding day a whole lot less stressful and assist you in creating just the right look. No matter what colours or décor elements you choose, it will be the small details that can make your 2017 wedding truly unique and an event to remember.

Michael is the head of marketing team at TimeLessWedddingBands.com , with primary focus on customer satisfaction. His main talking points are jewellery manufacturing, wedding planning and interior decorations.

by Michael Hakob


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