Written by Ellie Kime aka The Wedding Enthusiast
It’s nearly the end of the year... HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
Frantically flick through your diary or shake your clock if you like, but we’re almost through with December, and 2018 is on the horizon...
... Phew, we survived... Congratulations!
Now I know, looking back at 2017 wedding trends may seem entirely against THE UN-WEDDING’s ethos – we’re championing challenging the status quo, after all, not following it dejectedly because we feel we have to... but actually, the overarching 'wedding trend' of this year has been über cool couples doing their own damn thing, and for that, we’re ever so proud and grateful.
What’s ‘in’ now is couples having their day, their way, and we think that trend, is here to stay.
Here are 10 of the best wedding trends that exploded onto the scene in 2017, that we haven't yet tired of:
On literally everything.
Whether it’s funky and chunky or fine and sublime, glitter’s been everywhere this year. It’s featured in gorgeous veils, bridal make-up looks like this killer from Amy George Make-Up, this sequinned kimono number from one of our featured real weddings, and glitter bars as entertainment for guests attending the bash. It’s the perfect way to give your effortless bridal look a bit of an edge.
Gone are the days of brides shivering in the freezing cold because they can’t find a second layer to complement their wedding outfit...
... Make way for the days where brides are slinging on bespoke creations to keep their cool.
Denim jackets and leather jackets handpainted with dates, names, initials and meaningful mementos have been super popular this year.
Book of Love features a couple of corkers!
Wolf & Rosie specialise in botanical inspired designs with a touch of bohemian for the romantic yet rock n roll bride.
Hand- Letterer and type enthusiast, Daisy Emerson has a fresh, contemporary and unmistakable style and colour palette.
Daisy's creations are a perfect for the cool bride who wants a statement jacket that can be worn even after the big day.
Pantone are the ones to thank for this, crowning Greenery the colour of the year for 2017 and making the wedding world rejoice.
Swathes of luscious green foliage adorned tabletops and added texture to wild and wonderful bouquets.. It also meant a lot of weddings had a more muted colour palette, with dark greens, whites and greys as popular themes with no one ‘feature’.
Side note: 2018’s Colour Of The Year is Ultraviolet, so expect some maaaaaagical mystical purple perfection coming out very soon.
This year more than ever, couples are eschewing tradition and spending the time just before their big day, together.
If they’re the person you trust the most and want to spend the rest of your life with – why wouldn’t you spend the potentially most nerve-wracking night of your life with them?
Platters and Feasting Tables
Everything else in weddings was given a DIY makeover a few years ago now, and finally catering has followed suit.
This year, platters and feasting tables exploded onto the scene, providing overflowing and luscious offerings of quality food for guests to help themselves to.
It looks biblical, giving you reams of picky, dippy food to fuel you all night long.
Check out Book of Love supplier Platter London for stunning arrangements catering for your DIY wedding.
We’re talking pampas grass, feathers, ruffles, fur, and everything in between.
Whether it’s in your bouquet or on your body, brides have been going wild for big and bouncy features, airy and light and beautiful. Take this pink bouquet from Bloaum with it’s stunning textures:
Sleek + Chic
This year saw the advent of fluid fabrics and sharp and contoured lines in bridal. Simple yet elegant, bridal become very sleek and chic this year, with effortless silhouettes and nothing too puffy.
I'm talking beautifully designed, high-tech, AMAZING props and cool backdrops... none of the giant, plastic boxes with crusty red-velvet curtains and dodgy hats that we have been previously subjected to.
Take Viva La Booth... the ULTIMATE photobooth experience!
Veils have come full circle now – once a necessity, then seen as regrettable, and now seen as totally cool again (and rightly so).
So many wonderful accessories designers are turning their hand to keeping veils on the up, making them in bold and bright colours, beautiful patterns, and soft fabrics, to make them a welcome addition to any wedding outfit.
Alternative Wedding Attire
2017 saw a huge number of brides opting for less traditional wedding outfits, be them high street dresses, jumpsuits, or trouser and jacket combos. If you wouldn’t be seen dead in it on a normal day or it makes you uncomfortable, don’t force yourself into it – you do you instead, and you’ll shine 🙌🏻
So here’s to an excellent 2017, and to an even better 2018!
Author Biography - Fellow Book Of Love supplier, Ellie Kime aka The Wedding Enthusiast... does what it says on the tin...
... Whether you are a couple about to embark on your wedding planning and don't have a clue where to start?... need guidance with your styling from someone in the know?... supplier recommendations from one of the industry's 'go to' girls?... or someone to take the weight off with all the dreaded wedmin (because she actually LOVES it) ... Ellie is a walking solution to all of these problems, also working alongside many indie wedding businesses.
To see how she can help you, contact firstname.lastname@example.org