If you're getting married in 2017, congrats! Your wedding year is here, and it's bringing some amazing reception trends along with it.
For the past few years, we've seen plenty of elegant, subdued hues, pale pinks and gold and muted tones. This year is all about color. Bright, bold florals and accents are dominating the neutral trend. Green is going to be everywhere, mostly because organic floral designs and greenery are the ultimate 2017 wedding accessory.
Brides and grooms want their guests to have a memorable time at their reception, so they're opting for unique activities that get everyone involved. This can range from build-your-own food bars (think mashed potato bar, wine and cheese pairings and french fry dipping stations) to lawn games and the still-popular photo booths. Entertainment choices that provide an alternative to dancing are a great way to get your guests out of their seats.
Music is the lifeblood of a reception, and many couples want more than one option for sound. Some are starting the night with a live band before transitioning to a club feel with a DJ; others want a playlist that sticks to a decade or genre, like blues, jazz or salsa. The great part about this trend is that DJs and bands are getting on board, too. While they still offer all-night packages, many are also providing shorter blocks of time that allow you to build a lineup that suits your party. So if you have a favorite local band you'd love to bring in for your reception (but your budget doesn't agree,) see if they'd go for an hour to kick off or wind down the night, and hire a DJ for the rest of the evening. It keeps the party moving and gives your guests some variety.
The past decade has seen a break from wedding tradition, and out-of-this-world locations are the 2017 embodiment of that. Wedding receptions aren't limited to hotel ballrooms anymore; they're in historic mansions, caves, overlooking the ocean and on rooftop bars. Couples want to try venues that are new and exciting to their guests, and luckily, many venues are more than willing to work with your vision.
Capturing the Moment
Like we mentioned, photo booths are still hot for wedding receptions. But that's not the only way couples and guests are documenting their days. Drones are also a popular choice for capturing a bird's eye view of the festivities, whether that's the reception site or guests dancing the night away. Custom Snapchat filters add a personal touch to social media, and Instagram hashtags for the wedding weekend are still an easy way to keep a record of all the pictures shared at the events.
Every new year brings new trends in food, music, decor and traditions. The theme for 2017 is really "anything goes," so don't worry about following specific trends or feeling like your wedding has to live up to someone else's vision. This is the perfect time to break with tradition and put together a night that suits you and your soon-to-be-spouse, so take advantage of all the fun new possibilities that will make your night special.