We're just a month into 2017, but already it's clear that newly engaged couples will be taking a new direction when it comes to planning their "I dos." The Knot recently released its annual Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2017. While décor and cake decorating are still of interest, the hottest items on the list take a departure from tradition to adopt a more timely attitude toward tying the knot.
Grooms- and brides-to-be are becoming increasingly conscious about the potential impact of their big day. More and more couples are taking an active role in going green and reducing the footprint of their festivities. The earth-friendly approach is find its footing in how couples send out invitations, make beautiful alternatives to place cards, and choose what items take up real estate on their wedding registries.
Keep scrolling to see what wedding trends are in store for 2017.
Reduced Carbon Footprints
Now more than ever, it's essential to consider just how our actions are impacting our environment. Couples are taking conscious efforts to minimize their carbon footprint as they plan their festivities for the day. Printing invitations with soy-based inks on recycled paper is an easy, earth-friendly solution. When it comes to food and flowers, opt for those that are in season and locally sourced. To reduce waste with dinner place cards, The Knot advises forgoing paper and having a calligrapher pen each guest's name onto stones that can be kept as personalized party favors after the reception. At the end of the day, flowers can continue brightening people's days with their beauty if they're donated to a local hospital or nursery home.
Wedding registries are not the laundry list of household items they used to be. More and more couples are getting creative when it comes to asking for what they want, even naming camping gear, museum memberships, or scuba-diving lessons on their wish lists. Better yet, there's an increasing trend for wedding registries to take a charitable turn, with couples asking guests to support a cause close to their hearts. There are many ways couples can choose to give back while planning their special day. The newly engaged can even register for a charity on TheKnot.com, wherein for each gift purchased, The Knot will donate to the couple's chosen cause.
Wedding singers and deejays aren't the only entertainers couples are considering for hire these days. According to The Knot, "couples are pulling out all the stops to entertain their guests," hiring a wide range of entertainers including aerialists, acrobats, live painters, and even choirs belting out Beyoncé. "If that's too trendy, try a traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance," suggests the site, "like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus." If the fête takes place at an outdoor locale where noise ordinance is a concern, you can even host a "silent disco" and have guests don headphones to dance to their own beat.
Being One with Nature
Outdoor weddings are as on trend as ever, but if you can't celebrate en plein air, bring the outside indoors. "Add oversize potted trees and shrubbery to a ballroom for an enchanted forest look," suggests The Knot. "Natural elements like wood and stone can be incorporated into your table settings, and hanging flowers over tables or the dance floor creates an instant wow factor." Smartly placed lights can help you feel like you're celebrating under the stars, so get creative with greenery in your décor for a fresh, natural, outdoor feel.
A Movable Feast
While sit-down dinners will never go out of style, they are getting passed up more and more for novel, interactive options. Couples have opted for food trucks and stations that "feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier," says The Knot. Why not make dining part of the entertainment factor with these engaging options? For something more low-key, you can even serve the meal family style during a laid-back cocktail hour and have guests graze as they please.
The naked cake 2.0 is here, and it's even barer than its original iteration. "Instead of totally bare tiers, translucent cakes have a thin veil of frosting with just a bit of the cake showing," describes The Knot. "Typically iced in buttercream, these sweet delights are topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake filling."
While the rustic barn wedding trend is nothing new, taking it to the next level with furry farm animals as featured guest stars is on the rise. "The hottest wedding guests of 2017 have four legs and super-soft coats," notes The Knot. "From bunnies and donkeys to llamas and pigs," couples are finding new, entertaining ways to incorporate their favorite four-legged friends into their wedding day.
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