The key to planning the perfect wedding is striking a balance between the timeless and trendy. On one hand, you want your nuptials to feel relevant and reflect your personality, but for many, it's also important that when you look back at the big day, it doesn't seem instantly dated. So how do you know which trends to skip and which will stand the test of time?
To find out, we tapped the extensive network at Pinterest to see which wedding trends are gathering serious momentum in 2017. According to its latest data, informal events are on the rise: Tablescapes bursting with greenery are replacing carefully crafted floral bouquets, daytime brunch is overtaking formal evening sit-down meals, and many couples are opting for short mini-moon escapes before planning an adventurous long-haul honeymoon.
Ahead, we pinpoint the six wedding ideas that strike the perfect balance of trendy and timeless. Pick your favorites to personalize your big day. Don't worry, you won't regret it.
The Trend: Greenery will be big in 2017. According to Pinterest, images of weddings overflowing with foliage rather than flowers have increased by 300%. Its 2017 report suggests that "brides are ditching ornate florals for simple, elegant greenery as a beautiful (and budget-friendly) decor alternative."
The Takeaway: Searching for ways to minimize your wedding cost? Rethink traditional flower arrangements and opt for affordable greenery like silver dollar eucalyptus or willow branches instead.
The Color Scheme
The Trend: One color is set to dominate weddings in 2017: dusty rose. Softer and more earthy than millennial pink, this warm hue has seen a 255% spike on Pinterest.
The Takeaway: Dusty pink is an easy color to incorporate into your nuptials. Start with a neutral base and add pink accents like linen napkins or vases.
The Time of Day
The Trend: Sunset ceremonies are no longer the most popular. Apparently, an increasing number of couples are choosing to say "I do" during a daytime brunch event.
The Takeaway: The time of your wedding also has a big impact on the cost. If you're trying to save money, avoid an evening reception that requires a catered sit-down dinner.
The Wedding Cake
The Trend: Move over, "naked" cakes—Pinterest says drip cakes will be the next big thing. The Insta-worthy trend has increased in popularity by a whopping 437% since 2016.
The Takeaway: Unsure if you'll love this cake trend in the years to come? Opt for a subtle variation, like white on white icing.
The Mini Moon
The Trend: Introducing the "mini-moon," a short vacation couples take after their ceremony if they can't go on a honeymoon right away. Local getaways saw a 122% increase on Pinterest in the last year.
The Takeaway: Book a few nights at a local boutique hotel to enjoy your first few days as newlyweds. Our top picks include Glenmere Mansion or Cliff House for East Coasters and Cavallo Point for couples on the West Coast.
The Trend: The dream honeymoon of 2017 is Santorini, Greece. The idyllic island emerged as the most popular romantic destination on Pinterest, followed by New Zealand for those seeking adventure.
The Takeaway: Plan at least three nights in Oia, Santorini's famous whitewashed town built on a caldera, and then jump to one of the surrounding Greek islands, like Mykonos and Paros.
Have you noticed any other wedding trends that didn't make this list? Share them with us below.