Wedding Guru: Wedding Trends for 2017

Wedding Trends of 2017

Julie Michaelsen Photography
Julie Michaelsen Photography

Wedding planner, Katrina Otter gives her expert advice on the hottest wedding trends and decor for 2017…

Last year I shared my top trend predictions for 2016 including the still bang-on-trend spring greens, hanging and suspended décor and monograms. The good news… 2017 promises to be just as inspirational!

So here it is, my guide to the wedding trends to look out for and be inspired by in 2017…

Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017

Back in December 2016 the colour pros at Pantone unveiled Greenery (PANTONE 15-0343 – a refreshingly bold yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent) as THE colour of 2017! 


So, what does this mean for your wedding…well, pretty much everything especially considering how easily and effectively this colour can be incorporated into any style or season of wedding!

The fresh-from-the-garden, deconstructed, wild and foraged foliage look has been trending for several years now but 2017 will be the year that everyone goes crazy for it – from bouquets and button holes to statement table runners and stationery.


Hygge – “a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing” (Source: Collins English Dictionary).

Translated for weddings…think icy cool greys and neutral colour palettes, sage greens, lashings of foliage and herbs, an abundance of candlelight, chunky knit throws, faux fur blankets, mulled cocktails, wooden tables and benches…you get the drift!

Not getting married? Check out how to enjoy Hygge this Valentine’s Day

Asymmetrical flowers and foliage

Rebecca Goddard Photography
Rebecca Goddard Photography

Asymmetrical is very on trend right now, especially when it comes to the curves and lines of floral arrangements.

In 2017 flowers and foliage will continue to be distinctly off-centre and defined less by shape and more by cascading, over-sized foliage, vines, branches and blooms.

From wild bouquets of trailing ferns to asymmetrical draped garlanding with sprays of accent flowers and foliage – this fearless trend is BIG news!    

Colours inspired by nature

Bright, vivid, bold, patterned and impactful was the name of the game in 2016 but in 2017 colour schemes will be pared back and instead influenced by the hues that surround us in nature – from cool pale greens to earthy neutrals and soft flesh-tone hues. This look is soft, fresh, feminine, refined and understated.


There’s a fair bit of industry buzz currently surrounding acrylic which means that it’s only right that acrylic/perspex features amongst my trend watch for 2017.

From Louis Ghost Chairs to bespoke acyclic signs, floating floral arrangements to edible treats displayed on perspex plinths – there are plenty of ways to incorporate this trend into your wedding.  

Commissioned Illustrations

In 2016 it was all about the monogram but in 2017 we’re making way for commissioned illustrations – a stylish, timeless and unique way to personalise your day. 

Thankfully lots of stationery designers are now incorporating this into their service offerings and the possibilities are endless, from an illustration of the two of you to a custom crest or pretty picture of your venue.

Rebecca Goddard Photography
Rebecca Goddard Photography

Food and Drink Stations

A wedding trend report wouldn’t be complete without talking about food or bubbles, right?!

Thankfully in 2017 this comes in an interactive form including (but not limited to)… Bubbly bars and vans, doughnut walls, patisserie parlours, chocolate delis, portable wood fired pizzas and mobile coffee machines.

The best news is that not only will you and your guests reap the benefits of whatever food or drink takes your fancy, incorporating a station into your overall design is also guaranteed to add a creative show stopping centrepiece and a talking point for your guests. 

Hand-dyed silk and cotton runners

One of the trends I’m noticing in increasing frequency in magazines and blogs is the use of hand-dyed silk and natural cotton runners to dress long wedding tables (which in themselves are a BIG trend for the year ahead!). 

These runners can be left for a more undone look, or pressed for a sleek, soft and luxe feel and then styled with the simple addition of trailing foliage, minimal floral arrangements and candlelight.

The good news is that runners are more accessible and easy to purchase from the likes of Kate Cullen and Lancaster & Cornish, to name but a few.

Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding planner and event organiser with over 10 years experience. 

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