New year, new trends – and this one promises to be better than ever says Ciara Moore. If you’re getting hitched in 2017, look no further. We’ve got you covered from colour schemes to all those little decor details.
Fashion critics wait with bated breath each January in suspense of the Pantone Colour of the Year announcement. Introducing greenery; a refreshing shade of zest-yellow green that is symbolic of new beginnings – the perfect hue for sprightly spring and summer brides. This year, couples will be going back to basics. Expect neutral tones and foliage galore. Centrepieces, hanging garland and bouquets will all be loosely constructed with the likes of eucalyptus, fern and various leaves.
It all started with the humble candy cart, and now the arrivals reception and evening buffet is almost as big as the main meal itself. Dessert tables and wacky treats have become the norm at weddings – and the donut wall is on the very top of our foodie wishlist for 2017.
The Year Of The Humanist Ceremony
Over the past year, we have seen a rise in the number of couples opting in favour of a humanist ceremony instead of the traditional church wedding. The humanist ceremony is a fantastic compromise for couples who come from different religious backgrounds or those simply looking for something a bit more unique. In Particular, the handfasting ritual has become hugely popular for couples looking to celebrate their Irish heritage. This involves the couple’s celebrant tying either one or both hands together with colourful ribbons before their vows are exchanged. With more freedom and flexibility to personalize details such as the location, readings and music, we predict many more will begin to follow suit.
Pop, clink, fizz. We will be moving away from the primary school brights and blush pink tones of 2016. There’s a new colour scheme in town and it oozes playfulness and summer cheer. Turn heads with these eye-catching details; flamingoes, unicorns, glitter and all things bubblegum pink. This year is sure gonna be fun!
Pimp Your Prosecco
Signature cocktails are so last year. Pimp your Prosecco station with a series of delightful toppings for an authentic twist. Candyfloss, ice-lollies and rock candy are all worthy contenders to create a dazzling spectacle.
The Balloon Brigade
The balloon is here to stay for the foreseeable future, except it’s now being taken to new heights! A simple and inexpensive decor addition, the basic balloon will add a splash of fun to the dullest of spaces and result in some pretty epic wedding photos. We’ve seen everything from giant balloons lining the church aisle, to utterly fabulous balloon arch backdrops behind the cake stand.
Tacky up-lighting has officially been banished – can we get a Hallelujah? Image mapping is where it’s all happening when it comes to state-of-the-art futuristic wedding trends. Using technology, light and moving pictures can transform your ceremony or reception space to match your wedding theme. From an enchanted forest to an under the sea vibe, the sky really is the limit. For the budget-conscious couple, a simple way to tap into this craze is to opt for an image mapped wedding cake. This is definitely one trend that will WOW your wedding guests.
Well, if it was good enough for Kim Kardashian…It may have taken a few years for this trend to trickle down to us mere mortals. Taking the selfie to a whole new level, expect to see A LOT of flower wall photo backdrops during 2017. Strike a pose!
Your pooch is part of the family, so it makes sense to involve them in your nuptials. For many, incorporating their pet in their special day will mean the world. Whether you’re including your furry little friend in the proposal process or kitting them out in a doggie tux for the day itself, these will be treasured memories to be looked back on fondly for years to come.
The Engagement Photo Shoot
The engagement photo shoot is still slowly creeping its way across the pond, with many Irish wedding photographers now beginning to offer packages. A brilliant option for the camera-shy pair, the shoot will allow you to build a working rapport with your potential photographer and get a feel for their shooting style. Ask yourselves these questions before booking them for your wedding day: Did they make us feel comfortable during the engagement shoot? Did they listen to what we wanted? Did they guide us and offer gentle suggestions on shooting locations and ideas? Were we happy with the finished result?