The Wedding Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

The Wedding Trends You’ll See Everywhere in 2017

Trends come and go, but your wedding photos will last forever. Thankfully, the 2017 wedding trends predicted by top planners are not only gorgeous, but they’re also timeless. From lush greenery and bold color combos to exciting entertainment and fashion-forward styles, these trends guarantee 2017 will bring some of the prettiest weddings yet!

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Guests Wore White for this Glam Winter Wedding!

Donovan and Santini wanted their wedding “to be a type of event guests had never attended before.” And man did they deliver. Thanks to industry legend, Colin Cowie they designed a black-tie affair with the women in white gowns to complement the snowy mountains of Utah surrounding them. Annie McElwain photographed this perfectly nontraditional day and you can find even more right here!

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From Annie McElwain Photography… When I met with Donovan and Santini at their offices at CAA, they told me they wanted their wedding to be a type of event guests had never attended before. They wanted things to be a little different than at an average wedding. The first thing they told me was that they wanted the ceremony to be AFTER dinner, when guests were relaxed and already seated. The two long dinner tables created an aisle that each groom walked down with his mother, meeting in the middle on a stage for everyone to see.

As a photographer who has shot weddings for over 10 years, I had never seen a couple have such freedom from a traditional timeline. Starting immediately with cocktail hour allowed for a relaxed flow to the evening that everyone enjoyed. Donovan and Santini said the most important thing to them was that their guests, who came such a long way to celebrate with them, have a great time.

Next, for their black-tie affair, they asked the women to wear white gowns, which created an incredibly chic look against the backdrop of snow-covered mountains of Utah. Then, once the ceremony was finished, the guests were lead through a sparkler arch to the reception area, where everyone danced through the night. The whole event was classy and incredibly stylish and Colin Cowie helped them design and plan the wedding of their dreams.

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Photography: Annie McElwain Photography | Event Planning: Colin Cowie | Rings: Cartier | DJ: DJ Neza | Tuxedos: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: Montage Kapalua Bay | Tent: All Out Event Rental | Lighting and Audio : Alliant Event Services | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: Tap Snap | Props and Decor : Bluebird Event Destination Management | Rentals: Diamond Rental | Singer: V Bozeman

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The First 5 Things to Do Once You’re Engaged!

YOU’RE ENGAGED!! Pop the bubbly, let the excitement sink in, and let’s talk about what’s next. Wedding planning extraordinaires, Aleah and Nick of Valley & Company Events are here to help spell out those very first steps so you can fully enjoy the early days of your journey down the aisle. Grab a seat and let’s get started!

Soak it In

Before you do any actual planning, take a breath! This is one of the most exciting times in your lives, and we recommend relishing in that and celebrating with family and friends before you do any framework building. Take a week to just enjoy and daydream about what the day means to you and what you want it to look and feel like.

Talk Priorities

When you’re ready, talk to each other about your priorities for the wedding before you set any plans into motion. Consider: how you want the wedding to feel (intimate, formal, a destination?) and who you want to share in your day. Think about what season best suits this vision and your schedules.

List it Out

Individually, write down a list of locations and venue properties you could envision your wedding at. See how your lists match up together as well as with your initial priorities.

Ask Your Bridal Party

Ask away! Once you have a few ideas in motion for how you want your wedding to look and feel like, ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen who you want to stand by your side!

Announce + Celebrate!

Spread the news! We hear it all the time – it’s so easy to get (naturally) bombarded with excited questions about the when, where, and what of your wedding when you announce your engagement, so having just a few ideas on the table before sharing the joy can make that part of the story that much more enjoyable when you have details to share!

 

P.S. More Resources for the Newly Engaged!

Unique Engagement Announcements | 3 Places to Never Wear Your Ring | How to Find Your Vendors

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How Much Should You Actually Spend On an Engagement Ring?

Now that we’re in the midst of proposal season, it’s time we had a little chat. We’ve all heard the three-month rule — that an engagement ring should cost three-month’s salary — but as it turns out, that’s not exactly true. So how much should you really spend? Josh Levkoff has the answer.

What’s in YOUR wallet?

Everyone’s financial situation is different, and a strategic plan based on your specific situation is what matters most, not some silly rule. What phase of life you are in will dictate how much to spend, what’s feasible and what’s appropriate. Are you in school? Are you in debt? Are you established and financially secure? Are you financially independent? Are you getting help from your parents? Don’t make a financially reckless decision based on a rule — make a decision based on your situation.

Go with your heart

We tell our clients this is as an emotional of a purchase as you will ever make so rules won’t apply and follow what your feel. Over spend if you want to, under spend if you want to — do what feels right. If you can afford to go bigger, but she’s not flashy, then DON’T.  Stay true to yourself and your future fiancé.

Don’t burden your everyday lifestyle

We tell our clients to spend whatever “makes you comfortable and doesn’t alter your lifestyle.” You shouldn’t spend 3 months or even 6 months salary on your dream ring if it’s going to ultimately burden your everyday lifestyle. Would you buy your dream car but then not have enough money for gas to drive it? No. The same rule applies here. When clients get discouraged on what they should be spending, we strategically help them to maximize the budget they do have to get the most value.

Where are you buying the ring?

Where you purchase the ring will affect the cost and value. If you buy from a big box retailer, you could be overpaying. But if you go to a boutique jeweler like Josh Levkoff Private Jeweler, your dollar goes further, so you don’t have to spend as much to get the same.

Buy a meaningful or sentimental ring

A nice ring doesn’t have to be expensive; a ring could be affordable, but very rich in meaning. For example, consider resetting an heirloom stone or recreate her grandmother’s ring — get creative and go the sentimental route.

Together forever starts now

We’re starting to see couples design and purchase the ring together. Since you’re no longer relying on one partner’s income, you may be able to a nicer ring.

Propose with a ring you can afford now and upgrade later

If you can’t afford to buy the dream ring when you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, don’t let that alter destiny and your plans. Propose with a ring you can afford now, and remember you can always upgrade later. It gives her something to look forward to, and you can even turn that ring into another piece of jewelry later on in life.

P.S. More Resources for the Newly Engaged!

Unique Engagement Announcements | 3 Places to Never Wear Your Ring | How to Find Your Vendors

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When You Marry in a Train Depot and It’s Totally Chic

Luke and Sara currently call D.C. home, but when they began planning their wedding there was no question they’d return to their Southern roots. They decided on a fall affair in downtown Durham’s historic freight train depot, and began planning the party of a lifetime – live bluegrass and local craft beer included. Tre Bella Florist translated Sara’s “fairy meets lumberjack” vision and Graham Terhune didn’t miss a beat behind the camera. More this way!

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From the bride… Shortly after getting engaged, Luke & I started talking about how we wanted our wedding day to look and feel. We quickly settled on a few important things – we wanted good drinks, great music, and the wedding to take place in the fall in North Carolina. We currently live in DC, but knew there was no place we’d rather say “I do” than our home state. North Carolina holds such a special place in our hearts and we were incredibly lucky to find vendors we felt represented all the things we love about home.

The ceremony and reception both took place on the platform of Belt Line Station, an old freight train depot and historic site in downtown Durham. The ceremony was officiated by a close friend of ours. To share our love of bluegrass music, we hired a spunky, local band to play while guests arrived and during the cocktail hour. We stocked the bar with our favorite craft beers and the chef was able to use local ingredients she bought at the Durham farmers market in the menu.

I jokingly coined our vision as “fairy meets lumberjack” and, despite the silly description, our vendors were able to pull it off! We wanted the flowers to be a bit messy and wild to complement to the rustic yet urban setting of the venue, and full of reds, oranges and blues to celebrate the fall season. We incorporated organic elements, like copper, wood and glass accents, into the decorations and table settings. Our venue coordinator even picked fresh rosemary to top the place settings.

Putting the wedding together was truly a family affair! My father made all the wooden signs for the event (which Luke & I then painted ourselves) and we turned Luke’s parents’ house into ‘wedding crafts central’ during the weeks leading up to the big day. Luke’s sister even baked hundreds of spicy cheese straws – a southern staple and family favorite – for the welcome bags. Instead of cake, we opted for pumpkin, apple and buttermilk pies made by a family friend. In addition to the stellar bluegrass band, Luke put together an iPod playlist that kicked things off with our first dance (If Not for You, by Bob Dylan), followed by an awesome reception mix that got everyone out, and kept them, on the dance floor.

We knew we wanted the day to be filled with things that spoke to our personalities and our history as a couple, but more than anything, to be surrounded by the people we love. Our wedding was a perfect, intimate gathering of family and friends who have loved and supported us unconditionally for the 7 years we have been together, and we couldn’t be more thankful to have spent that special time with them.

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Photography: Graham Terhune Photography | Floral Design: Tre Bella Florist | Wedding Dress: Theia | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Triangle Catering | Makeup: Cassidy Bennett | Hair: DB Sutton | Band: The Counterclockwise String Band | Wedding Venue: Beltline Station | Bride’s Jewelry: Sara Gabriel | Dessert: ABC Pie Company

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The Most Gorgeous Dress We’ve Ever Seen

For all of the brides that are reading today, I think we can stand in solidarity on one very important thing…the gown. We want to look in the mirror and believe that this dress was made for this moment, this girl, this day. It’s everything. And one look at the bride in this next gorgeous wedding and I think the world will agree…this dress was made just for her. It’s perfection. Add in an incredibly gorgeous design plus photographs from Simply Sarah that will bring you to tears and you get a gallery to obsess over.

From the bride…We met the old fashion way! In March of 2010, we were both out with friends and as fate would have it, ended at a bar on the Lower East Side. We instantly caught each other’s eye, though much credit is also due to one friend (who shall remain nameless) and his funny but decidedly bad dance moves – they were quite the conversation starter! By the end of the evening, we had exchanged numbers and went on a date the following Monday.

When we got engaged, we had been together over five years and had recently celebrated my birthday, however this one was without physical presents as Craig claimed my gift was an activity “unavailable” until a later date. Weeks later, due to bad weather, the surprise kept getting rescheduled and Craig, dropping a series of bizarre and completely misleading hints, had me completely stumped. Finally, on October 7th – a Wednesday – Craig told me to pack an overnight bag & after much mystery, we eventually boarded a private yacht and I was told that my birthday gift was a re-creation of one of our first dates. At sunset he popped the question to which I replied “Yes, Really??? Thank you!!!”and rapidly put him in a loving chokehold-like hug. That evening we checked into a suite at the Standard Hotel (another special place for us), ordered room service, ate french fries, and were just happy to start the next part of our story.

My favorite part of the wedding had to be our ceremony, especially because of our amazing string quartet & our meaningful program. We had changed officiants two weeks prior which resulted in some INTENSE, last minute marriage preparation sessions that really reminded us of why & how much we love each other. Our priest took letters we had written about each other & incorporated it into our ceremony which was so heartfelt and meaningful. Our second favorite part was getting to see everyone in the Anderson House gallery at cocktail hour – it was so beautiful & the first time we got to greet all our loved ones, friends & family, finally celebrating our wedding day.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Florals: Sweet Root Village | Wedding Dress: Legends by Romona Keveza | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Catering: Well Dunn Catering | Makeup: Glam Qui | Hair: The Updo Specialist | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Wedding Venue: Anderson House | Day of Coordination: The Velvet Veil | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Music: Sage String Quartet

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5 Beauty Looks to Steal For Your Big Day

Finding just the right look for your wedding day is no small task but we’re about to make things a little bit easier. Because when Special Occasions Hair Design artfully crafts five gorgeous styles that don’t immediately scream “bride”, we happily share each one so you can pin it, save it, and take it straight to your beauty trial runAlexandra Elise photographed, Jacquelyn Daley filmed and you can see more of all five looks here in the gallery.

Understated Chic

Retro Glam

Regal Beauty

Fun & Flirty

Braided Whimsy

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From the vendor team… Every bride’s definition of what feels “bridal” is unique to them and the day that they are planning – especially now that so many of the traditional “rules” have been dismissed. Brides should ask themselves what will make them FEEL like the bride they want to be on their day. It’s important to zero in on what makes them feel beautiful, and most importantly, like themselves. Getting married shouldn’t feel like a day dressed in costume. Bridal beauty is all about finding the perfect balance or the perfect formula for every individual.

Enhancing each bride’s natural beauty allows them to showcase their unique and most authentically beautiful version of themselves. For one bride that may translate with a sun-kissed glow, a nude lip and a beach waved ponytail. For the next, it could be a full glam updo with jewels, a smokey eye and a deep crimson lip. Whatever your ideal bridal look may be, the details of highlighting your own unique beauty through hair and makeup styling can transform the perfect bridal look you once dreamed into reality.

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Photography: Alexandra Elise Photography | Videography: Jacquelyn Daley Photography | Floral Design: Schofield Floral Co. | Hair + Makeup: Special Occasions Hair & Design | Venue: Studio 414 | Dress Boutique: Lovely Bridal Shop | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Nails: Sunless 2 go | Paper Goods: Louelle Design Studio

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THIS is Why Getting Married in Napa is Wedding Goals to the Max

I think deep down in each of us there’s a little piece of our heart that wants to get married in Napa. Especially if Beaulieu Gardens is a part of that pretty picture. Case in point? This classically elegant day planned by Bustle Events. From the all-white bridesmaids surrounding their laced-beauty Bride to dinner scenes that’ll have you speechless, Jessica Burke has crafted the dreamiest wedding story to fill The Vault. See more here!

 

From Erin of Bustle EventsWhen first meeting with Lena and Will I quickly learned that they wanted an elegant classic and timeless wedding. Lena loved soft blush, creams, whites and gold accents. The venue is the perfect setting for a Classic Napa Valley wedding and we decided to play off the natural beauty around the venue. The floral was lush and full with lots of soft pinks and creams. Some of the tables have low full greenery garlands dotted with small accent vases holding single blooms. The other tables had beautiful glass footed vases with overflowing muted color floral. We tied each napkin with hand died silk ribbon and a sprig of greens.

Guests dined on a lovely mea by Paula Le Duc Fine Catering with a salad made with tomatoes for the estates heirloom tomatoes. After dinner and desert the dance floor was packed with people dancing to the live band all night long.

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Photography: Jessica Burke | Event Planning + Design: Bustle | Floral Design: Valley Flora | Cake: The Whole Cake | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Makeup: Meaganne McCandess Hair and Makeup | Hair: Lisa Huffman | Lighting: Got Light | Band: Elan Artists | Rabbi: Ira Book | Ceremony Music: Omni Catering | Transportation: Pure Luxury | Ceremony + Reception: Beaulieu Garden | Photobooth: Tomfoolery | Video: Elysium Productions

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A Wedding that Fully Embraces Spring

There is a reason Spring weddings are insanely popular and it has a lot to do with the crazy gorgeous flowers. And if you can land yourself a venue with flowering trees, well then consider yourself blessed by the wedding gods. These high school sweethearts fall squarely in that category and with the crafting of Oleander Floral & Events, their Spring floral infused barn wedding is one for the books. Sneak a peek at more of the romance through the lens of Lauren Fair Photography.

From the Bride…Jimmy and I are high school sweethearts, so when he proposed almost 9 years after our first date, we couldn’t wait to finally promise our lives to each other. We wanted our wedding to feel like a relaxed, effortless, romantic dinner party where all of our closest friends and family could gather and celebrate the love that we had built over the years.

When we first started looking at wedding venues, my only requirement was that the ceremony be outside. We came across the Farm at Eagle’s Ridge and the grounds blew me away. We knew pretty immediately that we wanted to be married there by the water. From then on, everything else fell into place.

We were intentional about working with inspiring, passionate, and just overall genuinely good people. We put a lot of trust into our vendors, which allowed us to keep the planning and wedding day as laid back as possible. Needless to say, we worked with some seriously incredible people. Lauren and Tim of Lauren Fair Photography captured our day with such ease and beauty. Cynthia at Oleander managed to create the bouquet & floral installation of my dreams, incorporating floral elements that I didn’t even know existed. The staff at Jimmy Duffy’s were incredible and so accommodating. Janelle from Janelle on Location made me feel beautiful, but more importantly, like me. Our amazing vendors allowed us to enjoy every second of our wedding day, and for that, we are forever grateful.

I have a handful of moments from our wedding day that I keep close to my heart, but one of my favorite moments was just after our ceremony ended. We had a minute or two to ourselves after the processional, and we held each other finally as husband and wife. My advice to other brides is to keep it simple and easy. Try not to overcomplicate and overthink. Oh and dance. Always dance under the stars with the one you love.

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Coordinator: Fancy Peacock Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven purchased at Lovely Bride Philadelphia | Cake: Couture Cakery | Reception Venue: Farm at Eagle’s Ridge | Hair + Makeup: Janelle on Location | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Florals and Design: Oleander Floral & Events

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Follow a Creative Director’s Wedding Journey

‘Tis the season of proposals, so we couldn’t think of a better time to kick-off a wedding planning journey with our newest blogger bride, Paige of Studio Bicyclette. Paige is a creative girl boss with a total knack for styling so you can expect her big day to be off the charts. Scroll below to read her proposal story and hear what she’s got in the works for her DIY wedding!

MEET PAIGE

Hello, SMP-ers and fellow brides-to-be! Allow me to take a moment to introduce myself — I’m Paige, owner and creative director of Studio Bicyclette, former boutique owner, inspiration board obsessive and pink lipstick lover.

I help other lifestyle brands and boutique businesses find their magic, style their brand and tell their story through beautiful, strategic content, which means that I spend a good portion of my work days building dreamy inspiration boards and creating captivating content. But there’s one creative project I’m especially excited to dive into, which brings us to why I’m here today — my wedding!

THE PROPOSAL

My fiancé, Jason, and I got engaged just over a year ago, and after a fairly long engagement, we’re just starting to plan the details of the event, for which the date is set in August 2017. Jason and I met in the summer of 2013. We had decided to produce a short video called 90 Days that would celebrate summer in the city, and Jason was part of the video team that we brought on to work on it. It sounds a little cliché, but over the course of the weekend of filming our little on-screen romance, our real life love story began, and it was a bit of a whirlwind from there.

The wedding will be a small celebration at my family’s cottage in northern Ontario, and because of my background and love for all things styling and design, I’ll be doing a lot of it myself, along with the help of many of my talented local friends in the wedding industry that I have the pleasure of working with regularly, and who I’ll also be asking to share their own valuable insight with you as we embark on this journey.

THE WEDDING VISION

I’m excited to share the process of dreaming up the vision for the wedding as well as pulling together all of the details, and since I’ll be doing a lot of the DIY planning and styling, you can expect backstage access to what planning a smaller, fairly non-traditional affair looks like. We’re currently in talks with a taco truck for catering, my first wedding-related purchase was a flock of tiny, rose gold tipped swans, and I’ve made the decision that I’ll be working closely with a local designer to create my dream dress, so that gives you a sense of what to expect!

I have a pretty intense love affair with fresh flowers, disco balls and all things whimsical, so you can expect a lot of inspiration gathering, color palette development, and DIY projects that tie those elements in. I can’t wait to bring you along behind the scenes as I embark on this new adventure!

Photography: Scarlet O’Neill Photography | Floral Design: Blush And Bloom | Blogger Bride: Studio Bicyclette | Dress Designer: Rime Arodaky | Dress Rental: Studio Fitzroy

P.S. Must-Reads for the Newly Engaged!

You’re Engaged! Now What? | 3 Places to Never Wear Your Ring | How to Find Your Vendors

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