2017 Wedding Trends – for better or for worse

A new year is dawning, and because I am clearly obsessed with weddings I always try to discern what the coming trends will be – good or bad, for better or worse.

Last week I wrote about the so-called colors of the year. Today I offer a few general trends that you may find interesting; some I’ve seen with my own eyes and some I’ve simply read about.

Interesting locations will continue to matter.

Drones – While preparing to officiate a ceremony in a gorgeous outdoor venue this past season, I noticed a drone flying overhead. It turned out to belong to the videographer. He assured me it would not fly by during the actual ceremony itself (thank you very much). He was recording amazing panoramic shots from above, and I was duly impressed, and even more so when he explained the footage would be shown at the reception. You can expect to see more of this.

All things social media will continue to rule! Wedding hashtags, of course, but we’ll see Instagram-ready short videos that look and feel like a movie trailer. I’ve seen amazing longer version videos, and I can easily imagine that with some clever editing it wouldn’t be too difficult to create shorter pieces as well.

The wine cellar made an amazing photo.

Taking photo booth to the next level by providing slo-mo effects and GIFs will keep your guests entertained….perhaps a bit too much. Be careful that your guests are not continuously visiting the effects booth all night long. Perhaps it’s better that we return to good old fashioned socializing, at least for weddings. There is a delicate balance with social media, which tends to take us into our own private world, isolated from each other, and from real human interaction. I worry this could have that very effect.

Trendy Drinks: The return of the Pimm’s Cup and the Side-Car – retro style mixed drinks. Pimms is a brand of fruit liqueur, first produced in 1828 by James Pimm.  It’s served in a variety of recipes. The’ Old-Fashioned’ comes from around the same era, 1862 to be exact, when it was called a ‘whiskey cocktail.’ Later, when a bartender somewhere served it this way, the whisky, sugar, bitters and water – he called it ‘old-fashioned’ and hence the term was coined. Today some people use gin instead of whiskey, but you’ll want to be authentic I’m sure.

Another drink trend is the Moscow Mule, which has nothing to do with Moscow or mules, but does contain vodka, ginger beer and lime. It goes into special cooper mugs with some ice. Copper cups are great in the summer, keeping drinks icy cool, and if you live in New Orleans this never went out of fashion! Buy them for your wedding and then have them for your home.

How to make a Moscow Mule.

A cocktail hour that evokes a wine tasting by pairing up local wines and cheeses is gaining popularity. Perhaps your first date or another memorable experience together was to a wine or beer tasting – why not recreate that experience for your guests. It gives your cocktail hour a theme and is really fun. The pairing aspect is the key here.

Depending on your location try to think local, especially with farm-to-table style food. This will continue to be a wonderful trend; in fact I hope it’s not a trend but a way of life. It can play out a million ways, but do think of your local vendors, farmers and craft people when wedding planning. Whether it’s a favor to give your guests, flowers, or the very food on the table, fresh and local makes it better.

Unusual locations. Barns are still popular but couples are looking for more and more unique settings, as well. Think: industrial, factory, loft, art gallery, farms. Vineyards will also continue to be popular, and for good reason. I’ve done some wonderful barn and vineyard weddings, and have a ceremony coming up that will take place in an art museum. I’m looking forward to that.

Modern couples want their wedding to express something unique about them, their individuality, taste and world view. There are many ways to do that with new ideas popping up all the time. However, please don’t put pressure on yourself to be cutting edge. Classic is never out-of-style, and always plays well.

The Barn Wedding - if you're lucky enough to find one.

Thank you Lisa Rhinehart for the gorgeous photos.




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