Wedding season is in full swing, especially in Southern California. I recently attended WeddingWire World 2017, which had many wedding-industry experts speaking. Notably, Mindy Weiss, event designer extraordinaire, treated the crowd to her take on the biggest wedding trends this year.
Colors: Green, White + Beyond
Green and white has been a popular combo in the last few wedding seasons, but now we're seeing these two with additional pops of color in creative ways. Accents of peaches and pinks for a softer touch, and even the vessels are giving us some added brightness with blues.
Big Accents: Marble Everything
Accents pieces are stealing the show with marble everything: dishes, invites, furniture, cakes, etc. It goes with any color and fits in any celebration. Plus, accents are also having a mixed-metal moment: rose gold, gold and platinum are mixing together for a unique touch. Silver and gold are particularly fabulous together.
Fresh + Flowery Cakes
Fresh flowers are the perfect cake decoration these days, usually wrapping up and around the different layers. Plus, we've also seen a trend in downplaying the cake cutting—no one wants to stop the party or the dancing.
Placecards are moving away from traditional paper and into your local hardware store. Tiles are more popular than ever, whether from local tile stores or even remnants from home depot.
The big bouquet is back! They're taking on interesting shapes that are unstructured and wild (you know I love that). This also means that brides will have to hold them a bit differently because they're so large—some brides are even cradling these wild creations.
Creative Cocktail Hour
For couples who don't want to do a full bar during cocktail hour, they're getting creative by offering interactive drink experiences: wine tastings and beer gardens with craft brews have been on tap for a lot of weddings this year. Afterward, there's a full open bar for guests at the reception.
Music with No Sound
Seriously, silent discos are all the rage. When the newlyweds want to keep the music going late and loud but don't want to offend the neighbors, DJs and event planners are providing headphones for silent discos. That's right, all the guests wear headphones, which is the only place the music can be heard. It's surprisingly fun, and the guests really let loose.
Comfort Food at All Hours
Rehearsal dinners are becoming more casual, and food trucks are still a big element (we see a ton of in-n-out trucks here in Southern California). There is more comfort food being served for the wedding dinner, including beef, fish and basket of fries, which people looooove right after cocktail hour while waiting for the first course. For the after party, couples are bringing in local food from outside vendors, like food trucks, street tacos, hot dogs, grilled cheese and pizza. Speaking of the after party, it has become an entire party to plan on its own. Couples want to keep the night going, and they don't hesitate to turn up the volume on the fun at the after party.