ILEA Quick Tips For Event Planners: January 2017

The wedding trends forecast for 2017.

Each year The Wedding Guys travel the globe looking for the ‘what’s next’ in weddings and, from all accounts, 2017 is going to be an exciting time. They have put together their top six predictions for the upcoming wedding season. Discover how modern ideas are blending with time-honored tradition and pop-culture trends are coming to the forefront.
One might think tradition can’t be trendy because it’s “classic,” but weddings in the last few years have looked more like an Anthropologie catalogue than the formal weddings of years past. The pendulum is swinging back, however, and opulence is coming back; from the full ball gowns walking the fashion catwalks, to the resurgence of golden, over-the-top wedding decor.  
Accessories have moved back to golds and mixed metals, which means we’ll be seeing centerpieces with shiny gold containers or matte gold finishes. Even flatware has undergone a transformation! Watch for more options in gold, or even rose gold, to enhance your table settings. Crystal candelabras and chandeliers are becoming popular again, adding to the almost royal feel of these more formal nuptials.
A quick glance at your Facebook newsfeed and suddenly you are off indulging in a video. It’s no wonder wedding cinematography makes the list of hottest trends for 2017. We simply can’t get enough of video. Today, couples are falling in love with their own “love story,” where hours of footage are masterfully edited down to a five-minute short about the couple; capturing their love along with all the sounds and visuals of their wedding day. Technology has transformed the documenting of the day from glasses that record moments from the bride or groom’s perspective to drones that capture fly-over footage of the ceremony or reception setting.
Food and Cocktail Course Pairings:
Let’s face it: Everyone today is a “foodie.” So, treating your guests to a sumptuous dinner is becoming the most important part of the reception.  In 2017, look for the divergence from the cabernet or chardonnay wine pairings with menu courses.  Expect mini crafted cocktails paired with each course. Consider pairing chocolate dipped scallops with stout, followed with salad and champagne, a vodka martini with shrimp starter or the traditional manhattan paired with beef tenderloin.
Fashion – Color:
The lightest shade of blue is the new ivory so to speak, with bridal gowns taking a prominent role as the “Something Blue”.  Designers are introducing color in a variety of ways, from the pale colored fabrics they choose, to the delicate colored appliques they are adorning their fashions, and even the hand-painted effects that bring a splash of color to their creations. Today’s bridal gown collections are offering subtle hints of color in the silhouettes, from the lightest shades of mint green, blush, gold, and silver to the stand out look for 2017: pale blue.
Artisan Interactive Snacks:
Minnesota artisan brands are making a big leap into weddings. While the interest may have all started with craft distilleries and brewpubs, now artisan has moved from drinks to eats. Move over, apothecary jar candy displays. 2017 will be a treat with interactive s’mores stations with different delicious flavored Godiva or Ghirardelli chocolate paired with artisan graham crackers and North Mallow Marshmallows roasted over a tabletop fire. Or, step up to the Maddy & Maize Popcorn Bar and you are going to experience flavors you never imagined as popcorn—think lemon raspberry wedding cake, bourbon barbeque, dark chocolate caramel, coconut curry or mint chocolate chip just to mention a few. Popcorn is easily adapted to guest favors, a great addition to welcome baskets or even an interactive late-night station. Both of these items will leave your guests asking for more.

Matthew Trettel is regarded as a premier designer and producer in the wedding industry; as an accomplished professional in publishing, graphic design, fashion and trade show production. He is a longtime member of ILEA and has served on the Board of Directors for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter as President, as well as many other Director positions. Mr. Trettel is currently producing Unveiled, The Ultimate Wedding Planning Event and The Twin Cities Bridal Show.

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