Wed­ding trends for 2017

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Re­duced car­bon foot­print fetes

Host­ing an in­cred­i­ble wed­ding while also re­duc­ing the car­bon foot­print is on trend in 2017. For food and flow­ers, opt for in sea­son and lo­cally sourced. Earth-friendly in­vi­ta­tions can be made by print­ing with soy-based inks on re­cy­cled pa­per. For place cards, for­get the pa­per and have a cal­lig­ra­pher write each guest's name on stones that can be kept as per­son­alised favours af­ter­wards. Once the guests have gone home, don't throw out the flow­ers. Do­nate them to a hos­pi­tal or nurs­ing home to spread joy to oth­ers.

Ask for what you re­ally want

From cash to camp­ing gear and even mu­seum mem­ber­ships, cou­ples can ask for just about any­thing to­day – in­clud­ing sup­port­ing a cause close to their hearts. Char­ity reg­istries are on the rise and cou­ples can reg­is­ter for a char­ity on TheKnot.com. For each gift pur­chased, The Knot will do­nate to their cho­sen cause.

The ul­ti­mate guest gift­ing lounge

This fun twist on the ho­tel wel­come bag is ideal for des­ti­na­tion wed­dings. In­stead of stuff­ing and de­liv­er­ing them your­self, let your guests do the work. Set up a room full of swag like snacks, drinks and lo­cal sweet treats and let guests choose their favourite items. This also gives you the op­por­tu­nity to meet and greet guests in per­son when they ar­rive.

Ice­breaker guest games

Wed­dings to­day are of­ten an all-week­end af­fair, so it's es­sen­tial your guests meet and get to know each other. What bet­ter way to get your guests mix­ing and min­gling than with the ul­ti­mate grown-up ice­breaker: games. Per­son­al­ized ‘mad libs’ about your first en­counter and crossword puz­zles that keep guests guess­ing your favourite date spot are great ways to break the ice be­fore the cer­e­mony or dur­ing the cock­tail hour. Lawn games like cro­quet, horse­shoes and corn hole are per­fect for pro­mot­ing new friend­ship at an out­doors wed­ding or cock­tail hour.

Ex­cep­tional en­ter­tain­ment

When it comes to en­ter­tain­ment, cou­ples are pulling out all the stops to en­ter­tain their guests. Aeri­al­ists, acro­bats, live painters and even choirs belt­ing out Bey­oncé have made their way into wed­dings. If that's too trendy, try a tra­di­tional route with mu­sic, but pair it with a per­for­mance – like a clas­si­cal quar­tet and bal­leri­nas in tu­tus. Have a noise or­di­nance at your outdoor lo­cale? Host a ‘silent disco’ where guests wear head­phones and dance to their own beat.

One with na­ture

If you can't cel­e­brate un­der the stars, bring the out­side in. Add over­size pot­ted trees and shrub­bery to a ball­room for an en­chanted for­est look. Nat­u­ral el­e­ments like wood and stone can be in­cor­po­rated into your ta­ble set­tings, and hang­ing flow­ers over ta­bles or the dance floor cre­ates an in­stant wow fac­tor.

Im­age map­ping tech­nol­ogy

Want to turn your in­door venue into a lush gar­den, but don't have the bud­get for thou­sands of flow­ers and pot­ted trees? Try a new pro­jec­tion tech­nol­ogy called im­age map­ping that al­lows you to trans­form a space with light­ing and mov­ing pic­tures. Give your cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion its own spe­cial vibe by chang­ing scenes from one to the next. You can even use this tech­nol­ogy on your wed­ding cake. Not only is this trend tech for­ward, it ben­e­fits the en­vi­ron­ment and will save you money on flow­ers and dé­cor.

Metal­lic dresses and breezy silhouettes

Metal­lic dresses – think taste­ful gold thread­ing and sil­ver bead­ing – flooded the run­ways dur­ing Bri­dal Fash­ion Week. Wear­ing a metal­lic dress may seem like a bold move, but it's per­fect for a so­phis­ti­cated, evening af­fair. Also big this year, ef­fort­less dresses with flow­ing fab­rics. They're a must-have for pro­vid­ing a light­weight, ethe­real vibe for des­ti­na­tion wed­dings or even to wear for a sec­ond look. De­tach­able skirts, flo­ral em­bel­lish­ments and off-the-shoul­der looks will also make an ap­pear­ance on the aisle.

For­mal por­trait stu­dios

There's a new twist on the tra­di­tional photo booth: por­trait stu­dios. Just like the tra­di­tional photo booth, there's a des­ig­nated space and some­times props, but in­stead of pos­ing with feather boas and silly sun­glasses, a live pho­tog­ra­pher asks you to vogue for the cam­era. The re­sult is a glam­orous, in­ti­mate por­trait in your finest at­tire. Also in for 2017 is the live il­lus­tra­tor who walks the party sketch­ing guests through­out the night.

Translu­cent cakes

The new take on the naked cake is the translu­cent cake. In­stead of to­tally bare tiers, translu­cent cakes have a thin veil of frost­ing with just a bit of the cake show­ing. Typ­i­cally iced in but­ter­cream, these sweet de­lights are topped with fresh flow­ers or in-sea­son fruits that hint at the flavours of the cake fill­ing.

Furry friends

The hottest wed­ding guests of 2017 have four legs and su­per­soft coats. From bun­nies and don­keys to lla­mas and pigs, cou­ples hav­ing rus­tic barn wed­dings are in­cor­po­rat­ing farm an­i­mals into the wed­ding day.

A mov­able feast

With food trucks and passed multi- course meals, the sit- down din­ner is start­ing to be re­placed with more in­ter­ac­tive op­tions. Set up sta­tions that fea­ture your favourite foods, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shuck­ing oys­ters or wine and cheese pair­ings with an on­site som­me­lier. If you don't want to forego a plated din­ner, host a cool cock­tail hour and serve the main meal fam­ily style for a twist on tra­di­tion.

Left: Ex­am­ples of the per­son­alised wed­ding favours and gifts avail­able from Caden­head Whisky Shop & Dis­til­leries.

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