WEDDING TRENDS: More Authentic,Techie and Fun


Weddings provide tremendous insight into cultural shifts and serve as great barometers of what’s trending in hospitality, ambiance, and design.

Two of my best trend sources are Etsy and Pinterest. The latter is getting a particularly bad rap these days from wedding planners who are put off by ALL the ideas that brides and grooms are finding on the site.

Weddings are clearly becoming more relaxed and less bound by tradition – although, fascinating to see that footwashing is coming back as a hot trend for Christian couples.

Read on below for the 7 wedding trends I’ve been tracking for 2017 weddings.

1. Image Mapping (Source: Santa Barbara Independent)

  • This projection technology allows brides and grooms to transform a space (or the cake) with lighting and moving pictures.
  • It can bring the ocean or mountains into the ceremony or project an actual forest on the walls, creating a magical vibe while saving money on décor and flowers.

2. Footwashing

  • It’s a trend among Christian couples, and is a representation of them serving each other and doing it publicly to make a big impact.

3. Photo Booths + Drones

  • Slo-mo, animated-GIF, and flip-book booths
  • Drones overhead to capture both videos and aerial stills.

4. The guest swag lounge

  • A fun twist on the hotel welcome bag, ideal for destination weddings
  • Set up a room full of snacks, drinks and local sweet treats and let guests choose and assemble their favorite items.
  • Gives the couple the opportunity to meet and greet guests in person when they arrive.

5. Drip Cakes (Source: Pinterest)

  • Drip cakes are being saved on Pinterest 437% more now than last year

6. Fewer ceremonies taking place in churches

  • Couples want the ceremony and reception to take place in the same location to get the party started earlier.

7. More Relaxed Food – But Taken To A New Level

  • Food & drink stations with foods from across the world
  • Craft beer and bourbon-tasting stations
  • DIY Drink Stations – more couples foregoing bartenders and letting guests pour their own beer or mix their own cocktail.
  • Cheese and charcuterie boards or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier
  • Raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters
  • Buffet-style dinners or the meal served family style
  • Taco Bars
  • Creative snack stations e.g. soft pretzels with dipping sauces like melted cheese or cinnamon and sugar
  • French fry bars with chili, gourmet vinegars, and artisanal ketchups such as Sriracha honey ketchup
  • Trail mix bars with sweet and savory ingredients


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