Most Popular Wedding Trends of 2017

Most Popular Wedding Trends of 2017 Kalamazoo, MI

Looking for the hottest wedding trends?

This year has brought bold colors, flowing dress silhouettes, natural decor, and other ways to make your wedding a unique experience.

As a Kalamazoo wedding venue, we offer our take on the latest wedding trends so you can decide what ideas fit your vision for the big day.

Invitations with Personality

Your wedding invitations are your first opportunity to make an impression on guests. Whether you are throwing a traditional affair or something more laidback, you’ll want to make sure the atmosphere of your wedding is reflected in your wedding invitations. For example, glow-in-the-dark ink can tell your guests that your wedding will be nontraditional, yet fun.

Gift Lounges

In the past, brides and grooms had to agonize over wedding favors. Instead of trying to find wedding favors all your guests will love, why not set up a gift lounge? The idea of a gift lounge is that guests are able to enter a room and create their own personalized welcome bag from the items you have laid out. Best of all, the gift lounge gives you the opportunity to greet or say goodbye to all your guests.

If you’re planning a destination wedding, a gift lounge can be a great way to greet guests as they check into the romantic boutique inn or other unique wedding venue you have planned. Be sure to include items such as snacks or local specialties so that there’s something for everyone.

Nontraditional Wedding Gifts

In the past, people gave brides and grooms wedding gifts like cookware to help them set up a household. However, since the average marrying age in the U.S. has shifted to the late twenties, more and more couples are asking for nonconventional gifts such as museum memberships or even asking guests to donate to their favorite charity. While this doesn’t mean you still can’t ask for a new set of dishes, it does expand your options.

Wedding Dresses that Flow and Shimmer

Looking for the perfect wedding dress? We’ve noticed that more and more brides are saying “I do” in dresses with breezy silhouettes or metallic accents. For example, subtle silver or gold threading in a wedding dress can give it a touch of elegance and sophistication. Flowing fabrics like tulle and organza are also popular, especially for destination weddings.

Colors, Not Neutrals

The PANTONE Color of the Year is “Greenery,” a color we expect to see in many weddings before the end of the year. While past weddings were often decorated in soft neutral colors, we are seeing more and more weddings use colors like Greenery for floral arrangements, wedding cakes, decorations, and more.

Natural Decor

An outdoor wedding venue will have plenty of plants and flowers to give your wedding ceremony and reception a peaceful ambiance. However, many couples are bringing Mother Nature inside to share in the festivities. We’re talking bigger bouquets, potted plants, and large floral arrangements to decorate wedding locations.

Memorable Getaways

If you and your fiancé(e) want to make a memorable getaway, be sure to make arrangements with your wedding reception venue beforehand. For example, one of the most popular requests we get is for our horse-drawn carriage service. Whether you want to ride off into the sunset in a horse-drawn carriage or on a motorcycle, a memorable sendoff will be sure to get people talking and be the perfect opportunity to snap photos for your wedding album.

Henderson Castle is a wedding venue in Kalamazoo that has been the location for countless beautiful weddings. If you are interested in planning an indoor or outdoor celebration at our wedding venue, be sure to call Kalamazoo wedding planners at (269) 344-1827.