The humidity may be starting to dissipate (or will soon, we promise!), but love is always in the air on Hilton Head Island. The area’s natural beauty, endless amenities and five-star resorts and clubhouses offer brides and grooms from near and far the perfect place to get hitched.
No matter where you’ll be standing when you say “I do,” there are tons of trends to take into consideration — or just use as inspiration — that shift a bit from season to season. Here are some of the top wedding trends for fall 2017 to help create the vision for your perfect “first day married!” celebration.
Congratulations and have fun making your day as magical as your love!
ROMANCING THE DRESS
Wedding dress designers have been amping up the romance with lots of Chantilly lace embellishments, tulle skirts and sparkly brooches and rhinestones. If you’re into something a bit edgier, try adding a touch of black via a satin belt or sexy choker. And while traditional white will always be tops, look for gowns in gorgeous light blue hues in coming months, too.
Matchy-matchy bridesmaid dresses are elegant, traditional … and completely unnecessary. Today’s brides are opting for a mismatched look. Either go with the same designer and color but allow your attendants to pick dresses that suit their style and body types, or select the same fabric and a specific color family — different shades of blue, for example, or all jewel tones — and let your besties make your wedding party a truly unique yet coordinated affair.
Pantone’s color of the year, Greenery, is showing up on tablescapes and in wedding party attire as tons of brides seem to be going green by using lots of, well, greenery in bouquets, centerpieces and cakes. The top color this fall, though, is pink — so popular it’s sometimes referred to as “Millennial pink.” From satiny pink shoes for the bride to pink flowers, pink place cards and spiked pink lemonade cocktails, this soft, romantic hue has staying power.
Who says math is boring? Geometric wedding design has found its way into virtually every aspect of the big day, from geometric backdrops and arbors to triangular place cards, oddly angled lighting fixtures and even plates and stemware that are anything but round.
FOOD + DRINK
The late-night snack is now a regular wedding reception feature, not so much the special extra that it used to be. While greasy fast food options like sliders and fries are always crowd pleasers, couples are also leaning toward more early-morning options like gourmet mini Pop-Tarts, fresh doughnuts, funnel cakes or fun cereal selections with a variety of milk options.
For both the drink and dinner menus, wedding pros are turning to mixologists and more innovative caterers to “wow” wedding guests and their palates with unusual flavor combinations.
Couples are in love not just with each other but also with their pets, and more pooches are making their way up the aisle to witness their “parents” tying the knot. Whether you want your dog to be a ring bearer or just be part of the day’s formal family portraits, there is a ton of cute wedding day apparel out there for pups of all sizes. And be sure to pamper your pooch with a good grooming before the big day.
Pantone’s Greenery color is also fostering a “fresh from the garden” trend, seen in loosely styled, hand-tied bouquets. Eco-conscious brides, meanwhile, are opting for in-season locally grown flowers, simple wildflowers, succulents or even dried flowers. And greenery crowns and real flowers in a bride’s hair and on the cake are popular as well.
FOOD AS FAVORS
Giving food as a favor isn’t new — anyone who’s ever had pastel-colored Jordan almonds can attest to that. But what’s trending in the food-as-favors realm is the idea of sending your guests off with a bit of breakfast for their early-morning flights (or late-night cravings). Gourmet cereal bars or granola, locally roasted coffee, biscuits and local honey or tiny jars of homemade jam can all be the perfect presents for your guests to remember you by.
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Richard Wagner’s “Here Comes the Bride” wedding march will always be the classic accompaniment for the bride’s smile-popping walk up the aisle, but many couples are mixing it up with more contemporary alternatives that speak to their unique love story or just add a bit of fun. A few ideas: