Planning a country wedding this year? While you should always stick to your own style when designing your day, it never hurts to know what's trending. We've gathered some of the biggest themes to look for at 2017 weddings, courtesy of 's third annual .
The trends, identified by more than 60 key industry influencers, range from fashion and florals to stationery and décor and more. Some we've seen before—proof that the classics never go out of style—while others are fresh new takes on the traditional. Whether you're getting hitched in a chapel, a barn, or something different altogether, here are the best ideas for rustic-chic celebrations this year.
Lace has been a big trend in bridal fashion since, well, forever, but allover lace wedding dresses have seen a big comeback in recent seasons, and that's good news for rustic-loving brides. The feminine-meets-nostalgic fabric looks works just as well for an outdoor or barn wedding as it does for a traditional church affair. And it isn't just for dresses anymore. There are plenty of fresh ways to incorporate the material: Think delicate touches of lace on stationery or reception table runners, a sweet ceremony arch draped in lace, or even a lace-inspired design on your wedding cake. Other fabric trends you're sure to see in 2017? Velvet (hello, winter brides!), ruffles, and pleats.
Wedding stationery is returning to a more classic look, says event consultant (think custom monograms or bevel edging that's totally timeless). However, 2017 brides will also seek out surprising details like laser-cut printing. "They're obsessed with the luxurious look and quality," Johnson says. "It's like lace on a wedding dress, beautifully delicate yet so special."
Brides are saying yes to slimmer silhouettes these days, and if you're getting hitched in the country, we say even more reason to ditch the traditional ball gown. Who wants that full skirt getting in the way of walking barefoot through a field for portraits with your beloved or getting down with your wedding party at the reception?
"Natural elements such as wood, natural marble, geode stones, etc. are making their way into designs, especially tabletop design," says David Merrell, CEO and creative director of . "This is due largely to the millennial sensibilities of always tying back to nature." Talk about a perfect complement to a country wedding! There are about a million ways to incorporate the trend, whether wooden arches, marble slabs on reception tables, wooden wedding signs, geode escort cards, and more!
Copper and rose gold colors will continue to shine in this year's weddings, but they'll likely take on a burnished quality that would better suit rustic-chic celebrations. According to the report, you can also expect to see pops of saturated shades ranging from Pale Dogwood (one of Pantone's top colors for 2017) to peach to apricot for a palette that Shelby from Steel Magnolias (whose wedding colors were "blush and bashful" or "pink and pink") would approve of.
Good news for brides planning weddings in old barns or farm sheds: You're totally on-trend! Other popular picks this year will be mills, industrial warehouses, and other spaces with lots of history. "There's an authenticity and beautiful vibe to these venues, and it's heartening for couples to know that they're contributing to the ongoing history of the space," reports Australian wedding venue service .
Prefer to wed in the great outdoors? says the Danish design trend Hygge will have couples heading to the woods for weddings. "Think log cabins, toasty wood burners, and secret woodland hangouts where there's an abundance of blankets, kisses, and whiskey," they say.
Looking for a less-stuffy alternative to plated dinners, but don't want to go the buffet route? Family-style meals, in which guests dish themselves up from portions brought to the tables, are getting more and popular, and no wonder. This style of dining is down-to-earth (it'll feel more like hosting an intimate dinner party) and convenient (everyone gets to eat immediately)—a fitting choice for a country wedding. "Family tables, which we call 'royal tables,' combined with 'family-style food service' is big," Merrill says. "This is a great way for folks that don't know each other as well to get to know each other as they share food and a conducive environment to conversation."
While previous years have witnessed an explosion of floral, this year's weddings will likely be a bit more minimalist in the flower department. Instead, look for lots of greenery like leaves, branches, and herbs running down tables and adorning arches. Living walls of greenery will replace the flower wall, and even bouquets will get smaller as the cascading trend loses momentum. As event designer puts it, "flower crowns are ready to rest in peace." Brides will opt for a more minimal foliage crown or a subtler flower hairpiece, says floral design company .
"I adore the idea of incorporating a canopy of greenery that hangs high above guests' heads," says stylist . This hanging décor trend is not only an opportunity to make a statement, but it can help fill the negative space of a barn or tent with high ceilings—and since centerpieces can then be less extravagant so as not to compete, you'll free up room on the tables for that aforementioned family-style meal.
As weddings get more and more personalized, couples are coming up with individualized experiences when it comes to food—and it's catching on. "Try ideas such as build-your-own-ice-cream-cookie-sandwich, or dress-your-own-donuts," says wedding planner . Think of fun ways to display them, like this doughnut wall, which exploded on Pinterest last year.
"Couples want to make the dining about an experience, and getting people to share and serve others on a table is a great way of doing so," event catering company says, adding, "Yes, dessert is still popular but people love savory, too, so why not have a food station dedicated to antipasti or bagels?"
Gone are the days of eight-member bridal parties. This year, brides and grooms will go for a more intimate number of attendants. "Many clients are opting for only a few members in their wedding party," Tutera says, "sticking with siblings or just a few friends."