5 Wedding Trends You Haven’t Heard About Yet

updated May 3, 2019
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Couples often feel pressure to have a “timeless” or “classic” wedding. Here’s the thing, though: there’s no such thing as a timeless wedding. Just like fashion and home décor, wedding trends come and go.

So here’s my best advice: Forget about trying to be timeless and let yourself embrace the unique trends you love, infusing your wedding day with your own personal brand of magic. In 20 years, your wedding photos will look dated anyway. (And I promise you’ll still love them.)

The secret is to pick the trends that truly resonate with you — the ones that make you say, but I’ve always liked whatever that thing is that’s now on trend. Here are 5 unique trends you probably haven’t heard about yet to get you started redefining classic for yourself (and your partner!) in 2017:

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Silent Disco

Keep the party going long after your venue’s noise cut off time by throwing a silent disco for your guests. Participants listen (and dance!) to music transmitted via wireless headphones, leaving the rest of the party to carry on their conversations without competing with the DJ. This couple, featured on Love My Dress, said it was one of their favorite parts of their wedding and looking at this photo, it’s easy to see why!

(Image credit: Liz Banfield)

Live Painting

Photo booths are a blast, but if fine art is more your bag, hire a Live Event Painter to capture your wedding day! Event Painters arrive early to get started setting the scene and continue painting throughout your ceremony or reception, as seen in this photo from a wedding by Tara Guerard Soiree.

(Image credit: Abby Jiu)

They provide entertainment — your guests will want to check in on their progress throughout the night — as well as a beautiful piece of art to help you remember your day.

(Image credit: Layers Photography)

Forget Flowers

Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year, so why not forgo the flowers for a beautiful bouquet of greens like this one captured by Layers Photography? It feels fresh and versatile (go lush or minimal) and should save you a little cash too. Or if ditching flowers is just too much to bear, embrace another 2017 trend (paper!) and opt for a long-lasting bouquet from Amaranthus Paper and Flora.

(Image credit: Meghan K. Sadler)

Tiaras + Headpieces

Whether minimally metallic or statement-making with stars and crystals, headpieces are a perfectly on-trend way to complete your wedding day look. As much as I love a flower crown, I think that 2017 is going to be all about the modern-day tiara, like this beauty by Erica Elizabeth Designs as featured on Green Wedding Shoes.

(Image credit: Theo Milo Photography)

Great Heights

After a period of low centerpieces, we can expect to see décor reach for great heights this year- think trumpet centerpieces, floral chandeliers, and overhead installations. This tropical trumpet by Erin Mclean featured on My Domaine is a perfectly modern and playful take on this trend, proving that tall centerpieces aren’t just for lavishly bedecked ballrooms any more.