WEDDING NOTES: Current Wedding Trends

Nicole Leever Photography

With the ever changing seasons during the wedding planning process, we see a few great trends popping up for 2017. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Mismatched Bridesmaids - The bride selects a color palette for her wedding and then gives her bridesmaids the freedom to choose their own style gown and their own color favorites within that palette. This can be a wonderful way for large wedding parties to create a unique look for the female members of the party. It also insures that each of the bridesmaids may, in fact, have a dress she will wear again and again. 
  • More than just cake - While wedding cakes remain reception favorites, we are seeing more and more dessert tables with a wide variety of offerings. Some of the most popular are tables of ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, cake pops, donuts, make-your-own sundaes and individual cakes as the centerpieces of each guest table.
  • Glamour and Red Carpet Gowns - While geography does play a role in the kind of wedding gown many brides choose, we are seeing a growing group of gowns which emphasize the bare look. Deep V necks - both front and back, sheer lace fabric with elaborate bead work, slit skirts and hints of bare skin are appearing in weddings - not just in magazine layouts. 
  • Brunch Weddings have become popular as a way to both save money for the couple and as a way of offering guests a unique experience. It works very well with a morning ceremony, and gives guests who have traveled out of town to attend a head start towards home. For brides who have a full day's activities planned for their guests, a brunch reception leaves time in the day for special events.
  • Sustainable Catering is becoming a favorite for many couples. This menu option works well for both indoor buffets and outdoor receptions. In fact, the focus on sustainable food options and environmentally sound locations make a true statement of what the couple values. 


Wedding styles may change with seasons, but one of the things about gowns that remains constant is the train.  And the guideline is - the length of the gown's train (and veil) determines how formal the gown is.  Obviously, you may do whatever pleases you but know that traditionally long, cathedral-length trains are best suited for a very formal evening wedding.  Shorter chapel or sweep trains are appropriate for a less formal daytime or evening wedding.

There are several train styles to consider when selecting your gown.  Trains may be attached and may require a bustle for ease of movement at the reception.  Others are detachable for the reception.  Here is a description of the various styles you may consider.

*The royal is a dramatic and extravagant train that falls up to twelve feet on the floor behind you.  Think the wedding scene from the Sound of Music.

*The cathedraltrain is a very formal length that falls between six and eight feet on the floor.

*The chapeltrain is a popular choice that falls three to four feet on the floor.

*Thecourttrain is less formal than a chapel train.  It falls about a foot onto the floor.

*The sweep train is less formal.  It falls about six inches on the floor.

*Thewatteautrain falls from the shoulder blades or back yoke to the floor.

WEDDING NOTES: Rehearsal Week

Some of the best advice we've heard comes from wedding planners who counsel their brides to have a special focus on themselves that last week before their wedding day. We like to think of it as the rehearsal before the big event. This week is a critical time and if you use it wisely, you'll have taken a major step toward a fabulous wedding day. Plan your time this week before the event as a way to insure that all goes well on that day.

  • Do your own Dress Rehearsal - Put on every piece of clothing that you plan to wear on your wedding day. Put it all on to be sure it fits properly, looks great, and feels comfortable.
  • Break in your Shoes - Wear them an hour or more every day and be sure to pack an alternate pair for "just in case". 
  • Double check with your wedding planner and cover all the bases. 
  • Send out schedules to your photographer, videographers, and other vendors.
  • Clear up any projects you have outstanding at your job. Wrap them up so you don't have to worry about any aspect of work while you are on your honeymoon.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Rehearse your vows out loud. Don't just run through them in your mind. 
  • Confirm who is making toasts and when.
  • Figure out who will be responsible for taking gifts from the wedding and where they are being taken
  • Call any key guests who have not sent in their RSVP. Or ask your maid of honor to do it for you.
  • Make sure to pick up the marriage license.
  • Double check the seating chart for any last minute adjustments.
  • Pack your day of survival kit. 

WEDDING NOTES: Make Technology Your Planning Partner

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In this day and age, we become tech experts in our early teens and continue to retain knowledge which, in turn, makes life a little easier and more organized. Our brides have shared a few of their best ideas on how to incorporate technology into weddings.

  • Consider 3D Printing as a way to personalize your cake top, place cards, and favors.
  • Create a custom Snapchat geofilter for your wedding day. YES, this is a thing! A fun custom filter is such a great personal touch to add to your guests overall experience.
  • Plan a live stream of your wedding. If your guest list includes elderly relatives, guests who live out of town or off exploring in another country, being able to view your nuptials in real time is terrific. They can watch the entire ceremony, see your first dance and watch the cake cutting in real time. Facebook Live is a great resource to use. 
  • If you plan to use a high tech photo booth at your reception, plan the use of an onsite attendant as well for any tech complications. They can include fun backdrops and props to spice up the activities, leaving guests with a great photo for keeps. 
  • Provide a few Instant Polaroid cameras here and there during the reception. Have a little basket for guests to drop off the photos they want to share with you. This is such a fun idea and a perfect addition for your wedding album.
  • Explore universal gift registries online. They frequently offer unique experiences, household items, group gifting ideas and even honeymoon cash.