Wedding 101: 2017 Spring and Summer Wedding Trends

As Chicago wedding photographers, we know that trends and weddings usually don’t go together. However, we believe you can follow the trend and make it timeless! We want to make sure your day is perfect and completely on trend, so we compiled our picks for 2017 Spring and Summer weddings. Get ready for custom luxury, bursts of color, lush greenery, and way more fun!

Unique Invitations

Get your guests excited to celebrate from the very beginning. Custom invites featuring foil stamping and hand-lettering are a few of the stationery trends catching our eye for 2017. Bespoke illustrations and bold envelopes (think: shocking fuchsia with white ink) are other ways to get noticed. Check out one of our favorites, Chicago’s Bluebird Paper Company for awe-inspiring invites! 

Metallic Dresses and Breezy Silhouettes

Sparkly gowns—gold, silver and metallic beading are back this season. The ball gown is making a comeback too, perfect for a formal evening wedding. Breezy silhouettes and airy skirts. These effortless dresses (think: flowing fabrics like tulle and organza) have an ethereal vibe and are well suited for a destination affair or even a second look. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments, and off-the-shoulder looks will also be making their way down aisles this year.

Color Comeback

Neutrals and pastels have paved the way for a total return to color. Expect to see pops of bold shades and bright color pairings. Pantone named “greenery” the Color of the Year—it’s vibrant and earthy, making it perfect for all seasons. This fresh hue is symbolic of reconnecting with nature. We look forward to more green in everything from floral arrangements to colored linens.

Au Naturel

Décor trends are going organic. If you can’t celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add some oversize potted trees to a ballroom for an instant forest effect. Or incorporate natural elements like wood and stone into your table settings. Greenery (not just the color) continues to trend—it’s easy to manipulate and can give your décor an undone but beautiful look. Bouquets are getting bigger too and some old-school styles, like cascade and pageant, are making a serious comeback.  


A Movable Feast

With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is being replaced with more interactive options. Set up stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don’t want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cool cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on the expected. 

Grooms Looks 

Like wedding gowns, wedding suits go through trends year after year and the fashionable groom in 2017 is looking at some gorgeous ones to make him look super stylish. Traditional tweeds are the option for creative-types, while those following the fashion trends for spring will opt for shades of blue in an impeccably tailored style. For a more casual event, we see grooms in classic white shirt and tie taking the lead.

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Timothy Whaley is a 3rd generation photojournalist. His father, along with his grandfather, a Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame inductee, passed down a love for telling stories through pictures.

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