Happy 2017 everybody! I can’t wait for all the weddings I have lined up in the next 12 months PLUS I get to celebrate Canada’s 150TH birthday in Ottawa while on site for our biggest event of the year - CACUSS.   To kick off the New Year, I’ve listed some predicted trends for the upcoming event season based on observed consistencies with my own clients and input from my fellow planners.  I think this is going to be an annual list;)

Engagement Videos

Remember the ‘same day edits’ trend a few years ago? These were mini videos created and featured during a couple’s wedding day and shown during the reception. Now I’m seeing a greater interest in engagement videos; video testimonials with one on ones of the couple filmed before the wedding day featured and shared at the reception.  The videos are honest, humorous and something the couple can hang onto for a long time.

Incorporating Paper and Balloons

Thanks to amazing local décor companies like Glitter and Glue Party Boxes, I am seeing far less emphasis on florals as part of my client’s décor wish list and instead lots of interest in paper flower décor, paper lanterns, streamers in creative patterns and balloon garlands.  Not only do they make a huge visual impact but this type of décor is very budget friendly as well.

 Less and less formality

More than ever, ‘anything goes’ at a wedding. Couples treat their wedding as an extension of hosting a grand party in their own home and want the celebrations to be comfortable and less stuffy.  I always tell my brides never to follow a tradition if they are not comfortable with it or if it doesn’t make sense to them.  Forgoing the traditional plated dinner, many of my couples are opting to serve comfort food and dishes guests get excited about eating – like creamy mac and cheese and mini burgers easily accessible on double sided buffets.  Drinks are served at all times, gone is the dedicated cocktail hour.  Many brides and grooms no longer have a maid of honour or best man (or even a wedding party) and receiving lines are becoming less common, with couples opting to visit each table during dinner instead.

Modern & Industrial Style

2016 was the year of the monochrome wedding and in 2017 whites and metallics continue in popularity but rather softer, brushed metallic popping from bright white accents that are a beautiful pairing.  It creates a super contemporary vibe which is very ‘on-trend’ right now.  Combining this palatte with industrial and modern touches creates a fashionable yet classy look.


This is a trend I am really excited about!  An artistic play on ombre, my couples are exploring water colour options for their stationary and wedding day décor.  It is a great way to incorporate tints of colour for a sleek look.

Going Green

How could I neglect to mention the colour of the year according to pantone - ‘Greenery.’ Every year since 2000, the company has chosen a color that reflects the current cultural climate. This color will influence trends in all facets of design—architecture, interior décor, fashion, food and travel.   Eucalyptus, succulents and other greens continue to grow in popularity as brides gravitate towards a full, lush look that is oh so gorgeous! Greenery also signifies new beginnings: a fresh New Year; healthier food resolutions and growing vegetarian trends and a ‘reconnection to nature.’