According to Pantone – colour experts and the official body that decides the ‘it’ hue, year in year out – ‘Greenery’ is the colour of 2017, which you might want to remember if you’re planning a wedding this year.
The shade suits anyone with fun, outdoorsy, modern or ‘wild’ ideas in mind for their big day, since it embodies all those feels, as well as a sense of freshness, purity or ‘newness’, being so associated with nature.
But best still is that it’s such an easy trend to work into your plans, without having it take over your theme (or your wedding photos) entirely. Here’s a few ideas to trying the trend on your wedding day – from tiny touches to stylish statements for bride, groom and venue decor.
- 1. Bare Bouquets
Big floral bouquets will always have their appeal, but the modern look is something a little less packed with petals – something more sparse and leafy.
You don’t have to carry fancy flowers if you’re more of a cactus sort of girl – in fact, what’s cool now, is to carry a flower-less arrangement (long stems, unusual leaves, even cacti ) instead.
However you do it and whatever the arrangement you hold, just be sure to keep the colour green on show. Add long leaves or tall, whispy blades of grass to bring a carefree, fresh feeling to your bouquet – a modern twist on the tradition of walking flowers down the aisle.
- 2. Eating Green
Table decor is key to the wedding reception experience – your meal should be a feast for the eyes too.
In recent years, brides have been opting for vintage-inspired florals in the form of long table runners and extravagant center-pieces, but you needn’t spend most of your budget in this area. Cacti, potted succulents are cheaper alternatives to flowers and will more than suffice by bringing an interesting visual texture to your setting.
Equally, a little green addition to placeholders, plates or even cocktails can go a long way visually, as well as providing a talking point for guests.
The aim should be to make the foliage you choose standout, but just bear in mind it needn’t be for the sheer size volume of petals – less is sometimes a lot more.3. Touches of Green
There are ways to bring tiny touches of 2017’s ‘It’ colour into your wedding, without it overpowering your day.
Asides table decor which will be under the nose of your guests, there are other elements you can include, like leafy garlands for stairways, signage and balloons.
Think about little things, even pre-ceremony, that you can use to inject the colour into your plans – like getting creative with your wedding invitations. We like these by TypeODesign on Etsy.
4. A Walk in the Grass
Wearing green on your wedding day is certainly going to make a statement, but with so many ways to incorporate it, you can decide how loudly you’ll declare your love for the colour.
Bolder brides may’ve ditched plans to wed in white already, and might consider 2017’s ‘it’ hue via a classic shade, like Emerald or deep Forest Green. This dress by Leanne Marshall proves just how gorgeous that can be on a bride.
Equally, pastel pieces like this gown by Jenny Packham are super pretty, and will also work with most palettes décor-wise.
Or maybe your bridesmaids can carry the torch for the trend, while you contrast in a more traditional gown? We love this pastel suggestion by Grace Loves Lace.
And let’s not forget about the groom. If head-to-toe green is too bold, try a tie or pocket square.
Else why not try a smaller detail like his shoelaces? Wound into a pair of brogues, there’s a quirky contrast between the classic and the playful, the trend meeting the traditional in a cool, understated way.
5. Dripping in Emeralds
Brides that love a bit of bling might want something a little different to your typical, clear diamante. And this is where emerald crystals and beadwork can come to the rescue.
We love this gown by Oscar de la Renta – the way the green detail brings a subtle twist to the traditional lace.
Similarly this ‘hair vine’ accessory by Cheryl Parrot Jewelry would make a great alternative to a flower crown or tiara, no matter the style of dress you opt for.6. Let’s Go Outside
How better to incorporate ‘Greenery’ into your big day, than with the real thing: an outdoor location that screams of the stuff.
Whether it’s a sculpted garden, a foresty corner, a room with a view or something set within a vastly green landscape, why not embrace a bit of nature and fresh air into your ceremony or reception?Maka Tipis provide a fun way to find yourself enjoying the great outdoors with a bit of shelter and style.
- 7. Natural Beauty
Or how about showing off your natural beauty by using a touch of green to highlight your best features? The right shade of green can lift any colour eye – just make sure to choose a green that compliments your complexion. <.p>
Green can look strong as a wash of shadow over eyelids, or subtle as an alternative to black cat-eyeliner.
Subtler still is a classic green on long nails. We like Gatsby-style designs using gold details, and pastel tips decorated with glitter.
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And don’t forget to grab tickets to our 2017 BoShow Wedding Festival Tour, where there’ll be shopping, street food and family entertainment, as well as lots of bridal suppliers serving unique inspiration for modern brides and grooms-to-be.