10 x 2017 Wedding trends as scouted by Most Curious Wedding Fair, the wedding show for the style savvy couple, from the Norwich show exhibitors. The Norwich event is happening this Sunday 9th April at St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Come and see them all unfold at the show, including 60 en vogue exhibitors, fashions shows, cake, bubbly and music!
1.Bell or feature sleeves
The 70s silhouette of the billowing, bell, or feature sleeve is everywhere and if you want to be on top of the trends, your big day outfit needs to reference this. Gone are the days of totally sleeveless, these puppies had better be all present and correct and ready to shine. Whether it’s oversized, embroidered or extra long, just think, big and statement - if your sleeves are not the key feature of your dress in 2017 you might have to rethink things...
Brilliant babe Lola’s Vintage will have lots of authentic options such as this beaut seen with the denim jacket, at the Norwich show. She’s styling all the Norwich fashions too, so you know they’re gonna be good!
2017 will be the year of pressing flowers onto and into, well everything. From the veil, to the dress, the cake, the drinks, heck even the ice bucket and maybe if you’re uber trendy, your own skin, ala fashion babes Preen by Thorton Bregazzi. Pretty pansies and delicate daisies - dainty with detail type blooms are the bloom de jour and it’s a fresh new vibe that is a great new idea, rather than a rehashing of an old one, so thumbs up from us! Put all the pansies on everything - as seen by yummy Sweet Nothing Bake House who’ll be set up with her cake truck outside the show, as well as Nelson’s Cottage Bakery who created this edible flower adorned cake which we love.
3.Pink - everything!
You maybe have noticed in the world of fashion and art pink is where it’s at, baby pink, blush pink, coral pink and maybe all together, and its trickling through to weddings - see it on the cake, the flowers (as seen on this impressive bouquet by Swaffham Florists and who’ll be at the show) and peachy tones are even coming through in wedding and bridesmaid dresses available to see at The Bottom Drawer Bridal boutique ( who is also exhibting at the show), adding a little interest to the traditional whites and creams, and throughout decor you will be seeing these palette at the coolest of nuptials, with rosy velvet drapes and balloons. Heck we’ve even got Nelson’s Cottage Bakery making pink themed macarrons, some of which will be going in our equally PINK goodie bags, part of the PINKTOPIA theme of the 2017 shows.
4. Balloons are back.
In fact, Balloons are at the forefront of the pink resurgence for weddings, and in general they are making a big comeback. Clustered in varying sizes and shades of the same colour (namely pink!) and en masse in matte, rather than shiny finishes, the humble balloon is definitely having a resurgence. And you’re quids in as this is a great affordable way to make a statement that covers a large area with ease. Joining us at the Norwich show to create more PINKTOPIA Balloon dreams, are Fetti and Bow, come and see them turn a Medieval Hall pink while simultaneously bringing back the cool of the balloon for 2017!
5. Neon Signage.
The flouro tubular lighting most often associated with nail bars and strip joints is having a moment. Whether it’s a cool slogan made bespoke for you, as a ceremony backdrop or photo op, or re-using of existing signs to mark out your bar area or dance floor, neon signs are 2017’s most en trend decor feature. If you make it pink too you’re double winning.
6. 70s - think disco balls, big hair, big earrings and even dungarees style bridal!
So your hair needs to be a) down and b) big, think Diana Ross or Farah Faucett. The era of stardust, glitter, glam and general fabulousness is getting a modern make over for the coolest weddings. Boho is still there, but it’s had a spruce up and it’s ready to boogie.
7. Feature jackets.
In 2017 you’re nobody if your bridal outfit doesn’t include having some sort of bad-as imagery or wordage emblazoned across your shoulder blades, via casual jacket vibes. Light denim or leather coats will be making an appearance in many of the coolest brides evening attire as they party on the dancefloor, with text alluding to the their new wifey or Mrs xxx status.
8. Pretty, detailed sweet things
We are seeing a lot of love for French Pattiserie style deserts in the up and coming wedding season. Pastry delights, glittery pink cherries, sprinkled with pretty edible, colourful sprigs and shoots, tarts and tartlets, madeleines, macaroons, clever, detailed structural additions and wild decorative elements to cakes - the simple, naked cake may be in it’s way out and wow-factor yums are back in. Make sure you check our Buns of Fun, Sweet Nothing Bake House and our very own in-house cafe Expresso Caterers (they do weddings too!) to see the trend for reals.
9. Painterly style
We are seeing this as a trend that has been simmering for a while but definitely making its mark on 2017. Stationery and floor plans, maps to the big day, cakes and even some dresses all have that hand painted and water colour look. It’s subtle and beautiful and all about embracing a maker with real skill so we’re into it! Look to super cute Frog & Pencil a the show as well as The Wedding Illustrator who is going to be doing live painted illustration at the event itself!
10. Applique and embroidered florals on wedding dresses
The 3D textural and tactile element to dresses is strong this year, with trailing flowers and vines, even the odd butterfly or snake making an appearance in the mix- pioneered by Gucci last season. Poppy Dover creates beautiful little love slogans and and motifs embroidered on her gowns and Norwich exhibitor The Bottom Drawer Bridal and many others show flowers slightly lifting off the fabric of dresses. It's pretty, clever and interesting all at the same time. Through the Woods we ran have amazing examples of this well, uber cool Australian photographers who have recently relocated to the UK and will be at the Norwich show, hoping to find all you hip East Anglian couples!
A note about the goody bags! The first 100 brides to attend, who have already bought an advance ticket online will get one of the goody bags, which includes among other things, a Norfolk Brides magazine, stationery by Frog & Pencil and Sam Wood, Dermatalogica samples from Norwich School of Beauty and some bubbles from Adnams, I mean not bad for £2.50, ay?!
BOOK YOUR TICKETS ONLINE HERE
THIS SUNDAY 9 APRIL 2017, 11AM – 4PM
St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Street, Norwich, NR3 1AU