2017 Virginia Wedding Trends

Recently engaged or already knee-deep in planning your upcoming wedding? Here is a short list of wedding trends we've seen our couples embrace over the past year. The overall themes combine simplicity and class with a hint of rustic elegance.

 

 

TREND #1: UNPLUGGED CEREMONIES

Brides are requesting that their guests turn off all electronics during the "I Do’s" to keep the moment intimate and special with their loved ones, leaving the photographer to capture it all.

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TREND #2: UNIQUE ESCORT CARDS

Keys were a big trend for 2016, and brides found unique ways to incorporate them into the décor, most often in the table settings. Photo Credit: Left Vertical + Top Right: Stephanie Dee; Bottom Right: Candace Nicole

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TREND #3: PERSONALIZATION

Couples are finding something true to themselves whether it be his & her cocktails, monogramed cocktail napkins, favors or signage to incorporate their unique interests into the wedding. Photo Credit: Sam Stroud;  Bottom Left: Nicole Ballard; Bottom Right: Timmester Photography

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TREND #4: SOCIAL MEDIA

The flipside of our first trend, this one has to do with sharing galore. After the ceremony, it seems that all bets are off. From custom snapchat geofilters to wedding hashtags, couples want the world to know it is indeed their special day, and everyone is having a blast at the party.  Photo Credit: Left & Top Right: Stephanie Dee; Bottom Right: Alex Tenser

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TREND #5: RENTALS

Lending the air of romance to the reception, couples are opting to incorporate soft seating, upgraded linens, and customized place settings into their celebration. Photo Credit: Left: Candace Nicole; Right: Victoria Heer

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TREND #6: GARLANDS

At Airlie, we know the importance of being green, and have seen decadent lush florals take center stage in wedding décor this year. With pantone announcing its 2017 color of the year as “Greenery,” it is definitely a trend we see continuing. Photo Credit: Left: Katelyn James; Right: Dominique Fierro

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TREND #7: FRUIT

Brides are incorporating fruits into their big day from the escort cards to favors and florals.
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While these top the list, the following trends are gaining in popularity:

  • Long Tables
  • Balloon Letters
  • Bonfires, Blankets & S'more Stations
  • Lawn Games
  • Lanterns
  • Matching bridal party robes

Looking for more wedding trend inspo? Visit our Pinterest Boards and Website Galleries. Congratulations, and happy planning!

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Shiloh Wolfrey

Written by Shiloh Wolfrey

Shiloh Wolfrey has been an integral part of Airlie team since 2013. As a Catering Sales Manager, she helps couples select the perfect date, menu and venues for their big day. With a background in food and beverage operations, she is able to share an insider¹s perspective. A bride-to-be herself, Shiloh is on the cutting edge of current wedding trends. In her free time, Shiloh enjoys shared days off with her fiancé, exploring the local brewery and winery scene, road trips, spontaneous adventures, and of course planning her wedding (read: Pinterest).

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