These Are The Top Wedding Reception Trends For 2017

November 16, 2016 by Linda DiProperzio
shefinds | Weddings

Once you've said I do, it's time to celebrate! The reception is the time when you can start to relax and truly enjoy all of that hard work into planning your special day. Throw a party your guests will never forget by incorporating some of these wedding reception trends for the coming year.

[Photo: Erich McVey]

Dessert Bars

Not every guest enjoys the same type of dessert--someone may by allergic to chocolate or peanuts--so having a variety of sweet treats says you are taking everyone into consideration, says Erin Bhoorasingh of Grand Lens Photography.

Floral Installations

The desire from couples looking to maximize the impact of their floral budget has led to one of the biggest trends we're seeing, which is super simple tables with a show-stopping floral installation," says Hunter Sherwood of Sherwood Design and Events. "Guest tables may have just greenery and candles, but an elaborate flower chandelier will be created in the middle of the room."


Chicken is out and duck is in with foodies, says Chef Alexa Lemley of Artisan Foodworks Catering. "It’s reasonably priced--and is delicious."

Bold Blues & Soft Pinks

Bold blues such as peacock, navy, royal blue and jewel tones, as well as soft pinks like blush, rose gold, dusty rose, will be very popular in 2017, says Nikki Pechet of Thumbtack.

Brunch Weddings

Host a mid-morning ceremony followed by brunch, says Jennifer Taylor of Taylor’d Events Group. “Ask any guests that want to dance the night away to show up for a dessert and booze party at a separate location that evening. Another option is to skip the late night reception and head out of town on that honeymoon right away--a great way to save on budget.”


A lot of brides are opting out of traditional flowers and using succulents instead for decor, says Alexis Matthews, catering manager at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

No Seating Chart

"We’re seeing couples ditch the seating chart, which not only creates less work for them, but it also lets guests mingle and meet each other, unifying both sides of the families," says Matthews.

Floral Tables

Floral walls have been all the rage the past few years for photo backdrops and wow-worthy entryways, but floral tables take the trend to the next level, says Skylar Caitlin, Chancey Charm Houston Wedding Planner. “Florists are coving the bases and legs of tables completely in flowers to make it look as if the actual support system of the surface is made of flora. They’ll definitely be conversation starters!”

Mismatched Harmony

Not everything has to match for your wedding, says Jamie Chang of Passport to Joy. “You can do the full-blown elegant wedding, but serve a hamburger for dinner; or have a beach wedding and wear a dress with a train; or picking a modern chair to use in a rustic setting.”

Lots of Lounging

Many couples will be choosing an all-lounge style reception as opposed to a traditional seated dinner layout, says Mary Huddleston of Please Be Seated. “This would include more soft-seating, interactive small-plate food stations and more cocktail tables. Couples are eager to get the party started and forgo the long seated dinner, so you will see more banquettes, benches and interesting seating options.”




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