With 2017 just a few short months away (I know, I can't believe it either), those of us in the wedding planning and design industry are starting to keep an eye out for trends that we believe we'll see in 2017 (and which we won't!).
One such trend is the inclusion of cultural traditions in wedding ceremonies and receptions, and I am personally thrilled to see this getting some attention.
As an event designer, I obviously love all things pretty, and bringing the visions and dreams that my couples have to life; however, I always strive to bring their personalities and backgrounds into those designs too and it's great that we're going to start seeing more of this across the board.
So, how does one start thinking about this trend and what role will it play in your big day? That's totally up to you.
For starters, let's address one large misconception: the inclusion of cultural traditions into your wedding day doesn't mean that your overall design concept needs to change (unless of course you want it to). There are plenty of ways to still pull off your dream decor plan while including meaningful touches that make the event about the two of you. That's what this is all about - personalizing the day by bringing in elements of your backgrounds and lives to make the event as authentic and intimate as possible.
Are you Italian? Have a grandparent perform a traditional toast or set up an espresso bar when the cake is served.
Irish? Consider a flower crown (similar to the wreaths worn) or have guests ring small bells as you enter your reception during introductions.
There are plenty of small touches that you can add to your wedding day that won't throw off an entire design plan or vision, but that allow you to bring both of your backgrounds into a day celebrating your new life together.