Expert Advice From Mennat Al Hammami: 2017 Wedding Trends

Expert Advice From Mennat Al Hammami: 2017 Wedding Trends

After helpfully providing us with a list of wedding dates to avoid in her last expert feature, Mennat Al Hammami, founder of Cloud 9 Weddings & Events, returns this month with the fun topic of 2017 wedding trends. From the influence of Pantone’s colour of the year, ‘Greenery’, to the emergence of industrial chic, we discover exactly what you can expect to see at weddings in 2017. If your big day is set for this year, we hope that Mennat’s advice inspires you to include some of the elements mentioned below. Enjoy!


We are now a month into 2017, and with the new year, a collection of new influences and trends has emerged. Transcending from creative industries such as fashion, theatre and film, the colours and themes that I mention below are already evident in what couples are choosing to create for their big day.

Read on to discover the top trends and ideas that are currently in high demand!


With neutrals and blush tones showing no signs of leaving the wedding scene, we will now see them being paired up with lots and lots of greenery, from chair garlands to green runners and hanging installations. We are also seeing greenery becoming a must-have element in bridal bouquets. Expect oversized, loose bouquets with a few flower buds and an abundance of foliage! An installation over the dance floor featuring florals mixed in with greens will be popular since so many of your guests spend a great deal of the night there. *Image below via Style Me Pretty. Photo by


Strong colours and mismatched patterns

Expect these to be seen in tableware items, oversized floral patterns and as part of backdrops and large scale décor, as well as in stationery and linens. Rich textures will continue to be popular in weddings, with velvet playing a larger role. Incorporating velvet into the design of your wedding will add depth and interest, taking a classic look to the next level. Plums and coral hues have filled the runway and I see them transferring into the wedding scene. Another colour that is making its way back is pink!

Tropical themes and bold leaves

Foliage backdrops are still here to stay and are taking on a more modern style with tropical leaves. Tropical leaves are fun and fresh and the leaf can be incorporated as a décor element in various ways, from menus to centerpiece bases, to backdrops! This theme can be implemented at a destination wedding –  think of a beach-side set up with a pop of colour. Alternatively, an urban-modern tropical look can also be achieved. Think copper elements in a large, almost empty industrial inspired space with structured florals, minimal tablescapes, and a muted palette.

dubai 2017 wedding trends

Industrial Chic

This brings me to a different trend that and I am loving.  Imagine dreamy colours paired with metallic in a spacious warehouse or art space decked out with ornate, over-the-top centerpieces and set aglow with strands of festoon bulb lights and candles. Ultimately, this is a set up that is a whimsical combination of traditional elements and modular pieces amidst light tones of florals and greenery. This style can be attainable for all budgets, with the aim being to create the ultimate cool, timeless and effortless vibe.


Boho Chic

In other words, Bohemian elegance. Think laid back ambience with a natural feel and ethnic touches while still maintaining romance and elegance. This theme works well in outdoor spaces, where tables can be an eclectic combination of pieces with loose floral arrangements. While peonies continue to reign, this theme allows for more wild florals such as protea, monstera, and all types of fern mixed in with classics such as garden roses and ranunculus for that hint of sophistication.

Interactive food stations

Snack bars and food trucks in the late hours of the evening are becoming a must-have at weddings. This is a food set up that is more informal than the traditional buffet or sit-down wedding breakfast. Popular choices in the UAE are Wagyu Beef sliders, oyster bars, doughnut walls, taco stations and Shawarma stands! A fun way to display the food is to hire food trucks or rustic carriages branded by the couple.


A final trend that I personally see creeping up on us towards the end of the year is bespoke illustrations and calligraphy. While couples are researching trends, there is still a strong side of them that wants the wedding to speak their personality from the moment guests receive their invitation. Playful designs, a nod to greenery and rose gold foiling will all be popular in 2017. Moreover, hand-illustrated maps will be a fun addition to wedding stationery sets.

Xx Mennat xX

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