2017 Wedding Trends for your Destination Weddings in Sedona

The new year brings new ideas for all things wedding, from cake to hair styles, photos to decoration…and more! We asked our preferred vendors to share what trends they are foreseeing in 2017 and they were excited to share what’s up and coming. Be inspired and enjoy planning your dream Wedding in Sedona.


Sedona Cake Couture
Andrea Carusetta

Cake Couture Geode CakeThe story I (Andrea Carusetta) heard is that a California wedding planner gave a piece of amethyst geode to the cake maker for “inspiration” – for example colors, sparkle, natural elements, and more. The cake artist took it and rather than use it for inspiration, used it literally and created the 1st Geode cake!

Geode cake is made with real sugar crystals and is edged with edible gold and/or silver leaf. Ours is an Amethyst but it can be rose quartz (soft pink) or teal blue (teal agate) or yellow (citrine). Any color or clear sparkly crystal will work! And yes, the sugar crystals are edible (unless you have crowns).




Sedona Beauty Team
Liz Margin

Just when we thought we’d seen the last of bridal braids, they were all over the Bridal FashionWeek runways this year.  Whether a loose boho side braid, fishtail or incorporated into a more refined up-do, there’s no signs of this trend going away in 2017 and WE LOVE IT!!!

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Cameron & Kelly Studio
Cameron Clark

A trend we are seeing more of is smaller weddings. Specifically in Northern Arizona we see adventure elopements and weekday weddings. Many couples still want to stay at a nice resort, enjoy great food and wine but do not want to host more than twenty or thirty guests. This cuts down on overall budget significantly and they tend to prioritize photography. Many times the actual wedding will transition into the honeymoon in the same location. Often they will host a bigger reception in their hometown without the wedding ceremony.  We enjoy photographing these weddings because less guests means less logistics and we can take the couple to fabulous Sedona locations for portraits that would otherwise take too much time. There are so many incredible vistas in the Sedona area that make a perfect backdrop for portraits of newlyweds.


Wedding Planner

In Awe Weddings and Events
Sandy Walker

2017 weddings will have a lot of natural elements but will combine different styles to mesh together so everything is interesting and complimentary of each other. A lot of what we do as a planner is help the bride and groom pull their vision together so their wedding completely reflects their personality. Trends set by the industry though definitely play a part in the decisions that are made.  In the photos from this recent wedding at L’Auberge the bride and groom’s style was very modern but they wanted that to work with the natural environment that the venue offered.  So by mixing geometric shapes and acrylic signs with natural elements their goal was achieved beautifully.














Events By Show Stoppers
Jim Bullock

From the wedding styles to personal flowers and reception set ups, we notice a lot of wedding trends for 2017. Wedding parties are seeking more Bohemian and casual romantic weddings along with specific wedding themes, such as Hawaiian, Desert and Winter. With that we are asked more frequently to plan the style of the wedding as we see less  “do it yourself” decorations incorporated in weddings. Our couples are more and more busy but still want a beautiful destination wedding.
In regards to the ceremony, simplicity is the new trend with fewer aisle markers and less ceremony structure. However, we receive a lot of interest for dense aisle rose petals.


Currently, popular color schemes include variations of blush, neutral, ivory, gray and gold. Large, unstructured and cascading (spilly) flower bouquets and arrangements are requested more frequently. Also, we see a trend towards larger blooms in bouquets, such as dahlias, peonies, succulents and blown-open roses. For head crowns, however, smaller blooms are preferred. We see a decline in personal flower corsages for mothers, mother in-laws and grandmothers as they are rather dated and may damage the gown fabric when pinned to it. Grooms are also looking for small, yet, unique boutonnieres rather than large versions with big roses.

image002Lastly, for receptions, wedding parties are requesting either unstructured higher-end centerpieces or centerpieces placed in footed compotes. A vast trend is using hand-made garlands to decorate the cake tables. Also, we noticed that less couples request lanterns on tables and prefer combining gold and silver mercury glass votives and column candles in addition to professional ambient lighting.













A heartfelt thank you to all our vendors who contributed to this blog.

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