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Do This, Not That: Six Wedding Don’ts for 2017

Updated: Mar 23, 2023

Wedding trends change every year, and when it comes to the ceremony and reception, it’s hard to know what’s in and what’s out. So how can you avoid the big mistakes of 2017 while making sure your special day is uniquely yours? The wedding experts at Long Island’s Crest Hollow Country Club have come up with the top six wedding don’ts of 2017, so your wedding and reception will be the event of the year—without the any faux pas.

1. Don’t have an all-white wedding.

While it may seem like a classic choice, an all-white wedding has been done time and time again, especially since Prince William married Kate Middleton, making it predictable and a bit bland. For a fresh take on a color scheme, inject some color into your wedding. This can be done with place settings, customizable venue lighting, centerpieces or flower arrangements.

2. Don’t overload your bouquet.

When your bouquet is bigger than you, it tends to be the center of attention—which is not what you want on your special day. To keep the attention on you (and your partner, of course), opt for a manageable bouquet filled with soft-petal flowers that give your arrangement an ethereal feel, such as anemones, peonies, Juliet roses or English garden roses. Plus, your attendants will thank you for not saddling them with a 20-pound bouquet to wrangle while you say your vows.

3. Don’t do table garlands.

Flower garlands that line tables typically only look good in pictures when they are pictured hanging off the table. Otherwise, they tend to look sloppy and disheveled. Instead, hang floral centerpieces above tables. Not only will your guests swoon over how gorgeous they look, but they’ll look great in pictures from all angles.

4. Don’t do kitschy rustic.

Having rustic décor in a rustic venue has been all the rage the past few years, but like most trends, it’s gotten a bit out of control. To keep this trend from feeling inauthentic, avoid using things such as feathers, teepees and tree bark, and don’t hold your reception in a barn or industrial warehouse-type setting. Instead, make the rustic theme personal by using items like reclaimed wood furniture, keeping flower arrangements light and subdued, sticking to a neutral color scheme and holding your ceremony or reception outside.

5. Don’t do a floral crown.

Like most fads, floral crowns have seen their heyday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with your hair accessories. Switch out the floral crown for embellished accessories such as bobby pins, clips, barrettes or headband. Or, instead of a crown, a floral accent in a low twist or bun will make a subtler statement.

6. Don’t name cocktails.

Creating witty names for your reception cocktails can come across as corny and somewhat tacky, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the beverages you choose to serve. Rather than putting your energy into coming up with names and never-before-tasted combinations, focus your time on concocting drinks that incorporate fresh, seasonal ingredients. Guests will appreciate a pumpkin something in the fall or a refreshing fruit cocktail in the late spring and summer months.

Looking for more wedding ceremony and reception don’ts of 2017 to ensure your wedding is the talk of the town—in a good way? Contact the wedding planning team at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

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