So what are the hottest wedding trend predictions for 2017? Experts who study the industry are predicting everything from Star Wars themes to image mapping technology to farm animals making an appearance at weddings in 2017.

Here are some predictions taken from The International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning's third annual International Wedding Trend Report and The Knot's Wedding Trends Report for 2017.

A twist on the sit-down dinner

Television personality, designer and planner David Tutera sees a shift away from food stations and toward "stylized tasting menus with tableside service."

"This lets you keep the sophistication of your menu, while having a little twist on the traditional sit-down dinner, making it more unique and fun for your guests," he said.

Over-the-top decor

Celebrity planner Fabrice Orlando says that over-the-top décor will continue to dominate designs, with special attention made toward vertical space.

Tutera echoed that.

"A new spin to hanging décor will start to emerge in addition to further use of the entire event space, from floor to ceiling, putting more emphasis on the walls or negative space in the reception as well," he said. 

Opulent simplicity

Jes Gordon of properFUN says couples want something that is warm and inviting but also elegant and something that they want their guests to be organically impressed by.

"Our clients are enjoying rambling floral runners with lots of texture and varied views from all angles so each guest has a different take on the centerpiece," he said.

"They want to achieve a perfect balance of joy across all five senses."

Taking cues from Hollywood

Stylist Louise Beukes of B. Loved believes that couples will turn to popular movies for inspiration, including the recent "Star Wars: Episode VIII" and Disney's live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."

Reduced carbon-footprint fetes

Reducing the carbon footprint is on trend in 2017. For food and flowers, opt for in-season and locally sourced. Earth-friendly invitations can be made by printing with soy-based inks on recycled paper. For place cards, forget the paper and have a calligrapher write each guest's name on stones that can be kept as favors. Once the guests have gone home, don't toss the flowers; donate them to a hospital or nursing home to spread joy to others.

The guest swag lounge

This fun twist on the hotel welcome bag is ideal for destination weddings. Instead of stuffing and delivering them yourself, let your guests do the work. Set up a room full of swag like snacks, drinks and local sweet treats and let guests choose their favorite items. This also gives you the opportunity to meet and greet guests in person when they arrive.

Icebreaker games

Some weddings today are an all-weekend affair, so it's essential that guests meet and get to know each other. What better way to get your guests mixing and mingling than with the ultimate grown-up icebreaker: games. Personalized Mad Libs about your first encounter and crossword puzzles that keep guests guessing your favorite date spot are great ways to break the ice before the ceremony or during the cocktail hour. Lawn games like croquet, horseshoes and cornhole are perfect for promoting new friendship at an outdoor wedding or cocktail hour.

Exceptional entertainment

Couples are pulling out all the stops to entertain their guests. Aerialists, acrobats, live painters and even choirs belting out Beyoncé have made their way into weddings. If that's too trendy, try a traditional route with music, but pair it with a performance – like a classical quartet and ballerinas in tutus. 

One with nature

If you ­­­­­can't celebrate under the stars, bring the outside in. Add oversize potted trees and shrubbery to a ballroom for an enchanted forest look. Natural elements like wood and stone can be incorporated into table settings, and hanging flowers over tables or the dance floor creates an instant wow factor.

Image mapping technology

Want to turn your indoor venue into a lush garden, but don't have the budget for thousands of flowers and potted trees? Try a new projection technology called image mapping that allows you to transform a space with lighting and moving pictures. Give your ceremony and reception a special vibe by changing scenes from one to the next. You can even use this technology on your wedding cake. Not only is this trend tech forward, it benefits the environment and saves money on flowers and décor.

Metallic dresses and breezy silhouettes

Metallic dresses – think tasteful gold threading and silver beading – flooded the runways during Bridal Fashion Week. Wearing a metallic dress is perfect for a sophisticated evening affair. Also big this year are effortless dresses with flowing fabrics. They're a must-have for providing a lightweight, ethereal vibe for destination weddings or the second dress. Detachable skirts, floral embellishments and off-the-shoulder styles will also make an appearance on the aisle.

Formal portrait studios

There's a new twist on the traditional photo booth: portrait studios. These involve a designated space and sometimes props, but instead of posing with feather boas and silly sunglasses, the photographer asks you to vogue for the camera. The result is a glamorous, intimate portrait in your finest attire. Also trending for 2017 is the live illustrator who walks the party sketching guests.

Translucent cakes

The new take on the naked cake is the translucent cake. Instead of totally bare tiers, translucent cakes have a thin veil of frosting with just a bit of the cake showing. Typically iced in buttercream, these sweet delights are topped with fresh flowers or in-season fruits that hint at the flavors of the cake filling.

Furry friends

The hottest wedding guests of 2017 have four legs and furry coats. From bunnies and donkeys to llamas and pigs, couples having rustic barn weddings are incorporating farm animals into the wedding day.

A movable feast

With food trucks and passed multicourse meals, the sit-down dinner is starting to be replaced with more interactive options. Stations that feature your favorite eats, like a raw bar with a waiter live-shucking oysters or wine and cheese pairings with an on-site sommelier. If you don't want to forgo a plated dinner, host a cocktail hour and serve the main meal family style for a twist on tradition.

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