Top Unique Wedding Trends 2017


One wedding trend that is sweeping 2017 is greenery, and more specifically garlands. They are creating a natural vibe that is still beautiful and elegant. Garlands are being taken advantage of in any and every element of decor. From your altar, to signage, to tables, or bar. Garlands are the new wedding go to.

The Hanging Decor

This element is such a creative, gorgeous look! It adds a whole new level to your overall wedding picture. You can get very out-of-the-box with this as well. From hanging flowers, lights, bottles, and more! Truly whatever your heart and wedding dreams desire. The ceilings the limit!  😉

The Destination Wedding

The destination weddings are getting chicer and bigger every year. It can be a fun lavish travel experience for all guests or a more intimate vacation for close family. Nowadays wedding planners make it so easy to accommodate a wedding anywhere! Couples can hand pick invitations, tourist arrangements, and say ‘I do’ with a view.

Unique Wedding Entertainment 

Entertainment is an element that is really taking a step up in the wedding industry. A DJ and photo booth simply isn’t cutting it any more. There are so many options to make your wedding more exciting, unique, and hands on for your guests. Bringing in live music that specializes a specific genre, a live painter or artist, or a ‘surprise and delight’ catering treat are all great ways to entertain your guests.

How to Plan the Perfect Shower or Bachelor/ette Party

We were honored to have the opportunity to be interviewed by Thumbtack on planning the perfect shower or bachelor/ette party. Our owner, Whitney Valentine, has been planning and producing beautiful showers, bachelor bashes, and bachelorette parties for nearly 20 years. Check out her pro tips to plan your own unforgettable wedding party!

What are popular locations for destination bachelor/ette parties?

Go big or go home is the current trend. Not just for the parties, but across the entire wedding industry. I’ve noticed that weddings are getting smaller and budgets are getting bigger.

Couples really want unique, personalized experiences. Some hot spots for destination parties include NYC, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs, and Napa/Sonoma. Yes, Las Vegas is still a classic location, but it’s not the end-all, be-all anymore. Wherever you go, it’s important to create memorable experiences and customize everything.

Any trends in party favors you’re seeing?

Go above and beyond, but don’t go crazy. Honestly, it’s the little details that make a huge difference. Be thoughtful. If you’re wine tasting in Napa, have an engraved wine opener waiting in each person’s room. People like useful favors they can reuse and think of you when they do.

Another trend is having an experiential event and the favor is the takeaway from that. For example, art classes with wine tasting are becoming a popular party choice. The art the guests make is their party favor.

What’s a fabulous themed party you’ve planned?

Themes are really important for a great party. The more creative and specific, the better. We recently planned a beauty-themed party with a throwback vibe at a venue in San Francisco. We brought in a team of beauty students and set up fully equipped “beauty bars” throughout the space. Guests could get their hair and makeup done while drinking cocktails and mingling. It was such a fun atmosphere with upbeat, retro music like George Michael, Prince, and Madonna.

What goes into planning a wedding shower or bachelor/ette party?

When a client calls saying, “we need your help,” our first job is to uncover their vision for the event. I don’t just mean how it will look, but also what experience they want to have. To help narrow your vision, ask yourself these questions:

What’s my budget? Classic slumber party with old school movies, popcorn, and sundaes? Or big night on the town with a party bus, multiple stops, and an after party? Determining the kind of night you want to have will guide the budget.
What vibe do I want? Sophisticated, playful, sentimental, sexy…this will help steer activities, music, and decor.
Who will attend? Is this a get-wild friend group, or will your conservative aunt be joining? If it’s the former, y’all can take pole dancing classes, the latter…you might want to stick to art and wine.
Once we have these basics, A’Reve creates a few event concepts from which the client can choose. From there, it’s time to start planning.

Why hire a planner instead of DIY?

Planners remember details that DIYers may not consider. We had an event where the hostess handled everything up until we did day-of coordination. The caterer showed up with no plates. It was pretty disastrous. Those little details, the planners handle.
Planners, 9 out of 10 times, pay for themselves in negotiating contracts or finding wiggle room in terms of pricing.
Planners handle all the communications with vendors, guests, and arrangements. Many also offer consultations of 1-2 hours to make sure DIYers have everything covered.
One final tip?

Don’t forget the photos. You need to capture this moment in time. Come up with a personalized hashtag so you’ll have a photo feed you can always look back on and reminisce. Or, if you don’t want to do the social media route, go all-analog with a rented a photo booth and disposable cameras.

It’s Time to Jingle & Mingle

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year. We spend this time eating, drinking, and celebrating with ones we love most. Check out some of these easy tips and tricks to make your holiday celebration memorable and fun for all!

Hot Chocolate Bar
Put out some of your favorite hot coco ingredients out for your guests to create their own and cozy up by the fire.


Festive Decor
Here are some ideas to make your home look and feel more festive while saving time and money! They are as simple as throwing pinecones in a basket, making arrangements with ornaments, candy, and bows in cases, or secretly cutting off some pieces from the back of your tree and putting them on place settings.


Christmas Tree Appetizers
So your can spend more time preparing dinner you can get some easy fruit, veggies, and cheese from the store and set them up as Christmas trees!


Streamer Photo Wall
A fun way for guests to take pictures is to cut some streamer pieces and tape them up on an open wall as a backdrop.

2016 Wedding Tips & Trends

2016 is a year of texture, contrast, and a culmination of refined 2015 trends.

Updated Guest Books

Polaroids are fun, and INSTANT!

Place a scrap-book type book on the table next to your photo booth props, with double sided tape. Your guests can take 2 photos, one for your book (they write a ‘Love Note’ next to their photo) and one to take with them. You can’t be part of every detail on your wedding day. This book is a great way to share your guests’ special moments.

Photo Favors

Think out of the box, traditional Photo Booth’s have seen better days! Gone are the cramped photo booths that can only hold two to three people. The ‘open-air’ photo booth is so much fun! Customize your backdrop with a step and repeat! Or add some glam to your wedding décor with a sequin backdrop, or our personal favorite…a flower wall!


Unique Venues

We are fans of a beautiful vineyard as your wedding ceremony backdrop, but we LOVE a unique venue…a private estate, an airplane hangar, the possibilities are endless!

We particularly love this new exclusive venue and are honored to be able to share it with you.

This most exclusive private estate is now available and accepting applications for 2016 weddings and events. It’s list of credentials are long and growing:

  • First and foremost, designed by world renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright
  • 2016 winner of “The Most Beautiful House in the World”
  • Among the many spectacular features of this exclusive venue is an authentic teahouse!
  • For more details, write to us at or (925) 518-5495

Social Media Love/Hate

Brides and Grooms love to include social media in their BIG day! Well, parts of it anyway…

Unplugged ceremonies are growing in popularity. Why, you ask? The three guest faux-pas of any ceremony are:

  • Cell phones ringing during the ceremony
  • Crying babies
  • Guests taking photos that intercept the photographer and videographer’s shots


That’s the hate, here’s the love!

 Have fun and create a personalized hashtag! Create signs, frame them and post them strategically throughout the reception venue. This is a great reminder to your guests to post the photos they take personally and the result is an album for you to enjoy for years to come.

Let’s face it, as the bride and groom, your wedding day is a whirlwind and it’s nearly impossible for you to be part of every moment the entire day. Your photographer will capture a lot, but there are those moments that only your guests will capture. Encourage your guests to share!

Texture is IN

Texture can be incorporated into endless aspects of your wedding. We are going to mention a few but don’t stop there, create your own brainstorm of where and how you can incorporate texture into your wedding.

Floral centerpieces are a great way to incorporate texture, & one of the best kinds to achieve this is the hydrangea.

Table Linens are another great way to incorporate texture either with covers or fun runners.


The use of metallics is nothing new. What is new, is where and how the metallics are being used! Incorporate shiny shades into your cakes & invitations!

What are your favorite up & coming wedding trends for 2016?