It’s quite obvious as we move into 2016 that brides and grooms want to create a wedding experience their own way. Taking inspiration from images on Pinterest, Instagram, or celebrity ceremonies, couples today are excited to showcase more of their personalities with unique wedding ideas, providing a fun experience for them and a memorable event for all the guests. These popular wedding trends for 2016 are just a glimpse of what wedding planners across the country see couples requesting for their own wedding ceremonies.
Trending Wedding Ideas for 2016
Metallic colors are making a bold appearance this year in both ceremonies and receptions. These metallic colors can be ethereal, whimsical, natural, or elegant, when incorporated into the theme. Adding metallic gold balloons to a black-tie affair screams formal while using copper lanterns to accent a rustic tablecloth provides glam to an outdoor setting. On the softer side of things, the blush of rose gold appearing in wedding last year is continuing to trend into 2016.
Bringing The Destination Wedding Home
One popular theme for weddings this year has to do with fond memories the couple shared during their courtship. Perhaps they met in Paris or got engaged in Central Park, bringing elements of those destinations into the wedding is fun and memorable especially for the couple. Having been engaged in Central Park, the reception could be outdoors with plenty of trees, flowers on the tables, and even the bride and groom arriving by horse-drawn carriage. The ability to have everyone enjoy and relive that special day together makes this a most cherished time.
Nothing screams romantic like low-lighting and candles. Brides today love to capture these romantic feelings at their wedding reception by bringing in as many lights as possible. Low-lit chandeliers or candles on each table are both intimate and romantic, and very cost-effective to incorporate into any theme. A candelabra at the head table, Edison bulbs hanging outside, twinkling lights entwined with tree branches brought indoors, or tea lights in glass vases are just a few of the lighting ideas brides are requesting this year.
Rather than the traditional white wedding invitations with boring ink colors, wedding couples today are adding pop to the invitations by incorporating foil-pressed lettering and shiny metallic foils. Warmer tones like copper or rose-gold add glitz to the wedding invitations but still give them that elegant appeal.
Dressing up the barn to host a romantic and rustic wedding reception has become all the rage in recent years. Now the trend is evolving from candles in mason jars, burlap tablecloths, and lace accents to include a growing bling factor. Glamour brides are wanting in on this trend, hanging chandeliers in the barn, installing a dance floor, and adding sparkle throughout.
The days of all the bridesmaids wearing the same dresses appears to have gone the way of the disco, for now anyway. This year more brides are allowing the ladies in the wedding party to select their own dress in different styles, lengths, or shades of color that fit the theme yet flatter both their bodies and personalities. The benefit for the bridesmaids? They get a dress they will wear than more than once (instead of placing in the closet to never be worn again).
Instead of serving dinner, think brunch instead. A late morning wedding followed by a breakfast inspired menu can be glamorous and budget friendly. A waffle and pancake bar with delicious fruit toppings and whip cream are always a hit. Omelets stations and breakfast meats provide heartier options. Outdoor gardens, pools, beaches, and patios are popular locations or bring the event indoors for a more traditional feel. Added bonus? It is usually easier to rent event space for brunch weddings.
Brides are bringing back the gueridon or trolley service this year for good reason, it really creates a warm and formal atmosphere for guests. Combining ideas from wedding food bars with moving service keeps things interesting at the reception. Servers arrive at the table with a serving cart filled with appetizers, entrees, or desserts ranging from shrimp, salads, and gelato, to milk and cookies. The dishes can also be prepared tableside with popular options including Caesar salad, crepes, cherries jubilee, steak diane, guacamole, bananas foster, and peach flambe.
Fresh Picked Flowers
Regardless the theme, this year more brides are requesting just picked flowers on the tables, around the head table, in the church, and throughout the entryways at the reception. The bride and her bridesmaids also carry free form bouquets of freshly picked blooms that match the decor and color throughout.
Creative Seating Arrangements
Couples today are moving away from the seating arrangements of round tables arranged in a conference-like setting and mixing things up. Opting for longer rectangular tables, more people can interact closely than being isolated away from each other at the round table. Mixing longer and short tables creates a cozy atmosphere where the family and friends can interact more easily.
Naked Wedding Cakes
Forgoing the over-the-top wedding cake, this year many brides are requesting their caterer takes things down a notch instead. Stripping away the frosting on the cake and instead topping with fresh fruit not only looks amazing, it is a healthy and delicious alternative. The unfrosted naked cake works great for both the formal and informal wedding affair.
While flowers are always a popular option many brides are inspired to incorporate ideas for unique centerpieces. Small potted trees, lavender sprigs, colorful leaves, and cherry blossoms work well as creative centerpieces. Budget conscious brides are utilizing bare branches adorned with sparkly jewels, paper flowers, or lights to make a statement.
Multiple Music Options
Rather than relying solely on the DJ, wedding couples are bringing in live music or mixing a variety of entertainment styles. They might bring in cabaret singers to serenade the bride, a retro orchestra to play soothing music during dinner, and then a rock band or DJ to help people at the party get up and out of their seats to dance.
Lights, Camera, Action
Epic action shots are fun wedding photo ideas trending in 2016. With photographers being able to take hundreds if not thousands of digital shots, wedding couples are requesting unique in-motion shots taken during the day. These include images of the church door opening as the bride enters, parents wiping away tears, the bridal party mid-air, and even aerial shots of outdoor receptions.
With the popularity of social media, every bride wants to put as many images as possible online for friends afar to see. It is impossible to quickly edit and upload the full wedding and reception video, so couples are asking videographers to create a short highlight video or “wedding trailer” they can easily upload to sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.