Ah, how I love weddings! There’s nothing more exciting than sitting down and planning one of the most memorable moments of your life, from the smallest details like the colour shoes you are going to wear to the embroidery on your champagne-rose colored wedding gown. For 2016, it’s all about classy elegance and pastel colours, rustic themes and decor, flower headpieces and lace, lots and lots of lace everywhere! (How exciting, I love lace, it’s sooo versatile). Here are the top 12 hot wedding trends for 2016 to get you inspired.
Flowers, flowers everywhere! From floral lace designs on the bride’s wedding gown to interesting floral bouquets, flowers are a staple in dresses, centerpieces and head wear. Popular choices include hydrangeas, tulips, peonies, hyacinth and flowers you can easily pick from your garden like creamy orchids, foxglove and garden roses.
Bright and Airy Wedding Photographs
Wedding photography is such a huge part of a wedding and the trend today is shots and editing that reflect the natural color of the setting. We are seeing a veering away from over-processed yellow and vintage-style photos to bright, clean and airy photographs that showcase the vibrant colors of the flowers on the centerpieces and bouquets as well as the colors of the bridesmaids dresses.
Outdoor and Close to Nature
A move from indoor receptions to the great outdoors. Couples now prefer to enjoy the fresh air and vibrant colors of the outdoors when they are planning their ceremonies. This also makes it easier to wear light make-up, floral-inspired gowns and dainty flower crowns.
Classy Shabby Chic
The DIY-burlap-and-milk crate trend has obviously been overdone but couples who still want a little bit of that rustic vibe can opt for substitutes that are more classy, such as substituting white cotton sheets or dyed muslin for burlap table covers. Candles are still great choices but they should be placed in clean, tall glass vases instead of thick and clunky jars. When done in moderation, rustic weddings can also look chic and elegant without the high price tag.
Morning weddings are fun because you get to choose an entirely different menu than most people expect for a wedding and they are often more casual and laid-back than evening receptions. This also gives the couple plenty of time to spend with family and friends for the rest of the day before heading off to their honeymoon.
Eco-Friendly Wedding Supplies
Most couples are now aware of the amount of waste that goes with a typical wedding preparation and this could be the reason why green wedding suppliers are taking over the business with organic, reusable table cloths, napkins made of natural fibers, solar-powered series lighting and the like. Eco-friendly wedding supplies are one of the 12 hot wedding trends for 2015, with couples now willing to spend more just to lower their carbon footprint on their wedding day.
Retro wedding themes have definitely taken their last bow but the new trend is taking just a hint of retro and adding a bit of nostalgia into a modern wedding. Whether it’s the use of vintage chalkboard signs or finger food wrapped in newspaper, adding just a touch of retro can put a unique twist to a wedding without overdoing it.
Watercolors are a great way for the couple to personalize some elements of the wedding such as the Bride and Groom signs, thank you notes, and even place holders. Water colors produce vibrant, pastel colors and they are cheap to boot.
The trend in color palettes leans more towards soft, pastel colors, such as light peach, light pink, mint green, powder blue. This also rings true for dresses and flower choices. Brides love the soft and dainty effect these colors give to a wedding set-up and these colors also photograph very well, creating dreamy wedding photos.
Lace Wedding Dresses
Lace has always been a staple choice in wedding gowns for decades but this year and the next is showing signs of some serious lace loving among brides. From body-hugging lace wedding dresses to floor-length gowns with intricate lace sleeves, the options for lace bridal gowns and bridesmaids dresses are endless. Short, above-the-knee lace dresses are also the popular go-to pieces for brides in civil ceremonies since these semi-formal pieces still give off that delicate, feminine vibe.
Mercury Glass Stemware
Shiny and colorful, mercury stemware makes the perfect substitute for high-end crystal and is not as dainty so it is perfect for daytime weddings. The stemware’s shiny surface is great for bouncing off the colors of your floral centerpieces and adds some sparkle to your table.
Most brides love the dreamy and whimsical theme that is currently all the rage, which is why floral headpieces are among the top 12 hot wedding trends for 2015. It looks like this trend has no plans of dying down, with suppliers coming out with the most beautiful headpieces for next year’s brides. Whether it’s an all-natural crown made purely out of baby’s breath blossoms or an extravagant headpiece of cherry pink roses.