It's a new year and that means a whole new round of wedding trends! Time to explore some of the great new ideas popping up!
1. Metallic Everywhere! From the invites, to the bridesmaids dresses and even the table linens, metallic is the new, trendy look for 2016 weddings. Metallic colors can go with any time of year and can blend in well we almost any color palette. It adds elegance and whimsy no matter what the theme of the wedding.
2. Wedding Dress Styles! Tea length gowns are big this season. Illusion necklines, keyhole backs and V-necks are also huge trends for bride's in 2016. The biggest trend for bridal gowns seems to be original/unusual styles. Bride's are showing off their personalities more and more in their bridal gowns.
3. Hand Written Invites! Handing writing your invitations can add a wonderful personal touch to the day. Custom paper is big this year also and can help represent the couple in a number of ways (think invites shaped as iconic buildings or states). A fun alternative to the normal invites.
4. No Travel Destination Weddings! Can't afford to have your wedding in your favorite city? Not a problem! This year's trend is to bring your favorite destination location to your current location. You can incorporate elements from special places through decor, music or food. Eiffel Tower centerpieces, Moroccan food or Irish step-dancing are just some of the ways to highlight your favorite places without the travel expenses.
5. Naked Cake! More delicious and unique than it sounds, naked cakes are a HUGE trend in 2016. Naked cakes are unfrosted or partially-frosted cakes, decorated with flowers or berries. They add a beautiful, rustic look to the wedding and will be a fun talking point for your guests.
6. Lights, lights and more lights! The more lights the better in 2016. Couple's are adding as much lighting as possible to their special day. From chandeliers to strings and bulbs to hundreds of candles, people are getting creative with how and where to hang their lights.
7. Bright Colors! Warm color pallets will always be trendy for weddings, but 2016 is all about bright and vibrant color pallets! Think reds and oranges and yellows. You can add a splash of color here and a pop of color there or have the whole wedding covered in bright hues!
8. Garden Flowers/Unconventional Flowers/Non-Floral Centerpieces! Flowers are expensive. A great way to save money in 2016 is to head to the farmers market and pick up whatever is available. You can have fun making the arrangements and save some money. Unconventional flowers, such as succulents, ferns and herbs, are big this season as well. Another great way to save money on flowers? Don't use them. Having a non-floral centerpiece, like candles or pictures, is unique and cheap.
9. Table Alternatives! Round tables are becoming a thing of the past. Couple's are now leaning towards using square, rectangle and even banquet tables for their wedding's. Farm tables are another great alternative. They are beautiful all on their own, saving you money on linens and elaborate centerpieces.
10. Food Options/Craft Beer/Dessert Alternatives! Dietary restrictions are on the rise so it is important to offer options for your guests. Gluten free, vegan or lactose free, to name a few. Most caterers are good about working with you to create a menu that will please everyone. Craft beer is booming this year and makes it the perfect time to incorporate it into your big day. Bring the beer garden to your reception! Big in 2016 is alternate dessert options. People are moving away from just having wedding cake (or from having the cake at all). Donut bars, make your own sundae stations and cupcakes are very in trend this year.
11. Candid Shots & Videography! Posed wedding photos are great, but what's big this wedding season are the candid shots. Mom wiping away her tears, dad seeing his little girl in her dress for the first time, or a stolen moment between the couple. These are the real moments that make a wedding special. Want to relive your big day over and over? Videography is the best way to make that happen. Most videographers will cut together a highlight reel of the day and give you the raw footage.