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2016 Wedding Trends

Posted by Teresa Coleman on

I have been to more weddings in a matter of years than most people will in their lifetime, no matter how popular you are, or how many friends you have.
I used to be a wedding photographer, so I spent most of my Saturdays at someone's wedding. This, however, was about 20 years ago and my how times have changed. Although, in regard to weddings, some things will never change. There is always the bride, the groom, food, a cake, friends and family, some more or less formal wear, dancing, drinking and having fun.
But, I love where it has gone. There are some fabulous themes and amazingly creative people out there. I don't think people were nearly as creative and thematic in my day as they are now. Or maybe we just didn't know about it because we had no social media *gasp*. I know, I know, the inhumanity. Still, I got to see more than most people did but all in all they were very similar.
Because of this I spend a lot of time perusing Pinterest and other sites to stay current with what is happening today. And I like what I see. You all have been up to some very creative and romantic shenanigans in the wedding business since I was last in it. Here are some of the trends I particularly love that are popular in 2016:
For décor and theme ideas:
  1. Rustic Chic - sort of a country meets palace mashup
  2. Mountain Weddings - hey I think I mentioned this in an older blog...
  3. Comfort Food - or as the cool kids call it - Retro Food - think pizza, burgers, mac and cheese - some of these in finger foods. Adorable. What could be cuter than miniature food? This image is from a book by Peter Callahan Bite by Bite available here on
  4. Food Trucks - the best part about food trucks is it enables you to choose from a wider variety of venues as well as offering some amazing eats from the comforts (see #3) to the gourmet. Click the link for some great inspiration from
  5. Ombre - it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon
  6. Classic cocktails - Bond, James Bond
  7. Hair Ornaments - exquisite combs and hair pins - que bella - I hate to brag, but we have some pretty nice ones...
  8. Romantic Lighting - it is amazing what you can transform with the addition of tons of tiny lights and candles
  9. Pets in weddings - how could you leave out your best friend?
  10. Because of social media, lots of DIY - but were here for you if you are not craftily inclined or time challenged
  11. Eco-friendly weddings - re-purposed dresses, flowers re-used after the ceremony and sent to nonprofits and nursing homes, seed paper invitations and favors, locally sourced food and drinks.  

 For Wedding Cakes:

  1. Naked cakes - it took me a little while to warm up to this idea because I really love frosting, but they are growing on me.
  2. Dessert table - people are opting for cupcakes and other desserts in addition to the cake, or instead of.
  3. Colors - wedding cakes used to be white. I have never seen such an stunning array of color, design, fresh flowers, and metallic finishes. I particularly love the idea of initials with the fresh flowers on the top. I shouldn't say that because we sell cake toppers - you know the traditional ones with the bride and the groom. Those have gotten pretty fun as well, however. But the personalized initials are  my favorites (and we sell those too) 
  4. Cakes comprised of other desserts - the macaroon towers are really beautiful and I have seen some amazing cupcake wedding cakes. I recently saw a giant heart shaped cheesecake with strawberries on top.
  5. Dessert trucks - I guess if you don't like cake. Could be cheaper than a cake. Just kidding cake people - you know how much I love you.

So post photography career I opened a bridal shop (I told you I love weddings). I loved going to the bridal shows (the one's in Vegas are particularly fun). It was always special to be able to see the new dress lines and I always thought they couldn't get any more beautiful but guess what? They did.

For wedding dresses:

  1. Plunging necklines - wow, some
  2. Feathers - lots of them
  3. 3D floral appliques - no you don't need special glasses
  4. Blush as a color alternative to white and ivory - from slight to deep it is really gorgeous - here is an example from
  5. Illusion necklines - I like the designs where it looks like you just have white flowers pasted all over your top and midsection. I actually love this look.
  6. Removable overskirts - two looks in one.

So as far as color, a major factor in wedding planning from invitations to bridesmaids dresses and floral arrangements, there have been a lot of interesting and beautiful color palettes on Pinterest for 2016 including rose, navy, peach, blush, grey, black, and metallics.

According to Pantone the top ten colors for men's and women's fashion for Spring 2016 are:
PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash

The top two are Rose Quartz and Serenity. Here are some ideas from for incorporating them into your wedding.  

For me, the most notable change in today's weddings is the ability to bring a touch (or more than a touch) of the bride and grooms personality and lifestyle into the choice of non-traditional spaces, décor, food, invitations - all of it. People seem to want the ability to be unique and make their best day ever memorable not only for themselves, but for anyone in attendance. As far as trends go, that is the best, and I hope it continues.



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