wedding trends for 2016

27 Wedding Trends We Have to Look Forward to In 2016

December 17, 2015

If you’re getting married in 2016, your wedding planning is probably well under way. So many of the wedding trends that will pop up over the next 12 months are already in the works. Which means the vendors making them happen can tell us what to expect from 2016 weddings. Sometimes their trend prediction differ—Will weddings be bright? Or muted?—but we’re excited to see who’s right.

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Photographer: Arina B. Photography.

Prediction: Boho Brides Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses
cream- and blush-color wedding dresses, succulent bouquets, flowers in hair. —Adina Ringler, Adina’s Bridal

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Photographer: Jillian Rose Photography


Prediction: Mismatched Bridesmaids Gone are the days of mandatory bridesmaids uniforms. Now brides are allowing their ladies to choose their own dresses in colors and styles that flatter their bodies. Plus, many of these outfits end up being worn more than once, which we love! It’s a stunning look. This trend isn’t going anywhere. —Vikki Marsee, All You Need Is Love Events

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Photographer: MP Singh Photography.


Prediction: Desserts Other Than Cake Who can argue with too much dessert? Couples opting out of cake are replacing it with a variety of sweets and treats. Our favorite? Anything with ice cream. —Amrit Bains, Anais Event Planning & Design

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Photographer: Sassy Mouth Photography.

Prediction: Effortless Beauty We’re expecting looks to be a mix of effortless—not overly styled—while still detailed and with a touch of glam. —Ashley Hernandez, Beauty Entourage

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Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography.

Prediction: Fab Backs Open-back wedding dresses. —Nora Sheils, Bridal Bliss

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Dinnerware: Dish Wish. Photographer: Alissa Noelle Photography.

Prediction: Blush and Creams Very soft palettes. For instance, a blush wedding gown with creamy flowers, or blush details on the table that are subtle and classic. —Brie Walter, Brie’s Honeybees & Flowers

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Photographer: Andrea Hanks Photography.

Prediction: Sophisticated V-Necks Wide-open V-necks were all over the runways for 2016. They enhance the collarbone, narrow a broad shoulder, and slim the figure as the eye travels in to the waistline—but they’re refined and not too revealing. —Marcie Muehlke, Celia Grace

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Floral Styling: Juli Vaughn Designs. Photographer: Brklyn View Photography.

Prediction: Color, Color, Color! Couples will be bolder in their use of vibrant colors. —Leah Weinberg, Color Pop Events

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Photographer: B.Miller Photography.

Prediction: Brunch Weddings Serve your guests a brunch instead of dinner. (Your wedding to be just as extravagant on a smaller budget.) A waffle bar with delicious toppings will do the trick. Have your ceremony before the sun reaches its peak and then enjoy cocktail hour under the sun or indoors. Having the reception by a pool makes for a fun brunch and maybe a spontaneous pool party. And remember no brunch is complete without mimosas. —Krystel Tien, Couture Events

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Photographer: Bruce Gardner Photography.

Prediction: Bright Colors Bright color palettes for 2016! —Amanda Hansen, Decoration Inc.

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Photographer: Studio EMP.

Prediction: Neutral Palettes Black, gray and more neutral colors. Interior-design-driven elevated simplicity is a real trend. —Found Rentals

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Photographer: Caroline Tran.

Prediction: Woodland Theme Woodland-themed florals and decor: dense greenery and sticks or wood slices used to give a woodland feel. —Robin & Laura, Gather Events

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Photographer: Scott Clark Photo.

Prediction: Laser-Cut Signage Laser-cut menus and place cards. —Chelsea Dillon, Gold Leaf Event Design & Production

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Photographer: Amy and Stuart.

Prediction: Cascading BouquetsThe Hidden Garden

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Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy. Photographer: Krista Mason.

Prediction: Separates for Bridesmaids I love separates for bridesmaids. They’re a great opportunity to subtly vary the look within a bridal party and they allow for another opportunity to play with palette by putting girls in different-color tops and skirts. Also, separates can be easier to re-wear after the wedding giving bridesmaids not only one but two great pieces to add to their closets. —Joanna, Joanna August

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Photographer: Sasithon Photography.

Prediction: Wooden Details Wood, wood, wood! We think couples will move in the direction of more natural elements in their wedding, a stark departure from shiny sparkly things. These handmade wooden place cards are a great example. —Jove, Jove Meyer Events

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Photographer: Jose Villa.

Prediction: Setting the Table Focusing on a properly set table is huge. No more using the steak knife for the salad course or a soup spoon for dessert. —Kate, Kate Siegel Events

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Photographer: Maria Lamb.

Prediction: Printed Floral Gowns Brides are loving our Luxurious Rose Wrap Gown, a non-traditional bridal gown in a rose floral print. —Jade Rose Topper, Lady Evelyn

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Photographer: Lauren Rosenau.

Prediction: Intimate Dinners Couples are focusing on quality over quantity. With family style dining tables and low lush arrangements, conversation is highlighted and memories made! —Karen Greenoe, Lily Greenthumb’s

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Photographer: Love Me Do Photography.

Prediction: Adventure Weddings With the rise of #liveauthentic and adventure photography, I believe there will be a shift in locations for weddings, more camp-, outdoor-, or travel-themed locations. —Carina Romano, Love Me Do Photography

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Photographer: Ashley Kelemen.

Prediction: Sustainable Catering Using organic and locally sourced food will continue to be important. More and more couples are making it a priority with their catering. —Lindsay & Heather, LVL Weddings & Events

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Photographer: Image Link Photography.

Prediction: It’s Only Natural Cement, cork, wood, and stone will be big stars in more rustic and casual-chic celebrations while stones like agate and capiz will glam things up a bit. —Danielle Couick, Magnolia Bluebird

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Photographer: Rodeo & Co. Photography.

Prediction: Rose Gold JewelryMindy Weiss

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Photographer: Brian Leahy Photography.

Prediction: ”Cocktail Entrees” We just invented this fun dinner idea, and our brides are loving it for 2016 weddings. We rework traditional dishes into grab-and-go cocktail glasses to make an event flow better and let guests try multiple dishes while still getting to socialize and walk around the party. —Modern Art Catering

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Photographer: Jillian Rose Photography.

Prediction: Prints! There are so many inventive and gorgeous table linens with prints, but most couples play it safe and go with solids. These photos show a print linen by Luxe Linens that is bright, springy, and perfectly easy to work with design-wise. —Dee Gaubert, No Worries Event Planning

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Photographer: Laurie Marie Photography.

Prediction: Colorful Boho Airy outdoor weddings with bright colors interspersed throughout. Rustic and soft details, like harvest tables and dreamcatchers. Lots of texture with pops of color. White features offset with bold florals and colorful accents. —Allison Kline, Sash & Bow

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Photographer: MK Sadler.

Prediction: Crochet Lace I see a lot of brides gravitating toward intricate lacework that can be interpreted as bohemian or reminiscent of Eastern European vintage lacework. Thicker lace adds texture, but doesn’t feel too frilly or sweet. I have a lot of brides who worry that fine, delicate lace will get ruined at their outdoor wedding, and this crochet or ribbon lace feels more substantial and able to take on the elements —Orla Stiles, Solstice Bride

Trends rounded up by Inspired by This.

Photos: Courtesy of the photographers.

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