GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — First things first, I’m Amanda, a producer here at WOTV 4 Women. I am getting married in September in Cincinnati, Ohio, and my desk mate, Elissa, nominated me to write this article.
Now, you may ask yourself, what does this girl know about 2016 wedding trends? Professionally, not much, but would it help if I told you I own every “Martha Stewart Wedding Magazine” made since 2000? And, with a wedding of my own coming up in less than five months, I am currently neck-deep in cake filling, chiavari chairs and invitation decisions.
But weddings are the best, right? You get to showcase who you are as a couple, have fun experiences with your closest friends and family, and get to marry your love! So whether you’re throwing an epic wedding weekend, or an equally epic courthouse wedding, hopefully this article will offer all brides something. Without further ado, the 2016 trends:The Look
- Rustic Spaces – For the past few years, barns have been the biggest trend in wedding venues. But gone are the days of kicking up the hay and hanging with the cows – kidding! Barn weddings are gorge! But the trend for this year is a new kind of rustic. I’m talking open ceilings and rolling hills. Anything from a greenhouse to a vineyard or even a national park is going to be a hot destination for the next few seasons.
- Brunch Weddings – When you think of weddings, you typically think of a ceremony followed by a nice dinner. But brunch weddings are becoming more popular and also a huge money saver! No one expects an open bar and filet mignon at 11 a.m. Load me up with a pile of waffles and a mimosa and I’m a happy camper.
- Home is Where the Heart is – Couples are moving away from the standard and trying to personalize everything. If you got engaged in California, try incorporating a late night station with the Hollywood sign as your backdrop. Incorporate food from your favorite restaurant or the type of dessert you ordered on your first date. My fiancé and I love to go camping together so we made our save the dates with a camping theme – puns and all!
- Lights, Camera, Action – Or, really just lights! Lots of lights. Nothing sets the mood like proper lighting. Lighting can make an event feel cool or warm, romantic or fierce. Couples are moving towards soft candlelight, bistro lights, and basically lights everywhere! You can hang lights from the ceiling, wrap them around the trees outside, or have a marquee of your initials propped on the cake table.
- Metallic is Fantastic – Gold, bronze, and silver are popping up all over weddings. But the biggest metallic of the season is the once-forgotten rose gold! Whether you do gold bridesmaids dresses, pops of silver with your chargers, or even rose gold pillows in your lounge, metallics are all the rage right now because they bring sophistication and glam to any pallet!
- Monochromatic Color Schemes – Think blue on blue on blue, but in all different shades! It’s the “less is more” approach to wedding colors. Incorporate a navy bridesmaid dress and robin’s egg blue font on your invitations, and dark blue linens with a powder blue vintage getaway car. It’s all about finding a color you love and using shades of it everywhere.
- Blush and Cream – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Beautiful shades of cream and soft blushes are perfect accents to any wedding. And they are colors I guarantee you won’t hate in 20 years.
- Keep it Clean – Neutral pallets are the way to go. Blacks, greys, taupes, and browns go with anything. They’re simplistic and elegant and never go out of style.
- Hometown Favorites – Couples are beginning to incorporate local favorites into their dining options. Maybe you want your favorite doughnuts as a late night snack, or that yummy kettle corn from the Downtown Market as your favor. Maybe there is even a food truck that will stop by as the evening rolls on. The sky is the limit! But local isn’t just about your favorite shops. I’m talking farm to table. Many couples are choosing to go with caterers who use ingredients from local farms.
- Show me that Garden – Beer gardens are popping up everywhere, so how about you bring that into your wedding. Instead of the standard open bar, offer up a variety of craft beers. Do you know where I can find some around West Michigan? Not a beer fan? I’m sorry. But you have options! Maybe you’re more of a DIY martini kind of gal? Or tasty tequilas? Offer your guests a variety of mixers and add-ins and you’ve got yourself a party!
- We’re All Family Now – Stations were the hot thing last year, but in 2016 we’re bringing food back to the tables. Family style serving is an instant icebreaker. Everyone wants food, so you’re forced to talk to those around you. Plus it offers a more relaxed vibe than plated dinners.
- His & Hers Cocktails – Get creative with your cocktails. My fiancé and I are each offering a signature drink at our wedding. It’s a fun way to share a bit of our personalities and you save a ton on a traditional open bar.
- Dramatic Backs – The back of your dress might not be the first thing you think needs to look stunning, but for your wedding you do! More than 50% of the time, people will be staring at your back. 2016 brides are lucky enough to have a plethora of back options to choose from.
- Long Sleeves – In my research for this article, I read brides are moving away from the “royal wedding” look that has been so popular for the past few years. But I think we still have Kate to thank for this trend. Gone are the days of strapless gowns. More and more brides are choosing to go with straps or even sleeves. Actress Allison Williams recently got married in a stunning long-sleeved gown.
- Feathering – Remember when the bottom of a gown was just straight down? Maybe it poofed out a bit, maybe it flared at the bottom. But now it’s all about textures. Ruffles and feathering with layers on the skirt can at a lot of drama to your dress.
- Two-in-One – A skirt you can take off – say what? I’ll admit I follow a ton of wedding magazines/bloggers/designers and more on Instagram and have been since I got an Instagram five years ago. So I can attest I have seen this trend everywhere! Even Sophia Vergara rocked a detachable skirt in her recent wedding. It allows you to have a sleek, fun, reception dress without actually having to buy one!
The moral of this story is – there are a ton of trends for 2016 and I barely scratched the surface. There are a lot of easy ways to incorporate them into your dream day, but the most important thing is to remember to choose ones that show off your personality. Don’t forget that this day is all about you two, the love you have for one another, and the life you’re getting ready to start together. I may freak out that the string quartet started ten minutes late, or the gold chiavari chairs didn’t bring it all together the way I wanted. But, guess what? I’m the only one who will know. And at the end of the day I still will be married to the love of my life and it will truly be the Best. Day. Ever. So ladies, and ambitious gents, keep calm and Pinterest on!