The Top 2016 Wedding Trends:
Fashion forward.1. 3D-Florals. Floral appliques aren't unfamiliar to the bridal industry, but flowers that pop are. These appliques bring the dress to life by adding texture and dimension, and some serious beauty to an already amazing trend. 2. Ball gown beauty. Sheath styles stole the show in 2015, but A-lines and tulle are making a comeback. Picture a strapless sweetheart bodice with a flowing skirt. The good news about this? It's flattering on many figures. 3. A hot cup of tea. Tea-length gowns are making a breakthrough. I'll keep this explanation short and sweet (get it?) 4. Daring dresses. Illusion neckline and back details have been seen on the circuit, but designers are taking it one step farther. Lace appliques and stunning details cover everything that should be covered while the rest of the bodice remains sheer. This trend is very Hollywood and gorgeous when done tastefully. Just don't go too far, or at least warn Grandma first. 5. Keyhole details. Keyhole backs have been big throughout 2015, but 2016 is shaking things up a bit. Keyhole designs are now being featured on the front of dresses on a smaller scale. Brought to you by higher necklines and mesh fabric. 6. So long, sweetheart. V-necks are making their way into this year's necklines. Honorary mentions: Bateau necklines, blush and grey colored gowns, feathers, and bridal suits.
Here ye, here ye:7. Metallic mail. Invites are joining the sparkly ranks. Stamped and foil-pressed lettering on silver, copper, and gold make for a stunning reminder of your big day. 8. Penned and personal. In a day and age that is full of computers and printers, 2016 is calling for a hand-written touch. Custom paper is coming your way. These invites are not only crafted by hand, they are made to represent the couple. By picking unique shapes--think states, iconic buildings--the couple is really sharing something special about their love.
9. Save the dates that save you a buck. This trend isn't necessarily unique to 2016, but it's still something that couples are seeing through to the New Year. Postcards with pretty pictures are cheap, easy, and just as cute as any spendy invite you could find!
Dreamy décor.10. All that glitters. Metallics are coming in hot with their cool look. Don't picture the super shiny sequins you used to do crafts with back in the day because metallics are coming back with a contemporary feel. While matte metallics are leading the race, 2016 doesn't discriminate. From bridesmaid gowns to table cloths to invites (told you so), weddings are shimmering this year. 11. Destination without the travel. People are finding a way to bring their beloved locations to their current. By incorporating elements from special places, couples are creating a new form of destination weddings. Think décor, music, food--Eiffel Tower table decorations, a mariachi band, carb-free Italian food (I've got dreams.) This trend can be taken more broadly too. Have your day represent your heritage by serving a traditional meal or incorporating your national colors.
Floral fads.14. Fresh from the garden flowers. Simplicity is in. Consider opting away from expensive arrangements and going for the farmer's market finds. Not only can you have fun creating a beautiful arrangement, you can also save a few bucks--Bonus! Learn how to make a $25 wildflower wedding bouquet >> 15. Unconventional "flowers." Cabbage and succulents are a blooming wedding trend. Have you seen this yet? So gorgeous! Bouquets aren't the only place unique arrangements can be found. Centerpieces are seeing this movement as well. Potted trees, ferns, decorative leaves, and even herbs can be seen on tables in 2016. Another thing to note? Not all groupings need to be the same. Feel free to have an array of bouquets and mix of table arrangements. 16. Ombré petals. This romantic craze is gorgeous. Pick three to five different flowers of the same shade and let your masterpiece do the talking. The variety of flowers but cohesive color create a stunning look coming to a wedding near you.
Eat, drink, and be married.17. Seating chart alternatives. Round tables with place cards are becoming a thing of the past. Tables of all shapes and sizes are making their way into your big day. To get away from the conference event vibe, some couples are opting for long banquet tables to give it that big family dinner feel.
Melodious music.23. Tons of tunes. Don't feel forced to stick with one genre. Play the current hits and throw in some throwbacks. I'm not just talking Spotify's 90's playlist, I'm talking something mom and dad, and maybe even grandma and grandpa, will be able to get down to.
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24. One is the loneliest number. Past traditions have encouraged choosing one DJ or one band. But why limit the jams? I attended a ceremony this summer that featured an amazing violinist during the cocktail hour. The music was not only classy, but it was captivating! Music is played throughout your reception, so this is a great area to be dynamic with your choices.