From the rise of bridal separates to the influx of overflowing bouquets and exotic food trucks, 2015 was a big year for the “big day.” But with spring right around the corner, we can’t help but look forward to the biggest wedding trends for 2016.
So, what matrimonial must-haves will couples obsess over? Here is a list of trends culled from wedding planners all over the country:
- Personalized weddings: Recent years have seen brides rush to recreate their version of a royal wedding or something straight off a Pinterest board. But this year it’s clear brides are much more interested in going down the aisle their own way. Couples today want a wedding that showcases who they are, that’s a fun experience for their guests and that won’t look or feel dated.
- Golden color scheme: Metallics are surprisingly versatile, depending on how and where they are brought into the celebration. They can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural.” No matter the venue or theme, designers across the country say rose gold will show up on everything from rings to table linens. Even the food and drink get in on the trend, with shiny blush icings on desserts and rose-hued cocktails. One metallic that is on the wane, however, is silver.
- Flower power: The right mix of style and simplicity will be the cornerstone of fabulous wedding floral arrangements this year. Arrangements that feature both seasonal flowers and whatever grows locally are gaining traction. Wild, free-form bouquets and centerpieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers as exclamation points.
- Remain seated: Couples are moving away from a reception layout based on large round tables, which has a tendency to feel too much like a conference event, and are instead opting for either very long, rectangular tables or a mix of long tables surrounded by smaller square and round tables ― all for a more intimate vibe. And lounge areas, complete with comfortable seating options, will remain a crucial part of the cocktail and after-party hours.
- We’ll drink to that: What better way to give your guests a glimpse of who you are than by serving them your favorite libations? The trend of his-and-her cocktails is not only easier on the budget (no more guesstimating for an open bar) but it’s an instant conversation starter. As far as wine goes, rosé is fast becoming a mainstay at weddings. Couples are including it in the wine selection at dinner, serving rosé champagne for toasts or offering a variety of rosés from different regions as a sampling during the cocktail hour.
- On a roll: Food stations that were all the rage even up to last year have conceded to the classic sit-down dinner. But that doesn’t mean guests are stuck in their seats. To keep things interesting, caterers are bringing back gueridon service, where servers arrive at the dinner table with a cart filled with all the makings for customizable appetizers and desserts ― everything from Caesar salads, pastas and tartares to gelato, doughnuts and milk-and-cookies.
- National Park weddings: Rustic brides and grooms are taking their love for the outdoors to a whole new level by having their weddings in a national park (very timely as 2016 is the National Park Service Centennial). National parks are the perfect backdrop for picturesque wedding ceremonies and receptions. Outdoor, back-to-nature weddings will be huge this year, with couples leaving the church to wed in God’s country.