2015 was a big year for this little ol’ blog. We launched an editor-curated database filled to the brim with millions of beautiful images (a.k.a. The Vault), published more real weddings than we could dare count, and shared your very own love stories that left us inspired every single day. And 2016 is bound to be bigger and better than ever. We’ve got so many fun projects in the works, but today let’s stop and talk new trends we’re predicting will soon grace our pages. From florals to design, dresses to furry friends, here’s the top wedding trends we expect to see in the coming year.
ROSE GOLD + COPPER
Rose gold and copper will be the metallics of choice in 2016 according to Laurie Arons and Erin McLean. And after seeing so many stunning rose gold engagement rings in 2015, we can’t wait to see everything through rose (gold) colored glasses in the new year!
When it comes to lighting in 2016, Erin McLean says it’s all about being bold. Whether you make a statement with mix and match chandeliers or fill your venue with an abundance of candles, make lighting a priority in the 2016 for a really WOW design.
MIX + MATCH STYLE
“Gone are the days when a Bride and Groom had to choose just one style for their wedding day. A modern garden fête? Go for it. Rustic-meets-glam? Why not? In 2016, we’re going to see dynamic designs mixing and matching different styles to create weddings that are unexpected, bold and completely gorgeous.” – Gabrielle
“In event design, we are seeing a shift toward patterns in linens, plates, invitation suites – color has been coming back but pattern is taking it to the next level.” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events
LOOSE, ORGANIC FLORALS
“We saw the loose floral trend start this year, but I think it’s only going to get bigger in 2016. Brides want their weddings to be elegant but unfussy, and a less structured floral design perfectly reflects that.” – Stephanie
WEDDING DRESS SEPARATES
“The traditional prelude prior to a ceremony has given way to the new ‘pre-ceremony’ cocktail. Couples want to welcome their guests and kick off the festivities before guests take their seats.” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events
This is a trend we can definitely get behind: “More often than not, we’re going to see the couple’s pet dogs take part in the wedding,” says Laurie Arons.
We saw loose, wildly romantic florals in 2015, and we’re going to see a lot more in the coming year, but according to Erin of Erin McLean Events, we’re also going to see a movement towards organic elements outside of florals—think feathers, agate and lots of greenery.
COLOR PALETTES ACCENTED WITH A RICH HUE
“While weddings will always have a special spot for beautiful blush, we’re seeing more and more brides incorporate rich colors and jewel tones into their celebrations. From deep reds and maroons to dark greens and blues, these colors amp up the elegance and this modern approach to color has us excited to see more in 2016.” – Elizabeth
SO LONG, STRAPLESS
“Even during the warmest months, brides are opting to cover their shoulders and designers are creating gorgeous gowns that do just that!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events
INTIMATE WEDDINGS + ELOPEMENTS
“While we love a grand wedding, it’s those intimate celebrations that really pull at our heartstrings. From an intimate waterfall elopement, to whisking the ones you love to a far off land, 2016 is the year we’re envisioning an uptick in smaller sized ceremonies. Perfect for the private couple who wants their special day to be significant by sharing it with those who truly love and know you as a couple, this is the ultimate trend for you.” – Michelle
VINTAGE-INSPIRED ENGAGEMENT RINGS
LOW-KEY CEREMONY READINGS
As weddings get smaller, we’re also going to see ceremonies become more intimate and inclusive. “Next year, we’re going to see ceremony readings done by multiple guests from their seats at the wedding, each taking a line of the reading,” predicts Laurie Arons.
THE RETURN TO HIGH FLORAL DESIGN
“We have been in an era of low lush floral, and now we are seeing inventive ways to bring high floral back to event design!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events
“Couples are opting out of the traditional departure at the end of the reception to continue the party at the after-party!” – Lynn Easton of Easton Events