The Hottest Wedding Trends of 2016

Take note of these 15 inspiring bridal predictions for 2016.

The Hottest Wedding Trends of 2016

Photo: Thisbe Grace Photography

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As you excitedly conceptualize your special day, there are numerous details to consider. While some brides have every element thought-out, others may be searching for inspiration that resonates with them. Looking to the year ahead, I have compiled a list of striking bridal trends for 2016 – from invitations, to fashion, to décor – that are certain to stoke your creativity. Happy planning!

1. Invitation Trends: Florals, Foil & Colors
Blooms. Mixtures of floral artwork, foil stamping, and watercolor are such eye-catching combinations.
Metallic.Sophisticated opulence will be popular in 2016 – think shimmery gold, silver, rose gold, and copper mixed with ivories, or even black for a sleek color palette. 
Color. Showcasing bright shades always results in creating a bold first impression. So don’t shy away from fun, vibrant hues.

2. Sentimental Setting
Consider hosting your wedding at a location of personal significance, such as a family estate or ranch. A special place will enhance the emotions of your perfect day. The ability to then revisit this site can bring back many fond memories as the years pass.

3. Sexy-Back Wedding Gowns
Innovative designers have definitely added sex appeal to romantic and elegant wedding gowns. Embroidery, lace, and beading are just a few of the textural components that grace these creations. Brides that like a little bit of a sensuous vibe certainly relate to these amazing styles.

4. Heel Change
No woman can ever have enough shoes. Rehearsal dinner pumps, ceremony stilettos, and reception heels are the perfect way to be fashionable and broaden your collection.

5. Feather Gowns are Making a Comeback
I love frilly feathers! They are fun, flirty, and still playfully formal.

6. Grooms Getting in on the Color  
Grooms can don colorful details such as ties, bow ties, and boutonnieres. This gives him a personalized hand in the design and look of the celebration.

7. Statement Headpieces
Consider crowns and over-the-top headpieces that really make a fashion statement. Maybe you want a timeless look with a stunning veil for the ceremony and then really kick it up a notch with a fabulous headpiece of crystals and fringe at the reception! This will certainly get guests talking and assert your fashionista status.

8. Over-the-Top Rehearsal Dinners
This is a great opportunity to show your close family and friends what is to come the remainder of the wedding weekend!

9. Traditional & Contemporary
Present classic components with a modern edge; for example, use geometric shapes in details such as paper items, floral walls, dance floor forms, and floor plan layouts.

10. Create Conversation Pieces with Your Wedding Paper Items 
Couple’s trivia in the program, special dates, and descriptive words about your spouse on cocktail napkins are all fun ways to personalize your wedding day.

11. Metallic Color Schemes
I love the fashionable nature of this palette. These tones will never go out of style and are certainly popular in all facets of design today. 

12. Linen Trends
You will absolutely see more of the organic elements mixed with the traditional feminine. Metallic birch print linens with striking centerpieces are a beautiful combination. Velvet linens showcasing a watercolor motif and along with an avant-garde floral design lend an unexpected touch. 

13. Colorful Drapery
Vibrant and patterned drapery, in sumptuous fabrics such as velvet and silk, is really starting to trend amongst designers looking for some new pizzazz! There’s nothing more stunning than a soft pink silk or white-and-cream pin-striped velvet to really set your event apart.

14. Mix and Match Chairs
Boring chairs are a thing of the past. Have fun coordinating different types of chairs, chair sleeves, or using two unique groupings that all harmonize around a table. This is not limited to the reception either; ceremony chairs can be just as extraordinary.

15. Pantsuit Exit
Rock a pantsuit when you exit your reception. Every bride should enjoy a wardrobe change or two during her special day!

Many personalized, nontraditional elements can be incorporated into your wedding to leave a lasting impression on your guests. Be a trendsetter; don’t be afraid to make the day your own! From florals to fabrics, the smallest of details can make all the difference in the overall style of your celebration. This will be your first appearance with your husband, so be confident and do it your way!

Opening photo by Thisbe Grace Photography