5 real wedding trends for 2016

I don't actually think these are real trends, but I hope they become trends. Now that everyone is finally starting to remember to write 2016 on their rent checks, we've decided it's time to look at five of our favorite ideas that really should become a thing at weddings in 2016. Some are starting to gain popularity, but we'd like to see a wedding overhaul with the following elements:

1/ Bring On The Bright!

Sure, blush, champagne, and gold is a great color palette for an elegant ballroom wedding. But what about LITERALLY ANYWHERE ELSE? We are advocating for dazzling color schemes, highly pigmented accents, and blindingly bright attire. 

RADIANT TRIO COLOR SCHEME

Tell me this tablescape doesn't make the neurons in your brain do a tap dance? That's a thing, right? Neurons in your brain? Whatever. My synapses fire on all cylinders when I see this. The bright hues are anchored by some black, gray and white but there's still plenty of red-orange, magenta and neon green to make any guest go ooOOOOOoooooOOOOoooo! 

If nothing else, make the first impression of your wedding one that wows. Keep your invitation fonts simple and make sure the patterns and colors relate to one another somehow, especially if you're mixing patterns. Don't be afraid to experiment with scale and materials, like the kraft paper belly band shown here, but skip the envelope liner if you're on a budget. Guests often don't notice it.

 

Happy Accent Color

Or, incorporate an ultra-happy accent color. Yellow is very popular (and easy to pull off) with gray, as is turquoise with white, lime green with navy, and magenta with black. 

A book of 500 ideas

If you need a little courage and inspiration, have a generous glass of wine and pick yourself up a copy of the book Weddings in Color by Vané Broussard (founder of the blog Brooklyn Bride) and Minhee Cho (of the paper company Paper+Cup). 


2/ Centerpieces Other Than Traditional Flowers

GASP! All my florist friends are plotting my murder by pruning shears right now. Relax peeps, your jobs are safe and secure! This is certainly not going to be up everyone's alley, but, for those looking for something a little unique and unexpected, consider these ideas:

CACTI (see the first image on the page), SUCCULENTS, OR AIR PLANTS

 

Bride Tina created these succulent and airplant terrariums with the help of Eva from EcoFlora Design. They fit perfectly with the minimal, modern design of the boutique hotel setting and guests loved taking the centerpieces home with them at the end of the night.

These types of centerpieces can work in non-modern settings as well. Put them in a vintage or mercury glass vessel and they'll look like they're straight from the movie Pride and Prejudice. You know, the one with Keira Knightley. Hey! That story is about weddings and stuff, too! 

 

CANDLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

'Nuff said. Candles are romantic, textural, mostly inexpensive, and come in a billion different varieties: tapers, votives, tea lights, lanterns, pillars, etc. 

OTHER STUFF!

Think paper pinwheels, paper flowers, paper fans, geometric objects, and desserts (who wouldn't want their very own mini wedding cake right there at their table!? HELLLEEERRR! It's sculptural and delicious!)...


3/ Prints, Patterns, Pizzazz

Have you noticed a theme, yet? Clearly I'm a huge fan of the atypical and I love when my couples take risks or do things out of the ordinary. So, how can you pull it off? I say, go bold or go home!

bridal gown or bridesmaid dresses

Florals are the most common print for bridal gowns, but you can always think outside the box (or the florals) and wear a white dress with sheer stripes (or actual stripes), regal damask, or a bridesmaid dress in a pattern.

(see more amazing floral gowns here

Invitations and Printed materials

Graphic printed materials are by far the easiest way to bring some pattern and interest to your wedding details. 

custom backdrops

A great way to add some drama and scale to your decor is by adding a custom backdrop to your ceremony or reception space (or both!). These can be DIY or made for you by Lauren Skunta of Elbowgrease Design. Add one behind your head or sweetheart table, to your photobooth, or near the bar, where people tend to huddle after dinner. It's a great photo op!


4/ Mini Destination Weddings

A wedding staycation, if you will

The rules for a wedding weekend are quite broad, but it's generally all about creating an interactive experience for your guests by incorporating other events into the weekend. A welcome or rehearsal dinner the night before and day-after brunch are quite common, but some couples are taking their wedding-related events a step further. 

I originally fell in love with this idea when I read about actress Kate Bosworth's wedding getaway with husband Michael Polish at The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana. Their guests stayed on site, rode horses, hiked, fished and enjoyed a hoe-down the evening before.  

In the Catskill Mountains, check out Timber Lake Camp. The campground includes lodging for 500+ guests and the rental fee (about $10,000 for 100 guests) includes the ceremony, reception, lodging (bunk or private), meals (though outside catering is permitted), and full use of the camp facilities such as sports areas and specialty areas such as the waterfront and outdoor adventure/zip line area. You can bring your own alcohol, too, which is a money-saving bonus. Talk about all-inclusive!

Or, peep Stone Tavern Farm in Roxbury, New York where they offer fun camping experiences like s'mores around a campfire, ziplining, hiking, paddle boating, lawn games, ATV rides, fishing, a skeet range and paint ball. Host your entire wedding weekend at the venue and, though they're not included, guests can rent houses on the property for lodging. 

Even if you can't swing an all-inclusive venue, make the most of your time with your guests by planning activities that showcase your wedding town.


5/ Get Personal

Your wedding isn't supposed to be just a rando party, it's a celebration of you and your significant other as a couple. So let's celebrate you! Here's how:

incorporate photos of the two of you

They can be engagement photos, or some of you both as you were growing up-- whatever! Be creative. But make sure you put them somewhere people will have time to interact with them. While hanging them on chairs along the aisle at the ceremony is super cute, they often get missed by your guests. Try photos on your table numbers, at your gift or escort card tables, as hanging decor, on the restroom doors, or use a double sided frame to create a photo centerpiece on cocktail tables. 

Incorporate your favorite local or cultural things into your wedding

The most memorable weddings are the ones that include really unique features or even, dare I say, non-traditional details.

Did you have your first date at the Jeni's Ice Cream down the block? Serve up some pints for dessert (no one says you must eat cake)! Do you both love the New York Yankees? Make your decor pinstripe! Do you share a pet? Put them on your save the dates! Like to drink adult beverages? Bottle your own blend of wine, or bring in specialty beers from the local microbrew. My husband and I presented our mothers with Hawaiian orchid lei at our wedding since we lived in Hawaii at the time.