Last year, the wedding world brought us such trends as the industrial chic look, flower crowns, and sequin linens. 2016 is gearing up to bring us looks that are just as hot, but a bit different than what we saw in 2015. Now that the new year is here, let me fill in you in on what I think we'll be seeing a ton of these next 12 months!
Unique Ceremony Sites
Weddings will always take place in churches, but non-traditional ceremony venues are on the rise BIG TIME! Why? It's a break from the norm. Guests experience something new and it allows the bride and groom to infuse their style into yet another aspect of their wedding. Plus, logistically speaking, it's often easier to hold everything in one location versus two. Help your wedding stand out by saying “I do” is a unique spot. Look for something with a nice framework or backdrop and use your imagination. Almost any location can serve as a ceremony site! My Pittsburgh favorites include the Grand Concourse, the Pump House at the Waterfront, the Broderie Room at Phipps Conservatory, and the Hall of Sculptures at the Carnegie Museum!
In 2015, industrial chic was THE wedding look. This year, things are a bit softer. Organic and natural is the way to go. Imagine taking the rustic style, removing the mason jars and burlap, and adding a touch of sophistication. This look is feminine and versatile; it works well in almost style of venue! Bring it to life with light colors and light fabrics. Think chiffon, tulle, lace, and even organza in pastels, ivory, white, or even gray. You won't find black or jewel tones. Lush florals, lots of fresh greenery, and other natural elements help to bring Mother Nature indoors and alive in this look! Stay tuned for more inspiration for this style!
Shades of Blue
Before Pantone announced Serenity as one of 2016's colors, I knew blue was going to be huge. And rightfully so…blue is gorgeous! Plus, it's a break from the jewel ones that have been so popular for so long. Blue is versatile and you can find any shade to fit your mood: soft and romantic with gray blue, energetic and vibrant with turquoise, or even rich and dramatic with navy. Any hue is going to be big and you can incorporate it into your wedding day in so many ways. Of course, there are your bridesmaids' dresses, shoes, or garter, but what about a blue wedding dress?! Gents look very GQ in navy suits. Dress your tables in blue linens or use the color in your invitations. A navy envelope with gold calligraphy looks ah-maz-ing! Think thistle, hydrangeas, and delphinium for blue flowers!
Photos by Kelly Adrienne Photography
Gone are the days of symmetrical bouquets that resemble fluffy clouds. Not that an all-peony look won't always be beautiful! But this modern spin on bouquets is the hot new trend. Textural bouquets are made with a mix of different flowers, all with varying looks and feels. Soft and lush, long and fuzzy, layered and coarse, they all come together for a look that is eye-catching! You'll usually see other enhancements as well, like peasant feathers, super long ribbons, or even fresh fruit or succulents. All of these add color to a bouquet, which I just love to see popping against a white dress. Let your flowers be a conversation starter by going with this look that will definitely set you apart from traditional brides!
What do you think of these trends? Which one do you like the best? Any that you aren't crazy about? Comment below!