Monday, September 12, 2016

Top 5 Wedding Trends for 2016

At the beginning of every year, there are always a slew of wedding magazines and websites that proclaim what the top wedding trends will be for the next season. Sometimes they are spot on and other times the supposed trend never takes flight (ahem... floral print wedding dresses). So, I was excited when my friends at Paperless Post asked me to share what wedding trends I'm actually seeing in 2016! Here is my list of the top 5 wedding trends that real couples are doing this year:

Unconventional Seating 

Instead of the traditional round banquet tables, couples are using tables of assorted shapes and sizes for their reception seating plans. A mix of round, square, and long tables creates added visual interest in the room and a cozier ambiance for guests.

Metallic Accents

Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC
From the floral decor to the stationery, I am seeing metallic accents everywhere! Couples are incorporating silvers, golds, and glitters into their wedding color palette. Whether mercury glass vases for a vintage feel, a sequin linen on the cake table for a touch of old world glamour, or silver borders on the wedding invitations for a modern design, metallics can easily work in an array of different wedding styles.

Dance Floor Giveaways

When it comes to the wedding reception, couples are always eager for the dancing to begin and want to see a packed dance floor. In prior years, they would think about comfort and provide flip flops for their guests weary feet. But now, it's all about fun, and couples are opting for foam light up batons, glow bracelets, and sunglasses to get their guests in a party mood.

Selfie Booths

Photobooths have been an ongoing trend for years. But in 2016, couples are paying tribute to our cell-phone obsessed times with "selfie booths." No need for an actual booth, attendant, or printer. With just a table of props and some selfie sticks, guests can have some fun and share their photos instantly. Don't forget to post a custom wedding hashtag nearby for guests to use so that you can check out all the selfie shenanigans later. #MarriedMayhem


Photo by Camille Victoria Weddings LLC

Wedding decor is most often associated with flowers and linens. But this year, couples are focusing on lighting. Whether it's simply specifying the level of dimness for the venue's lights or bringing in outside uplighting, the lighting is one of the quickest ways to change the look of a room and create a certain atmosphere. Amber uplighting can transform a boring ballroom into an enchanting soiree. Or a custom monogram gobo light behind a head table can give a wow-factor personalized touch.

It's always an exciting part of my job to see how real brides and grooms incorporate the latest trends into their big day. So take a trend and make it your own! Happy Planning!

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