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What's Hot for 2016: Top Wedding Trends

By Kim Forrest  

Kim Forrest is one of WeddingWire’s editors. She manages content creation on both WeddingWire and EventWire. Kim has been writing about weddings for nearly a decade, and has been quoted as a weddings expert in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and more. 

2015 was a groundbreaking year in weddings—from the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage to the nuptials of such celebs as Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, and many more. We are looking forward to seeing what’s to come in 2016—and want to share some of our picks for the top wedding trends for the New Year!
  • GIF Booths: Of course, we all love photo booths at weddings—it’s a fun activity for guests and provides a personalized favor. GIF Booths are an extension of that—creating short moving clips for guests to share on social media.
  • Flowers and Greenery Hanging from Ceilings and Covering Walls: Floral creations aren’t just for reception tables anymore! We’re seeing floral arrangements in unique places—including hanging from venue ceilings and covering walls to create a memorable photo backdrop.
  • High Ballerina Buns: While many brides are still loving the loose, romantic look, we’re also seeing more and more brides wearing their hair in more structured ballerina-inspired updos. We love how this style keeps the hair out of the face all night long!
  • Doughnuts: Of course, we love any sweet treat, but we think doughnuts will be the dessert of the moment in 2016.
  • Expanding Social Media Presence: 2015 was the year of the wedding hashtag, with couples asking their guests to use a special hashtag when sharing wedding photos on social media. In 2016, we predict social media expanding even further with couples and guests using Snapchat and Periscope to document the day.
    Retro-Inspired Groom’s Looks: This year, we saw the rise of the cobalt blue tuxedo. We think that in 2016, grooms will think outside the box even more by wearing attire in shades like burgundy or plum.
  • Textured Buttercream Frosting:We’ll be seeing a lot of white wedding cakes in 2016—but what makes these cakes unique are how bakers are creating interesting patterns and textures with buttercream.
  • Copper (yes, again): We know, we know—we said the same thing last year! But we are still seeing so many weddings with gold or copper palettes that we don’t think this metallic will fade away in the New Year. Expect to see some of Pantone’s Colors of the Year—Rose Quartz and Serenity—mixed in, but we still think copper is king.
  • Drone Photography and Videography: More and more photographers and videographers are using drones to capture aerial footage of weddings. Look for this to grow even more in the New Year.
  • Foil-Stamped Invitations: This metallic look stems from the gold/copper trend. It’s a festive and fun style for stationery.
  • Indie First Dance Songs: “All of Me” by John Legend and “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran were tops in 2015, but we think couples will eschew Top 40 hits for more indie tunes this year.
  • Eucalyptus:Wedding bouquets are still going heavy on the greenery—specifically beautiful seeded eucalyptus.
  • Cocktail-Appetizer Pairings: Tacos and tequila, hot dogs and beer—providing sips and bites together create a unique culinary experience for cocktail hour.
  • Dresses with Removable Skirts: A look inspired by Sofia Vergara’s Zuhair Murad wedding gown, which paired a grand overskirt with a more form-fitting silhouette underneath.
  • Illusion Bodices: Sheer bodices adorned with lace or beading were all over the Bridal Market runways and we expect to see these on brides in 2016.
  • Bridesmaids in Separates: We’ve been seeing more and more bridal parties clad in tops and skirts rather than dresses. It’s a modern look that allows for even more creativity and versatility.
  • The Word “LOVE:”Sure, it’s pretty literal—but couples love to creatively feature their word “love” at their weddings. From signage to marquee lights and more, we have to admit, we love “love” too!

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