Wedding Trends 2016: What’s Hot

For a long time wedding fashion trended towards low key, rustic, boho chic designs, with unfinished wood and mason jars dominating the scene.  Glamour is back in 2016, with couples opting for smaller, sleeker, more polished wedding styles and dramatic, eye catching attire.  Here are a few trends to keep an eye on if you’re planning a big event in 2016:

Glitter is Out, Foil is In


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Sparkly and colorful invitations are still popular, but they’re made more upscale this year by using foil instead of glitter.  Foil stationary, from invitations to place card settings to menus, are clean and modern looking.  This floral wedding invitation from Minted is a beautiful example of how foil adds elegance to any design.

Feather, Lace and Plunging Necklines


Monique Lhuillier Fall 2016, October 2015, New York
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Brides are making a dramatic entrance and walk down the aisle with show stopping, elegant attire.  Feathers are a delicate way to make a bold statement.  Designers are using feathers in dresses, headwear, and accessories.  This stunning look from Monique Lhuilier pairs feathers with a lace overlay to create a wedding dress that is dreamy and luxurious.  2016 will also see more brides opting for lace overlays, pantsuits, and plunging necklines.  Yes, skin is in.  You can see pictures of 2016’s top wedding dress trends in this comprehensive slide show from

Live Music, Please!

Unplug the DJ and bring in a local band.  No, not a wedding singer.  Live music is unexpected and a fun way to liven up a reception.  Options range from percussionists to pianists to whoever is the local “it” band in your town.

Foodies are Stepping Up


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Formal sit down dinners are being passed up for elegant food stations and cocktails, especially at smaller, more intimate receptions.  This is not a buffet!  Foodies get to indulge their passion for on trend cuisine with a reception that resembles a fine happy hour.  What’s not to love about that?

Just the Highlights

No doubt in response to social media, couples are leaning towards action photography and short video clips.  Rather than waiting weeks for a polished wedding video, get instant gratification with on site video streaming and real time short video clips that can be shared anywhere.  What a great way to share your joy with those who can’t be at the event!

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