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When it comes to planning the most awesome wedding of the 2016 season, there are some trends you can implement to really knock your big day right out the park. From themes to decor, creative reception ideas and the latest photography trends, there’s something for every style bride. Check out how you can make the most of your special day and throw one killer wedding in 2016.

Awesome 2016 Wedding Trends You’ll Love

1. Vintage Elegance Wedding Style

If you’re looking for the most awesome trend this year in themes, you should be thinking Parlour Rooms, Hollywood Hotels and Art Deco.

Wedding couple in parlor

  • Dimly, but flatteringly – lit rooms with wallpaper and grand pianos.
  • High Back velvet chairs and striped couches for seating.
  • Any venue with vintage style lighting like electric wall sconces or crystal lamps on tables.

Fun and Stylish Decor

The most awesome trends in decor this year comes down to attention to detail! Forget using a boat load of decor, simple and elegant is the way to go. Whether you want to add a pop of color or create simple elegance with a centerpiece, here are the most awesome wedding trends for 2016:

Flagging tape in backgroun

Matching decor

2. Flagging Tape

If you have your heart set on trying out some unique, fun wedding trends — instead of ribbon, you should be working with flagging tape. A cheaper alternative to ribbon, flagging tape comes in a plethora of designs and colors. It’s also super versatile:

Build a beautiful backdrop for when you say your vows.

  • Hang it from the ceiling of your venue to create depth and unique decor.
  • Tie it to chair backs with flowers to really give your chairs some charm.

Rosebud color palette

Hydrangea color pallete

3. Blending Beautiful Colors

Forget the two color system of the past, brides in 2016 are choosing entire palettes for one sincerely awesome trend. This is great when choosing bridesmaid dresses, flowers and centerpieces.

  • When you choose your theme, simply google beach or Hollywood color palette, and you can start compiling color ideas.
  • Mix and match colors when it comes to bridesmaids and flowers for a total color explosion.
  • Colors don’t have to be uniform, then can simply blend to create a gorgeous tone effect.


4. Forget The Flowers

Flowers are expensive and brides are finding awesome options to tone down the budget in 2016. When it comes to flowers, simply think outside the garden this year:

  • Terrariums
  • Greenery
  • Metallics
  • Jeweled Bouquets

5. Creative Cocktails

Forget the traditional champagne reception, this year couples are going a bit more creative with beverages. Sit down with your partner in crime and come up with a few ideas of drinks you love or might fit with your wedding them. Think:

  • Themed cocktail to your reception.
  • Cocktails that add a pop of color and match your palette.
  • Signature cocktails made from your favorite ingredients.
  • His and Hers cocktails that really nail your personality.

6. Heritage Receptions

Family style dinners and heritage style meals are all the rage in 2016 weddings. Think big Italian family dinner where dishes are passed around the table rather than a formal catered experience.

  • Long, family style reception tables.
  • Table cloths and table runners for accents.
  • Dishes served right on the table in lieu of buffets or catered three/five course dinners.
  • Foods will have that home cooked, heritage feel to them.
  • Self-serve cocktails and build your own food bars.

Appetizer pariings

7. Mini Pairings

If you really like the idea of canapés and champagne, then there is one awesome wedding trend you should follow for your 2016 wedding. The mini-pairing. Cute, adorable, delicious bites of foods and mini drinks that are so scrumptious, you won’t be able to resist them:

  • Milk and cookies
  • Tomato soup and grilled cheese
  • Sliders and mini-beers
  • Tacos and tequila
  • Bacon maple cupcakes and bourbon
  • Mac n’ cheese cupcakes with bloody mary shots
  • Deviled eggs and mini-martinis

Flower-topped cake

8. Naked Cakes

That money you saved on flowers comes in handy when it comes to decorating these beautiful naked cakes! Cut your budget with greenery and top your cake with an array of garden roses or peonies.

9. Awesome Photography Do’s & Don’ts

The most awesome photography trends are all about highlights in 2016. Instead of recording every single moment and having to sift through thousands of shots, you should discuss simple highlights with your photographer/videographers.

  • Movie Trailer style videos that are one to three minutes in length in lieu of three hour videos.
  • Photographs that sincerely highlight your entire day in moments rather than a whole book of every single detail.
  • Epic shots with nature as the backdrop that creates one specific moment between bride and groom.

10. It’s All About the Lighting

What would a romantic wedding be if it weren’t lit by decadent candlelight? Some of the best ideas tie in the Hollywood/Parlor style themes, too!

  • Chandeliers and Candelabras
  • Light up marquee letters
  • Lanterns hung in trees
  • Candlelight lit wedding aisles
  • Crystal lamps on reception tables
  • Edison bulbs strung along the dance floor

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