If you're a bride-to-be and you're looking for some trendy, unique and absolutely gorgeous wedding ideas, you've come to the right place! To get the year started off in a beautiful way, we've compiled a list of our 10 favorite wedding trends for 2016. While these details are all stunning, one thing that we noticed while choosing our favorites is that brides are really starting to break the rules with traditional wedding standards. Because they're going against the grain and making their weddings a reflection of what they want instead of what's expected of them, we think it's the most beautiful trend of all. From naked cakes to unstructured bouquets, we hope that brides love the ideas featured in this list and while we hope the trends inspire you, our wish is that you choose the ones that best reflect you, your fiancé and the wedding you've always dreamt of having.
Take a look at our 10 favorite wedding trends for 2016!
1) Metallic Details
With a romantic and almost glow-like quality, metallic shades like rose gold and copper are some of the most gorgeous details that you can include in your wedding. Whether you use them for your table decorations, utensils, dinnerware or your wedding attire, these tones will add a modern ambiance to your wedding.
2) Greenery Instead of Florals
Fresh and earthy, using greenery instead of florals is a great way to add some life to your wedding details. As one of the biggest trends for 2016, brides have been swapping traditional florals with foliage, herbs, ivy and succulents for their tablerunners, wedding favors, candle accents and even their bouquets!
3) Natural & Eco-friendly Details
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With the rise in global warming and climate change, couples are taking a more active approach to living green and are even including these eco-friendly changes into their wedding plans. Whether they're choosing local food for their catering, opting for seasonal flowers, using second-hand pieces for their wedding attire or choosing seed paper wedding favors like the ones shown above, natural and eco-friendly details are definitely on the rise for 2016.
4) Naked Wedding Cakes
A vast difference between the traditional fondant-covered wedding cakes, the trend of the naked wedding cake is one that many couples are getting excited about. Since this stripped-down version is more simple and natural looking, perhaps the reason it's becoming more popular is because it gives couples a chance to make it more exciting in unique ways like adding floral or greenery details.
5) Creative Lighting
Perhaps the most important detail for creating a soft and romantic wedding ambiance, another beautiful wedding trend for 2016 is the use of creative lighting. Whether they use chandeliers, candles, lanterns or string lights, this detail is key in setting up a dreamy atmosphere for wedding ceremonies and receptions.
6) Unique Food Services
Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life and if you're like most people, an excellent meal will be one of the best details. Unique food options like using the Gueridon service, renting out food trucks and sharing dishes family-style are going to be one of the biggest trends, and they're definitely one of our favorites! Since food has become a huge trend in itself, it only makes sense that couples are breaking free of the traditional buffet or wait staff options and opting for ones that are exciting and against the grain.
7) Mismatched Styles
As we mentioned before, one of the best things about wedding trends for 2016 is that brides are choosing to be more unique and nontraditional than previous years. Instead of going for a unified theme throughout all their wedding details, couples are choosing to mismatch a variety of items like chairs, linens, pieces of decor and even various flower decorations around the venue. In addition, mismatched bridesmaids dresses are becoming a huge hit for both the bride and the bridesmaids!
8) Unstructured Bouquets
Whimsical and rustic, the unstructured bouquet is just another way for brides to make their wedding looks as unique as possible. While some people might favor the traditional tightly-bunched flower arrangement, a lot of brides are choosing to make their wedding bouquets loose while including different sized pieces of flowers, foliage and even seasonal berries falling from the sides.
9) Two Piece Wedding Gowns
Perhaps the most modern style for bridal attire, the two-piece wedding gown is one trend that's dominating 2016 wedding runways, bridal blogs and wedding magazines. While the inch of skin shown on these midriff-baring dresses is undoubtedly more provocative than the traditional wedding gown, don't fear; brides can still look polished and even understated when they include classic details like long sleeves and a full, princess-style skirt for the separate bottom piece.
10) Signature Cocktails
Gone are the days of serving plain old wine, beer and champagne at your wedding. To put a unique spin on their wedding libations, more and more couples are choosing to serve signature cocktails during the reception celebrations. Whether they serve their own custom creations or two of their all-time favorites, you can expect to try some taste beverages at the weddings you attend in 2016!
Looking for more stylish wedding ideas? Check out our Inspiration Boards page as we're always getting inspired by gorgeous color combinations that are trending in the world of weddings! Take a look at our Wedding Printables and Wedding Planning pages - it'll be your one stop shop for all things wedding related!
Or if it's simply stationery you're after, we have tons to choose from including reply cards, menus, favors, seal and send wedding invitations and more! All printed on quality eco-friendly seed paper that grows flowers when planted.