Well, we are well under way into 2016 and it feels great, doesn’t it? I am happy to bring you the first in our Ask the Wedding Pro series. In today’s post we take a closer look into what’s trending for 2016 and what better way than to find out than with our Wedding Pro’s? They eat, sleep and breath this industry daily so I’ve a few of my favs to stop by and let us know what’s poppin’ in 2016! So sit back, relax and read on….
Matt Druin/ Matthew Druin Photography:
Mismatched bridesmaid dresses, Unisex bridal parties. (Having girls and guys mixed on both couple’s side) Muted color pallets like cream and blush. Or doing the opposite with bold color. More and more couples are choosing to get ready with their bridal party all in the same place and together instead keeping things separated.
Part of my event philosophy, especially when it comes to weddings, is take what you want from tradition and leave the rest behind. Create something that’s uniquely you! Don’t like cake? Don’t have one. Non-cake cakes are becoming a thing. Stacked donuts? Yes, please. A tower of macaroons? Sounds delicious! A Rice Krispy Treat shaped like a wedding cake? Don’t mind if I do. And some people who are opting to do cakes are doing it in a nontraditional way by having a variety of smaller cakes with similar, but different designs. Linens are becoming the star of the show. It seems everyone is over solid colors and satin (yay) and have opted for more texture. In the past month alone, I’ve seen sequins, leather, geometric patterns, fringe, feathers and full on multi-colored floral prints. Intimacy!!! Couples are opting for long tables, lower centerpieces, and even family style dining to create more of an at home, intimate feel for their event. They’re even cutting that guest list down to size.
There are a lot of changes as far as flowers go. Couples are searching for a more “wild” or “natural” look with a variety of flowers and vines rather than the more manicured clustered looks from before. But some are choosing not to have flowers at all without totally giving up on natural elements. They’re replacing them with leaves, vines, succulents, fruits, vegetables, and even fragrant herbs (which can double as a favor). They’re pairing this nontraditional greenery with other natural elements like stone and wood.
Barbara, Afmena Events:
We have certainly seen that gold metallics are a favourite with our 2016 brides. They bring such versatility to the design of a wedding and can provide a range of effects to the overall look of the decor. From statement elegance with glitzy golds using sparkling sequin tablecloths and over the top candelabras, to ethereal and subtly natural touches with copper lanterns and gold sprayed fruit details, for a reception look that brings the outdoors in. Rose gold, though challenging to get right and keep consistent has also been an up and coming popular request. Some brides are even going full blown luxury, with gold cutlery to add the perfect finishing touches to their table settings. With gold beaded charger plates to top it all off which has almost become a must with today’s weddings, gold tones are certainly bringing glamour to weddings whether it be a bold statement or understated glamour, and we love it!
Samantha Reese, Make up Artist:
The biggest wedding makeup trend that I have seen thus far this season, has been of brides taking a more natural, effortless approach to makeup, sticking to more neutral colors on the eyes and lips, with the focus being on flawless dewy skin. The biggest obsessions in bridal makeup over the last two years has been lashes and highlighter. My favorite bridal lashes have been the “demi wispies” and “wispies” styles because they are soft, natural looking lashes that still register on camera, and because of the thin, see-through band, they’re perfect for a bride that doesn’t want to wear eyeliner, but still want to enhance her lashes. My favorite highlighter is the Shimmering Skin Perfector by Becca Cosmetics. I love all of the colors that they make, but I use Moonstone for my fair skin brides, Rose Gold for my meduim to medium dark complexioned brides, a Topaz for my brides with rich, deep complexions. It’s insanely gorgeous, and because it’s a fine milled highlighting powder (this product comes in THREE different forms – liquid, cream & powder, but I prefer the powder), it’s not chunky or glittery. It just looks like your skin is youthfully glowing.
Image Credit: Jordan Strauss
The next major bridal trend we can look forward to in 2016 is lingerie inspired gowns. Now, before you have grandma clutching her pearls this doesn’t have to be as risqué as it sounds. Strategically placed sheer panels, corset boning, or bustier tops are all it takes to bring this bedroom inspired look into your bridal wardrobe. This trend has made its way into many major designer’s fall 2016 runways including Ines di Santo and Oscar de la Renta. Although, if those fashion powerhouses are not in your bridal budget more affordable boutiques like my own, Nic + Day Bridal, carry designers like Mikaella Bridal who are also showcasing these trends. A peekaboo side panel is bringing just enough sexy for a fashion forward bride who doesn’t want to shock her mama. We have a feeling the groom might also appreciate this sophisticated sexy look.
Sachel Samone, Sachel Samone Photography: