Wedding decor trends for 2016 are nothing short of magical. Whether you are inspired by all things soft and romantic, glitzy and glamorous, or longing for natural nuptials under a big oak tree, wedding trends in the new year will celebrate the unique while paying homage to the classics.
Taking a page from the top wedding dress trends predicted for the coming year, new trends are emerging, like partial overlay skirts and chic separates, while the classics are getting updates in both color and pattern. Feathers, florals, pastels, and plunging necklines are highlighted throughout the anticipated dress collections. Lucky for all brides-to-be, we can expect a little something to satisfy every style.
From glamorous metallics to romantic palettes, Bohemian botanicals to touches of rustic chic, here are four of the most highly anticipated wedding trends to help inspire your own wedding day planning.
Rustic & Natural
We will continue to see plenty more of the beloved rustic wedding going into 2016, but with a slight shift in presentation. Like Floret Florals predicted for 2015, florals will continue be more natural and free-form feeling more like a handpicked bouquet of roadside wildflowers and less structured than a nosegay of roses. Naturally, venues that compliment rustic weddings, like old barns, little country churches, and sprawling parks will continue to be popular, as will the rise of the backyard wedding. Softer colors and natural earth tones will dominate color palettes, with pale greens, peaches, and violets making a strong comeback. Spray painted mason jars for centerpieces, big terra cotta planters of mums for the aisle, wooden chairs, natural burlap, and unbleached muslin are great go-tos for creating a rustic, natural wedding.
2016 will bring forth a variation of the tried-and-true rustic wedding with touches of Bohemian-inspired beauty. Bright pops of color, mixtures of folk patterns, natural textures, and a bit of carefree whimsy will be the foundation for any boho chic wedding. Floral crowns for brides will compliment softer, more romantic wedding dresses. As it will be for most weddings in 2016, the boho bride will also carry looser, more organically-formed bouquets. Planning a boho chic wedding is all about celebrating the eclectic, so don’t be afraid to mix things up. Using a collection of vintage linens and vases to create individual tablescapes is a great place to start. Scout around town for the perfect venue, like a public garden or country B&B, to set the tone for your relaxed nuptials. Live music, trees draped in fabric garlands and globe lights, and fresh, local foods are the way to go.
The new year will inspire the romantic in all of us, but 2016 will be especially exciting for the bride planning a little sparkle and dramatic glamour for her wedding. Metallics and rich jewel tones will be especially fantastic for fall/winter 2016. Balancing the drama of a darker color palette will be a challenge lest your wedding appear too avant-garde. Consider your main color and add its complimentary color in a pastel shade: emerald with blush, navy with peach, merlot with sage, toffee with lavender. Silver is a solid standby when adding a hint of metallic shine to a wedding, but both rose gold and yellow gold are more popular than ever and act as a wonderful substitute for a color in a wedding decor palette. You may not be asking your bridal party to wear a gold dress, but a sparkly, metallic pair of heels might be the perfect addition. Find inspiration in Old Hollywood: Satin and velvet ribbons, crystal chandeliers, champagne bubbles, and moonlit dances are timeless, classic, and definitely glamorous.
Pretty in Pastel
Soft pastels aren’t just for butter mints or jordan almonds. Pastels in every rainbow-hued shade are well on their way to wedding popularity once again. Gray had been the go-to neutral for the last few years, but the trend is shifting away from silver, cool gray to the warmer neutrals of french gray and taupe. For pastel colors, mint, carnation pink, the softest of lavender, powder blue and butter yellow are being seen not only in floral tablescapes, but in bridesmaids dresses, linens, wedding cakes, and wedding paper goods. Whether you’re inspired by Jane Austen or Marie Antoinette, pastel wedding palettes are the definition of femininity but don’t forget about your groom and his groomsmen. A3-piece suit combination in tan or gray looks outstanding next to a soft pastel gown. Crispy white linens, vintage milk glass, ruffly tissue paper pomanders, gold Chiavari chairs, and twinkling candles in mercury glass candleholders will compliment every wedding with a pastel palette.