2016 wedding trend predictions


Floral installations will be popular at weddings in 2016. Image: Chanele Rose Flowers

Our list of wedding trend predictions for 2016 will have you walking down the aisle in style! From unstructured bouquets to marble wedding stationery, here are some of the top trends to watch for 2016.

Unstructured and natural bouquets

Photo Jenny Jimenez

Unstructured and natural bouquets. Photo: Jenny Jimenez

Florists are noticing many brides requesting this effortlessly beautiful bouquet look, and it appears that this trend will reach its peak in 2016. Unstructured and natural bouquets are not tightly packed like the traditional nosegay style, and the look allows for the flowers to fall in an organic formation. Natural bouquets are made up of various flowers and elements such as green foliage or peppercorn and berries which add dimension and interest to the bouquet, making them a canvas for brides to add their own individual twist and colour theme to their hand-held blooms.

Floral installations

Floral installations. Photo Becca Heuer Photography

Floral installations. Photo: Becca Heuer Photography

2016 will be the year of flowers and perhaps one of the biggest flower trends coming is the insurgence of floral installations. Structures such as hanging centerpieces and strategically placed installations add character to weddings and can also really enhance the theme and mood.

Ethereal glamour

Galia Lahav ethereal wedding gown bridal trends 2016

Image: Galia Lahav via Facebook

Bridal trends for 2016 all reference an ethereal theme, with many bridal designers such as Inbal Dror, Galia Lahav, Berta Bridal, Zuhair Murad and Marchesa all creating 2016 collections that showcase a whimsical and dreamy element. Details such as see through tulle delicately adorned with crystal beading, strips of chiffon and tulle dripping from the waist, and intricate sleeves and bodices will all be huge in 2016.

Industrial bohemian

Industrial bohemian. Photo: Kate Ignatowski Photography

Industrial bohemian. Photo: Kate Ignatowski Photography

Bohemian has never looked so good, but this year prepare for a bohemian trend with a twist. Bohemian meets industrial with styling trends showcasing soft bohemian elements such as candles, drapery, greenery, mismatched furniture and cutlery, and mixing them with harsher elements such as concrete, timber and metal.

Regal headpieces

Royal inspired headpieces. Photo: Victoria Novak via Facebook

Regal headpieces. Photo: Victoria Novak via Facebook

2016 is going to get a little fancy with the trend of regal inspired headwear and headpieces being worn by brides on their big day. Some of the trending pieces range from Grecian inspired styles to gold and silver crowns.

Unique engagement rings

Unique engagement rings. Image Heidi Gibson via Facebook

Unique engagement rings. Photo: Heidi Gibson via Facebook

2016 will see a fresh new take on unique engagement and wedding rings, with styles encompassing a bohemian look and a modern take on vintage shapes and designs. In particular, rose gold rings will be popular and many designs will incorporate geometric shapes and intricate patterns.

Mixed metallics and shimmer

Mixed metallics and shimmers for wedding trends in 2016

Image: Marissa Moss

Expect to see an insurgence of all things shimmery in 2016!  Warm rose golds, coppers, gold and silver, will all be prominent colours in wedding elements such as stamped and foil-pressed lettering in wedding stationery, table styling accents and even sequined bridesmaids dresses. The best part about this trend is that you can mix your sparkly elements to create a unique look for your special day!

Foodies taking it up a notch

In 2016 wedding food and drinks will be taken to a whole new level with couples opting to provide their guests with tasty meals and innovative ways of serving food and beverages. Food truck culture will  filter into wedding trends and things like taco stands or waffle stations will be popular among ‘foodie’ couples, especially for those who may choose to stick to a ‘food theme’ for their special day.

Concept such as drink stations, and oyster bars will be executed with pizzazz, with guests having the opportunity to watch their food or drinks being prepared in front of them.

Last but not least, wedding ins 2016 will see more comfort food being served in a well-presented manner, think gourmet burgers and fries neatly packaged on silver trays. In contrast to this, there will also be an emphasis on fresh, organic and locally sourced foods being served in rustic styles.

Photography trends in social media

Wedding photo trends for 2016 styled photo booths and selfie stations

Image: Special snaps

Social media worthy wedding photos will be the focus in 2016 with the concept of ‘Selfie Stations’ making a bold entrance into the wedding sphere. Photo booths will still remain a wedding reception staple however expect to see them styled according to a theme!  There is a growing emphasis on couples and guests snapping pics that will do numbers on Instagram, so the wedding hashtag trend will hold steadfast throughout 2016 too.

Marble textures

Marble textures. Photo Bliss and Bone

Marble textures. Photo: Bliss and Bone

Marble isn’t going anywhere in 2016, and this look has filtered its way from interior design and home-wares into wedding stationery and even cake design too! Be prepared to see marble everything, from marble place cards to invitations and even bombonierre.

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