Planning the perfect wedding requires striking a delicate balance. You want your nuptials to be timeless and chic, but there are so many gorgeous new trends to try! We’ve rounded up this year’s top wedding ideas that are both current and stylish.
Traditional tiered wedding cakes are beautiful, but couples are starting to opt for modern variations instead. From pastel macaroon towers to citrus tarts, bite-sized wedding cake alternatives are easier to serve on the big day and open up endless culinary options. What’s more, traditional wedding cakes are often priced far higher than other desserts, so making the switch could mean more money toward your honeymoon fund.
Ombré has been in the wedding spotlight for years, but this escort card idea offers a subtle spin on the trend. Graphic design firm Prim & Pixie created these bespoke cards for a bohemian-style coastal wedding. The pastel palette and subtle color variation gives the ombré cards a grown-up look.
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Give your bar menu a playful makeover with candy-infused cocktails. Lauren Conrad’s recipe for these feminine cotton candy cocktails is surprisingly simple: Pour St. Germain liquor over a ball of good-quality cotton candy; then top with sparkling wine and serve! Step it up a notch by creating a special mini cocktail cart at your event. The Huffington Post has dubbed “satellite bars” as one of the top wedding trends of 2016.
Florals feature in the bouquet and table settings, and now they’re about to appear on our dishes. Edible flowers offer a subtle pop of color and are super photogenic. They’re also a gorgeous addition to a wedding favor, like homemade color-blocked chocolate bark.
According to event planners Jennifer Arrreguin and Natasha Burton of Swoon California, florals will be more organic and understated in 2016. The pair toldBrides that the farm-to-table trend will extend to bouquets and table settings. “Rather than having the It flower, couples will go for whatever is in season and local, opting for free form bouquets and centerpieces that showcase blooms just how nature made them,” they predict.
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A continuation of the farm-to-table trend, table settings will experience a modest make-under. Wedding exert Mindy Weiss tells Brit+Co that back-to-basics style weddings will be huge in 2016. “Couples are leaning toward simpler decor. But this doesn’t mean sparse!” Natural linen table runners and napkins pair back with a raw wood tabletop and minimal candles to create a rustic, undone look.
Monogrammed décor is a favorite among modern brides, and laser-cut place cards give a similar personal touch. Understated yet elegant, laser-cutting is an inexpensive way to create your own place cards. Continue the font theme from your invitations and display them on place card holders that tie in with tabletop accents.
Extravegent weddings don’t have to be unhealthy. This year, brides will search for healthy hors d’oeuvres that are both Instagram- and waistline-friendly. Los Angeles–based health blogger Jessica Sepel went as far as offering wedding guests raw juice shots and health tonics during her recent nuptials.
What are your wedding trend predictions for 2016? Tell us in the comments below.