The Hottest New Wedding Trends for 2016

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Recent years have seen brides rush to recreate their version of a royal wedding or something straight off a Pinterest board. But as we greet 2016, it’s clear brides are much more interested in going down the aisle their own way. “Couples today want a wedding that showcases who they are, that’s a fun experience for their guests and that won’t look or feel dated — ever,” says event planner Alison Laesser-Keck, of VLD Events in southeast Michigan. Here, top wedding pros share some key elements to this personal spin on romance and fun.

Bright on. Metallics are surprisingly versatile, says New York City event-planning guru Harriette Rose Katz. “Depending on how and where you bring them into your celebration,” she says, “they can be elegant, whimsical, ethereal or even very natural.” (Think glitzy golds to pop out room decor at a black-tie wedding, copper lanterns at an outdoor reception or on a rustic tablescape.) No matter the venue or theme, designers across the country say rose gold will show up on everything from rings to table linens. Even the food and drink get in on the trend, with shiny blush icings on desserts and rose-hued cocktails. One metallic that is on the wane, however, is silver.

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Just picked. Arrangements that feature both whatever is in season and whatever is local are gaining traction. Sometimes couples request a “wild” look, say Casey Schwartz and Kit Wertz of Flower Duet in Los Angeles. “What they’re after are freshly picked blooms.” These free-form bouquets and centerpieces often include a mix of big and small blossoms in more than one color, and might use spiky flowers or fruiting vines to serve as exclamation points.

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His and hers cocktails. What better way to give your guests a glimpse of who you are than by serving them your favorite libations? Laesserkeck points out that this trend is not only easier on the budget (no more guesstimating for an open bar) but it’s an instant conversation starter.

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On a roll. Food stations that were all the rage even up to last year have conceded to the classic sit-down dinner. “But that doesn’t mean guests are stuck in their seats,” says Carla Ruben, founder of New York City’s Creative Edge Parties. To keep things interesting, caterers are bringing back gueridon service, where servers arrive at the dinner table with a cart filled with all the makings for customizable appetizers and desserts — everything from caesar salads, pastas and tartares to gelato, doughnuts and milk-and-cookies.

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Back to buttercream. After taking a backseat to fondant-covered cakes, buttercream textures are in demand again, says Erica O’Brien of Erica O’Brien Cake Design in Hamden, Connecticut. “Brides are liking the more organic finish that you get from traditional buttercream,” she says. What keeps these cakes from being stuck in the ’80s are contemporary colors for the blooms and different textures.

 

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Mini Food Wedding Trends!

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Mini Burgers

Whether you’re planning for pint-size palates or simply desire to serve appetizer-sized portions of the 
American classic, these mini burgers are a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

 

Mini Fish Tacos

Love, love, love, these fresh and flavorful bites. These would be such a hit at a beach-themed wedding or any party for that matter.mini-fish-taco

 

Mini Baked Alaska

Try this chic, mini version of the classic British pudding, perfect for any occasion

 

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Mini Bloody Mary

A modern twist on the classic bloody Mary cocktail. Perfect when served with seafood and oysters

 

 

Mini Caprese Salad

Serve these mini tomato and mozzarella salads in individual mini bread bowls as an appetizer at a
seated dinner party, or arrange on a platter for your buffet.

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Wedding trends for 2014: Unusual venues, food trucks, colorful cakes

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It’s wedding planning season, and there are plenty of decisions to be made on vows and rings, gowns and reception venues. We checked in with some local wedding professionals to see what’s trending in nuptials this year.
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Flower power

Bridal bouquets are coming up lavender (and purple) this year. Bouquets are also trending away from the “wildflower feel” popular in past years and toward a little more formality and structure. “It’s more of a countryside feel — English garden or French country,” roses are coming back big, especially garden roses and heirloom roses. Jasmine vines, olive branch, herbs — just things you’d find in your grandma’s garden, lavender, lilac, things that are almost nostalgic.”

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A few years ago, it was almost a sin to put color on a wedding cake. Now, it’s all about bold colors, textures and patterns. Metallics are becoming more popular. So is color-blocking with a bold color like fuchsia, aqua or purple on the bottom tier. If you don’t want a traditional cake, dessert bars are still popular, and the sky’s the limit when it comes to options, according to caterers. Ideas include donuts and frozen yogurt with toppings.

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Photo booths are still a fun option, but there’s a new booth in town gaining traction. Super slow-motion video of your guests letting loose with such props as silly string and confetti. Afterwards, you get a 3- to 5-minute montage video set to music.

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With this ring

Passing diamond rings down through the generations is a wedding tradition that many couple find still appealing today, which is sparking interest in what jewelers call “heirloom” designs. “People want something that might have belonged to their grandmother — or look like it might have,” Engraving, openwork and other details give contemporary rings a vintage look adding that rose gold also has the patina of age and continues to be the hot metal. 

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The trend in venues is all about the nonraditional. Think unconventional locations. Warehouses, rooftops, vacation rental homes, “the more unique the better.” Art galleries, small restaurants and breweries can also make great venues. Going nontraditional can also reap financial benefits, such venues can be more affordable, especially if you book them before they get too popular.