There are some wedding trends that will never go out of style. However, as we move into 2016, many engaged couples are on the hunt for ways to tastefully update the classics and make them more memorable and personal. If you’re interested in taking the path less traveled, here are some exciting wedding trends to consider this year.
- Cancel the DJ and Hire a Band
First of all, every wedding needs music. That is absolutely, 100 percent, a necessity. The problem is that so many couples out there end up paying a small fortune just to have someone show up and hit “play.” These days, it is remarkably easy to put a pro-level playlist together using some basic software, and chances are extremely good that a friend or family member can do a fine job keeping the crowd dancing at a fraction of the price. Save the money that you would have spent on a DJ, and hire a respected local live band to cover your favorite wedding hits. You will find that the cost is usually comparable, and the energy levels go through the roof!
- Vintage Engagement and Wedding Rings
Many grooms and brides to be are opting for vintage jewelry in favor of today’s typical bands. This trend is partly due to increasing concern over how diamonds are sourced, but ethics are not the only reason. People love vintage engagement rings and wedding bands because they tell a story of times gone by. There is a certain mystique and romanticism that exudes from these cherished pieces. Plus, the designs of antique rings are truly special, and the craftsmanship is unparalleled. For instance, rings from the Art Deco period are synonymous with luxury and glamour, and they project a timeless beauty.
- Rethink Seating
Sometimes the standard multiple round table seating just feels stale, like a corporate event or an auction. This small table seating style can also be problematic when people are not able to sit with the people they would prefer. To solve this problem, many couples in 2016 are choosing to go for a more community-oriented seating style – the long table. For larger weddings, using one large rectangular table and multiple square tables makes everyone feel more connected. In short, think square over round if possible.
- Serve Your Own Cocktails
Having pre-made cocktails available for the guests is a great way to save money on hiring a bar staff, and it keeps lines to a minimum. You can set up a table that includes 4-5 of your favorite pre-mixed spirits, ice, sliced fruits, mini umbrellas, straws, and anything other accessories applicable to your preferred drink station. This takes pressure off of the guests, as they can simply refill their drink whenever they feel so inclined, rather than waiting in long lines and having to tip a bartender.
- Diversify Your Centerpieces
Not every centerpiece needs to be the same meticulously assembled flower array. In fact, you may want to consider deviating from the typical flower bouquet entirely! Ferns, succulents, decorative leaves, potted trees, and even bonsai trees all make unique accents that are sure to delight your guests. Even bare branches can add a rustic and elegant look, especially when combined with other decorative additions such as peacock feathers, jewels, origami, crepe-paper flowers, and anything else you can dream up.
- Choose a Unique and Intimate Venue
Where your wedding takes place directly affects the overall mood, so get out there and start exploring! Some popular trends in 2016 include barns, wine cellars, forests, industrial lofts, and chateaus. Visit a wide variety of venues with an open mind, and try to envision how the space could be transformed. While there is nothing wrong with holding your ceremony at a traditional venue like a hotel or a church, a unique setting can really add a magical ambiance that you and your guests will never forget.
- Prepare a Photo Station
A wedding is an opportunity for your guests to look their absolute best, and you had better believe they are going to want to show off on social media. People are always looking for the perfect place to take an Instagram picture, so give it to them! Provide a variety of unique backdrops, hats, costume pieces, and other accessories, and let them go to town. Photo shoots are fun, and each picture is an individual memory for you to cherish for a lifetime.
Don’t Be Afraid to Think Outside the Box
A major trend in 2016 is avoiding trends! Remember, this day belongs to you and your spouse, so don’t ever feel like you need to cater to anyone else’s expectations. If you have an unconventional idea, go for it! The worst case scenario is that it doesn’t work and you laugh about it later. A wedding should be a joyous and fun occasion, and it (ideally) only happens once in a lifetime, so go ahead and get creative with it!
About the Author
Amy Bouchard is a blogger, wedding planner, and freelance writer residing in a quaint mountain home in Issaquah, WA. She has contributed to numerous online publications, including Trumpet & Horn and M. Khordipour, and her specialties include fashion and vintage engagement rings. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature with her loyal dog, Petunia.