6 Top Wedding Trends of 2016, So Far

With the year more than halfway behind us, we took a look at the couples we’ve featured in the past few months to identify the key trends. While things are drastically changing this year, we are seeing some themes, colors and little fur balls popping up over and over.

Most importantly, LGBTQ weddings are notoriously unique! Just like in previous years, the biggest trend we’re seeing is couples completely doing their own thing, and creating ceremonies and celebrations that reflect them and their relationship. So, keep rocking, engaged couples!

1. Gray Gardens


Grooms are really feeling modern, sleek suits in shades of gray and other neutrals. Take this soft rustic styled shoot with Christian and Jordan, who elected for matching pale gray suits. That’s the great thing about a neutral—you can turn the saturation of the shade up or down for an interesting visual, while still maintaining a uniform palette.


2. Black, White and Furry All Over


We’ve seen a dog or two in weddings past, but there’s definitely a groundswell of interest in being sure a couple’s favorite furry friend is an active participant in the nuptials. Brides Glynne and Corinne were sure to bring their little pug, Henry, along for their Daytona Beach elopement. Now, other couples also tote along their pet, or maybe bring photos as a reminder, but these two brides made Henry their Best Man. Sweet!


3. A Hint of Vintage Gown Glamour


Brides who choose gowns are going ga-ga over drapey, vintage-inspired wedding dresses with few details. Brides Paige and Loretta, Australians who visited New York to wed, chose a mid-length, off-the-shoulder dress and a simple black suit with a matching bow tie. A no-fuss option that allows for lots of movement, these gowns are great options for beach brides.


4. Branching Out With Non-Traditional Centerpieces


Building on previous wedding trends that bring the outdoors inside and celebrate the best of nature, our couples are mixing in a few elegant branches with their floral centerpieces like complete bosses. These bright white blooms are perfectly complemented by silver branches in a bedazzled vase at Joey and Nick’s elegant Florida wedding.

5. Nostalgic Cake Toppers


More than anything, your wedding is about what’s important to you and your partner, so why not geek out over toy dinosaurs or Legos made into a heart? Both of those adorable ideas were incorporated into Bert & Dave’s textured buttercream wedding cake (which was a trend we predicted at the beginning of the year) at their Chicago wedding. We’re seeing Legos trending, especially for two-groom couples, as everyone seeks to rekindle the magic of their childhood.


6. Shimmer, Shimmer and Pops of Gold


Brides and grooms are having a major disco moment, especially when it comes to shimmery gear for their wedding parties. Terry and Julia chose two themes for their Oakland wedding—some of their wedding party wore khaki suits with pale blue shirts, while the other half wore coordinating dresses in various shades of sparkling gold.


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